Happy New Year!I hope you enjoyed the holiday season and are easing into 2023. While kicking off a new year is full of excitement and comes with an urge to dive right in, if you’re anything like me, it’s a real adjustment getting back into work and daily life mode. Like this cute Hawaiian Monk Seal reminded me the other day, it’s perfectly OK to cruise into the new year. Whether you’re racing into 2023, or you’re easing in like me, here are two of my favorite ways to set the stage for a happier new year.
Take an hour to connect with yourself.
Dust off your journal and take yourself out for a latte. Ask yourself, “How am I doing? Really?” Write down anything and everything you’re feeling without self-judgment. Next, ask yourself, “What do I truly want to experience in this new year?” And write it all out. Don’t get caught up in the “how’s” or thinking something you want isn’t possible. Open your heart and simply be honest about what you would like to experience this year, as if everything is possible. Last, ask yourself, “What’s holding me back from feeling my best or living my best life?” “What can I do to help myself feel more joy and live out my life dreams?”Pay attention to what stands out. We often hold the answers to the questions we most seek, but we need time to slow down and be real with ourselves to connect with them.
Choose a word for 2023 to keep in the forefront of your mind.
This is something you wish to experience more of, or something you know will help you in the new year. Here are a few of my favorites: Joy. Gratitude. Abundance. Self-Love. Kindness. Optimism. Focus. Determination. Faith. Ease. Write this word down on a note card and place it somewhere you’ll see it every day. Wishing you a year full of love, laughter, and wonderful adventures. Happy New Year!With love,Emily and the EveryDay Happy TeamP.S. I have an exciting announcement coming next Wednesday 1/11. Keep your eye on your email that day for my big reveal. 🙂Did you enjoy this note? If so, you can leave our team a tip in the amount of: $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or any amount you want. We appreciate your support! Quote for your day“It’s not about ‘what can I accomplish?’ but ‘what do I want to accomplish?’ Paradigm shift.” — Brené Brown
How long has it been since you tried something new?
Whether it’s walking into a new fitness class, signing up for language lessons, trying out a new hobby or activity, or even attempting to cook a new meal, breaking from routine and trying something new makes us come alive.
Trying new things makes us step outside of our comfort zone (which isn’t always easy!). But doing so not only spices up our day, but reminds us of just how capable we are.
Most of us are good people and enjoy making others happy. We like saying “yes” to what people ask of us and overall try to be pleasing. (After all, we’re human and want to be helpful and liked!) So, it can feel natural to drop what we’re doing, lose sleep, and turn our schedules upside down to accommodate others.
The problem? Sometimes when we say “yes,” especially to the same people, again and again, we find ourselves doing things that don’t actually work for us, bending over backward, and ultimately feeling resentment, regret, and even taken advantage of.
When life feels especially hard, or we’re just trying to get through the day, it can be challenging to see all the good that’s happening around us. Or worse, it can feel like there isn’t anything good.
You may already know the benefits that come from practicing gratitude, but even with all the good it does, during tough times, it’s easy to fall off the gratitude wagon and to focus on everything you don’t have vs. all that you do.