The Happiness Jar is not a new idea to me. I've heard of it a few different times over the years. But this year I've decided to actually do it. I've picked out a jar - an empty cheeseball container! It's more serviceable than pretty, but I might decorate it over the year. I think that would be fun. I know I've got stickers somewhere! I'll post another pic at a later date.
You can read about the Happiness Jar here where +Peg Fitzpatrick blogged about it. She is a constant source of inspiration and encouragement for me, even when there is no interaction between her and I on her Google+ posts. It's just who she is, and I am glad for it. She is always positive and upbeat, a much needed combination in today's world. If she is ever down, it never appears on line.
As you can see from my photo, I've already added today's piece of paper. I've decided to use up some old 'fancy' stationary, as I seldom use it for actual letter writing. For that I tend to use ruled notebook paper because I can't write a straight line without guides or I totally cheat and write it on the computer. For the time being I'll keep it on top of the refrigerator. Today's happy moment was quite simple, we spent about $30 at Kmart today but between gift cards and Kmart points, we only paid about $3 out of pocket. AND ~ I got to spend time with my husband away from his Xbox! That's always nice.
Happiness doesn't always have to be something big and grand. Often times, it's the smallest simple things that make a person happy. Like blueberry muffins for tomorrow's breakfast. Knowing that I have enough Tide for laundry. An over abundance of bread, bought not because of the impending snow storm but because neither one of us was sure how much we had in the freezer. With all the unknowns in life that can weigh on us, these little things are needed.
I doubt Mr. Janney will participate with me by adding anything over the year, although he has surprised me before. But he did say that next New Years Eve he would read them off with me. I consider that a date! :)
Thinking it's time to get some writing done. I've just had so much trouble concentrating the past few weeks. I'm not sure if it's his constant chatter with his Xbox buddies, or just the holidays and the normal money pinch. Either way, I will keep pegging away at it until my novel is done enough to rest. It's not quite writer's block, been there done that! But it is irritating. I let writer's block keep me down for too many years to succumb to this minor irritation of being in a mental slump. Even if I only write a few new words a day, I won't consider that a failure. I will be happy for those few words. Because I've seen how they can explode into whole chapters at any moment!
I just hope using a cheeseball container for my Happiness Jar doesn't mean that it's going to be a cheesy year!
2014 ~ Full Speed Ahead