OK. My happiness is project is not quite as organized as I would like. But I’ve decided it’s going to be a mixture of what Gabrielle Berstein preaches plus Gretchen Rubin’s “Happiness Project.” One theme I know I’m going to stick to regardless of the month’s specific goal is pushing myself outside of my comfort zone.
I love repeating old stuff I already know how to do. I usually never mess it up, get lost, waste time or feel foolish. I also usually don’t wind up trying very many new things as a result. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a hermit. But I end up frequenting the same bars, beaches, boutiques and bookstores over and over. In a city as big as Boston, I have no excuse. I want to be more adventurous in every area of my life. period.
Wrapped up in my lack of excitement about new things is my fear of failure. Gretchen Rubin talks about this in her book, and as she described her unwillingness to mess-up, get it wrong and struggle to her way to an answer. I too realized fear of failure is really what’s stopping me from trying new things.
That’s why I get excited about silly stuff like figuring out the MBTA bus schedule or using a new recipe for the first time. I have spent some time recently hanging out with new people in Boston, and getting to know different parts of the city better. I’m also trying to meditate every day and log at least five minutes on my yoga mat. And today, my summer kickball team makes our scrimmage debut. So many of these things require small time commitments but offer big rewards.
My goals are: attending 1 yoga class a week, having a more flexible sleep schedule, exercising 2 times a week and adopting a ‘keep calm and carry on’ attitude as often as possible.