Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Some thoughts on happiness

Ok.. it's Tuesday, and I did promise another post. Check it out, we made it a full week into this new year. Does anyone else feel like life has gotten topsy-turvy lately? Or is that just me?

Well whether your life has recently gone wacky on you or if you're just continuing on the daily grind, the new year is a great time to stop and reflect. I talked a bit about goals last time, and pointed out how I don't do so well with the grand goal thing. Well I've been doing some thinking about that. I have noticed that I'm enough of a go with the flow person that making consistent long term goals is quite a task. I mean, one day I seem to be headed in one direction and the next I'm doing something completely different! The more I think about it though, I think that means I just need to change what kind of goals I make.

I'm not so great with the specific goals. I can't tell you exactly the type of job I want to be in in 5 years. I can't even tell you where I want to be living at that point. However, I can tell you that I want to be happy. I know, that sounds pretty common. I mean, who doesn't want to be happy? But really, I want to be enjoying what I do (whatever that turns out to be) and I want to love the life I'm living. My mother suggested that I read this book, Simple Abundance. It's a daybook, so you read the entries one day at a time. Right now it's talking about being happy, and it's reminded me that you do have to focus on it for it to happen. I'm a fairly upbeat person, and it doesn't take a lot to get me into a good mood.

But what does it take? I have absolutely no idea. I think it has something to do with enjoying the company of those I'm surrounded with. Music is also has a large influence on my mood. But otherwise I really don't know what it takes for me to be happy. I think I may start a journal to try to keep track of it.

What makes you happy? I'd love to hear from you. We may share some of the same joys!

I also just put a monthly event in my calender on my phone. An assessment at the end of each month. A friendly reminder to check and see whether what I'm doing is putting me on a track towards me being happy. If the last few months have taught me anything, it's that it's very easy to get bogged down in what you are doing, and it's sometimes hard to take a step back and check where you're going. I'm sure I'll let you all know how that works!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

P.S. I haven't made the next video yet, but I do plan to have it out by the end of the week!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

So.... let's try this again

Wow.. that was.. not very successful. I think we can classify that as a false start. It's a new year now though and a new beginning for this adventure!!

Now Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. So.. I'm going to try to avoid that in this attempt to blog/vlog and lower my standards a bit. 

You see, as soon as I started editing my videos (even just the little bit of messing around with jumpcuts and transitions I did in that video) I started realizing that it takes a decent amount of time. Then I got overwhelmed and put it off.. leading to the complete lack of videos between then and now. 

So, the once a week video is right out. I'll try to get one out every other week though, I think I can pull that off. I think that due to the lack of videos I shall try to update here every week though, just so you all know that I'm keeping up.

I suppose one could classify that as my new year's resolution. Or you could say that I'm planning on eating better and exercising more (read "at all"). You could say that I have the general end of year goal to be moved out of my mother's house and be living an awesome and exciting life. They all apply, so  last night when my family asked me what my new year's resolution was, I didn't really have an answer. I just don't really see the point. I don't really remember what my resolution was last year, and I doubt that I kept it. Heck, I told myself I was going to sit down and get this done with no interruptions. Yet I'm going to leave right now and go play SongPop with my brother. 

Oh, and my mom. 

Ok now I'm back. So, I'm not so great with the grand goal thing. Honestly I don't think that most people are. I'm just going to do my best to pull of the little goals, like getting another one of these out to you by next Tuesday. See you then!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hello World

This is, admittedly, a filler post. Much like my first vlog, this blog post is what I am throwing together so that I have it done. I shall be posting some of the thoughts and adventures that don't make it into the vlog here. At the moment the most exciting thing going on here is that I POSTED A SECOND VLOG. ..oh wait.. I haven't yet. Well, as soon as I am done writing this post, I shall go put together a new vlog for you all. I discovered windows live movie maker, so this time I shall have an edited post, so you won't get the same kind of 10 minute long ramble as the last one was. In other news, my video camera with which I was hoping to start getting footage of my adventures around town is dead. The battery to it will have to be replaced, which is something I just don't have the funds for. If you feel like doing something about that for me, click the donate button!
Have fun! Come back soon, I will too.