My Pursuit of Happiness- Lauren’s Happy Face Project

2013 was a difficult, yet amazing year. I learned a lot about who I am, who I thought I was and who I’d like to be.

2014 promises to be a very very VERY busy year and I can’t wait to get stuck into all my new challenges. And at the same time, I don’t want to be caught up in drama and waste time anymore.

One challenge I’ve put out there is for me to get happy. Happier. And stay that way, even in the face of tricky situations. Enter “Lauren’s Happy Face Project”.

So I’ve overhauled my thinking and have narrowed my “planning” into the following areas to improve upon. And when I say “improve”, I mean feel better about.

  1. Family & Friends (I have a “Family Bucket List”- will be posted on my blog soon-ish)
  2. Health (all areas) (I’ve taken on the LBW/Healthy Mummy lifetsyle and am loving it so far- pics up soon)
  3. Finances
  4. A Better Me
  5. Work
  6. Study

I have whittled my first batch of resolutions & goals down to the following:

  1. be more patient and tolerant
  2. do not lose my cool
  3. take one day at a time
  4. actually save my change
  5. write each day WITHOUT EXCEPTION (writing a sentence will count in this instance)
  6. be less critical and judgmental (everyone can work on that)
  7. remember that silence is golden
  8. sleep when I need to
  9. do only ONE thing at a time
  10. be conscious of everything around me (stop staring into space so much)

I intend to do at least one good “deed” (I hate that word, makes your actions sound so snobby and contrived!) per day and will do one good thing for myself each week. My kids will remain spoiled, as per usual (at a healthy level, spoiled with love of course). What good is being happy if you can’t make another person smile?

I’ll be posting every Wednesday evening (Melbourne time, some time!) about how my Happy Face Project is travelling, speed bumps and all.

Follow along, c’mon get hap-pee.

If It Doesn’t Challenge You, It Doesn’t Change You

I’ve been on an extended break from Little Red Writing Solutions to focus on my family commitments over the Christmas and New Year period. It has been wonderful to just be with my children and my husband and to be able to just relax and have fun without any major planning.

In the back of my mind however, I have been going over and over what heading back to “work work” will mean for me. I write during the night when my children are asleep and I have a part-time day job which keeps me more than occupied.

But soon, my contract will end and I’ll need to find more “work work”. You may or may not know that I am a Registered Nurse and was working in Surgical Nursing until I went on Maternity Leave to have my daughter in December of 2012. Alongside writing. Then in April of last year, my Mother passed away unexpectedly and my whole career vision started to shift. I couldn’t go back to Nursing out of fear of breaking down in front of patients. I couldn’t face introducing myself to a patient with the same name as my Mother. I was frightened to leave my children to go and care for other families when I needed to be around them so badly. So it was with this sudden change of heart that I decided to let myself look into other options, without feeling “guilty” for leaving Nursing.

I made the decision to take on a temporary contract at a hospital I was very familiar with, just so I could work, heal and have the time I desperately wanted with my young children. The job has been wonderful. I’ve really enjoyed it and still have a few months left.

In the meantime, as I continue to write for Little Red part-time, I’ve happily and proudly come to a conclusion. With my extensive public health care experience and my profound passion in the areas of grief and bereavement, depressive illness, anxiety and panic disorders and mental illness, I can happily announce I’ve been accepted into a Masters in Psychology program.

I needed to take greater responsibility for my long-term happiness and for the future of my family and believe that this path in life is for me. So with this career change, so changes the rest of my life! I haven’t left Nursing behind yet and I’m not sure if I ever will, but for now, I’m putting all my (spare) energy into this new program, combined with Little Red.

Little Red will continue on as normal (refer to my Facebook page for opening hours and the product/ service listing), I just needed to share my good news.

Cannot wait for these new challenges to test every inch of me!

Lauren @LittleRed

How are you going?

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Are you sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions? Have you broken any of your new rules not even two weeks in?

I must admit I’ve only been following mine loosely but I can say I’m feeling GREAT!

It’s hard to stick to new rules when you’re used to your old, bad, unhealthy habits. But anything worth it is worth working hard for.

Good luck to you all and I hope you are enjoying the new challenges 2014 is bringing into your life

 

Lauren @LittleRed