Coffee Chronicles | New Year + Happiness Jar

Happy New Year to you!!!!

366 new days. 366 new chances. An extra day to be awesome. Don’t you just love Leap Years??!!!!!!!!

What are you goals and aspirations for the New Year? New Year’s resolutions are usually the fixation at the beginning of every year. I’m not a resolutions kind of girl. Resolutions are great, don’t get me wrong, anything that motivates you to do your utmost is recommended. Sometimes we do get sidetracked and lose focus. I stay focused on my plans with the help of my vision board. I first learnt about the vision board from Necole Bitchie (Necole Kane, now she runs xonecole.com). I was immediately captivated and knew right away that it was something for me to try. Three years later and I’m still vision boarding. It’s definitely something I look forward to at the beginning of the year. I’m a dreamer, I’m always dreaming up new goals and plans to take over the world (not really, okay sometimes).

I would encourage everyone to make a vision board (learn how to make one here). Life is about growth and achieving goals. We all have visions and aspirations, cut them out, paste them on your wall or someplace where you’ll constantly be reminded of them. Then WORK towards them. It’sabsolutely empowering. Go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This year, I am starting a new ritual. One that will encourage me to be brutally honest with my thoughts and feelings; and allow me to pay attention to the little things that make a big difference. My new ritual is the – happiness jar. I stumbled upon the wonderful happiness jar whilst scrolling through my Facebook timeline. Author of “Eat, Pray, Love” (among other books), Elizabeth Gilbert shared about her Happiness Jar and what it means to her. She also suggested this as a new ritual to start in 2016. I was sold.

Every day (at the end of the day) the task is to simply write down the happiest moment of your day, and put it in the jar. Simple! For a number of reasons, we rarely take stock of the simple things that warm our hearts or make us happy every day. There is ALWAYS something to be happy and thankful for. The happiness jar encourages us to really pay attention to these moments, and little things that are really big things. This isn’t magic though, happiness isn’t something we merely capture, it’s something we create, by our own thougths, deeds and actions.

Are you sold on the happiness jar?? Get a jar (for any container), take a few moments at the end of every day to reflect on your day and your happiest moment, write it down and drop it in your jar. You can always read your slips at any time should you need motivation or something to smile about. Life is beautiful (says the slips of paper in your happiness jar).

Here’s wishing you all a New Year filled with visions, passion and happiness.

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