This month I am focusing my happiness project on doing things I love. When I mapped out my happiness project at the beginning of the year, I felt it was important to do more of what I love. In recent weeks I have come to realize that I am very good at doing things I do not want to do and not good at doing things I actually want to do. This may sound counter-intuitive, but I still struggle with looking at life as something that is a challenge and is supposed to be hard. This in turn becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as I make my life harder than it has to be and I find the most difficult/convoluted way to achieve my goals, further complicated them if I am unsuccessful. I also sometimes find that doing what I want to do feels indulgent, and my mind wants me to tell myself that I have to earn my joy through suffering. I am actively working to change my underlying thinking, but I also want to take action to do things I enjoy.
When I mapped out my year the three main components of things I enjoy included- blogging, baking/cooking and reading. Most of the time I participate in those activities out of pure joy. I blog because I love to write and to spend time gathering my thoughts. I appreciate exploring my thinking and understanding of the world in a cohesive way. I enjoy sharing my learning and creative ventures in the kitchen. I love sharing my journey. I have been working this month to blog more regularly than I have in the past and I will continue to work towards that.
As you can tell from my last post, I have been baking up a storm, more for the process than the product, which is what I find fun. I also have noticed that when I slow down in the kitchen I make less mistakes, have fewer kitchen accidents, enjoy myself more and my results actually usually end up better.
I have been cooking quite a bit too, mostly other people’s recipes. I have not shared that here recently but I am one recipe away from finishing cooking through the book Bread and Wine. Next I am diving wholeheartedly into Chrissy Teigan’s book Cravings. I love figuring out how others cook. I also have found some recipes I love this way and some I plan on tweaking and switching that have inspired me for ways I plan on blogging in the future.
Reading is something I love to do. If I am being honest I find I do have a competitive streak when it comes to reading. I am working more and more to stay in my own lane and keep my eyes on my own mat so to speak. I have only been reading books I am excited about or books for book club and I have thoroughly enjoyed that. I am deep diving into topics that matter to me and I may post more of that here.
What are the things you love that you want to do more of? I hope you find a way to enjoy this life, because I truly believe it is not meant to be a slog, or a struggle, but that we can enjoy the process.