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The Happiness Project

Today I turned forty nine which means in twelve months’ time I turn fifty….FIFTY!  I can’t believe that and I am so not ready for it.  I feel like I’m in my twenties still.  Doesn’t this mean I’m supposed to have helped build an orphanage, saved some orang-utans and climbed Everest by now?  Well I’ve done none of that.  I’ve immigrated to Australia – ten years ago (that was pretty monumental I guess) and brought up two beautiful children I’m incredibly proud of.  I haven’t bungie jumped (not that I’d want to), jumped out of an aeroplane, sailed the world or abseiled down the Empire State Building (can you even do that?)


One of the birthday gifts from my daughter was a book called The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and a voucher to attend a happiness workshop (what is she trying to tell me?) ‘You need to calm down mum, relax; chill’. Instead of curling up on the floor in the foetal position for the year, waiting for the big five-O to smack me in the face, I’ve decided to turn the last year of my forties into a journey of happiness.  It’s time to be happier and spend more time doing things that make me happy. I hope you will join the ride.  Let the Happiness Project begin!

young female having fun on flowery meadow

By Waking the Wombat

Life - part two; Australia. Having spent the first 39 years of my life in England, with two adult children who don't need me so much, a workaholic husband and a head full of stuff waiting to be unleashed, Waking the Wombat is my place to share life's experiences with you.

11 replies on “The Happiness Project”

Happy birthday thou child of tender years. Always remember that your age is just a number. You write with the fluidity and passion of youth. A wonderful quality and beauty of style. They are qualities you will always retain. Young at heart, that’s you.


Thank you so much. I just had a reality check that I’m nearly 50 (yes, just a number! )and it seems to have arrived so quickly. Thanks for the compliments about my writing too; I’m certainly no professional, I just enjoy it. I shall carry your words of wisdom with me 🙂


You turn 50 next year – I turned 30 this year! I wish I had have had the opportunity to do more to celebrate my last year in my 20’s…. one thing I am grateful for this birthday was being able to celebrate it in a very special way at a very special place:

One thing I remember I did get to do as part of the last year of my 20’s was this:


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