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The Happiness Project: The Role Mommy 411

the-happiness-project.jpegA few weeks ago, I was in a major funk and rather than spend $250 on a therapist, I turned instead to my Kindle (which is currently on sale for $189, I might add). And thankfully, in about 1 minute, I found the prescription I needed to make me smile again.

The bestseller I decided to crack open was The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Rubin, a former lawyer turned journalist turned author, sets off on a 12 month journey where she tackles one happiness project after another. From de-cluttering her home, to refraining from gossiping, to finding time to put exercise back into her life, to writing a novel in one month (now that I've got to try), to doing the things she loved when she was 10 years old, Gretchen Rubin's book managed to help me get through my recent rough patch while inspiring me to try things I haven't done in a really long time.

Now that I finished the book, I decided to embark on a few happiness projects of my own. And while I do believe that de-clutter should be on my list too, for some reason, going through my mail, my closets and the basement doesn't make me happy, it just gets me overwhelmed.

I will however, enroll in a creative writing class. I've always loved storytelling and would like to try to write a novel. Most likely a young adult novel since my vocabulary is about as strong as a fifth grader's but either way, I'm definitely going to look into a class that will encourage me to take my love of writing to the next level.

I've also applied for a musical workshop at the BMI Music Publishing House. I have no idea if I'll be accepted (sent them several of my favorite song parodies), but my feeling is - nothing ventured, nothing gained! Will keep you posted if that one actually happens.

I am determined to lose weight. Okay that's more like a New Year's resolution but I'm currently reading Change Your Brain, Change Your Body and am hoping that if my brain makes better choices, my body will be much better for it!

I want to go on amazing vacations with my family. Or maybe just one really fun vacation where we make tons of memories, take lots of pictures and relax!!!

I want to sleep more. Selfishly because they say that the more you sleep, the better it is for your metabolism.

And I want to get back to doing what I loved before I had kids. (I already do the things I loved when I was 10 - singing when no one is around). I actually did take up one sport that I used to love sans kids...rollerblading. In the early nineties, I used to rollerblade in Central Park every evening after work and on weekends and come to think of it, I looked pretty damn good back then. So this past Sunday, I strapped on my blades and panted all the way down Pinebrook Blvd., passing cars and exhaust fumes in my wake.

While I survived my first outing, this morning's adventure was not as successful. While blading along the road listening to "Escape" (I was tired of my lady, we've been together too long), I must have slipped on a twig and the next thing I knew, I went crashing into the ground - along with my iPhone - which incidentally, now has a cracked screen (guess it's time for an iPhone 4G then). Anyhoo - I decided to cross the street and blade back home and a friend saw me puffing along the side of the road and asked me if I wanted a ride. I declined and huffed it all the way back to my house (which sits on an incredibly steep hill I might add). Something tells me that even though rollerblading made me happy when I was 22 it might not make me so happy right about now - especially since I need to cough over some cash to fix my phone. Maybe I just need to invest in a new pair of blades or should pick a better route the next time I hit the open road.

Either way, I'm working out my happiness projects one assignment at a time. How about you? Have any happiness projects you'd like to tackle? Get inspired now by visiting The Happiness Project.

Posted in: Blog, Book Club, Role Mommy Confessions on 06/24/2010


  • Sounds like a very motivating book. I have thought about it every now and then, but life always comes up. Maybe it is time to invest a little reading time in The Happiness Project.

  • excellent post. as usual. love the rollerblading tales.... rollerblading might not be meant to be but it was a sign for the 4G for sure. decluttering would make me happy if someone else could do it for me too but when i'm in a funk - and when I'm not -- i try to keep it real. unplugging helps and just reconnecting with myself. go for the books, the exercise and the family time. and if you can package together the exercise with the family even better. bike rides? hiking? outdoor vacations? miss you and good luck with the happiness project. xo col

  • How do you like the Train Your Brain, Train Your Body book? I have looked at it several times, but I haven't bought it yet. I loved the Happiness Project. I saw Gretchen at Mom 2.0 and she was very inspiring. I think often about things she said in the book. I like how she made a lot of little changes and they affected not only her, but her family.

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