Happiness Challenge

Happiness Challenge

Ready to end this month of improving our satisfaction with life with a bang?  Hopefully by now you’ve created a happiness jar and you are using it daily.  If not, go do it right now, or at LEAST grab your list from earlier this month and get ready to use it. Next week I’ll be hosting a 5 day Happiness Challenge starting Monday March 27th.  I’m so excited for this as it will be a fantastic way for you to practice adding happiness to your days.  I want it to become a habit.  A happy habit 🙂 This is how it will work.  Below is a list of daily ideas.  You can do these OR you can pull from your happiness jar or draw from your list – doesn’t matter to me so much WHAT you do as that you are doing something to increase your satisfaction with life every day. Each day you participate, post on Instagram, Facebook or even below in the comments.  I’d love to see a picture or a description of what you did.  Make sure and tag me so I see it (links to my pages below), and add #happyhabit.  Each time I see a post, picture or comment, you’ll get an entry – and at the end of the week, I’ll randomly draw a name – winner will receive a bottle of Young Living Lemon oil so they can enjoy all the projects and ways we learned to use it this month.  Participate each day, you’ll get five entries!  And you’ll have had a week of fun too, so really EVERYONE wins! Daily ideas: Enjoy...
Create a Happiness Jar

Create a Happiness Jar

It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day craziness of life that we don’t take the time to do what makes us happy.  Think about that for a moment.  That is really sad – we don’t have time for happiness?  How in the heck did THAT happen? I don’t want this to be the norm any longer, so today we are going to make a visual cue so you won’t forget to add happiness to your life each and every day.  What better way to improve the satisfaction with your life than to be enjoying it? Got your happiness list from last week?  Get it out because we’ll be using it. Now find yourself an empty jar – doesn’t have to be pretty – in fact a Mason Jar works beautifully. On small slips of paper, write down ALL the things on your list that make you happy.  Fold them up and put it in the jar.  If you are crafty, feel free to make this as pretty or interesting as you’d like, but it’s totally not necessary – function is enough! Put that jar somewhere you will see it daily.  Some suggestions:  near the coffeemaker, your computer, your toothbrush. Each day, pull out a slip of paper.  If it’s something you can do that day, by all means DO IT!  If it’s something you have to plan, put it on your calendar so it’s coming up soon.  If it’s something you can’t easily do in the next few days, give yourself five minutes to think about it, remember it and how much you enjoy it. A...

Increase Satisfaction With YOUR Life

How often do you lay in bed at the end of the day and ask yourself where the day went?  Feel like you are just getting through the week in anticipation of the weekend?  If you find this happening regularly, then you need to increase your satisfaction with your life.  You need to start finding ways to feel like EVERY day is enjoyable and successful. To get started, what makes you happy? Not WHO makes you happy or even what you think should make you satisfied with your life, but what truly makes you happy? Once you sit  yourself down and answer that question, I think you’ll be surprised at how many small, simple things you come up with.  I know I was. As I mentioned in my last Facebook Live video, this is going to be our month to explore the concept of creating a life that you are satisfied with – EVERY DAY.  We’ll talk a lot about happiness and the practice of bringing more of it into our lives which will automatically increase your daily satisfaction and enjoyment of your circumstances. To kick things off, I encourage you to sit down with a piece of paper and a pen (do this old school) and answer the question – “what makes you happy?”  Give yourself ten to fifteen minutes and come up with as many things/ places/ experiences/ etc. that you can. Keep that list handy because we’ll be referring to it often this month as we work to improve your satisfaction and get you enjoying each day – not just “working for the weekend.” Need a quick...
Add Joy to your Relationships

Add Joy to your Relationships

February is the perfect month to think about relationships.  A healthy life includes solid and meaningful relationships, so it’s something we must focus on.  Since the oil of the month is Joy, I’m going to concentrate on adding joy to our relationships.  After all, who doesn’t want more of that? Regardless of what relationship you are working on this month (significant other, children, friends, etc.), there are a few guidelines to follow to help you improve, enjoy and add joy to those relationships. Some Don’ts: Don’t fall into the comparison trap.   This one can kill the joy in our relationships almost instantaneously.  It’s important to remember that when we look at someone else’s relationship, we are only looking at it from the outside.  We don’t know what really goes on behind closed doors, so it does us no good to compare ourselves to what we see as that isn’t the whole picture.  Also, forget about comparing your relationships to those in books or movies.  Those are imaginary.  No relationship can compete with someone or something that isn’t real – don’t even try. Don’t wait for later, enjoy today.  It’s common for us to think that things will get easier later – you know, when the kids are older, the schedule isn’t so busy, you lose ten pounds, whatever you are “waiting for.”  The reality is that your life is happening right now.  You aren’t even guaranteed that future whatever.  So why are you waiting for something that may never come?  Instead, make it a point to enjoy and grow the relationships with the people in your life NOW. Some Do’s: Look at the positive....
Goals 2017:  Health and Wellness

Goals 2017: Health and Wellness

Last week I shared my relationship goals – goals that included others.  This week I’ll be sharing my health and wellness goals – so the goals that really just include me!  I’d be willing to bet the vast majority of you have set health and wellness goals – probably more than once.  When I think of health and wellness I don’t think of just exercise and eating right – there are other aspects of personal wellness that I believe are just as important.  Hopefully a little insight into how I look at them will inspire you to think about your health and wellness goals in a different light. I think the most important aspect of a successful health and wellness goal is that it has to be exciting for you.  Say one of your goals is to get in better shape or to exercise consistently.  If you hate running, then by all means, don’t set yourself a goal of running a 5k.  It’s only going to piss you off every time you get on the treadmill – if you even continue to get on the treadmill!  Instead, think about what types of exercise would be fun for you and set a goal to do THAT consistently.  You are much more likely to succeed if you aren’t dreading the work involved in reaching a goal.  Healthy Living.  Why?  Losing weight or looking a certain way isn’t as important to me as feeling great.  Especially as I’ve struggled with not having the energy I desire in the past.  That means that being at my optimum health is super important to me –...

Goals 2017: Relationships

As I mentioned last week, this year I have a few very specific goals in each of the important areas of my life.  Goals I’ll be concentrating on and reviewing each quarter.  I’ve outlined nine areas, so I’ll cover three each week for the rest of the month.  I know many of us are hammering out our plans and goals for the year so hopefully this will spark some excitement or give you some good ideas on how to achieve the ones you’ve set. The first three goals are ones I believe ALL of us busy moms feel are important – they all center around relationships.  Now your relationship areas might be different than mine, but I’d be willing to bet you have some relationships in your life that are important to you and that you’d like to keep in mind and keep growing as 2017 unfolds. Spouse.  Why?  Pretty obvious I think, but especially now as our kids are in such a busy time of life – it’s very easy to get caught up in the “divide and conquer” method of parenting.  Efficient, yes, but also isolating.  So in 2017 I want to be intentional about making time for my spouse and not letting the busyness of this season take over.  How?  Weekly date nights, walking the dog together, making sure to talk for 10 – 15 minutes each evening (at a minimum and not about scheduling), and also Monday morning planning sessions to figure out who is doing what – that way that topic will hopefully not take over the other time we spend together.  Also at...

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