I came up with the Sunshine Project in 2010 when I was going through a hectic time and wanted to make sure I was doing what I could do to create joy in my daily life in the midst of tasks and responsibilties.
You can do the Sunshine Project at any time of the year, it is not just a summertime tool. It’s called the Sunshine Project because it is all about being intentional in bringing sunshine to your own life, even in hectic, stressful or unpleasant times. You can also do The Sunshine Project alongside the Summer of Intentionality as they don’t have the same intention.
Interested in whether or not The Sunshine Project might be right for you? Here are the steps.
Step # 1 Create a list of things you can do easily in your daily life that bring joy or sunshine to your life. For example, here’s an excerpt from my list:
8 hours of sleep~Solitude~ A walk~Reading a good book~Listening to music~Sleeping in~Time at the ocean~ Yoga~Meditation/Prayer~Fresh food~Cooking at home~Being creative~Painting~Organizing~Change of scenery~Stand up Paddle boarding~Cuddling with my boy~Hot Tea~ Talking to a friend~Being with a Friend~Playing with Happy~Enjoying actual sunshine~running~Pilates~Lifting weights~Watching football~ Enjoying A New Challenge~Driving in the countryside~Napping~Dressing Up~Being Kind, Helpful~Being Productive~A hearty laugh~Time with someone special~Gardening~Taking photographs~Being in nature~ Stretching~Massage~Teaching~Celebrating~Writing Thank You Notes~Listening to an audio book~Talking to my parents~Going to see a movie ~Being with family~ Eating chocolate
Step # 2 Create a chart like the one below (except your blocks under 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 will be empty initially).
Step # 3 Each day, log what you did from your sunshine list into the chart. You want to aim for at least 5 Sunshine items a day.
|Monday||Dressing Up||Playing with Happy||Speaking in Spanish||Cardio||Listening to a book|
|Tuesday||Playing with Happy||Being with family||Running||Enjoying Sunshine||Being with friends|
|Wednesday||Running||Speaking in Spanish||Being with friends||Reading a book||Cuddling with Happy|
|Thursday||Gardening||Fresh food||Being with friends||Lifting weights||Sitting on the porch|
|Friday||Playing with Happy||Cooking at home||Going to the movies||Running||Speaking Spanish|
|Saturday||Being with Friends||Playing with Happy||Being Productive||Pilates||Reading a book|
|Sunday||Celebrating||Playing with Happy||Being Productive||Meditation/ Prayer||8 hours of sleep|
Now, go! But before you go too far, share with me what is on your sunshine list (I might need to crib your sunbeams for my own list!).