Instead of doing my “one little word” project with the corresponding workshop, I had decided to follow another approach this year. I had already mentioned this in my post about finding my one little word. At that time, I only had a rough idea. On one hand, I wanted to become inspired by the book “the happiness project” by Gretchen Rubin. On the other hand, I wanted to use my monthly story stamp sub and the monthly topics that come along with it. I was not sure if that approach will work…now, almost 5 months later I really love it.
Ali edwards releases every month a kit and stamp set that belong to one topic and since a little while I am subscriber of this monthly stamp set. So far, I really love the inspiration I get and how I use the stamps. You can read more about my experience with the story stamps in the linked post. My idea now was to connect the monthly topic with my word “joy”. In January, it was habit. Which habit does bring me joy? Or which habit do I want to establish that brings me joy? This was relatively easy, as I started yoga a year ago, also due to Ali Edwards. She inspired me to start the 30-day-yoga-challenge by adriene. Since then, I sticked to it…relatively regularly. Hence, there was another 30 days of yoga to keep up with this habit.
In February, it was pieces. Which pieces in my daily routine bring joy? Every day, I wrote down the moment or experience that sparked joy. I was surprised how easy it was to find at least one thing per day that brought some joy.
In March, the topic was design. To design joy sounded a bit awkward, but in the end it wasn’t. In the one little word workshop, Ali has normally one month where she is doing a vision board for her word. I love that prompt…flipping through magazines and catalogs, cutting out inspiring images and pieces, and arranging them in a collage in the end. Hence, I “designed” my vision board in March.
April was a bit more difficult: listen to joy. I didn’t just want to listen so some nice music. That sounded to be too easy. The chapter,I was reading in Gretchen Rubin’s book inspired me in the end: listening to your feelings and the feelings of others. So far, I am not sure how I interpret this in my journal.
In May, the topic will be breathe and most likely I will try some meditation. Laying down, doing and thinking nothing is not at all anything for me….but why not just giving it a try for a month. Maybe, against expectations, it will sparkle some joy. And June will be full of move…we will spend our summer vacation in Sweden, hiking and cycling. This already sparkles joy when I am just thinking about it.