So, I’ll start with an explanation about where the heck I went, why I stopped blogging, and why I let cobwebs collect on all my social media accounts.
It was completely unintentional at first. At the end of October I came back to Indiana to help out after my dad’s back surgery. Things were busy, so blogging wasn’t a top priority. It was supposed to be temporary though. A week or two, tops. Well, to make a long story short, I’m still here, Ryan and I are no longer together, and even though I’m doing okay I still feel a bit like I’m drifting out to sea with nothing to hold onto.
My life felt too pathetic to share. I felt ashamed that, despite my best efforts, I couldn’t hold everything together. I felt like I either had to come clean about what was happening or I had to fake like everything was okay, and neither seemed like attractive options. So, I just didn’t say anything at all.
Interesting things happened though when I stopped trying to hold all that stuff together. I started to feel free. Hope came a little easier. Even though my future felt more unknown than ever, I wasn’t facing it under the weight of all those other burdens. And all of a sudden I realized I had a voice again, and it was okay that my life is all sorts of screwed up. It’s not really about that anymore. It’s about what I decide to do about it. So I started to think about this new year and how it could truly be a fresh start, and what I wanted to do with it.
I didn’t want any big resolutions. I just wanted to figure out what I could do to be happier. And one night as I tossed and turned, unable to sleep, I wondered why I don’t just do one thing every day that will make my little life a bit more enjoyable. I mean, why not? One thing every day, done with intention, that helps make me happier. I can do that.
Then I decided to give it a name: The Happy Haven Project
365 days of finding joy and happiness. I’m excited about it, and I’d love for you to join me. I don’t expect it to turn into a big thing, but if you want to join in I’m going to have a Happy Haven Project Linkup every Sunday for the entire year where you can share your posts if you’re a blogger. Or you can use #happyhavenproject on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Instagram to share what you’re doing to find happiness in your everyday.
Here’s to making 2015 a year we can all be proud of.
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