I am participating in the Reverb 10 project. You can read my first post here.

Prompt for December 28: Achieve. What’s the thing you most want to achieve next year? How do you imagine you’ll feel when you get it? Free? Happy? Complete? Blissful? Write that feeling down. Then, brainstorm 10 things you can do, or 10 new thoughts you can think, in order to experience that feeling today.

I talk non stop about Gretchen Rubin and her Happiness Project. Almost every night at dinner, I am “Gretchen this” and “Happiness Project that.” I think Dan is just about ready to ban any more talk of The Happiness Project and my love affair with Gretchen Rubin.

I have a serious thing for Gretchen. I just know if we met, we would be best friends. Like her, I love reading and writing, take notes for no reason, get cranky if I am too cold or hungry, and love to exercise in the morning. Oh how I wish I could meet Gretchen for coffee. I so admire her.

Of course I decided in 2011, I, too would have my own Happiness Project. Like Gretchen, I have a chart for each of the 12 months with a “resolution” per month and eight mini-resolutions aimed at achieving the main resolution. If you like, you can email her and ask for a copy of her chart, so you can make your own. I kept some of her resolutions, tweaked some, and others I changed completely. And I am so jazzed to get started.

I plan on sharing my chart in a post on January 1, so stay tuned to see what it is I hope to achieve. Are you going to do a Happiness Project? What do you want to achieve? Have you ever met Gretchen? I would be totally jealous.


Sarah is a thiry-something wife to an engineer and mother of three. She loves teaching aerobic and cycling classes, learning to shoot with her DSLR in manual mode, and drinking coffee.