Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what makes me happy and what doesn’t. The older I get, the more I feel like I really can’t be bothered with things that are not contributing to my well-being. Thankfully, what we do with our time is our choice. We all have the same amount of time each day but we have different priorities. This list is a celebration of everything that makes me feel good and a reminder to cut everything else out.
Creating beautiful things
Make time for writing, taking photos and creating things with my hands. Always create art.
Finding people I love
Surround myself with loving, supportive people who make me a better person. Keep in touch with my friends and family living in other countries. Meet new people and network.
Watch old films. Read every day. Go to art exhibitions. Try new restaurants. Go to the pictures and the theatre. Lose hours in a bookshop, a library or a record shop. Travel and see the world.
Being kind and true to myself
Not let anyone else decide what I can and can’t do. Not beat myself up about mistakes. Make time for relaxing. Recharge my batteries by having frequent alone-time and cuddling with cats. Trust my gut feelings. Treat myself lots. Cook and eat good food.
Listen to music. Dance and sing. Play card and board games. Solve all kinds of puzzles. Go outside and play. Be silly. Celebrate. Watch and listen to comedy. Go trampolining.
Being fully present in the moment
Practise mindfulness. