In September 2015 I had a sudden epiphany while reading a book by Gretchen Rubin and made some drastic changes in my life.

Each month I have a new goal to focus on (that’s 12 goals people). The word or phrase for the month is tied with a quote. My happiness project is solely based off being the best person I can be in order to live my life to the fullest.

2016 can be summed up in one hashtag #BeKara

How are you living your life to the fullest today?

Click on the month to go to the full post:

jan

Jan – The reason behind settling down in Tampa and getting my first full time position was based off one continuous goal of mine, aim higher. Aiming higher in every aspect of my life.. career, relationships, health, and being the best person I can be.

feb

Feb – So I think its kinda cool to think I have friends in all corners of the globe – Australia, Chile, Denmark, Florida, Germany, Texas..etc. But everyone seems to have their own lives, busy with work, family, and just LIFE in general. Why is it that there seems to be a disconnect between thinking of someone, and actually reaching out.

This is something I changed in February.

march

March – When I was younger, my parents would call me a “pack rat.” My main defense to mother… “But MOM that’s for Kara’s Creative Korner, I can use it for an art project.” I would just call it being resourceful. Costumes, clothes, toys, doodles, papers, and more clothes (I’M YO GIRL). To tell you the truth not much has changed. Really dreading this month but here we go.

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April – Sports and physical activities have always been an important part of my life. And I’m forever grateful for my parents in opening up new opportunities for me and providing a happy healthy active lifestyle. THANKS MA & PA!

“You are as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fears; as young as your hope, as old as your despair.” – Samuel Ullman

may

If you ever need a pen or a piece of paper… look no further. I’m your gal.

I almost always have a pocketsized journal and a fancy pen on me.

june

In our day-to- day lives it’s easy to get caught up in things that go wrong, and at the same time we tend to take the people in our lives for granted. More often than not we look over the simple things such as someone opening the door for you or the beauty of a smile.

When you live a life making gratitude a priority you recognize there is good, people deserve good, and that you are, in essence, good itself.

july

Since this is the year of my happiness project I kept disputing (before writing this post) whether “Money can or can’t buy happiness.”

Here in America we take for granted luxuries like clean water, running toilets, MASSIVE refrigerators, free transportation, and (Florida’s favorite) air conditioning. People in other countries could view these luxuries as part of their happiness, in terms of status.

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What I do know from this month: Life is better when you share it to the world… and its even sweeter when you share it with the community. I met some awesome people this month I would have never met had I not signed up to volunteer.

Reconnect: This one is a repeat from one of my old months – Love . I sent some handmade cards to some of my friends, and I actually texted people back (still like 100 unread text but it’s straight – yall know CUR LOVES YA).

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“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.” – Kurt Vonnegut

Be silly. Be childish. Reduce inhibitions. And remember what it feels like to be so care-free. The results are… invaluable for your happiness :)

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“There are times in the lives of most of us, when we would have given all the world to be as we were but yesterday had passed over unappreciated and unenjoyed.” – William Edward Hartpole Lecky

Final thoughts on Oct’s phrase: I read something a few weeks ago that said something along the lines of this.. “we mourn more about the death of loved ones and close friends, than we do our own lives.” It made an impression on me and made me realize that I do the same.

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Most people associate November with food + family. So, I decided this was a great time to keep a food log, and focus on Self – Care.

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“If you aren’t failing, you aren’t trying hard enough.” I find great comfort in Gretchen Rubins quote from her book “Better than Before.” I wont be good at everything, but I’m going to figure out what I do best with God’s gifts he gave me. I am forever a lifelong learner.

“That’s the motto, baby yolo” – Drake. Just had to throw in a silly one. But seriously YOLO.. (Kermit the Frog photo goes here). Click month December to get inspired for your own Happiness Project.

 

 

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