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Happiness Project: October

Our action word in October for our Caregiving Happiness Project is Do.

This month, we no longer put off what we mean to do. We just do it. So, in October, what will you do?

For me, I’m going to:

1. Create a system to manage my finances.

What will you do? Please share your goals in our comments section, below.

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  1. Profile photo of ejourneys

    I jumped the gun and Did! After reading an NPR article about Coursera on Sept. 30, I went to the Coursera website and registered for a Neuroethics class that’s starting in January. According to the article, Coursera is “a tech company that’s partnered with more than 30 of the top universities in the world to offer online classes from its course catalogue — for free.”

    I haven’t taken a college-level course in decades, and I love the idea of getting to know fellow students who have the same interest. And the price is right! Both my psychology background and my partner’s diagnosis motivated me to take that particular course. I look forward to the experience come January!

    As for October, I have some correspondence I need to catch up on!

  2. Profile photo of Jane

    Hi E-Journeys:

    Coursera is great!!!! I have been taking an Introduction to Pharmacology class and a health care class (can’t remember the exact name of it).

    Jane ~ mom to Nicole, 18 yo, VSD, PAH, Eisenmengers (dx 1/22/10) BHJS (dx 2/4/11)
    “You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you believe, and smarter than you think.”

  3. Profile photo of Pegi

    I will start cleaning out closets, cupboards, drawers et al., in anticipation of our nomadic move to nowhere. And I will have a good attitude about it, that’s the big one. Life is an adventure…here we come, again!

  4. Profile photo of Pegi

    EJ thanks for the lead on Cousera, just what I need to get my mind on something new and productive. Now the big decision is what…there are so many choices! ((Hug))

  5. I will “do” Christmas card labels on the computer. I’ve wanted to “do” this for years! I finally found it partially done on the computer and moved it to the desktop in January and have done absolutely nothing with it! I was supposed to remember it there! So now, I will!

    I will also continue to work on the photo albums. It’s actually been a nice experience (finally!!). I set the timer for 15 minutes, listen to a podcast and compare my Mom’s albums to mine. If I have the pictures, I separate them into piles for one of my brothers or someone else pictured in the photo. If I don’t have the picture I can keep it or share it with someone else. I’ve sent pictures to a few cousins, two aunts, a niece, both brothers, and my father-in-law plus a few friends. Everyone has really appreciated it.


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