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Year two

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Well, it’s New Year’s Eve. Somehow or another, I managed to let months slip by without posting and my (very few) regular readers have complained, so here I am! 🙂

Last year at this time, I was about to embark upon my Happiness Project. Yes, I abandoned the project somewhere in October, but hey, ten months is pretty impressive, if I do say so myself. I suppose the question is, am I happier? Without hesitation, my answer is yes, and I do believe that my Happiness Project influenced this increase in well-being. If nothing else, I gave myself a project when I was in dire need of one.

So, how am I happier? I’m more grateful, for one. Lately, I constantly look around at my life and am touched by how incredibly blessed I am. I have a beautiful family, and a home I love dearly in a city that is growing on me. My health is sometimes not what it could be, but I am well aware that it could be a lot worse. This year, I learned to sew, I improved my health, I began flossing, I worked on my marriage, I grew as a parent, I explored rhythm (something I’m still doing), I simplified, I began practicing meditation and yoga, and I started a dance company (and presented choreography in NY!). Honestly, I’m in awe of all the amazing changes I’ve made and experiences I’ve had this year.

The next question is, how will I proceed from here?

After much internal debate, I decided to begin another Happiness Project. However, this year I will make it more my own. I’m really interested in religion, philosophy, and spirituality right now, so that will be a big part of it. I will read lots of books, and hopefully come back here to write more often. To make it simpler for myself, I will have fewer resolutions each month (between one and three), I will have clear monthly topics, and my entire year will have a theme – yup, you guessed it – Spirituality. My personal commandments remain the same, and I will not be judging my progress daily. This blog will be help me gauge where I am at any given point. I hope to be writing at least once a week.

A little update on the rest of my life, if you’re interested 🙂 –

– I started a dance company! (as I mentioned above). It’s called Continuum Collective, and I have five dancers. We begin rehearsals as a full company on January 5th.

– In November, J and Husband and I traveled to NY for the American Dance Guild Festival, where my choreography was shown amidst some amazing new work from around the world! I felt so honored to be a part of that festival. The rest of the trip was a bit crazy, but it all worked out in the end too. 🙂

– J is still growing and changing every day (of course). He amazes me every day. Recently, I am most amazed by his desire to nurture. Yesterday, he had a friend over to play, and I watched as he helped her take off her jacket, read to her, and made sure she had a toy to play with. It’s good to know that he may fit the role of big brother easily someday. 😉

That’s really all I have right now. If you’re reading this, I appreciate you and hope you’ll come back to see what the new year brings me. I wish you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2014!

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