Last year, I changed my life. A lot. With a list.
Another new year arrived, and yet another set of New Year Resolutions. Feeling uninspired and unmotivated and virtually ready to fail again I decided to do things differently.
I had been feeling for a while, that life was just so busy. Running a business and a family takes it toll on any possible “me time”. But I really felt that life was passing me by. There were things I wanted to do, but just wasn’t prioritizing my needs. I guess the words “Frazzled Martyr” springs to mind. I had this feeling that I just didn’t want to miss out on all life’s riches and while I am in my prime, there is no better time to enjoy them than now!
So I created a list. Not a bucket list. But a list of all the things I wanted to do, that I knew, if I did them, would bring more joy into my life. Things I could do THIS YEAR. Things like “taking my kids away on a night away on their own, lunch with my friends, reading more books, massages etc. Stuff I just wanted to do, but hadn’t really made much time to do. The things that would fill you with regret at the end of your life had you not done them. \
I sat down and wrote out a list of 100 things I wanted to do that year. I felt so inspired that I simply had to share my list.
I was so inspired by my list and loved ticking things off from it. I was creating time to do things for me. And yes there was an element of guilt I guess but I soon got over that. I know we have to fill up our own cups before we can help others anyway.
The real magical moment was when I got back from taking Max, my son away from “his night away”. He wrote me a note telling me it was his best sleepover ever. I would probably never have made that happen had I not done my list.
My friends were really inspired by my list and some created their own. I loved that! But I it gave me a great idea. What if I were to create a group to help motivate and support people on their journey! So “My Happy 100” was born. And boy what a group this is. People in there have been doing things they simply would not have done had they not been in there. Starting to feel so much more joy in their lives. It is super awesome!