Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happier At Home

"In the spirit of her blockbuster #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin embarks on a new project to make home a happier place."
What better way to start the year than with an inspirational book for having a happier home! This book couldn't have come at a better time. I've been struggling with my 2014 resolution. I know that I wanted to make a big change, I just wasn't sure where to start. Then I got inspired and I'm ready for greatness!

When making a resolution, it's important to make sure you are able to track your progress. That's why most resolutions don't get carried out! Happier at Home has 8 focal areas to help make your home a happier place. I took most of the focus areas and applied them to my own resolution. I can't wait to get started!

Here is my breakdown on how I'm going to make it happen- inspired by Happier at Home:
Possessions: Organize my life and priorities. Get rid of unneeded junk- not just physical possessions! If my life becomes cluttered again, I haven't gotten rid of enough stuff. Repeat.
Marriage/relationships: Stop wasting energy on those who won't help themselves. Focus on positive relationships and set the tone with positive words. Say at least 1 positive affirmation a day to my partner.
Parenthood: Change my tone and continue the Yell-free year challenge. Read more here.
Interior Design: Learn how to overcome passive aggression, emit energy instead of consuming it, stop judging others, kick out negative thoughts, focus on the positive and own my destiny.
Time: Focus, stay present. Don't dwell in the past, overthink the future, but live in the now.
Body: Maintain weight, focus on strengthening.

Hope everyone has an amazing 2014!! What are some of your resolutions?

This post for the From Left to Write book club was inspired by Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. Join us for Book Club January 6 as we discuss Happier at Home! As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.


  1. I like your resolve to give your partner one positive affirmation a day! I always say thank you to my husband when he does something, even though he tells me not to thank him. I think it's important to vocalize appreciation, and not just rely on assumption. It's nice to hear too! I didn't make resolutions per se, but I came up with my own keys to happiness, and blogged about them. Happy new year!

  2. I think the positive affirmations are so important. Heck, I might even try to give one to *myself* each day. Here's to an awesome 2014!

  3. I'm always battling junk and clutter. My husband calls me the "sh*t flinging monkey" because I'm always getting rid of stuff. -Thien-Kim of From Left to Write

  4. I really like the 1 positive affirmation for your partner. That is my husband's love language, and I am not really good at it. It would definitely make him a happier guy I think!

  5. Sounds like you're off on the right path for 2014; I liked how the author grouped her ideas into themes-seems like it would be really easy to apply them to life, as you've done!

  6. I definitely need to tackle the clutter! I wish my husband would take the kids out of the home for 2 days because starting and stopping makes progress seem impossible! Once I get a little caught up from the holidays, I'm going to start working daily on my novel with the hopes of having a partial draft to my mom to read for a birthday visit in March. And I'm going to start a business, so that will require lots of prioritization and organization! Wish me luck!

  7. The Yell-Free Year Challenge? Oh my goodness, when my kid was small, I think I would've been challenged by a Yell-Free Week! Checking it out right now, to see what it's all about. Thanks for sharing your resolutions! xo

  8. You have so many big goals, I'm impressed. I love the reduction in clutter. That's been my last year, and it's great. I found it was so easy to do when I had a friend or two there with me to a) make me do it and b) set aside the time and c) laugh at me when I didn't want to get rid of something. Here's hoping you're a success across all your goals.

  9. I love your quick take on Time: "Don't dwell in the past, overthink the future, but live in the now." Too often we get trapped in brooding about past mistakes and worrying about a future we can't control. Now is all there is!