I Discovered The Key To Happiness
Right now, it feels like I’m recovering from a happiness hangover. I feel dizzy, giddy and I definitely need to lie down, go into hibernation and guzzle some water. (In case you were wondering, excitement does make you thirsty!)
Before I officially take a break from this beloved online space, I really wanted to share this final post for 2015 with you. I know it’s a busy time of year and I know there are a million and one things to do but I really appreciate that you’re here, reading these words of mine. It’s already increasing my happiness barometer so there’s big smiles all round!
I started out this year with one word, and one intention and that word was BLISS.
The trusty old dictionary tells me that bliss means supreme happiness, or heaven/paradise and I’m ever so grateful that 2015 has allowed me to experience this. When I set the intention, I had no idea what was actually going to unfold – all I knew was that I wanted to consciously create a life that made me feel love, connection, peace and freedom.
It’s been a choice to live this way and I want to remind you that life really is just a series of choices.
You wake up and choose what you want to eat.
You go to work and choose what you do for a living.
You choose how you spend your time and who you spend your time with.
Isn’t it crazy to think that where we are right now is a result of a choice we made?
Of course there are some things that are completely out of our control, and life sure does like to throw in the odd curveball – but there is one thing that we do have control over and that is our right to decide.
In a world where we’re constantly comparing our lives, it’s easy to focus on what everyone else is doing and use this as a measure to our own success. It’s easy for our minds to focus on all the negatives and not the positives. But I really want you to know that your choice is always the most important choice.
Not your Mum’s, not your high school teacher’s, not that old acquaintance that you’ve been trying to impress for the last 3 years– you have full control to do what feels good for you and choose this, every single day.
It sounds so simple but when we take ownership and acknowledge that we call the shots in our life (not someone else), we can truly start to LIVE.
I discovered the key to happiness and that magic key is to choose to be happy.
You’re probably thinking, well duh Tash, I already knew that, but how often do you actually choose to be happy? Even in those times when things don’t go to plan, cause that’s the hardest part.
This year, I made a conscious choice to be happy whilst I waited for the ring and then 6 months later this happened. I chose to be happy and proud of the lessons that I’d learnt along the way, and I made the choice to be happy (not bitter, or jealous) when I saw other people kicking goals and living the life that I wanted.
Instead of praying for the day that my bank balance would have a few extra zero’s at the end, I chose to follow my bliss and went to New York. I valued my day job and chose to be happy whilst I built my coaching business, and as a result I was able to work with more incredible clients and accept life-changing job opportunities.
And of course the most important choice I made this year was to love myself, unconditionally, knowing that it’s always my responsibility to wholeheartedly love myself – flaws and all.
When you make choices that feel in alignment with who you are, that’s when you experience true happiness.
+ It’s about speaking up and sharing your creative talents, instead of shying away from them.
+ It’s saying no to people and their requests when you really don’t want to. And choosing to fill this time/space with something that feels good.
+ It’s booking the flight and making the deposit rather than spending the next 5 months wishing/talking about it.
+ It’s choosing to act on those interests, those desires, and those passions because if you don’t – you know that you’d only be cheating yourself.
My wish for you as you begin your holidays and spend time with your loved ones is to always remember that YOU have a choice.
You get to decide what’s important to you.
You get to decide how you live out the final few days of the year and YOU decide how you want to feel in 2016.
Choose to be happy and happiness will be yours.
It’s never too late to make a new choice and set a new intention (this helped me live out my bliss this year, so perhaps it may help you too?).
Wishing you a safe and Merry Christmas and I can’t wait to see what magic 2016 has in store for all of us.
Big love and virtual hugs,
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