Well hello there, January. I was just getting used to December, to the holidays and the entertaining. Now everything is new and fresh again- we have quickly shifted from the holiday season to the season of resolutions. I don’t like the bad rap (had to look up the correct spelling here) they get, and I don’t understand why there is this social expectation that you will make a few resolutions and break them by Valentine’s Day. Why not just resolve to make some incremental changes so by Valentine’s Day you are 100% vested? I have the urge, to start at the beginning instead of where I am right now, but I don’t know why. Anyways I thought I’d give you a report on the December edition of my Happiness Project along with our menus for the holidays and a preview of the January edition of my Happiness Project and meal plan.
December Happiness Project
My December project was all about basics – getting sound footing before the start of the new year. So how did I do? Good- but not great. I still felt a bit scattered, like I didn’t plan enough or start preparing early enough. I did not write every day though I did better than I’ve done in months. I believe the flaw in my plan for December, along with me not being perfect, was an ineffective system of reminding myself as well as lack of visibility. So this first week of January I am putting my thinking cap on to find a solution for those problems. I do feel as though I am ahead of the January resolute since I have already hit my brick wall and am now working past it – if that makes any sense…
Meals and Menus Worth Remembering
- Christmas Eve: Spanish tapas (stuffed dates, fish and veggie kebabs, white bean dip with crudite, chicken skewers, single-serving paella), hot chocolate bar (low-fat hot chocolate, homemade marshmallows, candies and cookies for dipping, and rich chocolate truffles)
- Christmas Day: mushroom-spinach baked eggs, roast (with this herb topping), roasted veggies (onion, tomato, potato) and olives
- Carver’s Birthday BBQ: BBQ chicken thighs/breasts, sliders, hot dogs, French potato salad, guacamole and salsa, baked beans, roasted mushrooms and Brussels sprouts with bacon, yellow cake with chocolate frosting
January’s Happiness Project is all about time and money. After all, time is money and our money is greatly intertwined with our time. The FlyLady habit for January is to shine your sinks, representing her Back to Basics approach. I am also implementing some goals for the month to give my ‘some day list’ a fighting chance of being completed- these are things like finishing that pinterest-inspired pallet, setting up our garden, working on my internship application, crushing my GREs, and setting up our bar. My January habits are: make time/money choices that get me closer to accomplishing goals, buy needful things, get rid of things that don’t work, be generous with your time and money, suffer for 30 minutes (finishing those nagging tasks half an hour at a time), cultivate rituals and traditions, follow the 1-minute rule (evening clean up), and use your lists. As mentioned above I am searching for the right spot to display these and the right format for that matter.
Happy New Year, I am looking forward to sharing lots of great memories with you all this year!