Get Happy, You Crazy Wench!

Hey everybody!

Have you ever heard of a Happiness Project? Here is the site of the woman who started it if you want to learn more about it [‎]. Anyway, I’ve tried to do a Happiness Project in the past but I made it way too complicated and overambitious. This time, I am focusing on simple goals and some ways to get to those goals. Check out my agreement and schedule:

September 2013 – September 2014


I, Robin Martinez, agree that the following goals and activities are to be engaged in solely for my benefit as a person, parent, and wife. I have no obligation to continue any of them if I find they are harmful or overly taxing in any way. I agree to not harbor any guilt if I do not continue any of the books on this list or choose to read other titles instead of those listed.

All that being said, I also agree that my life is running off course and I have become an unfocused, bitter, impatient, lonely person. I have lost sight of my spiritual life and have resorted to taking out my frustrations on my family and myself. I have allowed my body to bloat and decay, my mind to settle into a moronic mush. If I choose to do nothing, then I am a lost cause. If, however, I choose to exercise some self-discipline and pull myself from the mire, I might just have a chance of regaining the interesting and positive person I used to be.


September Focus: Energy

  1. Exercise
    1. Monday – Denise Austin
    2. Tuesday – Workout Room
    3. Wednesday – Denise Austin
    4. Thursday – Belly Dance Class
    5. Friday – Workout Room
    6. Saturday – FREE
    7. Sunday – Aqua Zumba
  2. Desserts limited to 1 oz. dark chocolate or dairy-free ice cream
  3. Sleep Better (no later than 10:30 p.m.)
  4. Book of the Month – The Wanderer by Sharon Creech (Library) & Ghosts of Tsavo by Philip Caputo

October Focus: Finances

  1. Look for a free money seminar or an accounting course
  2. Create budget worksheet
  3. Find a couponing group
  4. Begin, if you have not already, to give tithes again
  5. Book of the Month – Family Financial Workbook by Larry Burkett / Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman (Library)

November & December Focus: Joy

  1. Do a daily Bible reading prayer time
  2. Do 20 minutes of yoga/meditation every day
  3. Find a church to attend
  4. Complete family photo project for Mom’s Christmas present
  5. Choose a volunteer opportunity
    1. Animal Shelter
    2. College theatre (usher)
    3. PTA
    4. Other
  6. Book to Read – Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salma Rushdie / The Chronicles of Master Li and Number 10 Ox by Barry Hughart

January, February & March Focus: Writing

  1. Write at least 3 short stories (from rough draft to submission stage)
  2. Complete Regency Poetry Collection
  3. Complete Raising Puck (poetry collection and essay)
  4. Submit In the Blood to list of agents/publishers
  5. Create and commit to a revision/submission schedule and deadlines
  6. Books to Read – On Writing by Stephen King (Library) / The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester (Library) / St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell / Walden by Henry David Thoreau (Library) / The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov (Library in anthology)

April & May Focus: Education

  1. Go to 1 library program a week that will teach me something new
  2. Take a photography class (if affordable)
  3. Learn to sew
  4. Books to Read – Hatchet by Gary Paulsen (Library) / The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (Library) / Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut (Library) / Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (Library)

June & July & August Focus: Reading Catch-up

  1. Books to Read – In Cold Blood by Truman Capote / C.S. Lewis: A Life by Alister McGrath (Library) / The Way of the Wolf by Martin Bell / The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (Library) / Moon Eyes by Josephine Poole / The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King

September Focus: Contentment

  1. Have a Happiness Project celebration
  2. Write an essay about my project and submit it to come magazines
  3. Book of the Month – Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster (Library)


 Do you have any goals that you’re working towards? I love to hear about them!


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