I opened my Happiness Box 2018 today and oh man, what a year! Although, it wasn’t massive as last year’s (goal was a success – I didn’t want a massive box because that was overwhelming to scrapbook), it still took me an hour and forty minutes to record and I didn’t even record me opening December’s notes. That’s okay because I did have a good year.

While 2018 had it’s ups and downs, especially when meeting creeps, I am thankful for caring people and friends that helped. Yes, I recorded when someone I just met at the Art Museum gave me a hug and a few days later called me bad news because I was honest with him (he was creeping me out), my friends came through and said he was the one that was wrong. I’m a loving person. Lyft came through when a rider harassed me. I am thankful I was safe, the other passenger took no for an answer, and Lyft took my complaint seriously. If I am out late, I don’t select shared rides anymore.

I had two cute Lyft drivers! One in March, one in September! The one in September agreed to a selfie with me. *Bigsmile* In February, I had a Lyft driver I went to grade school with and we hadn’t seen each other in 10 years… it was great catching up. I had known him through elementary, middle, and high schools – it was crazy we lost touch after we graduated. I keep in touch with him now. 

Also, some death that I recorded this year. Mostly, Marsha’s dad and a library co-worker’s son. I went to both funerals to be there for my friends and although it wasn’t a happy moment, I recorded the moments because both were grateful that I was there for them. Being with others in their times of need is just as important. Life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, we should lift others up and be there without judgment.

I had a lot of adventures filled with food, the ease of going gluten-free, friends, and family. My health improved and while I gained more debt, I wouldn’t trade my adventures for the world. I loved seeing friends and family in 2018. I’m truly a travel bug and foodie. I also enjoyed staying home to scrapbook, read for the book discussion groups, see the book discussion group people, see people in the philosophy club, and watching the stars.

I only filled one bag compared to three last year and I hope it won’t take as long to scrapbook. I will get a scrapbook this weekend and I started Happiness Box 2019 earlier. I can’t wait to fill Happiness Box 2019!

I hope 2019 will be a joyful year too! I plan on paying debt off, while still enjoying my life and working on continued good health. I hope that you all have a joyful new year too!

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

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  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    What a tremendous year you had, dear friend! The evidence is right there in your Happiness Box. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. When you start scrapbooking and gaze at all the pictures you took during your travels in 2018, the smiling faces, the ticket stubs and souvenirs, reminders of all the great times you had, a thousand memories will come flooding back. I am sorry to learn that Marsha’s dad and a library co-worker’s son died. On the other hand, I am thankful that it was a year of improving health for you. I praise you for making a new year’s resolution to pay off debt in 2019. You will thank yourself over and over if you accomplish that goal.

    Now it is time for you to start filling the Happiness Box for 2019. I know it will be another exciting year of travel, education, fine dining experiences, meeting people and making friends. It’s how you roll.

    Happy new year, dear friend JM, and thank you for your ongoing support of Shady’s Place!


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