After I opened Happiness Jar 2016, went through the travel albums and reflected on the achievements of the year (I overcame my fear of test taking and past the IELTS exam with flying colours – I was one step closer to Canada), it was time to help mom prepare for our New Year’s Day open house with our family.
During our open house, I thought about different ideas for 2017. I definitely wanted to continue the happiness project because I loved seeing what made me happy in 2016. However, the jar was too small and didn’t last me the whole year. I also wanted to include more photos since I love photography.
I had tons of boxes in my room and I thought a box would be fitting; my happiness and gratitude is a gift to myself. A box would also hold a lot more than a jar. After our open house, I began putting together happiness box 2017. I decorated the box top and included my first card.
By February, I started including mementos in the box. I had the opportunity to meet Mayhem last February and they signed two CDs for me – I definitely wanted to include that in the box. I also included photos from the concert. By March, my box was definitely feeling loved.
However, in August I had to start using the box top to finish out the rest of 2017. I worried that I might run out of room and I would have to do what I did with the jar: collect slips and mementos outside of the box. Fortunately, I did make it to the end of the year. The box top was filled to the gills by December 31.