Happiness Project 2020 Week #23-26

Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

It has been ages, hasn’t it? It has been a busy month for me and while I think about how I “should” blog everyday, I end up pushing it to the back burner because I have been busy with everything else.

What have you been up to lately? It has been a summer like no other, hasn’t it? Has your state opened up more? I am thankful that the state of Hawaii is continuing to take precautions like mandatory masks and social distancing in public places. Our virus numbers have stayed low and I hope that everyone will continue to take the necessary precautions to stay healthy and well through this time.

If I don’t finish this post now I probably never will (considering the fact that this draft has been an open tab on my browser for 3 days now) so I just need to sip down the rest of my coffee and keep myself glued to my computer chair until I click on that blue publish button.

Let’s get it done!

The rest of this post will probably be mostly images that way I can take you on a visual adventure rather than just droning and rambling.

We built a netted in multi-purpose dome that started out as a greenhouse
A few weeks later we were able to take the top off of it.

One of these days (when I am feeling more ambitious) I will write a post with the before and after pics of this area. It used to be so wild and overgrown, but I pulled out each weed by hand and my partner helped me build this planter with lava rocks strewn around the property. Since then this garden has expanded even more and I am looking forward to showing you what it looks like today!

Meanwhile, our quails were living in the purple dome. I was thrilled about the fact that that dome finally had a purpose and some life was breathed into it.

Let’s take a look inside, shall we?!?!
These birds are so sweet

We were a little concerned because they stopped laying eggs for about 2 weeks. We spent time figuring out the food and light ratios and were thrilled when they started laying again. We found out that it is really common for quails to stop laying when they go through major changes. Moving here was a major change for them because they used to live in much tighter quarters.

Remember how I used to spend too much time venting about our last renters? Well, it has been a month and 14 days since they moved and we haven’t run out of water for the first time in months! We have new renters who are absolutely amazing and these changes have helped to restore so much peace. I am so thankful.

Only a day after they started moving, they helped us build our latest and greatest dome masterpiece. We decided that we wanted our quails to have an even more luxurious living quarters so we built them a giant waterproof / screened in dome home!

Before I forget, here are my recent posts. Check them out:

As you can see, I was kind of on a great roll with writing my workout and word of the day posts. Even looking back right now I am impressed. Then I got a little overwhelmed and I decided that just getting the workouts done and being consistent was more important for me than pressuring myself to write about them. Don’t get me wrong, I love sharing my workouts and words I just felt a little overwhelmed and tired this month, but in a good way. The good news is that I have been sleeping very well, lately and waking up early too.

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. Yes! I was brave and bold and I did a better job of communicating my thoughts and feelings rather than withdrawing and internalizing everything.
  • Be free-spirited. I was more free-spirited in the garden. I even started going to the grocery store with my partner every once in a while 😉
  • Go on adventures. I went on little adventures in the safety of my garden. Better safe, right?
  • Do something you have never done before. Raising quails and eating quail eggs are things that I have never done before.
  • Sing. Not as much as I would like, but that is okay for now.

And now that this is the final day of June, it is a great time for me to start thinking about July goals. Let’s take a look!


JULY: BE JOYFUL

“If we can just let go and trust that things will work out the way they’re supposed to without trying to control the outcome, then we can begin to enjoy the moment more fully.  The joy of the freedom it brings becomes more pleasurable than the experience itself.”

-Goldie Hawn

  • Laugh out LOUD.
  • Take time for self-care.
  • Nurture your relationships.
  • Seek inspiration.
  • Bring out the BEST in others.

Yes! I am ready to be more joyful. June was a very nice transitional month and I am so thankful for all of the positive changes that are happening in our lives. I feel so blessed to be living this life!

On June 12th I celebrated an official virtual graduation ceremony. I wasn’t even going to watch it stream live because I had forgotten about it, but I am so glad that my mom reminded me. I did it!

I did it! Time to set new goals!!!

I still have so much to tell you, but I will save it for next time and hopefully it will give both of us something to look forward to.

How are you doing and what is new and exciting in your world? Please comment below to share! I have missed you all!

❤ Alana

12 thoughts on “Happiness Project 2020 Week #23-26

    1. Me too! This place has become even more peaceful. I am thankful 🙂 I hope you are staying healthy and well through this time. Thank you I didn’t realize until just now that the heart covers most of the picture. ❤

      1. Staying healthy over here / and how is the insta-pot going? Any bone broth yet ?
        Amy posts for me to go and read about it ?
        I have been away and was just curious

      2. Thank you for asking! Here is a post that talks about it. After that, I continued to make batches of bone broth, but a little before the quarantine started I stopped because it was challenging to collect the ingredients.
        https://livingoutloud.blog/2020/02/11/2020-happiness-project-week-5/
        Bone broth felt like a labor of love. It feels like a lot of steps in the beginning, but once I got a system going it was a fun hobby and I felt really good when sipping on it. I will probably start making it again soon. Have you made bone broth before?

      3. Hi – I will
        Check out your post
        And my husband makes it for us and he said it is a one out of ten to make –
        We just keep a freezer bag to put old bones in it
        And once the bag is full –
        He tosses the contents into the pot and add ACV, salt n peppercorns, a few veggies like celery and onion and a sweet potato and presses on.
        He sometimes adds garlic and ginger –
        Sometimes it is more viscous than other times –
        And sometimes a little greasy (if we have beef bones more than chicken)
        And I might add water to it.

        Recently I made almond flour biscuits (so easy –
        (Eggs almond flour, baking soda, salt and olive oil)
        And after baking them,
        Crisped then in a pan (or air fryer) and they go
        Perfect with bone broth

      4. Thank you for sharing your recipes. That sounds very similar to how I make mine also. I use the same ingredients just add a bay leaf, some apple cider vinegar and a pigfoot (which is really easy to get on the island here.) to the ingredients you mentioned. I feel inspired to start making bone broth again!
        I haven’t made biscuits in the airfryer yet, but I am going to have to try your recipe. Thanks again 🙂

      5. Thanks for sharing your extra ingredients too!
        My biscuits actually need help tho – not enough flavor and different recipe every time – last time I used cassava flour and some coconut flour in the almond flour mix but they were dense and too heavy

        I am trying to find a way to get more flavor and then want to make a huge batch –
        And I am not sure how they would come out being cooked in air fryer – so I bake them and then reheat them in air fryer for the crisping and sometimes add butter (but need to watch how much cos as we both know – even this butter is super good and can be antifungal etc – too
        Much is too much – ha)
        Anyhow – cheers to eating healthy

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