Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Oh my god, there has been a mistake.

Well, that is embarrassing.  My last post should have been tomorrow.  What a fail.  I am just going to go ahead and do that.  Ahem…awkward.

September 12
Be alone.

I am good at being alone, though ending this blog with an embarrassing mistake isn't exactly how I envisioned my triumphant good bye.  Although, maybe this mistake is going out in "Amanda" style.   A blunder, then me trying to fix it.  Yep, that is moi.

"Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company."
Booker T. Washington

All right, so now it is goodbye.


Wow, I am a little unsure how to go about this.  I mean, I have never finished a blog before.  In fact, this is the first time I have finished a major project.  Happy on Purpose will finally be moved from my current project shelf: an honor that most books only dream about.  I figured as a final goodbye, I will answer a few questions.

What do you feel like you have gained from this project?
Well, when I started this project I was very unhappy.  My sister had just moved away, I was single (that hasn't changed unfortunately), and I was really unhappy my situation in life.  However, I felt trapped.  I felt like I couldn't make the necessary huge changes (i.e. living a nomad life or starting a new career) that would be essential for my happiness.  By following this book, I believe anyone can be happy.  Diana Fletcher gives very simple ways of changing your thinking that makes all the difference. Not to mention the feeling of accomplishment I have gotten over finishing a year long project.

So are you happier now?
That is one question that I feel like we don't ask each other enough: "are you happy?"  Yes, I believe I am.  I am still not a hundred percent where I want to be, but I now have the tools to get through tough situations, think positively, and believe in myself.

Could you stop being so corny in your posts?

What is next for Amanda?
Well, if you liked reading my writing I have three other blogs that are still going on.  Also, my sister and I recently decided to purchase a book called This Book Will Change Your Life Again.  This book is filled with daily outrageous tasks to complete, all to get you out of your comfort zone.  We are going to try to do this together, but unfortunately no blog will come out of this, seeing as how I would probably be too embarrassed to write about what I did that day on behalf of the book.  However, a new blog may result out of another project my sister and I want to complete.  We recently made a list of a hundred bucket list items we want to do before we are thirty.  We might start a blog about that; if we do, I will return to this blog and give you guys the link.  I have learned how to do the small stuff; maybe it is time for the big risks?

If you could change how something about this blog, what would it be?
I probably would have provided labels to direct you guys to different posts.  I also regret that Brie quit, but that is not really my fault.

Amanda, what will do without your wise words everyday?  Start over please!
There, there, child.  I will never really leave you.  You will carry me in your heart.  Or you could start over by reading my posts again.  I don't want to start over.  I thoroughly enjoyed doing this, but I am constantly starting new projects.  I do want to say thank you to Diana Fletcher for changing my life.  I also want to thank my loyal readers.  I know I can be lazy, short, sarcastic, and boring.  Thank you so much for hanging in there.  I will also keep reading comments if you want to get in contact with me.

So this is goodbye…forever????
You will be okay.  I have taught you all I could.  You can reach my other blogs in the my blogs section of the sidebar.  It has been a pleasure serving with you.

September 11

Stand up for yourself.

All right before I get all sentimental, this being my last post and all, I am going to respond to the message.  I recently have been letting a friend make me feel like crap and I haven't said anything about it.  Mostly, this is because I want to avoid a Real Housewives-esque scene.  Still, it is probably healthier to mention it rather than just stewing.

"He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away."
Raymond Hull

Monday, September 10, 2012

September 10

Take a deep breath.  Say "It is okay that I make mistakes.  It is all part of my story."

It is okay that I make mistakes.  It is all part of my story.

"A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing."
George Bernard Shaw

Sunday, September 9, 2012

September 9

Be happy on purpose!

Certainly, the name of this book has always intrigued me.  People often think of happiness as something you either have or you don't.  Or people will think they will only be happy if something big happens (i.e. fall in love or get the dream job).  I think it is extremely important to learn how to be happy without those things.  How do you this?  Ask Diana Fletcher, of course!

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” 
Ernest Hemingway (all right so this quote isn't really helpful but I really like it)

"Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present."
Jim Rohn (there we go; that is more appropriate)

Saturday, September 8, 2012

September 8

Start something new.

Recently I have been learning sign language.  I am doing this entirely on my own and just a learn a sign every couple of days.  I am also learning how to sign songs, which has been a lot of fun.  I am going at a slow pace, but it is my own pace and I am proud of myself for trying something new.

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new."
Albert Einstein

Friday, September 7, 2012

September 7

What would you love to do today if you could?  Take an action toward making it happen.

  • I would love to fly off to London (action step: plan an imaginary trip)
  • Sit in bed and read all day (action step: possibly do this Sunday)
  • Sit in bed and watch movies all day (action step: possibly go to bed early Saturday or Sunday and do this)
  • See my sister (action step: skype her today)
"The things I want to know are in books; my best friend is the man who'll get me a book I ain't read."
Abraham Lincoln