About a year ago I heard of a book that I thought and still think was brilliant. It was by Gretchen Rubin called The Happiness Project. What a concept...a project to find more happiness. I suppose it could either boost someones happiness or create even more by finding what we love and thriving on it.
Have you ever sat by yourself and pondered on what it is that you really love? What makes you so content in that moment that nothing could steal your joy? If you could really pinpoint that wouldn't we all try to do that each and every day. Some people say, things can't make you happy....I disagree. Money no- creativity yes.
So I sat down not too long ago when life just felt like so much was missing. Yes I had plenty of "stuff" to fill me up, but I wasn't "doing" what I loved. I am such a creative soul, a spiritual gift that I know God has blessed me with Why is it that we all try to be someone we aren't, when we have so much within that goes untouched.
I found I love to decorate. I'm a firm believer if you have to hire someone to decorate your home you have no clue who you are. I want someone to walk in my house and tell the type of person I am within minutes of looking around. Not because of how much money and how perfect everything looks, but by the colors that speak volumes and pictures that tell our story.
I love to write. This is an area I know that I've under utilized. God has called to me many times and yells for me to reach so many with this gift. I'm in the process of praying about what it is he wants me to do. I only hope that he will lead me to his ultimate purpose.
I also love to do things that allow me to think and create outdoors. I am a very introverted person underneath. I like to absorb myself in thoughts while creating a visual project. I used to fear doing any gardening. My Mother is an amazing person in her lawn, and I had no clue where to begin. I could kill a plant by looking at it. I hired and overpaid way too many lawn boys over the years, I thought heck with that how hard could it be. Let me tell you I have the bug now and man is it saving me in labor and therapy. Nothing allows me to reflect and create like gardening. I'm addicted.
Here is just a few things that I'm working on in my happiness project. We all need outlets, we need things we feel confident in. I urge you to sit down and tap into yours. It's healthy, it's spiritual and it's God given. Check out the book when you get a chance as well it's a must read. www.happiness-project.com