Happy May everyone! It’s my birthday month (and my daughter’s), so hooray for that! Also it’s the last full month of me being pregnant, so an even bigger HOORAY for that!
In April, I focused on Marriage, with my objectives of: have a weekly meeting, state my needs and wants, have date nights, stop keeping score, and get dressed up more often. I am not going to spend too much time recapping how I did, because it will depress me. Basically, I failed at all of the objectives.
We had one date night the entire month. There were ZERO weekly meetings. I did not stop keeping score. I do think I was a little better at stating my needs and wants, and I actually did get dressed in something other than yoga pants occasionally (thanks to my new Maternity Rockstar Jeggings from Old Navy which are AWESOME).
Because I failed so miserably at April, I want to knock May’s objectives OUT OF THE PARK. (Thank you, Marta, for encouraging me to continue with this Happiness Project when I was tempted to just give up.)
My focus in May will be on The Home. My home doesn’t exactly inspire happiness these days. In my mind, it is too small and not the house I dreamed of living in (but whose is, really?).
I want my home to be a place that makes me happy when I walk through the door. Right now when I walk through the door, I see clutter and all the messes that I have to clean up before I can relax. That’s not to say that merely a clean house will make me happy; I also want to beautify certain parts of the home that have been neglected.
Finally, I want to be able to simply feel like my house is symbolic of love and family. If there are toys scattered about in one room, I want to view it as a sign of a happy child who played there today. Not as one more chore I have to do and complain about.
To achieve this, here are my goals:
1. Make a cleaning schedule. I feel like I clean the WHOLE house everyday. And I hate that. I am going to find a system to split the work up throughout the week and stick to it. Put it in writing. Hold myself to it! I can do it!
2. Tackle a nagging task each week. I have several nagging tasks hanging over my head. One is sifting through all my daughter’s newborn stuff to see what is unisex and what I still need to buy for the new baby (a boy). Another is displaying pictures in a meaningful way. Time to get these things out of the way!
3. Do the Clutter-Busting Challenge. One of my favorite websites, Money-Saving Mom, is starting a month-long challenge to get rid of clutter in your house. Each day you have to get rid of seven items and post a picture. I will be participating and posting the pictures on my Facebook page. Anyone else want to join in??
4. Make my backyard beautiful. Perfect timing, because ’tis the season for backyard BBQ’s and birthday parties. I want to have an attractive backyard that I am proud of. Right now? Eh.
5. Make my office inspiring. My office/guest bedroom has nothing wrong with it; it just needs some small touches here and there. Take, for example, my bulletin board, which sits right above the computer and is what I look at when I’m at my desk and taking a break from writing. On it right now (in haphazard, scattered fashion) is a coupon for a free Dunkin Donuts coffee for July 1st, my daughter’s birth announcement, a list of the Dirty Dozen fruits and veggies, and a calendar opened to March. To my left, at the window, is a dying orchid. I think I can make my work space a bit more enjoyable to be in.
Is anyone else inspired by this beautiful spring weather to make a concerted effort at something this month, whether it’s your personal happiness, working out, or being a better mom/wife/friend? I’d love to hear what you are working on for May!