Life is already hard, so why do anything to make it more complicated?
One of the first steps on my ‘getting to happy’ transitions was making a list of things I wanted to work on. They weren’t necessarily New Year’s resolutions, but more of lifestyle changes. I made a vision board so I could remind myself daily on what I’m working towards.
Within the five main goals, I wanted to bring light to smaller things I wanted to improve in life.
- Find the silver lining: Life is too short to be negative all of the time. I want to work on being more positive and taking pride in the little things. In those smaller moments, I want to be able to reflect and dance it out.
- Get comfortable with the uncomfortable: A phrase that I learned while studying journalism in college that still holds me restricted in some aspects of life. Part of making a mental lifestyle change is making one physically as well. I want consistency in my life as far as eating healthy and going to the gym are concerned. Results don’t happen overnight, but having consistency is a start. Also, I want to learn how to adapt to things better and not giving up when things get tough. I need to be more outgoing and not settle for my couch and catching up on DVR. Small victories need to be celebrated.
- Be accountable: This may be the hardest one for me. Adulting is hard, and don’t let others tell you otherwise. Sticking with my planner is easy, but the things within it make it difficult. My goal this year is be on time for work and social events. I want to save more money so I can actually get out and explore new things and not worry about how to make $40 work for a weekend. Lastly, I want to build and maintain meaningful relationships. As the great Kobe Bryant said, “friends come and go, but banners hang forever.”
- Get right with God: This is the easiest one. If you don’t have a relationship with God, what do you have? I’ve began my daily devotionals and look forward going to church on Sundays. Along with that, I’m learning to spend time reflecting and truly thanking God for everything he has done.
- Getting to Happy: This one means a lot to me simply because of the concept. “Me time” is the best time, and that reflection time helps me with the other four concepts. I want to be physically, mentally, and emotionally stronger this year. I want to travel alone and try new things. I want to continue to immerse myself in reading books.
I look forward to expanding my horizons, and maybe even trying dating. Who knows what can happen when you make a plan to better yourself?
Life is a journey, and I look forward to conquering 2016 the best that I can.