The Happiness Jar is part of my quest for seeking less in 2016. But what is a Happiness Jar?
You will heal. I will help.
I put together a list of 36 New Year resolutions that have nothing to do with weight loss because they are needed in this “weigh less” society.
Less is my one word for 2016.
But here is what I learned from the previous three years.
It was all still too much.
Yay for everyone who has set big goals for 2016, who have their sights set on achieving more, more, more and growing in ways that might not even seem possible.
To you, I say: Go get ’em.
But for me?
I have spent my entire life in overdrive. As an extreme Type A personality, this has been physically and emotionally exhausting to me. Up until now, I didn’t care, though. In fact, I thought I had to be this way in order to be anything or anyone.
And then I began to dig into my purpose, which I defined as:
My purpose seeks nothing fancy. It seeks no title. It seeks not money, nor luxury nor the approval of people in places for which I couldn’t care less about approving.
This past October marked the beginning of changing seasons for me, and ever since then, they continue to change. And by change, I mean that once I started doing less I actually became addicted to doing even less than I had originally intended.
I have spent, again, my entire life trying to justify myself and why I should be doing less. But while I was justifying I was, ultimately, doing more, more, more and trying to be more, more, more.
It ended in an illness that depleted me physically and emotionally (likely).
And if you want the real and raw truth, it also ended in me becoming someone I didn’t actually intend on becoming.
Does anyone intend on feeling empty even though they DO so much?
You know, the hustle doesn’t always create the beautiful outcome and person society says it will. This is why those who get the things they have in life are not lucky, but instead, they have worked hard for those very things. I was not lucky, I earned it.
And yet, in so many ways, it wasn’t the beautiful outcome you merely see on paper.
It was the outcome that forced me to less.
At its most basic level less means,
A smaller amount or quantity.
Less does not equal nothing. It’s not that I’m going to sit around all 2016 with no goals, desires, aspirations or productivity. It simply just means less. And it simply just means that it’s okay to embrace this during this season of life.
I have just one actual New Year’s “Resolution,” (remember, a real resolution means that you are resolving to solve a problem) and that resolution is to have all my 2016 Christmas shopping done (or mostly done) by November 1, 2016. This year was complete chaos in the final days, and do not want that again.
I don’t need to create goals, desires and aspirations for bigger and better when this season of life is telling me that the biggest and bestest (!) things are my faith and time spent with the Lord, Samarah and the new little(s) that will be (hopefully soon) joining us and Ryan.
Right here, right now….with less is where I feel the most comfortable that if I left this Earth tomorrow, I would die knowing that I did everything I was supposed to.
I feel it deep down that less is going to provide more.
I’d love to hear your one word for 2016 if you have one!
Today I’m going to share with you my 8 Step Process to Become Motivated for Yearly Goal Setting.
Today I have compiled A Gutsy Girl top 13 posts in 2013.
2013 took me, personally and professionally, on a wild and awesome journey.
Reflection is sometimes bitter, sometimes sweet, but for me it’s always key.
Last year I published, “The Top 16 Gutsy Posts of 2012.”
My how things can change in a year. The “top posts” list went from almost purely food and recipes to resources, Gutsy topics, life and love in general.
There you have it.
I am really looking forward to 2014! There is so much more to share with you….from a 360-degree angle.
Remember, I’m still looking for you to tell me what you want. Tell it today, and you could win some 1-on-1 time to kick off your New Year!