January Goals: The Happiness Project

Did you know that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down consistently?

This year I have decided to start a Happiness Project. I talked a little bit about this idea in a previous post and how I was inspired by the concept from Gretchin Rubin’s, “The Happiness Project”.

Throughout 2019, I will be sharing my monthly intentions with you and I would love for you to share yours with me. This month my focus is…. health and wellness!

As many of you know, I have struggled with a chronic illness for over 3 years. My goal this month is to focus on my health and see if any tips and tricks can improve my symptoms. I came to the conclusion that all of my resolutions will be a little bit easier if my pain is more manageable. Here are my goals for January:

  • Improve my sleep

January Goals: The Happiness Project

After completing a sleep test last year, my doctors found that I wake up 10x an hour! I have been on a sleeping medication for a few years, but despite the extra help I still continue to wake up. There are many studies that show sleep deprivation can cause chronic pain, so getting restful sleep could be a part of the solution. I hope to improve my sleep in January by reading books on sleep, setting a strict sleeping schedule, using essential oils, and wearing blue light blocking glasses a couple hours before bed. I’ve already start using the glasses, and I have noticed a big difference in how sleepy I feel at bedtime. If you struggle with sleeping too, I recommend grabbing these inexpensive glasses. Let me know if you have any hacks for getting a better nights rest. I would love any help I can get!

  • Daily yoga

January Goals: The Happiness Project

It’s a simple fact for me: I feel better when I practice yoga. For years now I have hoped to start a daily yoga practice and that is what I intend to do this month! My goal is practice yoga every morning and night, even if only for 5 minutes. I think nightly yoga will tie in nicely to my other resolution of getting good sleep. Yoga With Adriene has great night time videos that I am excited to use.

  • Healthy food & drink more water

January Goals: The Happiness Project

We’ve heard it since we were kids…”Drink more water!” This month I plan to take that very seriously. I picked up my Naglene handy dandy water bottle and I will be tracking my daily water intake. My other goal is to avoid gluten and dairy, as I know that these foods don’t work well with my body.

  • Alcohol Free

January Goals: The Happiness Project

What can I say? This girl loves a glass of red wine, but just for the month of January I plan on giving my tummy a rest(especially after all of the holiday splurging).

  • Workout 5 times a week

January Goals: The Happiness Project

It’s so important to get out and moving, especially when living with chronic pain. I notice that the endorphins make me feel great and help loosen up my tense muscles. I plan on getting myself to the gym 5 times a week for some cardio and weight training.

So will all of this make me happier? Time will tell! I am so excited to go on this journey with you guys this year, and I can’t wait to hear about your January intentions.

What do you plan on focusing on as we enter 2019?

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  1. Those are great and healthy goals for January and the new year. My main goal is to be calmer for my family. I have a baby and a toddler and have been stressed most of this year. I want to be more organized and less stressed for my family and myself. I also just started a blog, so I’m hoping to grow that as well.

  2. These are great ideas! I love doing yoga, it so good for your body and mind. For January my goals are to try something new, figure out how to be a stay at home mom on a strict budget and continue to grow in my relationships, knowledge and blogging skills.

    1. Those are great goals! My budgeting skills definitely need work as well. Can’t wait to see what the new year has for you Cadie!

  3. Working out 5 times a week might not be to hard for me once I found out I can watch fitness videos on amazon for free with my prime account. Thank you for writing this post. I have also been trying to increase my water intake as well.

  4. Good one!! I love reading these blogs on motivation and goal setting. It puts a fire under my butt to get cracking and stay focused! Good luck on your goals 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Iva! Goal setting is one of my favorite things to do:)

  5. I notice writing my goals down definitely leads to the likeliness that I will do them. I’m usually good with daily goals, but not so much with my long terms goals. I need to work on that on this year.

  6. These are great goals and I love the happiness project book. My goals for January are going to be to exercise everyday be it stretching, yoga, low-impact aerobics or walking. My next goal is to be more mindful of my eating and lose weight. I look forward to hearing about your sleep findings.

    1. Those are great goals Mary! Mine are very similar:) I’ll be sure to post about my sleep experiment at the end of the month. Happy Near Year!:)

  7. Great goals! I also have Yoga on my 2019 to do list. My hip and hamstring were injured for most of last year and I am wanting to do yoga to increase my flexibility to prevent something like that again!

  8. Great goals. I am going to try the blue light blocking glasses. I wish you better health in 2019.

  9. I was nodding along to all of your ideas! I am interested in the blue light blocking glasses. Screen time is something I definitely could do less. And hooray for yoga!!

  10. I’m very similar in where I write things down so that I remember to do them. I have found bullet journaling to be a great way to do that. It also let’s out your creative side and you’re not stuck with the rigid layout of the printed planners. It has helped me through my last year in grad school and then with job hunting and keeping up with workouts. I’m continuing with it in 2019 to try to stay caught up with my goals!

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