#HappierLaborDay - Julie Brown Neu


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I have been listening to a podcast lately called “Side Hustle School” (still trying to find the magic bullet that will allow me to have an income from doing what I love, but alas, I think quilting is going to have to go back to being a side hustle).  In one of the recent Side Hustle School episodes (981), the host talked about #HappierLaborDay, which is an idea that comes from Gretchen Rubin. The point of #HappierLaborDay is to use Labor Day as a day to pause and reflect on your work life, just as you might use New Year’s Day to reflect on your goals for the upcoming year. I absolutely love this idea because I tend to do it anyway, just not in any organized way. When September rolls around and it’s back-to-school time, I also feel like it’s time to get some sharp, new pencils and get back to work. Thankfully, Rubin has a few excellent questions to guide work life reflection. (I particularly like the emphasis on creativity):

  1. How could you be happier, healthier, more productive, and more creative in your work life?
  2. What do you want to accomplish in your upcoming year of work?

I took some time to think about my answers to these questions. To summarize my answer to the first one – I really am fortunate to be very happy, healthy, productive and creative in my work, but I need an actual income to be happier so I’m working on that. What I want to accomplish in my upcoming year of work are the following:

  • Increase the exposure of the Victims Quilt Project – I’d love for it to travel so that it has the opportunity for greater impact.
  • Publish my creativity journey book
  • Sell some of the quilts in my closet in order to make room for more – I am running out of space!

What do you need to do to have a #HappierLaborDay?

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