2020 Happiness Project Week #11

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Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

I have an announcement to make…  I am switching our weekly catch-up posts to Wednesdays as of: NOW.  That was easy…  I love the fact that I am the author and I can do that if I want to 🙂

These past few days, life has been feeling heavy with all the pandemic / outbreak news.  I am sad that our world is going through this on a global scale.  I am sending all of my love and my prayers to everyone.  May we spend time in sumptuous solitude and take this time to reflect, relax, and hope.

I have personally been hiding out in my own little world of solitude.  Part of me knows that I should lean in and keep publishing my thoughts and my workout and word of the day posts (which I am going to do better at.) But then the bigger part of me has been hiding out in our garden spending as much time as I possibly can outside soaking in the sunlight.

This is Chuckles.  He likes to follow me around and I enjoy the company 🙂

I haven’t been sleeping very well this week.  I wake up in the middle of the night and my right hand feels numb and a pain sears from my shoulder blade all the way to my hand.  I really do hope that this will go away soon and I will be able to sleep more restfully.  I am starting to dread dreamland because the numbness is so uncomfortable.  Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers and let me know if you have any suggestions.

I am so glad that I finally got around to writing this post.  It is my ritual to reread last week’s weekly post and to reflect on the changes (good and bad) that have taken place since then.  I also collect some of my favorite pictures from the week.  After doing this, I realized that things have been pretty great despite the heaviness.

I got the wheelbarrow of my dreams this week ❤

As you can see in the above picture, I got the wheelbarrow of my dreams!  I am so looking forward to all of our upcoming projects.  Our 3D Printer is working overtime and we are back to building geodesic domes.  This current masterpiece is the biggest one we have ever built and I am thrilled about it!  Read to the end to see a picture of the dome progress.

I could really feel the shift in our community this week.  Yesterday we got our first confirmed case of the corona virus.  A tourist is quarantined in a hotel room in Hilo.  Our coffee lady wisely decided to close for the week and maybe longer.  Restaurants and grocery stores are still in operation, but takeout only.  I am thankful that we have a good general store that is just 5 minutes away from our home.

I have to confess that a few days ago when we went to the grocery store and saw the paper product shelves nearly cleaned; we decided to stock up on toilet paper…  In my defense, our renters are a family of 4 and they might need some too.  We also have some elderly neighbors and it feels good to have some supplies to offer.

At least we got the essentials?…

Here are my posts from this last week.  Check them out:

I was quiet again this week, but I spent sometimes 6 hours in the garden each day so that kept me busy.  My computer has also been busy doing my job and that makes it hard for me to do other internet-related things.

I got my workouts in this week, but my energy was low on some days due to early mornings and lack of sleep.  Lately, I have been doing night workouts because I try to spend as much time as I possibly can outside in the garden.  That way I can soak in the sunshine and have a full day.

This is Brownie she is such a sweetheart.  I also really love our garden ❤



“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.”

-Wayne W. Dyer

  • Breathe deeply.  I need to practice more deep breathing.  The state of the world has had me choked up and worried.
  • Garden.  YES!  Gardening has been keeping my heart happy.
  • Practice yoga everyday.  Almost.
  • Replace negative thoughts with positive ones.  This one is challenging especially when you are in pain.
  • Tidy everyday.  Our yard is gorgeous, but I have slid on the household chores a little.  I am so blessed that my man has been picking up the slack.

So yeah, a little bit of numbness in the middle of the night and in the morning is shitty, but I am so thankful that everything else has been good.  I’m not going to lie and say that my heart is panicking and I am worried about the health of my loved ones and my own health.  I also don’t feel fully prepared for this, but I am going to try to stress less.

Another thing that is yucky is the fact that I have been feeling dissatisfied with my body.  My partner and I got some comfort food and lots of chocolate a few days ago and I have been feeling kind of bloated (it is also probably almost that time of month.)  It really is hard not to get discouraged during a weightloss journey, but I won’t give up, my friends.

Dome progress!

What is new and exciting in your world?  It has been too long and I would love to catch up!  Comment below and let’s chat!

❤ Alana

2 thoughts on “2020 Happiness Project Week #11

  1. I get the numbness on my right arm, and sometimes leg. It’s when I go from sleeping on my back to the right side. It stopped when I had the cast put on my left wrist. I stay on my back.

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