Sunday, 17 June 2012

Project Happiness

I have come to realise over the past week that I'm actually feeling quite depressed at the moment. I don't want to dwell on it in this space, and I realise that I have many many things to be grateful for. So instead I am focusing on "Project Happiness". I am not sure exactly what this looks like yet but I know it will include:

  • Re-starting my gratitude journal (daily)
  • Uplifting reading and listening to inspiring talks (World's Biggest Summit etc)
  • Keeping in touch with people (I now have a fully functioning phone again!)
  • Being creative ~ making art, journalling, writing, photography
  • Meditation, stillness, solitude
  • Eating what I feel like (the nausea went but has returned!)
  • Time in nature (we have our garden but wilder places are hard for me to get to)
  • Planning more fun things to do with my children and as a family (pinterest is very useful for this)

I realise this seems like a big list, and I can't do everything every day, but carving out little pockets of time each day to do at least one thing from my list I am sure will help a lot. I think the weather and lack of sun is definitely playing a part in my feelings, along with a number of other factors. I am hoping we will soon be due some sunshine! Next weekend we are off on holiday so I think the break and change of scenery will be good for my soul. Can't wait to be in Devon. The west country is my spiritual home and where my husband was raised so we hope to move there one day.

I am off for now to make lunch and get on with house jobs but I'm hoping to find a little time to organise my knitting projects later and find a couple of fun activities for the week. We are quite busy this week anyway and then there's the packing! :)

I will leave you with a few pictures from the Green Parent Camp (which made me very happy!). I miss you all! xx


  1. Sorry to hear you're feeling depressed, Laura. The unrelenting dreary weather can't be helping. If you want to talk about it I'm always happy to listen or rather read - send me an email or facebook message if you feel like it xxx

  2. Masses of love to you Laura, I feel like that too sometimes x Your plan sounds like a good one, and I am sure Devon and family time will be therapeutic for you. Yes weather doesn't help, it is miserable here too, although not totally unexpected! love Anna xx

  3. I might take a leaf from your book, as I think I'm a little on the edge too at the moment.

    Looks like a wonderful time was had at camp, and hope you have a restful, and rejuvinating break in Devon.

  4. Oh mama, I hear ya.... my guys are up at 8 am then dont go to sleep till 11pm and whilst the unschooling stuff says be nice even at 11pm that is easier said than done with four boys who constantly change their minds which rooms they want to sleep in, who likes whom, who is annoying who, and constant really 'important' reasons to keep coming to me throughout the evening... some evenings till midnight. Most evenings I'm ok with this and try to take on the sandra dodd be nice at midnight kinda philosophy....BUT not having enough time for ourselves I think actually does something loopy to our brains. Exhaustion is not the best or happiest place to parent from so I'm struggling on that front. Unschooling scores high on the love and closeness factor but rubbish on the 'any kind of personal time whatsoever' stakes! I think that swings both ways with them too! Oh have a lovely time in Devon hon, I have a bag of raw wool for you and a craft book of wooly things I bought on a second hand book stall, be lovely to see you soon to give them to you :-)

  5. Hope you have a lovely break down this end of the country Laura...I'll try and make the sun come out for your visit :) xxx

  6. Ooh it was a lovely camp wasn't it. I miss it too. Hope your plans reap rewards. And yes the lack of sunshine has made me feel very lethargic and a bit down recently. But trying to get the joy back, and going away again soon too. So hope that will help to refresh me again.

    Take care hun. ((hugs)) And I hope the suns shines beautifully for your holiday.

  7. What a lovely smile for me today. I *need* to keep up my gratitude journal too, it makes a big difference to how well I notice the good things. xxx