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By     |    Mar 28, 2011
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Each Day’s Proper Work

I recently re-read the Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder and came across this passage from Little House in the Big Woods: “Each day had it’s own proper work. Ma used to say: Wash on Monday, Iron on Tuesday, Mend on Wednesday, Churn on Thursday, Clean on Friday, Bake on Saturday, Rest on Sunday.” Now that I’m reading these words with adult eyes, it struck me that there is […]

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By     |    Feb 1, 2011
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2011 Check-in and Reflection on 2010

What I learned in 2010 is simple: the things I swore to myself I wouldn’t do have brought me the most joy in my life. When I was in high school, I told myself daily that I was going to use my years of adulthood to work in a high-powered (but otherwise undefined) job, never waste time on “womanly arts” that could be bought for much cheaper (and of better […]

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By     |    Sep 8, 2010
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The Happiness Project Works It Out – August Recap

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, but I was holding onto a secret that I wasn’t quite ready to share. But, as of yesterday, the secret is no more. I’m leaving my steady job during a huge economic downturn…to start my own small business venture full-time! So, why am I not throwing up yet? I have to admit, the combination of excitement and freak-out I’m feeling at this moment […]

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By     |    Jul 2, 2010
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Short Story: The Hayfair Ball

As part of my Happiness Project, I’ve been attempting this month to cultivate creativity. This is a short story I wrote as a way to practice explaining situations in my head with words. Feedback welcome! There were a couple of youths in Hayfair that night who didn’t have dates to the Ball. One of them, a sandy-haired fellow named Brian, asked around, and after determining that the girl he’d been […]

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By     |    Jun 9, 2010
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Happiness Project for June: Cultivating Creativity

May’s happiness project felt really great. We really did create and enjoy many happy family memories–even our first trip to Iowa to visit my Dad. It’s funny how much it takes to go from wanting to do something to actually doing something, however. Here’s what I learned last month. There is no substitute for a bit of effort. Given all that I had going on (all of us do, always), […]

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By     |    May 5, 2010
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Happiness Project for May

It’s May, which means I continue on my happiness quest one month wiser (or whatever); here are the three takeaways I have from last month. Don’t diss the incremental. Progress is progress. Even though I only made progress on two of my five critical success factors (CSFs) 20% of the days last month, the progress was still there and I officially moved out of the mode of “thinking about” into […]

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By     |    Apr 3, 2010
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Happiness Project for April

So the Happiness Project is on! I’m sure it’s psychosomatic but the past few days also happened to be some of the best days I’ve had in a while, even though I was only able to mark “Yes” for some of my five CSFs (more about that later) each day. Still, the point of this whole thing is not to stress out, it’s to make me happy by keeping me focused on things […]

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By     |    Mar 24, 2010
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Plotting My Own “Happiness Project”

In 2009, I was lucky enough to hear Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, speak. As you might expect with a presentation titled “Delivering Happiness,” he spoke of finding meaning in lots of the typical (and, in many cases, typically vague) ways…”What could you do happily for the next 10 years, even if you never made a dime?” etc. During his talk, though, one thing in particular struck me instantly as […]

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