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Happiness Project: June came from space, and July has been rockets

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Connections. Important for the people you care about, as well as complete strangers. Misha with the purple mohawk in the Hawthorne district in PDX:  Your connection made a weekend special Thank you.
Connections. Important for the people you care about, as well as complete strangers. Misha with the purple mohawk in the Hawthorne district in PDX: Your connection made a weekend special Thank you.

My quote from June as a motivator was this:  “Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” ― Chief Seattle

 

Connections. That is what June was about for me. I learned that I have a smaller capacity for connection than a) I used to; b) I thought. But the connections I did make were valuable ones. The rest? Well, one’s life can only be so full before it becomes overwhelming, yes?

 

Here’s the report card:

 

Charming notes: F – I still need to fix the web site to include my electronic notes that I have no place to “mail.”  I did get four letters in the actual mail. I owe at least two others letters, however. I need to keep this on my task list and try to get it done very soon.

 

Volunteer at Something New:  C – I did volunteer to help a fellow author and photographer gather some information. That was pretty cool. I’m still doing the pea patch; but, have found I am having a hard time getting it in. I’ve offered my services to some other folks, but they haven’t taken me up on it.  I also sent in an application for a very big arts organization in the region. I haven’t heard back yet. Regardless, it’s a passing grade, and given the (insert your own adjective here) piles on my plate currently, I’m good with this.

 

Connect with Self:  B – I did lots of introspection. I did lots of meditation. I did my gratefulness journal for most of the month. I learned a little more about who I am. It’s all good.

 

Strengthen Three Relationships:  B – The relationship with my youngest son, my youngest daughter, and one of my friends improved this month – at least from my perspective. To get an “A,” I’d probably have to get blessing that they agree. But from my lens, things are very cool. And it feels good. Feeling good is a happy-column feeling.

 

Had I brought home that kind of report card to my parents, it wouldn’t have garnered approval, but it’s still a passing average. I’m a student of life right now, not an academic one. There’s different rules, lessons, and outcomes. This is good.

 

But, it’s well into July already and I’ve had to look at the next goals:  Find new ways to save, Find New Ways to Earn, Pay it Forward, Spend on Yourself. This is a money month, obviously. I’m approaching it from a “what is really wealth to me” perspective. Hence this month’s motivating quote:  Quote: “Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.” ― Epictetus

 

When I keep track of it, I do spend on myself more than I think. But yesterday I bought myself a new outfit. I have a special party to go to in a few days. I’m using that as an excuse. However, this month is about not having to have an excuse to spend on myself. Obviously not as often as I’d like, since I have children to care for, but spending doesn’t have to be monetary. It can be time with friends, a walk with my dog, and a stolen moment with my spouse. Real wealth, ya know? See Epictetus’ wise words above. Additionally, I’m investigating new ways to curb utilities, groceries, gas, whatever. I put in a query yesterday for a new earning potential. The paying it forward is going to be tough, as I feel like I have such little resources to help. But, I’m going to use my creative lens on that goal, too. It should be an interesting July.

 

If you’re doing a happiness project, how are things going for you? If not, tell me what the highlight of your June was and what you’re looking forward to in July.

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