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Archive for the month “January, 2012”

Things to do everyday for happiness and health

I was catching up on posts over at The Happiness Project and ran across a post with a similar title. This one line caught my attention:
“Put your keys and wallet away in the same place”
It got me thinking how much less stressed I’d be in the morning or when I arrive home from work  if I always knew I had both my wallet and keys with me. Sometimes I get to work only to find I have one of them. Sometimes I get home, worried that I’ve locked myself out of the apartment.
Such a simple thing, right?
So here’s a few other things that I am going to follow to make my days happier and healthier:

  • Clean the kitchen after dinner.
  • Lay off the salt.
  • Stop at the gym after work. For 10 minutes or an hour, it doesn’t matter how long.
  • Walk the dog
  • Take something with you when you leave a room(socks to the laundry. Dishes to the sink). Suddenly, I remember my dad telling me this when I was young.
  • Take 5 minutes to appreciate one thing each day. (The sunset. The way the dog jumps when you come home. The way the leaves fall from the trees this time of year)

That’s all I have. What would be on your list?

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At least I didn’t step in dog crap

So, today was sort of tough at work in terms of dealing with other people. I wanted to lose it a few times. But, then I got a text from The Bus. He stepped in dog crap while walking Maddy. It wasn’t her poo. He didn’t even know he had stepped in it. So he walked back to the apartment, trekked it inside and went to his car to drive to work. That’s when it hit him … his car smelled like crap. He found the pile stuck to his shoe and on his jeans. He had to go back to the apartment and change.

The moral of the story: Your day isn’t that bad if you haven’t step in crap.

 

Photo 30 and 365 projects

I’m foolishly ambitious this year. I took on two photo projects when I rarely finish one.

This month, I’m going to attempt to finish something I started with my friend Christine over at Arte Di Stine. It’s a 30-day photo challenge in which you take a photo of something different every day. The subjects are vague, allowing you to interpret it anyway you chose. It’s main goal is to get you in the habit of taking photos, carrying your camera with you and attempting to see everyday things from a different perspective. Here’s the plan:

My other project is a year-long personal photos session. I take a photo of myself everyday for a year. Life goes by so fast and sometimes you don’t take the time to notice the little changes in yourself and the places around you. One snap of me, each day, for 366 days (it’s a leap year).

Here are some examples of the self-portrait idea. The first guy did it for 10 years!

When you know you need the day off of work

Yesterday I tried to swipe into the building using my sandwich instead of my badge.

Resolution: Make ’em

After  years ignoring the tradition, I’ve decided to make a few resolutions for 2012. I’m doing it mostly because I think it’s practical and helpful. I’ve lost the ideals of my youth that had me thinking a few lines on paper would make me a better person. Maybe it’s completely selfish, but I’m not too interested in being a better person right now. I just want to prove to myself that I can keep a blog for a year, lose weight and start investing – even if all I can afford is penny stocks.
I think not making resolutions is either a side of effect of being too lazy or being an amazing over-achiever who gets things done all the time regardless of resolutions. The way I see it is that I’ve been lazy for a number of years and the only way I’m going to achieve anything is to have goals and stick to them.
So with no further ado … my 2012 resolutions. Feel free to harass me, encourage me or pull me aside with a few stock tips.
1) Lose weight. Yeah, I said it out loud. It’s always been a goal, but this year there is a friend’s wedding in Hawaii and, wait for it, I’m a bridesmaid in a wedding this summer. We’re wearing purple. I don’t want be forever looked at in photos as the purple grape girl. 50 lbs is a good start. And I’m going to meet this goal by regular trips to the gym and participating in one 5k each month of 2012. A little something to keep me motivated.
2) Blog. It’s more than just writing. And it’s more than just writing to see if people read my stuff. It is a practice in self-discipline, something I’ve always been bad at but especially so since stepping away from jobs that demanded it. So I’m going to regularly blog in two places. Here, where you’ll find some personal stuff about my journey this year. And at http://www.stovephobe.wordpress.com, where I’ll be cooking up some creations about my adventures in the kitchen. Input is greatly welcomed.
3) Investing. Because at my ripe old age, it seems silly not to. I finally have steady flow of money into my 401(k), now I want to diversify, baby!

That’s it. Simple as 1,2,3, right?

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