Happiness Project

Posted by on Feb 9, 2012 | 1 comment

I’ve decided to join up with a great new blog, Chronically Distracted.  These ladies say in their elevator pitch:

“We’re two moms trying to strike a balance between family, fun, and friendship. We believe we represent, truly represent, a lot of parents out there who want to do and be everything but some days we just don’t have the attention span or patience to balance it all. Are you with us? I’m guessing you are.”

Every Thursday is about The Happiness Project.  Now, in keeping with my theme for 2012, “Keep it Happy,” I simply must participate.  I also love to write, and would like to improve my writing skills.  I think this is a great way to do both.   I’m jumping in a bit late, and have not read the book they are talking about, but I hope to get it soon and catch up.

On Mondays, participants are sent a prompt to write about.  {I could say, “about which to write” but that feels so snooty.}  Then, we post on Thursday and link up.  I can’t wait to see what others write, too!

This week’s prompt:

  • Are your day-to-day actions supporting your choices of change (resolutions)?
  • Is your MIND propelling you in the direction you want your actions and resolutions to take you?
  • If the answer is No, how can you make it happen?
Wowzers.  That’s quite a prompt to start with!  In short, my answers would be:
  • yes
  • not always
  • focus

In more detail, though, it gets complicated.  I was talking to my husband about this just a few nights ago.  I’ve found that, now that I have a new “work world” here on the computer {more about that later}, I have a new form of ADD.   I think it should be called “TADD” which would stand for “Technology Attention Deficit Disorder.”


You see, I sit down at the computer and am faced with so many tasks.  They can be whittled down and placed under these things:

  • personal business (emails, bills, etc.)
  • personal fun (Facebook, reading blogs, surfing the net, etc.)
  • blog
  • work

Then there’s the fact that one of the main focuses of my blog is to craft things.  To make things.  Hmmm…where to find time for that these days? It’s getting more challenging when I have three kids and none of them are on the same schedule anymore.


At times I sit at the computer and stare.  Other times I just click from tab to tab in my browser, click over to Photoshop, click over to iPhoto, and then… press “repeat.”  I think a majority of my inability to focus is due to the fact that I am overwhelmed.


I was talking to my sister this week, mentioning to her that it’s been interesting shifting from having a job in the classroom to having a part-time job on a computer, and also having a passion for blogging, which is also computer-centered.   It’s different than being in a classroom with 20-30 little faces staring at you, waiting for you to bestow knowledge upon them.  That puts you on the spot.  When it’s just you and your computer, there’s no one holding you accountable except you and your bank account.


One thing I recognized in this overwhelmed state that I have been in, is:


I need clarity in my home.


Because of that I’m going to be sharing soon how I’m making things a little more sane around here. I love it.  I’m nearly done organizing a few last areas of our house and some other tasks, and then it will be so much easier for me to do all of the things I want to do.  As much as I’d like to think that I have it all together, I don’t.  And that’s okay.  But I really do want to achieve a new lifestyle for myself and my family.  In order to do that, I have to be willing to put forth the effort to make it happen, and I have to be able to focus.  That effort is going to feel different and pretty uncomfortable at first because it’s so new and unfamiliar.  But if it means that I can stay with my kids, raise them, and make some money to help my family out, then I simply must give it my best effort.



Thanks again to the ladies at Chronically Distracted for providing an excellent venue to talk about our resolutions and goals.  Love it!

One Comment

  1. Hi! Wendy here from Chronically Distracted! I’m so glad you decided to join up this week. Yes, the writing prompt was a heavy one for sure! I’m glad you didn’t back down from it!!
    I 100% agree with you about needing clarity in your own home. Now, I only have one little one. I can’t imagine 3! Plus, crafting? And blogging? And working? You sound pretty together, IMO! I look forward to what you are going to share in terms of organization! I’ll definitely be back and hope you’ll be back at Chronically Distracted next week too!

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