We all make those resolutions every year. You know the ones, like eating healthier. Well, that resolution is sure to end at least by Valentine’s Day when you have to eat the entire box of candy to get to the ones you want. Or another popular resolution…get organized. You write down your resolution on a note so you don’t forget. Months later you find “Get Organized” on a post it underneath the other pile of clutter on your desk. Instead of promising ourselves things we will never follow through with, let’s take on some tips to walk into 2017 a happier person!
Perhaps you are not working at your dream job. Maybe your childhood dreams of becoming an award-winning actress have been replaced by the reality of working in middle management. No worries! Get creative! Your job is what you do to pay your bills, but it doesn’t have to be who you are! You get to decide that! Check out your local craft stores. Often times they offer classes for everything from cake baking to jewelry making for a very minimum fee. If you want to try your hand in theater, seek out a local one. Listen to live music. Go to an art museum. Just get inspired! Where your creative passion lies you will find your happiness.
Get out those virtual scissors and start cleaning up your circle. Cut out. Snip snip…adios faux amigos. Just because you are in a relationship does not mean you have to stay if it is a toxic one. First of all, you will never be happy in a state of constant negativity. So in 2017 I encourage you to be a user in your relationships!
When we hear the word user it generally has an instant negative connotation, but stay with me here. I’m not condoning borrowing your best friend’s clothes and never bringing them back. Use their kindness to become kinder. Use their creativity to spark yours. Use their wisdom to work through your problems. Surround yourself with people that you want to be. Not in a weird single white female way, but in the sense that you admire them for their qualities. Consequently, they will, in turn, be able to use you to better themselves as well.
When you look at friendships in this manner you will instantly see who your true crew are. Those that you feed off of are your people and those that exhaust you may need the ole scissors. If you no longer can find qualities to admire, cut them free.
Always listen to your gut! Well maybe don’t to it EVERY time it says it wants a cupcake. Especially if your pants are like “Girl we can’t stretch any further to accommodate you”, but when it comes to your intuition ALWAYS listen! This tip will help you walk into 2017 happier because it can save you a world of frustration.
We have all had that gut instinct before that we didn’t listen to. Just like with cutting out the bad in our lives, we feel insecure being the one to stand up and say that something just isn’t right. Unfortunately, though, that insecurity can lead you down a very dark road. A road that could include abuse, being lied to, cheated on, taken advantage of financially or finding out that someone you trusted never had your best interest in mind. So many good people fall prey to these types of situations only to say later that they knew something was wrong. Don’t feel bad about having your best interests in mind!
After turning 26 for the 15th time I had an epiphany. Materialistic things ultimately do not make you happy. Purses with a high-end brand name on them do not teach you or change you and help you understand about different cultures..but adventures do. Education does not only come from a book, but it comes through experiences. So in 2017 I encourage you to choose adventure. Whether that be a trip to a remote destination continents away from where you call home or a place a car ride away, get away from your norm and you may just find yourself! And while admittedly I do still love a cute outfit, I find that I would rather spend less on that and save more for travel.
If you are going to walk into 2017 happier, you also want to be walking into that sucker with your head held high! Do not roll over and do not play dead! Your name is not Fido! Stand your ground and stand up for yourself. If you are going through things in your life that have you feeling like a victim, leave that in 2016! There are people out there who want to take your pride and dignity because they feel small about themselves. Don’t allow this! Be strong, speak your piece and walk away with your head held high. Full disclosure, this is the goal that I am going to personally be working on the most!
How are you planning on being happier in 2017?