I just finished reading “The Happiness Project,” which has inspired me to create my own happiness project. I am brainstorming a series of short-term and long-term achievable goals.
The author uses months to set her goals, but I do not want to put as much pressure on myself, so I think I will give myself until the end of summer to achieve my goals. If it works out, I can create a new set of goals.
Goal 1: Make 3 new friends. I love and cherish the friends and family that I do have in my life, but everyone seems busy and I have way too much free time. It would be nice to have a few more activity partners to call upon when I get an itch to do something, such as a random road trip or a hike on the mountain.
Goal 2: Write a novel. I have been saying for years that I will write a book, but all I do is write a few pages and stop. This summer I vow to finish a book!
Goal 3: Enjoy the summer. I want to go out and do more outdoor activities … canoeing, rafting, hiking, camping, exploring, travel. I need more excitement. Finding a few new activity partners may help with this or joining some more social clubs.
Goal 4: Find 3 new ways to spend my time. I spend an awful lot of time drinking beer on my porch and reading. Sure … I love to read. It is one of my favorite things to do, but I need another outlet or hobby. Painting is still a passion, but it would be nice to grow this artistic talent in other ways.
Goal 5: Say yes! I always say no to social obligations, because they take me temporarily out of my comfort zone. I need to start saying yes even if it is not really my thing. People quit inviting you places the more times you say no. Trust me … I know … I do it to people who refuse me.
I need your help. If anyone actually reads my blog, give me some advice. Where do I go to meet new people at the lovely age of almost 33 and what sorts of suggestions do you have for exploring new hobbies? Got any ideas?