2020 Happiness Project Weeks #42-45

Hello My Dear Darling Friends!

Can you believe that once upon a time for several consecutive years in a row, I used to blog every single day in November? It was a blogging tradition for me and this year I clearly went rogue and broke that tradition. 2020 is just one of those years and I am okay with that. I think that a major part of growing up is learning how to accept things as they are without becoming complacent and losing ambition.

I used to struggle with both, but every day I am finding my way.

It has been almost a month since the last time we caught up and a lot has happened. I may not be able to tell you about each detail, but I can give you a good overview. October was a very productive month for me. I made it a point to challenge myself in new ways by taking on a variety of challenges.

On October 2nd I made a commitment to myself to do a 100 days of code challenge. People do this in a variety of ways. I decided that I would code daily for no less than 1 hour for at least 100 days without taking days off. Today, I completed Day #38/100 and on Friday I completed my PHP programming tutorial. I am not an expert php programmer YET, but I know so much more than I did before. I am so proud of the progress that I have made!

I am hoping that I will choose to continue my studies far beyond the 100 days, but I will continue to take it 1 day at a time. There have been days in there where I have wanted to take a break or a day off, but I remind myself that I can do anything for 1 hour and then the hour flies by!

My friend Maria invited me to do Adriene’s TRUE 30 Days of Yoga. We started this on October 10th and I stuck with it for 13 days. It felt so good to practice yoga, but then I started doing a 90 day pilates workout immediately after and in the mornings I was also weightlifting. That week I noticed that I was exhausted and drained and worried that I would burn out so I decided to take a few steps back. Maria has a newborn baby and is adjusting to life as a mother. We both agreed that we would do our best with the time we had and wouldn’t shame ourselves if we missed days here and there. That took the pressure away.

About 2 weeks ago, I decided to revisit my friend Grace’s suggestion. She had suggested that I jog for 1 hour slowly every day because I need to lose weight and bodyfat. My Uncle Harry passed away on October 8th of a stroke and heart attack and I decided that I needed to take more active steps towards getting healthy.

I started slow jogging for 1 hour and I absolutely LOVE it! I haven’t been doing yoga, but I think the combination of slow jogging and weightlifting is good for me. I just completed week #7/8 of my 8 week weight training program. I am excited about the fact that this is my final week! This was a hypertrophy program that was focused on getting stronger so I haven’t lost a ton of weight, but I have managed to keep the 8 lbs that I lost during Nettie’s Summer Fitness Challenge off.

My Dad’s family did a 9 day Rosary Novena for my Uncle Harry. I was able to join them on Zoom for 2 days. I almost didn’t go, but I found the Rosary that a dear friend made for me back in 2012 and I took it as a sign. I really enjoyed spending that time with my family and the best part was being able to pray with my parents there too.

Isn’t this a beautiful gift?

Befoe I forget, here are the posts that I have written lately:

As you can see, I finally started spending a lot more time in the garden and it has been so good for my soul. The jogging has also given me some much-needed “me time.” Although, I am annoyed about the fact that the neighbors up the road sometimes allow their pitbull poi dog to roam free. I hope that it will continue to be a friendly dog because I love running up and down our road.

While, I enjoyed praying with my family; I also felt a little sad. I never really had a chance to get to know this side of my family and I always wanted to. I know that social media makes it easier to connect with people than ever before, but where would I even begin? If you have ideas and suggestions please comment below.

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 did take some quiet moments to think and breathe. Gardening and jogging has really helped me with this.
  • Examine true rules.
  • Stimulate the mind in new ways. Coding has really done this for me and I really love it now. I love learning again and I am so thankful for this renewed inspiration.
  • Keep a food diary. I am still logging in to myfitnesspal every single day.
  • Hone in focus. Yes, once again, the coding has helped me with this. Also reading.

I am so glad that October was more light hearted than the month of September. My friend Ellie made my day and brought us a pumpkin pie and a bottle of apple cider to celebrate the fall season. That night I got to have a slice of pumpkin pie with some pumpkin Chai gelato while listening to Kanye West on Joe Rogan’s podcast! Is that fall goals, or what? I couldn’t get through the entire podcast, but I sure did enjoy that pumpkin pie!


NOVEMBER: KEEP A CONTENTED HEART

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old.  We grow old because we stop playing.”

-George Bernard Shaw

  • Be lighthearted. Slow jogging has helped me to be more lighthearted.
  • Use good manners. Yes, although I have been more introverted than ever! Thanks a lot, pandemic!
  • Give positive reviews.
  • Find an area of refuge. My hour of jogging, the garden, and my bed.
  • Honor and respect yourself and others. I am honoring and respecting myself by taking better care of my mind and body.

This month we got slammed with more bills than ever and that was stressful. Thankfully, we have been able to cover all of our expenses. I feel so blessed that our businesses continue to sustain us.

Our quail farm has continued to thrive and we are selling more eggs than ever. This month we had a major surplus of roosters so my partner started butchering the meat. I think that it would be a good survival skill for me to learn how to butcher a bird, but I still haven’t been able to get myself to do it. Maybe someday… But definitely not tomorrow. We had a barbecue and have been experimenting with different ways of preparing quail. We have also gifted some meat to our friends. Have you ever tried quail or quail eggs?

My chickens are beautiful and growing into healthy and beautiful birds. I think that we will need to upgrade their space and build them a run soon. So far I have named 2. We have Benelli and Riri! I will let you know when we name the other ladies.

I have started journaling more and I try to remember to count 3 of my blessings every day. That doesn’t even do it justice because my life is full of so many blessings.

It really felt good to blog today. I have missed all of you, but I have been so busy. I will try to write more often from now on. How have you been? Please comment below to share!

I hope you will have a wonderful week!

Love,

Alana ❤

6 thoughts on “2020 Happiness Project Weeks #42-45

    1. Yes! Thank you. I am so glad that I moved to Hawaii too ❤ I feel a lot happier and there is a lot to keep me entertained here. This pandemic is turning me into even more of an introvert though. How are you doing?

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