New Years Resolutions for May sounded exciting to accomplish as the 31 Day Challenge developed. The idea revolved around creating 31 things to do for fun by the end of the month. “No more excuses”, I thought to myself, such as blaming my full time job and responsibilities for “not giving me enough time”. I brainstormed and listed 31 interests to pursue, expecting to indulge in one activity per day, which did not turn out to not be the case. While 2 items remain incomplete, a few days knocked out 2 birds with one stone (such as World Turtle Day at Barfield Park). Follow this link to read more about the challenge and review a few photos from the month posted below, in no particular order. Couldn’t take pictures for every assignment (who really wants to see a pic of me learning more about CSAs?) but captured some great moments during vacation.

Flaming Lips at Bridgestone
Flaming Lips at Bridgestone
Cinco De Mayo in Memphis!
Cinco De Mayo in Memphis!
My friend Jessica and I tried a new restaurant called Silky Sullivans located in Memphis
My friend Jessica and I tried a new restaurant called Silky Sullivan’s located in Memphis
Memphis in May, Flaming Lips performing again after their set at Bridgestone only 2 day before
Memphis in May, Flaming Lips performing again after their set at Bridgestone only 2 day before
The beginning of the garden journal
The beginning of the garden journal
Garden is doing well
Garden is doing well
Camped at Rock Island then discovered waterfalls the next morning
Camped at Rock Island then discovered waterfalls the next morning
More waterfalls behind me
More waterfalls behind me
Crazy mess
Crazy mess
Clean and organized closet!
Clean and organized closet!
Aura Photography taken at Galactic Expo
Aura Photography taken at Galactic Expo
Find and feed ducks in Murfreesboro
Find and feed ducks in Murfreesboro
Pay more attention to Junip the Cat every day
Pay more attention to Junip the Cat every day
First house we looked at, not very impressive
First house we looked at, not very impressive
House hunting
House hunting
Vision board before the changes
Vision board before the changes
Updated vision board
Updated vision board

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World Turtle Day Celebration at Barfield Park
World Turtle Day Celebration at Barfield Park
Turkey leg and Joker Chips at Renaissance Festival
Turkey leg and Joker Chips at Renaissance Festival
Never rode a horse, so I rode a camel instead.
Never rode a horse, so I rode a camel instead.
Couldn't schedule massage by the end of May, has to wait till June, BUT I used my Coco's Italian Market Groupon instead
Couldn’t schedule massage by the end of May, has to wait till June, BUT I used my Coco’s Italian Market Groupon instead
Happiness Box: Favorite nail polish, favorite fragrance oil (Tahitian Vanilla Coconut), old ticket stubs and festival bracelets, tiny turtle candles, positive quotes, birthday cards, crystals and gems, photos with friends and family and confetti from the Flaming Lips Show at Bonnaroo 2010, the best show of my entire life.
Happiness Box: Favorite nail polish, favorite fragrance oil (Tahitian Vanilla Coconut), old ticket stubs and festival bracelets, tiny turtle candles, positive quotes, birthday cards, crystals and gems, photos with friends and family and confetti from the Flaming Lips Show at Bonnaroo 2010, the best show of my entire life.
Took cousins to the park in La Vergne
Took cousins to the park in La Vergne
Start a Collection: Cook books, food magazines, etc.
Start a Collection: Cook books, food magazines, etc.
Testing out the new hammock
Testing out the new hammock
Breathtaking landscape at Fall Creek Falls
Breathtaking landscape at Fall Creek Falls
Hanging out near the cascades turned out to be more fun than Nashville Shores
Hanging out near the cascades turned out to be more fun than Nashville Shores
Practiced on my roommate's kit since mine still remains at my dad's house
Played my roommate’s kit since mine still remains at my dad’s house
The Window Table...a work in progress but almost complete!
The Window Table…a work in progress but almost complete!
Chalkboard bids coated with magnetic primer. Some magnets stick well, others don't?
Chalkboard bids coated with magnetic primer. Some magnets stick well, others don’t?

Learning how to make time for hobbies and adventures in May felt exhilarating but exhausting. Seems like I’m  just as happy as I remained in April, but  The Happiness Project encouraged me to accept challenges and practice time management techniques. My mantra has become “I always have time to have fun”, a fundamental change in the way I think and lead my life. All I want to do is study positive psychology, garden, work on DIY projects, go camping, drum, ride camels and spend time with my cat. Plus make candles and bath salts, run a 5k, move, decorate, skydive, zipline and hike. Is that too much to ask?  Like everyone says, aint nobody got time for that. Or do they?

Living in a “not enough” society may lead one to believe fun can wait. As soon I wake up, tired, I think “not enough sleep”. Don’t feel like exercising…not enough energy. Too much housework …not enough time to relax. Contrary to popular belief, however, plenty of time exists to enjoy activities you look forward to. I’ve learned that keeping a daily planner helps; it hold me accountable and reminds me of the tasks I need to complete. May Resolutions ultimately taught me to lighten up. Looking forward to developing, strengthening and maintaining new and old friendships next in June.