I can remember playing Jenga as a child, remember that? It was so cool when you were building it, but it was eventually meant to tumble down. I think this is an analogy of many of our lives at some point! I can honestly say that I have put more effort into building solid foundations for relationships, my classroom, and life in general this year but of course other parts of my life seem as if they are tumbling down!
This month’s growth area is build and is a collaboration with someone I think is focusing on doing just that, Denise Hill of #teachermom. Over the summer, we found each other doing many of the same exercises to build our personal blogs, TPT stores, and even our social media presence as a whole. In the process of doing so, we actually built a pretty cool blogging friendship. Denise is an amazing mom, wife, and TPT’er who’s style I love and ability to push through I quite admire. Ready to get started? It’s time to Build!
If you’re new, I have talked about what 180 Days to Happy is. I explained how important it is to set goals, how important self-reflection is, and I even told you how to get organized and gave you $10 to get started so you can continue to progress! Now let’s review how it ties together and rediscover how this site will support you as we move through the next month of 180 Days to Happy!
First, Decide what your Personal Truths are. Be honest with yourself and tell your truths. For me, I think of this as my personal 10 Commandments. I won’t list them all, but some of mine are
- Give more than you take.
- Don’t second guess yourself.
- Take a step toward the goal, big or small.
See how that works, these are things that no matter what, I will aim to do through my actions and words. Nothing too lengthy, but I know that these are the things I will continue to live by. This is an exercise in just writing things down and believing in yourself. Don’t second-guess yourself when developing your personal truths, just do it!
Next, pick a growth area. This won’t be hard because we’ll do that for you! Each month we will focus on one area of our life that we will work on in order to build our happiness on solid ground. Our first month’s area is Organize. This may mean anything to you, but it’s about setting things in order!
Third, set goals. Perhaps it’s your classroom as you enter this upcoming year, beginning this school year with a new system of doing things, or maybe it’s something at home that you’ve been meaning to get to but just keep putting it off. Set a goal and write it down. In fact, I admonish you to pick three goals and make them something that will truly begin your day in a more organized way!
Lastly, reflect. As we move through each month, you’ll need to stop and really think about the progress you’re making. Had a bad week? It’s ok!!! Stop, reflect and make a plan! We, as a group, will be here to support each other and make it a supportive act as we reflect and redirect our energy.
Choose an area we want to focus on building and jump right in; For me, it will be routines. I’ll be back in just a couple days to show you how I am using the download to build solid routines and create a more solid foundation that I know will be reflected in every are of my life. In the mean time, check out these old posts September and August for ideas to get you started!