Last year, I spent a lot of time reading about happiness. I think it’s so important to focus on our personal happiness and often times we forget about that. With work, school and/ or the pressure we put on ourselves, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all of the madness. After reading Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK by Mark Manson, I was ready to set out and start my own list of goals to tackle this year.
January: Say Yes
Don’t get me wrong, I’m a pretty agreeable person. However, there are also a tone of things in my life I would love to avoid merely out of inconvenience or fear. This is also why I wanted to start this blog. I had an idea, I loved that idea, but I was really nervous that no one would like it. It was my boyfriend who nudged me, because he has a blog of his own, Mr. Cavaliere, and he loves what he does. Sure, putting myself out there is a little bit out of my comfort zone, but why not give it a chance? Whether I succeed or fail, at least I said yes to trying.
February: Eat Healthy
After watching a few documentaries about food on Netflix, my boyfriend and I were shocked to learn the terrifying truth about a lot of the items we frequently consumed. Since then, we’ve both tried our best to incorporate more whole foods and plant-based foods into our diets. In February, I’m going to try and go full vegan (who knows if it’ll be temporary or full-time yet, but we’ll see)!
March: Learn a Language
I lived in Taiwan for a year (it’s a long story, I’ll explain more another time) and got so swept up in my international move that I never really had the time to learn Mandarin. However, I don’t want to loose the little bits and pieces that I picked up while I was in Asia, so I’m going to see what Mandarin I can learn and practice every day.
April: Focus on Friendships
I know I may not be close to many people, but I really do appreciate everyone in my life that I call a friend. I just want to spend April focusing on the happiness of the people that always make me happy.
May: Be Positive
Self-doubt and negative thoughts can be so harmful at times. I don’t want to be a person that is always run by their emotions. Instead, I want to be someone who’s constantly looking at the bright side.
June: Spend More Time Outdoors
I used to be that kid that would come home covered in dirt from playing in the backyard all day. There’s nothing wrong with going back to your roots.
July: Write Down What I’m Grateful For
Life passes us by so quickly. Sometimes you just need to really take a look at the small things you’re grateful for in your everyday life and be appreciative of what you have.
August: Stop Buying Things I Don’t Need
I am a shopaholic. Seriously, if you left me alone in an empty room with nothing other than a laptop and wifi, I could make online purchases without my credit card being physically present. I would have purchased furniture and ornamental pieces for that sparingly-decorated room – all with my memorized credit card number. I likely would have also magically ended up with seven articles of clothing and accessories in my check-out cart. Sometimes, you really need to let that all go and only focus on the things you need.
September: Meditate Every Day
Peace of mind is super important for your mental health. Taking a moment each day to check in with yourself for 10 minutes can do wonders for the mind, body and soul.
October: Make Art
I miss having the same hobbies that I used to have in high school and university. Whether that means doodling, painting, playing ukulele or trying my hand at interpretive dance – I’m making it a goal to make art. Just for fun.
November: Write a Novel
National Novel Writing Month is totally a thing. I know it sounds like something I came up with in my wildest dreams, but it’s actually not! All you do is write 1,667 words per day for 30 days and you have a novel by the end of it. I’ve always wanted to write a novel, so why not?
December: Try Something New
Even though this year is supposed to be full of new things, there’s still so many other new things that I would love to try.
All of the books I read last year really inspired me to make some positive changes in my life. I don’t want to waste my time on projects that don’t make me happy anymore. After all, I turn 25 this year! It’s about time I focus on what makes me happiest.