For many, a new year brings about a host of happy and hopeful thoughts and feelings. We set these lofty resolutions and feel so much more refreshed and ready to take over the world. Unfortunately, however, this time of year can also be pretty overwhelming for some as we carry over hang ups and disappointments from the previous year, or even the failed attempt at those lofty goals we set just a few weeks prior.
If I’m being honest, I tend to identify with the latter group on most years. However, I know for a fact that this year will be different. As I shared with you all, my past holiday a few years ago afforded me the blessing to experience the ultimate miracle which will forever change my outlook on life, love, faith, opportunity, and fulfilling my destiny. I am at peace with the fact that my business, fitness and supreme mom goals will continue to be a never-ending journey…but none of those will keep me from finding my happy place!
As the saying goes, there’s no better time than the present to break this cycle and bring about a change in the New Year! Here are 10 ways I’m finding my happy place in 2018 and ways you can find yours too!
10 Ways to Find Your Happy Place in 2018
Share some laughs with old friends
This Christmas, my mom regained contact with one of her oldest friends I remember from my childhood. They hadn’t seen each other in 26 years and finally found each other through a mutual contact. Her family was able to join us for Christmas dinner and I could see a piece of my mom being restored with each laugh, old story, and hug. That was a priceless moment.
Your old friends from the neighborhood, high school, college, etc. hold the most special treasure to help you find your happy place – great memories! These are the memories from the simplest and most uninhibited times of your life and sometimes just what the doctor ordered to fill that void in your cluttered, adult life. While you probably feel quite caught up with old pals through Facebook, I challenge you to take it a step further. Call an old friend or set up a lunch date if possible and let the fun times begin.
Surround yourself with beauty
Make it a habit to spend some time each week surrounded by a beautiful space – whether it’s a single beautifully decorated room in your home or a day spent at your local botanical gardens. You’ll find it to be a refreshing break from your usual backdrop of dirty dishes or scattered kids’ toys. Make it a point to take a moment to bask in a space that brings you some peace and inspiration.
Travel to someplace new
While a luxurious trip to Tahiti would certainly help in finding your happy place, fortunately, you don’t have to dole out that big of an expense. There are most likely multiple excursions within an hour or 2 of your home worth paying a visit to for some relaxation, rejuvenation, or just a new and refreshing experience.
Truth be told, a chance to finally visit France this year is prominent on my vision board!
Write a letter to your former self
Oh, the wisdom you’ve gained over the years! Take the time to share that wisdom with your former self, reminding her that there are several things that will turn out better than she thought. See my “Dear 20-year-old-Ari” post to get you started.
The physical, mental, and emotional benefits of exercise are endless – from increased energy and reduced stress to…you guessed it…helping you find your happy place. Studies show that physical activity releases endorphins, which are attributed to feelings of happiness and euphoria. A rockin’ body for 2018 never hurts either!
Check something off of your bucket list. Anything!
Looking back at the past couple of years, I have to say that my bucket list activity was quite impressive. I learned how to ride a motorcycle, ran my first Peachtree Road Race, and ended the year achieving my first 15-seconds of fame through my appearance on the Dr. Oz Show. I’m still going…
Re-read your favorite book from childhood
Remember feeling completely engrossed in the lives of the Baby-Sitters club or Sweet Valley High twins? Or were you one who enjoyed the shock of uncovering the mystery in a Nancy Drew novel or Encyclopedia Brown story? Just for kicks and an extremely quick read, take a trip down memory lane and re-read one of your favorite childhood books. Give yourself extra points if you still remember the ending!
Freshen up your look
The New Year is always the perfect time for a mini-makeover! Don’t be afraid to try something drastic like a fresh new haircut some added highlights. Even if you’re looking for something non-committal, try out a new nail color or buy an article of clothing in a complete opposite color from the rest of your wardrobe – red shoes, white coat, whatever! Just keep it fun and be bold. You’ll be a happier person for just having the courage to step out of your comfort zone once in a while.
Do some volunteer work
Finding purpose and making a difference in someone’s life is possibly one of the best ways to find your happy place. Do some research to find volunteer opportunities in your community or perhaps, find a global initiative you are passionate about. No matter how large or small your contribution, remember that you are being a blessing to another person in the universe.
Set a big goal or plan for the year (or years) ahead
Let 2018 be the year you dream and plan big. Even if finances and time constraints seem to be an issue. Put plans in motion for something big to happen in 2018 or later and be diligent in taking steps toward that goal.