Summer is here. The weather is sticky and humid where I live but my old bones appreciate the warmth. How are you? Have you been taking care of yourself? Have you planned a vacation? After the death of my father, I had to rethink my life once more. If there is one thing that mortality does, is to make you question your life all over again.
I thought of the reasons why I started blogging and how happy it made me feel back then. My intention has not changed: I still want to share with others what makes me smile so that people can also feel happy and learn from my experience.
This is why I didn’t want to talk much about my struggles but it’s part of why I was silent for a long time. I didn’t want to burden others with negativity. Life comes with highs and lows but we have to get up to continue walking on the road otherwise we will stay down. So I have decided to get up and keep on walking to reach the highs and live in the sunshine.
Will you join me on my journey to happiness? I hope you can also find here reasons to enjoy the little things that can make your life better!
To get started, I asked myself questions about my goals in life:
- What is important to me? (what are my values)
- What do I want? (how do I want to live my life)
- How do I get what I want? (what do I need to do)
I did quite a lot of reading in the past few month and one book in particular helped me focus on the task at hand: "Crush your Limits" by Thibaut Meurisse. I am not paid to advertise this book or any of his work. I have read other books and articles but this is the book that gave me the push to take actions to get back on my feet.
After brainstorming, I made a list of what I needed to do. This list applies to my present situation and may change in the future. And of course, your list may differ a little or a lot from mine depending on your situation.
List of things to do
- Set up a desk so I can plan my life and future projects
- Set up an organizing system for my projects
- Improve my physical health with meal plans and workout schedule
- Schedule time for myself and for my family
Today I will show you the first step on my list: set up a desk to plan my life and future projects.
I have always been a very organized person and clutter frustrates me. I had a very small secretary desk in my bedroom where I kept my planners and documents but it was getting too small for my needs.
So I decided to get a bigger desk and shelves (I am keeping the old one for storage and reading). I made space in my living room and got a white desk from IKEA. I added a drawer unit to store documents and stationery. Two shelves were installed above the desk.
I gravitate toward pastel colors very much so it was a no brainer to decide on a color palette. Most of my craft supplies are already in those colors; I didn’t have to buy too many new items.
If you follow my instagram account, you will probably recognize some of the objects on my desk.
I decorated the shelves with watercolor paintings from the amazing artist @journalingafternoon on Instagram.