First ContactRecently the ‘Caribbean Princess‘ posted about ‘The Happiness Project‘.  Her post has inspired me to undertake a similar project.  My project will follow on from my  ‘100 reasons to be glad‘ project which I still haven’t quite finished ;-)

My happiness project will focus on fine tuning my happiness. I have made an initial list of things to focus on, the first one is finish my ‘100 reasons to be glad’ photo project.

Every good project has to have a good home to house it and the Spring Green (Chameleon) Filofax called out to a lover of spring and new growth, which makes me feel happy :-)   When it arrived I liked the fact that it had pastal tabs, paper and ruler rather than the black and white that was shown on the website.

I digress…

The filofax came with two years worth of diary inserts (18 months left to go), so my project will last 18 months (unless I decide to extend it ;-) )

I am in the process of organising my filofax to house my project, it is a work in progress.  Photos coming soon…

I will leave you with this thought:

There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.

Siddhartha Gautama

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21 Comments CherryPie on Jul 18th 2011

21 Responses to “Paths to Happiness”

  1. I love organizing! This looks like fun!

  2. If happiness is the path,
    where will it lead us?
    The path to happiness?
    So we’re moving in circles… ;)

  3. Ginnie says:

    What is it about folders like this! They always inspire me to do something creative, so I totally understand, Cherie. I wish you success. :

  4. Claire says:

    happiness can be of the moment and if it is now then enjoy all of it

  5. liz says:

    I don’t really understand the happiness project but your filofax is very pretty!

  6. liz says:

    And I think I shall follow your inspiration and try to find good quotes and photos. Thank you.

  7. Claude says:

    I seldom use the word happiness. Instead I say: contentment. But this is a great project, Cherie. For years, I have kept a diary-folder of my coming-and-going. Books read, Concerts (with programs), Art Galleries visits, (with Notes), Trips (with maps), people visited and received (with Menus), etc. etc. When I became an On-Call RN, I included Hospitals and Specialties I worked in. And , here and there, a few inspiring quotations. As I became older, I had to slow down. But the mind is still very active. And it’s very invigorating to write down a few things like “Discovering Bruges with Cherie and Andrew. Will listen to Mahler this evening.”

    Re-reading all my past years, I can say: You’ve done well, Claude. Be content (or happy!) And keep on living!

    • CherryPie says:

      I think you word content sums up my project and what you have done with your diary over the years is the sort of thing that is going to go into my happiness project diary :-) It has already started ;-)

      I am quite humbled that I inspired you with my Bruges photos and that you put your sweet comment about myself and Andrew in you memories of contentment.

  8. Claude says:

    I wanted to add that your blog with the marvellous photos is already a Path to Happiness for you, and many people. Thank you with all my heart, Cherie, for sharing your fascinating life. :-)

    • CherryPie says:

      The photos are memories of things that make me happy (or content), I am glad they give you inspiration too :-)

      Thank you for your kind words :-)

  9. jameshigham says:

    Happiness in a filofax.

    • CherryPie says:

      Only the words and the memories are in the filofax. The happiness is within myself and the people I interact with over the years.

  10. That’s a nice looking Filofax. Cherie. Mine has fallen out of use in recent months!

  11. jane says:

    I love your idea and I also love the filofax. I will be interested to hear more about the project. Not necessarily (but can be) the specific things that make you happy, but how you will proceed. Since I just had a birthday I have plans to do a similar project, 56 things to do next year. I shall blog about it soon.

    • CherryPie says:

      My 100 reasons to be glad photos are things that make me happy and this project focuses on areas to make me feel more content such as de-cluttering the house and things like that. I shall blog a bit more about it as I go along.

      Your project sounds really interesting too and I am looking forward to seeing your post on it :-)