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Break-Down of October Goals For My Happy.Healthy.Whole Project

Welcome back to day 8 of my Happy.Healthy.Whole Project!

If I have learned one thing from my Happy.Healthy.Whole Project yet, it’s that happiness is not as simple as it seems.

At first glance, it seems like a relatively straightforward emotion, right?

But once I dug into all the happiness research I found that that wasn’t the case at all.

In fact, a review of the research left me with more questions than answers about what happiness really means. In order to make sense of everything I learned about what contributes to happiness, I made the following mind map: 

Mind mape about what factors contribute to happiness according to psychology experts.

After reviewing my mind map – some of you said you felt a little overwhelmed by it. And I agree – there are a LOT of things that affect our happiness levels.

It is for this exact reason, that I have narrowed down the number of areas of my life that I would like my project to focus on to 5  (as compared to the original Happiness Project’s 11 areas).

As you may recall, the 5 areas I chose to work on for this project are:

  1. Improve Physical Health
  2. Find My Calling
  3. Strengthen Relationships
  4. Achieve Life Balance
  5. Build Keystone Habits

In today’s post, I will be laying out my goals and resolutions for the first month of my project.

My Happy.Healthy.Whole Project October goals for self-improvement.
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Improve Physical Health

One of my most important goals right now is rehabilitating my shoulder (and wrist?) so that I am healthy enough to be cleared by my doctors for work, and my usual recreational activities. 

Being an athlete and a strong, adventurous woman has always been a huge part of my identity and hiking, paddling, and climbing are my main forms of stress release.

So I’m more eager than most to get back to my old activities. Not to mention, being injured is a threat to my finances and livelihood. 

I am really missing paddling in particular, because I belong to a competitive outrigger canoe club here in Hawaii. In addition to that being my main hobby and stress relief, it is also a big part of my social life and community belonging.

To Improve Physical Health, I have set the following goals for myself for the month of October:

  • Go to my physical therapy appointments 2x/week and do my home exercises 4x/week.
  • Ice my shoulder and wrist daily.
  • Do Cardiovascular exercise on treadmill or arm bike, as tolerated 3x/week.

Find My Calling

In this category, I believe that I still need to do a little more research and soul searching.

So to Find My Calling, I have set the following goals for myself for the month of October:

Strengthen Relationships

One thing happiness experts do seem to agree on is that the quality of our relationships is paramount to our happiness.

Because I live thousands of miles away from my family and best friend, it is even more important for me to maintain good contact with them.

This is something which I have been historically pretty bad at. In the last few years I have been working on improving it, but I think there’s still quite a bit of room for improvement.

To Strengthen Relationships, I have set the following goals for myself for the month of October:

  • Weekly check-ins by either text or phone with:
    • Dad, step-mom, and mom.
    • My siblings.
    • My best friend on the east coast.

Achieve Life Balance

On day 5 of my project, I explored why I wanted to work on each of the 5 areas of life I chose. I went into quite a bit of detail about why achieving more life balance was one of my biggest goals for this project.

For the duration of my Happy.Healthy.Whole Project, my main goal in the category of “Achieve Life Balance” will be to explore alternatives to the 9 to 5 grind (or more often, in my case, the 6 to 6 grind).

There are few good things about the Coronavirus and the havoc that it has wreaked on our lives in 2020, but I do believe that there are a couple.

The first is that It forced us to slow down, and gave us time to reflect on our lives and where we’re headed.

Second, It gave a lot of us much more spare time than we are used to having. Usually, time is one of our most scarce and precious resources.

And third, it has helped us to reprioritize our health, and not take it for granted.

With the gift of extra time that the Coronavirus (as well as my work injury) gave me, I have been trying hard to make sure I come out of this, with multiple job opportunities and income streams.

This is especially important because the tourism industry that I have been working in here in Hawaii seems to be collapsing as people are staying home and saving their money.

And on top of that, I may not be able to continue to do the physically strenuous work that I was, due to the nature of my injury.

What I have done so far in an effort to create more job opportunities for myself when I am physically fit to work again are:

  • Taken (free) online classes in Search Engine Optimization and Digital Marketing.
  • Started a blog.
  • Began building an audience and social media presences for said blog.

During this project, it is my intent to continue to explore and develop these alternate streams of income.

To Achieve Life Balance, I have set the following goals for myself for the month of October:

  1. Blog daily about my Happy.Healthy.Whole Project to become a better blogger and build an engaged audience faster.
  2. Do the Wheel of Life Exercise to determine what parts of my life I’m satisfied with, and which are in need of more time and attention.
  3. Explore my beliefs about what role I want work to hold in my life.

Build Keystone Habits

Keystone habits are the simple yet powerful habits that serve as the foundation on which we can build more complex habits.

If you aren’t familiar with the 10 keystone habits yet, you might want to go check them out!

The keystone habit that I have chosen to focus on this month is time management. The reason for this is that without the proper time management skills, I will have a hard time fitting in my other Happy.Healthy.Whole Project goals, like: rehabbing my shoulder, getting back in shape, writing and promoting a blog post per day, and making more time for friends and family.

Prior to this project I discovered and started using the Pomodoro Technique which has been a massive lifesaver for me. I also really love time blocking to make sure I schedule time for all of my priorities.

For this month’s Building Keystone Habits goal of improving my time management skills and efficiency, I will focus specifically on my challenge of posting for 25 days in a row during October.

If I don’t do my blogging tasks efficiently, I will have a hard time sticking to my challenge without sacrificing other important things in my life.

To Build Keystone Habits, I have set the following goals for myself for the month of October:

  • Set up the following systems in order to complete all my blogging tasks more efficiently:
    • Make a blog writing template so I can organize my thoughts and write faster.
    • Set up my Canva Pro account with my blog colors and logos to make designing blog graphics and pins less time consuming.
    • Set-up a free tailwind account to be able to schedule my pins in advance.


Alright, my Happy.Healthy.Whole Project has its first month of goals! 

Table giving summary of my October goals for the Happy.Healthy.Whole Project.
Summary of my October goals.

As we continue to go through the month of October, I will keep you updated on my progress for each of these goals. And then when we get closer to November, I’ll let you in on my next set of goals.

Thanks so much for following along with my project!

Until tomorrow,


My October Happy.Healthy.Whole Project goals for self-improvement.
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Author: clarissa.cabbage

Clarissa is a teacher, a coach, and an avid adventurer! Armed with a master's degree in Exercise and Wellness, she is on a mission to teach people how to build healthier habits that support the adventurous lifestyle of their dreams. There is nothing Clarissa is more passionate about than helping people get active and live their lives to the fullest!

16 Replies to “Break-Down of October Goals For My Happy.Healthy.Whole Project

  1. Focus is such a great way to distill down our goals even further! When we are too spread out, it is hard to get anything done, so I love that you have taken a second look at your areas of focus and chosen the ones that mean the most to you.

    I love your goals for strengthen your relationships! Calling the people that mean a lot to you just once a week is an amazing way to further connect with your friends and family.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you for reading Jaya! I think it was really useful to be able to narrow down my areas of focus as you mentioned. I felt like the original Happiness Project was a little too much for most people – myself included. I wanted to do deeper work in fewer areas rather than shallow work in all the areas.

      I really think this simple habit of reaching out to loved ones more will significantly increase my happiness – and there’s too I think!

      Thanks so much for following my project and sharing your thoughts! ☺️

  2. I’m generally a happy person, that is to say, I feel happy and content most of the time. I’m sure part of that comes from having a growth mindset, a positive outlook, and a healthy lifestyle. However, I recognize a lot of it also comes from the fact that my finances are in order (there was a time when they were not), and I’m physically able to do what I want. It’s easy to fall into a rut during the pandemic lockdown, though. I find that I must force myself to exercise and my biggest challenge is following a proper sleep routine. I think I could boost my happiness level if I got more sleep! lol

    1. I definitely hear you on the sleep Kathy! If I am not sleeping well, it definitely has a big effect in both my performance and my happiness levels.

      And I definitely agree that the pandemic and lockdown can have a profound effect on our Happiness levels as well! Financial problems, worrying about health, whether ours or a loved one, being separated from our loved ones or unable to use our usual coping mechanisms to deal with stress… It all adds up!

  3. I am loving your energy, Clarissa! And I have a feeling that you will, in fact, smash all your October goals. I’m loving this journey for you. 🙂

    I definitely need to get my time management skills in place, and I really am trying to set up some systems for myself! Good luck for October. You’ve got this!

    1. Thank you Shirsha! I typically am a pretty big fan of building systems, but for whatever reason lately I’ve been too busy writing to take the time to build them, which is just silly since I know they will save me a lot of time! 😂

  4. Breaking down goal is excellent step to take in wanting to achieve our dreams. It takes the stress off and helps us to not feel overwhelmed. Happiness sounds easy, but as you mentioned it is not always easy to attain.

    1. Yes, I definitely agree that breaking down goals is the best way to go in order to maintain motivation, and see measurable progress. And you’re right, I think lasting happiness takes some work, just like anything else. Thanks for reading Rebekah!

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