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Mission 46: Happy List

Thursday, March 13, 2014

An aside comment to start: Bathing suit season is almost here. It's even closer for me because I'm going to Hawaii! I found a swim skort that is the best piece of swim wear I've ever owned. It has plenty of coverage but isn't dorky. The fabric is very light and will dry fast, but doesn't show any lumps/bumps. I also got a convertible swim top that is a tank top, with a detachable long sleeve shrug that provides sun coverage.

Here's the link to the skort. It is pricey, but to me it is worth it for comfort, both physical and mental.

Here's the convertible swim top. Guess I need to get a bikini top to wear under though.

Back to my regularly scheduled blog!

I'm working with the books "52 Weight Loss Missions" by Michele Connolly and "Bikini Bootcamp" by Melissa Perlman and Erica Gragg.

Today's mission is to make a list of things that make you feel good, thinking back to what made you happy in the past as well as what makes you happy now. THEN, to choose one of the items and do it RIGHT NOW.

I feel lucky to have hobbies, because those make me happy and I do them pretty much every day. Here's my list, with my hobbies at the top.

1. knitting and crochet
2. art journaling
3. taking watercolor classes
4. planning and researching trips well in advance
5. making art journals of my travels using my photographs
6. photography
7. travel
8. people watching, especially in coffeehouses or cafes. Especially in Paris. HAH.
9. going to art museums
10. visiting botanical gardens
11. Journaling here in the morning instead of reading the negative news
12. taking a walk outside at a pace that is enjoyable
13. spending time with my husband without our noses in electronic devices
14. spending time in places that are beautiful and enjoying the view
15. trying new foods, especially weird fruits
16. going to hear live music, if the setting is comfortable (I don't like pushing crowds or parking hassles)

For the "do something NOW" part of the mission:

This week I've been working on a new daily art journal using the method in the book, "No Excuses Art Journaling" by Gina Rossi Armfield and I am LOVING IT. It's a plan where you do a little something every day and it adds up. Rather than going for a whole page all at once. It's a structured plan with easy assignments and themes, and I really like it. I look forward to getting up in the morning and working on it.

I'm crocheting a beach bag for my vacation next week, I work on it a little each day.

I've been walking outside every day. Sunny today, will get a walk in shortly.

And I mostly have our vacation already researched and planned. We are going to tour Doris Duke's house "Shangri-La" in Honolulu. It's a gorgeous home on the beach filled with art. Here's a link:

We're going to take a boat tour up the westward coast of O'ahu, snorkel for an hour, have lunch and whale and dolphin watch.

Got tickets for a play in Honolulu that specializes in locally written plays. We've been before and loved it. This play is about a meteor striking a farm and something happens to the chickens and the farmer.

And there will be music. LOTS of music! My husband has friends in Honolulu who he used to be in a band with, when we visit he sits in. And there is a certain bar/restaurant we like to go to that has really good live music for free every night, we walk there from our hotel.

Here's two photos of hubby sitting in last time we were there, in 2012. Not good photos! I'll have a better camera this time around. In both photos, hubby is the one on the keyboard.

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    I made a conscious decision to not listen to the news in the morning. What a difference it has made in my mood. I'm much more relaxed now.
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