2020 Happiness Project Weeks #14-18

Blue and Gold New Year Social Media Post

Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about how I was Still Here.  I even sat down a few days ago to catch up on my backlog of weekly posts.  I opened the draft then immediately went outside to get lost in the garden and find my soul.  If you are here reading this.  Thank you ❤ I am sorry that I have been absent for so long and I am happy that you decided to visit my little corner of the world.

I love this beautiful place called home ❤

That pretty much sums up my life right now.  I spend as much time as I can outside and it brings me joy.  There were a few days in there where I was burned out on weeding so I took a break from gardening for about two days then went right back to it.

I celebrated my 1 year work anniversary!  Last April, my partner was considering passing the businesses off to someone else or selling.  He asked me if I wanted to run them and I said, “YES!”  I was wrapping up my undergrad studies and getting ready to graduate and it seemed like a good next step for my growth.  I was able to build the businesses back up piece by piece and now we make in 1 day what we used to make in a week in June!


I don’t brag often, but it felt so good to say something about my success.  This really has been a blessing and in making that announcement our new content / blog writer extraordinaire reached out to me and asked if we were hiring.  She has been an amazing fit for the company and I hope that she will choose to continue working with us!

I have been doing a better job of keeping in touch with my family and I called my mom for the first time in probably a year.  It was so good to hear her voice.  I really hope that someday my family will come visit us here in the tropics.  It was also the 1 year anniversary of my Grandma Alice’s time in heaven.  I was very emotional and dazzled by the fact that I got several visits in my garden from a Hawaiian Hawk.  My sister calls those visits from Grandma.

Even though we have our differences, I love them with all my ❤

I have not been doing a very good job with workouts lately, but I have been going for walks everyday and spending hours working in the yard so hopefully that counts as exercise.

I just have 3 more plants that need planting!

Last week we discovered that our local bakery, does deliveries and that can be a dangerous discovery to both wallets and waistlines!

Tin Shack gave us a free sourdough starter and bag of flour with our order ❤

We ordered bakery deliveries 3 days in a row then took a break for a day then ordered a pickup order the day after.  It’s a good thing we finally decided to slow down on the delicious bakery goods.

On Saturday, we also ordered a delivery from our neighborhood chef and it felt like we were on a date at our favorite fancy restaurant.  Have I ever mentioned that I helped my partner build that restaurant website?  In fact, it was the very 1st website I ever worked on!  I still look back on it so fondly.

This meal was so amazing and delightfully affordable too!

This seems like a good time for me to post my latest blog posts before I forget.  Check them out:

I really have missed blogging and connecting with all of you here.  I think it was a big adjustment for me to switch my work station and also computer.  I take millions of pictures and the thought of uploading them to the computer seemed exhausting.  I think it was more the thought of sitting down long enough to accomplish those tasks were not as exciting as digging in the dirt of our garden.

Speaking of gardening my one of my dearest blog friends, Kat, suggested that I give us all a virtual garden tour!  Thank you for inspiring me, Kat!  I will write a garden tour post soon 🙂


“Change your thoughts and you change your world.”

-Norman Vincent Peale

  • Get an earlier start. This has been happening more and more, but I still make it a point to get my beauty sleep because what else is there to do in the midst of a lockdown?
  • Do what you must with ALL your heart.  My priority has been finding joy.
  • Train harder.  No, but I am looking forward to getting back on track with my training!
  • Blog everyday.  Not even close.  Quite the opposite.  Such is life sometimes…
  • Learn a new language and / or expand on what you have learned so far.  I am learning the language of gardening in the tropics!  🥥🍍🍌🥑🌸🌴 and I am loving every minute of it!

I can hardly believe that May will be here…  TOMORROW?!?!

Okay then, let’s go!

This seems like a good time to burry some dirt into this post (cuz every post needs a little dirt to keep it interesting… right?!)

Last week we ran out of water for the 5th time since (our renters moved here in August.)  We always take care of it, but it is painful for me because it costs $140 for a water truck to pick up water from the free spring and deliver it to us.  I wrote another paragraph then decided to delete it.  Let’s just say, we are happy that our renters have their own house now.  They told us back in March that they would be moved out before May 1st.  I do understand that there has been a bit of a delay with the virus, but I was not thrilled about the fact that I had to ask them what their plans were for the month of May last Friday (cutting it really close.)  They said they would let us know in an hour then waited 3 more hours before asking to stay for 2 more weeks.

I think my problem is that I compare the way people handle situations with the way that I would handle them and I always like to be courteous and give people lots of notice and communicate clearly.  It will be nice to have both houses for awhile.  At the very least we are going to turn the other house into a guesthouse for family and friends.


“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others, for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

-Audrey Hepburn

  • Be Present.
  • Be generous.
  • Don’t gossip.
  • Write letters.
  • Give back.

These are good goals for me to focus on.  By the way, does anyone want to be penpals?  I should be getting a mailing address soon and would love to send and get some snail mail.  Comment below if you feel like writing and we can exchange contact info!

What else happened this month?  Mighty Momma the Hen built a nest under our house and it was thrilling to find her.  She chose a spot tucked behind our 2×4 dome frame complete with a pillow and even a random roll of toilet paper.  It was exciting to see her eggs.  She started with 4 and each day she added another one until she had 11 eggs in her nest.  She sat in her nest for almost a month and this week her eggs hatched!

A beautiful nest full of eggs ❤
Mighty Momma hatched her 3rd batch of chicks since December
Aren’t they precious?
So adorable!

So far all 11 chicks have survived these last 2 days and they are so adorable.  I just love watching our flock grow!

Last month my hand kept going numb and I had a piercing pain in my arm.  I think I had an injury and I am thankful that I am feeling much better.  My hand still goes numb sometimes in my sleep, but it is not as bad as it was.

This month, I want to make it a point to exercise more and focus on my health.  I have been active in the yard, but kind of neglecting other forms of exercise and I know that it would help me mentally, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

How are you doing and what is new and exciting in your world?  Please comment below to share.  We really need to catch up!

❤ Alana



11 thoughts on “2020 Happiness Project Weeks #14-18

  1. I can see how busy you have been. I love how quickly you got the business back on it’s feet
    Very well done.

    My exercise has been more intense since my wrist is healing well. Got out to eat in a restaurant yesterday, which was amazing. ❤🥊🥊

    1. Hi Susie! Thank you! My fiancee and I make a great team and I am thankful we have been able to build this business together.

      I’m glad that I have been staying active with yard work even if it is not traditional exercise, but I know that I should start stretching again. I am so thankful that my arm and hand injury has mostly recovered. We have been working on my work station ergonomics and I also learned that I am sensitive to sodium.

      I am so glad that your wrist is healing. It is scary and humbling when we have to take a step back in intensity due to injuries.

      I read your post about eating in the restaurant. It sounded so nice and I am glad the staff took great care of you and your husband. Sending lots of hugs your way!

      ❤ Alana

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