2020 Happiness Project Weeks # 38, #39, & #40

Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

I hope that you are prepared to see lots of pictures of birds, the ocean, tropical flowers, and our Hawai’i adventures! This was a summer to remember and I am so glad that we made it a point to go on lots of little adventures.

A lot has happened since we last chatted. I successfully completed that 4 week fitness challenge that I told you about. Can you believe that I ate the exact same meals every single day (except my 1 cheat meal per week, which was a life saver) for 4 weeks? I dropped 10 pounds over the course of 4 weeks. It goes to show that nutrition is key and a consistent workout habit definitely helps. I’m glad that I did the challenge and am thankful that it helped me to kickstart me on my journey.

There was a time not so long ago that we dreamed of being here. It wasn’t easy to get here, but I am so glad that we kept on chasing our dreams RELENTLESSLY

I was a little overwhelmed about my workout and nutrition plan ending. If my trainer had been good; I was going to stick with her indefinitely. Sadly, that was not the case… After reading some fitness and nutrition books and searching for a plan to continue my journey; I decided to start Stephanie Buttermore’s 8 week intermediate At-Home Workout Plan. I am now on week #2/8 and I am so glad that I got started. I had purchased this program when she launched it some time in April and I am glad that I decided to get started. I am still a little stumped by my nutrition and honestly have not been eating as cleanly as I was when I was doing the challenge. I plan to get back on track!

We moved our chicks into our newest geodesic dome and they absolutely loved it. After a few weeks we realized that it was a little two much space for just 4 chicks. We are always looking for better ways to do things. I am so glad that my partner and I are both open minded and move with fluidity. Okay, I will admit that I am probably much more stubborn than he is, but we even each other out 😉

Christopher and Armani rolled our trampoline to a new location and it was a nice change. We had it next to our house, but decided that the pond would be a good place. Someday it will be a pond, but until then it is a great place for a trampoline. The change has really opened up the space around our house.

Can you see the 🌈 in this pic?

Workwise, I am still adjusting to the fact that I no longer have to run our businesses! The people we hired are doing an amazing job with everything. Hiring them was definitely the best decision we could have made! It still feels unreal to me and making the adjustment was a little more challenging than I expected. I realized that I have mastered struggling and making ends meet, but it is still challenging for me to relax and enjoy life. I guess it takes practice like anything else. I want to embrace this time and these beautiful changes. I don’t want my worries about the future to eclipse the gifts of the present.

“Don’t let your worries about the future eclipse the gifts of the present.” A wise friend of mine once told me that about a decade ago. I should try to reconnect with her and see how she is doing…

Here are the blog posts I have writeen lately. Check them out:

This is the slowest blog year that I have had since 2016. Life has been keeping me very occupied and entertained and lately, I have been feeling under motivated to post. Not unmotivated or uninspired. There is a lot that I want to share with you just under motivated. I am planning on changing that with this beautiful season of change. Fall happens to be one of my favorite seasons.

SEPTEMBER: LIVE PASSIONATELY

“Don’t be afraid of your fears.  They are not there to scare you.  They are there to let you know something is worth-it.”

  • Create a bucketlist (my year truly begins in September) I didn’t write a written one out yet, but I have been dreaming and setting goals. I will share it with you soon!
  • Make time. Yes! I made time for the things that mattered the most this month.
  • Forget about the results. It was honestly almost impossible to forget about the results since my fitness challenge had us obsessed with getting results, but I think I was able to strike a nice balance.
  • Live passionately. Yes!
  • Master a new technology. I was working on mastering communication. Still have a ways to go with that one…

I really enjoyed this September! This month is usually emotionally tumultuous and most years I get swept over with bouts of seasonal depression. While this month was no exception towards the end of September, it was much better than most years.


I spent lots of time working out in the yard. I soon realized that I need to pace myself because the tropical sun can really drain the energy out of you especially if you don’t stay hydrated.

Alleyjandra has been spending supervised time outside. We have decided not to let her be outside on her own because she is not afraid of cars and vacuums and that concerns us. There was a Wednesday when we went swimming with our friends then got some alligator jerky and grilled some ribs. It was a fun way to spend the day!

