|I don't really have a photo for this post, so here are some Halloween photos of my kids from today. This is Bria as "Miranda Sings."|
The one issue with this Write 31 Days challenge is that it ends on Halloween day, which is usually a little too busy for me to find time to do a really great blog. But luckily, Halloween is the last day of the challenge, so it's a perfect time to give an accounting of how things went.
When I started the series, I brainstormed a bunch of ideas. The things I thought of included those things I already do well that make our home happier, but I also thought of many things I wanted to do better or start doing that would also help our happiness level.
|Chloe as John Lennon.|
This month I have to say I was much more thoughtful of my husband and children.
I have served my husband more.
I have been more grateful.
I have gotten more sleep (except on the nights I had to stay up late to get one of these blogs written!).
I showed up more often.
I read with my kids more (we are currently reading A Wrinkle in Time).
I kept better track of our schedule.
I was happier.
And because I was happier, everyone else was happier, too.
And the funny thing is that of the 31 ideas I brainstormed, I only ended up using about 20 of them. Sometimes the day just dropped other things in my lap and I learned a lot of great lessons about how a happy home is made this month. I was more aware of how everything I did affected the family as a whole.
|Sophia as Pikachu (a Pokemon character).|
I love doing these 31 Day Challenges for myself, because it isn't just about writing. It's about writing about a specific topic and ultimately changing my life. I'm looking forward to continuing to apply the things I've learned (or re-learned) this month.
Hooray for a happier home!
(And Happy Halloween!)