2020 Happiness Project Week #22

Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

It feels so good to be here more often! This week had its ups and downs, but definitely more ups than downs. Many of the downs were feelings more than anything else and thankfully, feelings change.

I might have mentioned last week that we adopted over 50 quails. We live in the agricultural district and it is nice to have the flexibility to be creative with our land. We started reading about the different kinds of egg-laying birds and we were captivated by quails.

Why quails? Well, they are sweet, mild-mannered, adorable, and they lay the most amazing eggs! I am happy that our lavender dome now has a purpose. We have been figuring out the food ratios and today we are going to figure out lighting for optimal laying. It has been nearly 2 weeks since we adopted our quails and we wanted to give them a good adjustment period and a chance to regrow their tail-feathers. The fact that their poop will make an excellent fertilizer down the road for the garden is another huge benefit to me. I will keep you updated on this whole quail journey!

We officially moved to the other house this past week! I did not believe my partner all of the times that he told me moving to this house would be so much better. When we bought the property there was a prior renter who did not want to leave. In fact, he almost kept us from buying the property all together and he really did delay things. We think that he probably wanted to buy the property himself, but he hadn’t sold his house in California quickly enough. We agreed to rent to him for 2 more months then after that he would need to move. He had been living in this house for 7 years and was the property manager during that time. When we arrived a year ago he was not even in the state and he gave us permission to pack and move his items under his house. The condition of the building was staggering. He had left the windows open for what seemed like months and the house was filthy and borderline trashed. We worked so hard to clean it up, but it turned me off from the place all together.

Our renters for the last 9 months were a family of 4 with 3 cats. I was honestly shocked that they wanted to rent it and I kept asking if it would be enough space for the whole family. You see, this house is a studio layout with a beautiful screened in lanai. It is fairly spacious for what it is, but it does not have a bedroom. The space under the house has a nice workshop setup which is good. During the entire time that they lived here I couldn’t understand why they weren’t rushing to move to a bigger space especially after they fully owned their new house. My partner said that he overheard our renters say multiple times that this house is much better than theirs and they would really miss it here.

I still wasn’t rushing to move here, but once I got here I finally realized why they didn’t want to move. It is the kind of space that you would want to stay in forever…

This is my favorite chicken Mighty Momma and her chicks. These are the babies that were eggs under our house a few weeks ago ❤

This truly is the tropical paradise getaway experience. There are large panoramic windows on almost every wall and the house is up high. It is peaceful and the views are spectacular. I am so thankful to be here and I am glad that I finally agreed to switch houses.

For most of the week, we were busy with moving and getting settled, but I was able to spend more time in the garden. It is getting hot outside so I think I will have to do most of my gardening in the morning and evening when it is cooler outside.

Before I forget, here are my posts from the week:

I have been feeling nostalgic lately and writing helps me to reflect, count my blessings, and celebrate progress!

MAY: BE KIND

“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. I had lots of moments of being present, but I also felt fairly disconnected with all the stress.
  • Be generous. It is more difficult to be generous when people try to take advantage of your good nature.
  • Don’t gossip. That was also challenging this month. We had complaints and some grievances, but we got through it.
  • Write letters. No, but it will be easier once I get a mailing address.
  • Give back. Yes!

May has come and gone. I did not feel very kind throughout this month. Our last renters texted us a few days before they fully moved out saying that they planned on taking the outlets, the utility sink downstairs, the microwave, and the front door. At first I thought she was joking, but we said to go ahead and take the microwave, but the other items are part of the house and when we bought the property it says in the contract that those items belong to us. I’m glad my partner clarified because after they moved we both realized that they probably weren’t joking and probably would have taken those items given the chance.


May was a very productive month and we accomplished a lot of goals. By the end of the month we felt exhausted and worn out. I am glad that a new month has begun, but yesterday I sure felt down. I think the gravity of the protests and the quarantine are getting to me. It is so sad that there is so much violence and inequality in the world. There always has been and it needs to change.

JUNE: HAVE COURAGE

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someones else’s life.  Don’t be trapped by dogma -which is living with the results of other people’s thinking.  Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice.  And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”

-Steve Jobs

  • Be Brave.
  • Be free-spirited.
  • Go on adventures.
  • Do something you have never done before.
  • Sing.

I have been feeling very blah lately. It could be the time of the month and also the stress really got to me this month. I have been feeling super unmotivated to do my workouts and have been coping with food and goodies way more than I would like to admit. I think it goes hand in hand. When I am sluggish I feel I unmotivated, less energetic, and less likely to take good care of myself. Half the year has passed and I got a great start, but fell off in this last month. Luckily, there are still 3 months before my birthday and half a year left. I plan on letting go of the things that do not bring me peace, but it is an ongoing challenge.

I want to start focusing on the good things and the blessings in my life. How was your month of May and what are you looking forward to in June? Please comment below to chat!

❤ Alana

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