Choose Happy

It’s that time of year again – when it’s a new year.

I love New Years, it’s a time of reflection and anticipation. What a sublime mix!

So much has happened in the year 2017, I’d say mostly good but undoubtably there were some challenges along the way. I feel excited to see what 2018 brings. There have been so many new beginnings for me recently so New Years seems fitting and right on schedule.

I love the simple illustration above, 1 year = 365 opportunities. How great is that?!

We are about to embark on a new 365 day adventure.

And what would New Years be without goals?? I’m all about goals, I believe they should be set beyond the New Years hype but if New Years gets people into a goal oriented mindset so be it. My “2018″ goal is to work on my balance. I want to be a modern renaissance woman. I want improve my intellect, spirituality and physicality. I want my knowledge, enlightenment and action to all increase.

It’s exciting to think I have an entire year to measure my progress. From where I was at the beginning of 2017 to where I am now. Life changing. I’ve had so many profound experiences that have shaped me. I think I’ve managed to become better from my experiences – not bitter. And now I get to bring my new package into 2018.

I recently bought some wall hangings for my new apartment one says “This is the good life” and the other says “choose happy”. I get a kick out of both. I live with bipolar, I live a life that no one would wish on anyone but at this point in my life I know I’m living the good life – bipolar and all. And secondly, choose happy, sometimes my mood is not my choice. This is why I chose this wall hanging. I used to resent when people would say “just choose to be happy” but now my perception has changed and I bought this wall hanging to remind myself that beyond the scope of my health their is a choice with how I choose to live. Regardless to my lows and highs. I still can choose me. And I choose happy.

If I feel nothing – I still choose happy.

If I’m crying for hours – I still choose happy.

If I have to fight with myself for days or weeks – I still choose happy.

It’s worth fighting for, it’s the life I want, the person I want to be – happy. We may not get to feel happy but the twist is that we can still choose happy. And at the end of the dark tunnel, that is the light that I see and hold on to.

Think of 2018 and all that it has to offer. Think of where you want to be in life and make it happen, you have 365 days to try and I guarantee you will become better day by day.

Look for positivity, radiate positivity and do not settle for anything less.

There is no need to justify negativity in your life whatever form it may be. 2018 is your year.

Choose happy, and remind yourself that it’s your life and you are living the good life. And if you aren’t then change things until you can say you are. Be in control of your life because it’s yours and yours alone.

Own 2018.

Happy New Years everyone!

– Steph

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A New You?

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It’s that joyous time of year when New Year’s Resolutions are in a full force frenzy… personally I’m a fan of the frenzy. I think it’s refreshing to see everyone with a fire in their eyes as they set out on the road to self improvement. However, do I believe that New Years is the only time we should have that flame lit and burning brightly – lighting the way towards a “New Us”?

Nope, No, No-siree-Bob, Not even close.

Yes, January is a beautiful time of year providing a perfect platform to reflect on the previous year.

Yes, January offers a fresh breath of air; that we get to eagerly breathe in as we anticipate the new adventure ahead.

AND

Yes, January is a prime time to look at our current goals and see where we need to refine them or give ourselves a pat on the back if we’ve accomplished them.

BUT

January is not the beginning nor the end of our goal setting and acheiving. When we take away the pressure of setting our goals only at the start of the new year we’re giving ourselves a chance to look at the bigger picture. And that picture just so happens to be continuing on our journey to “Improve You” not start off a “New You”.

Goals are great year round and into the next year and next year … There is no such thing as missing the boat when we want to set our goals. And when we set our goals we shouldn’t be motivated by the date of January 1st, we should be motivated just as the quote above reads “… that we are not where we want to be..”

When you realize your worth, your self-worth, your infinite-worth you will have a fire burn within you that cannot be distinguished no matter what mood/state your in. Perhaps your flame will burn with the strength of a single match at times (mine does) BUT it still burns. And when your mood rises that little match will blaze into a bonfire once more.

I have a flame burning within my own life, my goals are set with the intention of improving upon the person I already am  because I know there is so much more for me to discover. This year isn’t about a “New You” you’re already amazing, this year is about “Improving You” building on the foundation you have or strengthening it, exploring your talents and taking control of your health.

When you do this – YES you will feel new BUT the key is remebering all of that potential and greatness was within you this whole time.

Happy January Everyone!

– Steph