from The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Hello again!

Being a perfectionist, I build a lot of roadblocks in my path. Often, I’ve thought about a post I’d like to share and then don’t because I don’t love something about my post. The truth is, I’m not here as an English teacher or graphic design guru. Heck, I’m not even here as an authority on sewing. I just want to write about my experience, meet new people, and keep learning. That being said, I’ll even welcome POLITE corrections on my grammar and any other tips you have to send my way. I like to learn new things! 

I’m proud to say that although I haven’t been blogging about it, I have been sewing! Through my job, I met a wonderful lady who has offered to teach me to sew for free for a couple hours a week. She is currently teaching me how to make my own pants, so stay tuned! I’ll post a picture of the final product once it’s done. I also try to meet a good friend once a week to sew together. We will start posting picture updates of that too 😉

I started picking sewing up again around September but with many breaks due to holidays and weddings. Even so, I’m happy that I’m actually doing it. I’m trying not to be hard on myself for being so inconsistent. Life happens. (Another place the quote above fits my life!)

This past year, I’ve learned that raising a puppy is exhausting but so rewarding. Cole is an amazing dog and a mama’s boy. He just had his first birthday before Christmas, and he had a little impromptu birthday party with his girlfriends. It’s crazy how fast he is growing up.

I also got an amazing job, providing resources to foster children in the Tampa Bay Area. It has been so rewarding to have a job that I know helps make a difference in the lives of others. I also took up a side gig as a Independent Jamberry Consultant. Why not? Ive gone so long without being able to wear anything on my nails, so it completely sucked me in. Don’t worry, it won’t be taking over my blog!

I do tend to take on more than I can chew so I think, this year, I will be focusing on simplifying, enough to be able to enjoy the things that are important to me, as well as spending more time with friends and family. I don’t typically do New Year’s resolutions, in fact, if anything, I do birthday resolutions, but there’s no time better than the present! 😉

What about you? Any New Year’s resolutions? 

Learning to Draw, One Happy Day at a Time…

This weekend, I decided to start a happiness journal, because sometimes I need to be reminded of all the happiness around me. At the same time, I’ve decided that I will also learn to draw. Why not? I like to dabble, in case you hadn’t noticed. It all started when a “learn how to draw a turtle” pin came across my Pinterest feed….

I started out by finding the templates for my journal.

For my cover and my weekly pages, where my goal is to briefly list 3 things that made me happy each day, I used the free templates at World Label: The Harmonized House Project.

My Cover (World Label):

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My Weekly Happiness check-ins (World Label):

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My Daily Happiness Journal/Sketchbook:

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Page made by me, though I’m no graphic designer! Daily happiness questions came from Self Magazine. “Take Charge of Your Happiness” by Sarah Eckel. 2004. (Get yours here: HappinessJournal)

As for the drawing lessons, I’m giving Bob Davies a try. I would love to get a sketchbook and some professional pencils, but since I am in the process of buying a house and I am too new to know whether I stick to it, I probably shouldn’t be spending money right now! For now, within the happiness journal is just fine.

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How’d I do on my first sketch? I’m happy with it! Thanks Bob 🙂

How about you? What is something new you are trying out?