Today I came across a post from http://chrisguillebeau.com/ that I’d previously shared on Facebook, and decided to answer the questions.
- Are you happy?
By and large, I’d say I’m happy at the moment. I’m not sure I’m happy when I look at the bigger picture, but I have various small moments of happiness each day.
- Do you like your daily routine?
Yes, although ideally I’d rather have fewer hours per day at work. I love that my daily commute is short and can be done on foot. I love that because of that, I have time to myself each morning before I leave the house, to exercise, write 750 words and be mindful. I love that its proximity means that I can go runninng in the park. I love having time to myself in the evenings after work. I love that because I don’t have children, I can sleep in late at the weekend and then choose the rest of the day to suit myself.
- How much time do you spend doing something you love?
I’d say quite a lot. I make time for reading every week, I have lunch with friends, I go to knitting and language groups.
- Who are the good people in your life – and do you spend enough time with them?
Hmm, this one seemed trickier to answer. First, I’m an introvert, so I have a small social circle and am generally happy with that. Second, I find it quite difficult to get close to people and to stay in touch with them. I have a couple of good friends who live locally and I make time to see them regularly. I have other friends who live further away, that I don’t make much time for and would like to strengthen my relationship with.
- What do you need to change?
I have put on weight over the last few months and am changing that at the moment by exercising regularly and following Whole30 eating rules.
I would like to make the most of my time and cut back on time wasted procrastinating.
I would like to bring order to our garden and learn more about gardening generally.
I would like to work with my husband to resolve his hoarding issues and clear our house.
- Do you need to make any big decisions?
Not at the moment. My job is going well and I’ve just had a raise so I expect to be there for the next year at least. My relationship with my husband is improving and I don’t expect to make any major changes there for the next year. I want to remain childfree so no decisions to be made there. My husband wants to remain in the city where we live, so by default, while I’m with him I don’t need to make any decisions about where to live.
- What are you doing for others?
I’ve started weekly volunteering for the Samaritans, and also do another form of volunteering less regularly. I do a lot for my husband in terms of chores and tasks around the house. Now I think about it, I don’t do much for friends and family.
- What comes next?
This is the area where I’m stuck. At the moment, I feel like I’m in a holding pattern or germinating. I don’t have a big future plan that I’m working towards. I’ve started saving money to be able to retire early, but based on the current situation, I won’t have enough saved until I’m 50 (over 10 years from now!). In the meantime, I’m not sure what I’m aiming for.