June Recap

June is winding down as we reach the half way point to the Happiness Project.

I want to do a mid year review, probably tomorrow, but first let’s take a look at June’s successes and opportunities.

Take a Real Vacation

My trip along the east coast was well documented earlier in the month.  Making stops in Rehoboth Beach. Ocean City, Virginia Beach, and finally Richmond Virginia for the Tough Mudder.

It was a great time despite the shitty weather for the first half of the trip.

My favorite parts where taking Liam in the ocean for the first time and my morning runs along the boardwalk.

Cut People Slack

Friend doesn’t return your text in a timely manner?  Employee showing up late because they are having a tough time at home?  Guest misread the coupon and didn’t meet the purchase requirement?

Cut them some slack.  But we weary of those trying to take advantage of you.

Get Life Insurance

Kind of a big nagging task.  I signed my first personal life insurance policy that goes along with the policy that my work provides.   I sleep better knowing my family would be taking care of if anything happened.

Say Hello,  Use Good Manners

For someone who has to be reminded of proper social behavior constantly from his wife, this one took alit of practice.  But after alot of mental rehearsal I can be seen saying “good morning,” to runners and walkers in the morning and when I pull up to the coffee drive through and the girl says “hi, how are you” I don’t respond “fine…”.


Ask for help / Use Resources

Used my corporate contacts to purchase some new equipment for the restaurant as well as place some help wanted ads to grab some new employees. 
Find an area of refuge

I set up my office to where I can escape for a few minutes while the kids terrorize each other.

Nice warm nights I sit out on the deck.

And in the mornings I take long jogs.

Take time for mini-adventures / Day Trips

Looking through my blog the last couple months, there hasn’t been many days that I haven’t gone somewhere to explore.   But I tried to take the extra time to do a little mini-adventuring such as my trip to Otisco Lake and Buttermilk Falls in Ithaca.

 Wear the “dream” mask

I have been wearing the Lucid Dream Mask for most of the month and while I have not yet acheived Lucid dreaming, my dream recall as well as the details of those dreams have increases significantly.  Gonna keep trying.




What If You Could Control Your Dreams?

Here is where I might lose some of you.  

Long before marriage, children, career, and home ownership.  I used to have hobbies and interests.  I know right?

And one interest can be considered a little weird.  

I was fascinated in the subconscious mind;  Lucid Dreaming,  Astral Projection, and O.B.E.  (out of body experience)


Lucid dreaming is the ability to become aware that you are in a dream while dreaming.  If you are good enough at is you can manipulate your dreams.  

Astral Projection and O.B.E.  was essentially the same thing.  The act of separating ones mind/consciousness from your body to explore other realms.   We will take that down the road 

Still with me?   OK.

This month I start working on my goal of achieving Lucid Dreaming.   It can take some time so I wanted to work on making the process a habit.  I know that result can take longer to accomplish.

So one resolution is wear my sleep mask.  I purchased a sleep mask last year called the “Remee – REM enhancing eye-mask”  (REM stands for rapid eye movement.  Which is the part of sleep cycle where dreaming occurs)]

The Remee is basically a blindfold with a few circuits inside.  Under the blindfold it “emits light patterns that can appear as visual amonalities in your dreams to trigger lucidity”.    That means that if you see these patterns in your dreams it should help you realize that your dreaming.  


Imagine if you could control your own dreams.  What would you do?  Where would you go.  

It kind of like being the “One” of your own “Matrix”  When Morpheus says to Neo, ” When the Matrix was first built, there was a man born inside who had the ability to change whatever he wanted, to remake the Matrix as he saw fit”  

Would you fly away?  Would you swim under water?  Would you practice tennis ?  As one lucid dreamer reported doing.


So  far his month I have practiced wearing the mask over night.  It takes a little getting used to.  Now that I am used to wearing it.  I will work on my ‘Dream Recall”.  Step one is to keep a dream journal as soon as I wake up  

I will keep you posted on my progress