All were surprisingly delicious!
I was on cloud 9 after our ocean swim with friends! I am also wearing the mask that my mom sewed and sent to me. She also made me a matching scrunchie!

There were many highlights to the month of September, but my favorite was definitely exploring Pololu Valley with our friends for Christopher’s Birthday last weekend. We went on a mini road trip to the top of the island then hiked down to the black sand beach. We had a picnic right by the ocean, got to swing on rope swings, then hiked to the 2nd valley which was absolutely enchanting.

There were sweeping views everywhere you looked
I love this place and want to go back soon!
The birthday boy had a wonderful time too!

I think that the pictures speak for themselves, am I right?!?!

Now let’s take a look at those October goals, shall we?!?!

OCTOBER: PAY ATTENTION

“Somewhere within you is a huge supply of happiness, always there, patiently waiting for you to reach out and grab it.  It’s yours for the asking.  And you ask by giving it your attention.”

-Elle Sommer

  • Meditate. I have started doing daily yoga this month immediately after my splits practice and after that I take a few moments to meditate. I will try to build on this.
  • Examine true rules. Yes, I finally feel like I am coming back to myself ❤ It’s about DAMN time!!!
  • Stimulate the mind in new ways. Yes, I have pivoted and started to open my mind up to learning… It’s been awhile.
  • Keep a food diary. Will do!
  • Hone in focus. I have started a 100 days of coding challenge for myself!

These October goals fit so well with the goals that I have created in my heart. It took me awhile to adjust to not having a day job anymore. In fact, I kind of felt sad about it. I liked knowing exactly what needed to be done then doing it. But now, I am free to do whatever I want and to pursue any or all of my interests. I am not used to this level of freedom and it was feeling overwhelming. Now I feel ready to start chasing some of those dreams!

I have committed to coding for at least 1 hour daily and today was my 2nd day.

Like anything else, if you don’t use it, you lose it. I haven’t had to code very much this past year and I want to sharpen my skills once again. Now that my degree doesn’t depend on coding it is easier than ever before. Isn’t it funny how that works?

This is my favorite chick, Benelli!

This week, my two favorite wild chickens started eating from my hand! Gretta is a wild hen who is Mighty Momma’s daughter. I was shocked when she started eating right from my hand. Now she seeks me out on a daily basis. I am obsessed!

This is Gretta and she is gorgeous!
On the 1st day of fall, Gretta and her friends started coming all the way to our house to see me.

My favorite chicken, Mighty Momma hatched her eggs and yesterday I found out that she eats out of my hand too! I was thrilled!

Speaking of chickens, we built our chicks a coop. In the middle of the week we had a day of nonstop rain and decided to retire the quail dome that has been living in the corner of our driveway. That day Christopher and I moved 179 quails by hand. It took a long time, but was totally worth-it. I am so glad that they love their new home. We gifted the dome to our friend Jimmy and love having our driveway back!

I love our new chicken coop. Home Depot didn’t have 2 panels of matching roofing, but that’s okay. It gives it character!
I am looking forward to making many coop improvements. I think this is a good place to start.

Of course, I always have to mix in a few grievances into my weekly posts… I have a friend who has been so supportive of my weightloss journey through the years. I love her and appreciate her honesty, but sometimes the truth hurts. She has been suggesting that I completely stop lifting weights and just focus on cardio. Then once I lose all the weight then I can start building muscle with weights once again.

I can see where she is coming from, but I don’t want to stop lifting. I feel like building muscle is very beneficial to my overall fitness journey. Last week she suggested that I run everyday for 1 hour. She also told me that I am killing myself and I have a diabetic body type. While it may be true. It was hurtful and made me doubt myself and my process. I know she is looking out for me.

I am just going to keep moving forward and chipping away at my goals.

I really do love this time of year and am so glad that October has begun. How was the month of September for you and what are you looking forward to the most in October? Comment below to share!

❤ Alana

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