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:
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:
- Improve Physical Health
- Find My Calling
- Strengthen Relationships
- Achieve Life Balance
- Build Keystone Habits
In today’s post, I will be laying out my goals and resolutions for the first month of my project.
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:
- Do Ikigai activity for myself.
- Read Finding Your Element by Ken Robinson.
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:
- Blog daily about my Happy.Healthy.Whole Project to become a better blogger and build an engaged audience faster.
- 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.
- 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!
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!