I was procrastinating in making my decision as to what my goal this week would be. I know that I promised to do one project, or challenge one belief, or experience one new thing each week, all in my endeavour to find “happiness,” but it’s really difficult to get started. What if I pick the wrong one to start with, and then the whole project goes to pot because it was boring, or took too long, or I just didn’t get the desired results? But then I got a call from my sister and she asked, “So what project are you doing this week?” She had read the blog, and actually sounded interested to hear what I would be doing! I felt the excitement for the project flow back into my body and I was so excited to know that someone was on board with this little experiment. So without further ado, my plans…….
I live in a little house on a tiny bit of land. I am thankful that I don’t have more land, as keeping up with my tenth-acre is quite a chore. Just off the kitchen, in the back quarter of the house, is an area that the previous owner started to make an outdoor sitting area. He put down dark cement pavers, turned on a diagonal, and edged that with red brick. When we first saw the house, I thought, “that is where I will drink my coffee in the morning. I’ll put a couple of nice chairs right there, and create a container garden here, here and over there. And I’ll read the paper and relax, and enjoy this space all the time.”
Fast forward to today, and that space is a weedy, desolate space, ignored and barren. It currently contains a grill that doesn’t work, a few plastic chairs, planters full of mosquito-infested rain water and weeds, a garden hose wrangler box, a sad hummingbird feeder that has been empty for three years, and leftover materials from when I replaced the trim around the door. The space is around 6-feet by 20-feet and is surrounded by a privacy fence on two sides, the house and a sliding glass door leading to the kitchen on one side, and an opening to the rest of the backyard on the other. It has so much potential, but I have just never gotten around to making it the dream relaxation spot that I have always envisioned. Well, that ends this week.
By this time next week, I will have created a sitting area suitable for morning coffee breaks, afternoons relaxing with a book, or evening wind-down sessions with a glass of wine. I am not sure what this will cost, or how much time it will take me, but that’s part of the excitement! Also part of the excitement will be how I can manage to get it done during Jack’s naps and after he goes down for the night. I figure that on a few occasions, I’ve watched at least 20 hours of television during a week, and this project shouldn’t take that long.
My goals for the space include: Comfortable “loungy-type” seating, side table for time-of-day-appropriate beverage, attractive plants and flowers, maybe a grill if I can afford to replace or repair the one I have.
That all sounds easy enough. Tomorrow, I will post the “before” picture of the space. I’ll also try to provide regular updates of what I accomplished each day, as well as photos of the space during its transformation. If it is appropriate, I’ll let you in on any insights I’ve gained into happiness. After all, that’s the point of this, right?! I am so excited about beginning this project. Could it be that I’ve already found a bit of the truth about happiness? That if I have a goal, and a plan, that I am happier? I think that is, at least, somewhat true. I have a project and a vision of the enjoyment that will come at the end. I think it’s going to be fun!
Here’s to dreams!