1/365: But Now It Just May Be A Happy New Year

Divorce may begin my 2012, but it is only the start of what I will ensure is a very happy year for me and my beautiful children.  Yes, I might have to apply for assistance, but that just means I am taking steps toward a better life for us.  Yes, I may not be able to afford to heat my house, but that just means the three of us get to snuggle really close on the couch when we are not watching television.  Yes, I might have to shop at thrift stores... wait, I love shopping at thrift stores!  It is going to be a fantastic year!

God has blessed me and I am truly thankful for all of the gifts He has given me.

I am not making resolutions.  Instead I am starting my very own "Happiness Project".  I started reading Gretchen Ruben's "The Happiness Project" very recently and thought I could benefit from trying to make myself happier.  Not that I am not already happy.  I am a happy person just by nature, but I know that with some changes I could be happier.  For the month of January my focus will be on boosting my energy.  I completely stole this from Gretchen's project, but hey, why reinvent the wheel.  It is a great place to start.  If I have more energy, how could I not, in turn, be more happy?

This January I will:
  • Go to sleep earlier
  • Exercise more and more effectively
  • Simplify my house
  • Accomplish one big nagging task
  • Act more energetic
I began the year with my second ever 5K race.  I ran the Resolution 5K in Portsmouth, NH.  This was huge for me, not because of the run, but because I did it completely alone.  Yes, there were hundreds of other people there, but I didn't know any of them.  One of my biggest obstacles I need to overcome is doing new things, even if it means doing them alone.  Oh, and I lied, I did run into my therapist along the race route.  We said hi and I kept running.  I need to call her...

I am also starting the year with a new 365 Project.  Day One brought the kids and I to the top of the fire tower to watch the sunset.  It was a gorgeous night.  Cameron took along his DS and took some sunset photos too.  Maybe I will try to get him to do a 365 project.  That would be fun!

Day One:  Sunset on Stratham Hill

Happy New Year everyone!  I hope you all have a very blessed and wonderful 2012!


  1. Beautiful photo Amanda! I hope this year is a good one for you!

  2. Happy New Year! Lakes Region Spirit may be done, but PunkandShooter.com is taking its place as we begin a new journey as well. Change IS required in order to grow!

  3. Fantastic post.
    Fantastic photo.

    Happy New Year Amanda!

  4. Happy New Year! Nice photo and congrats on the 5k accomplishment.

  5. Happy New Year Amanda. I love your blog. Love how you are so open about the divorce on your blog. and love your happiness and things to follow. You are inspiring.


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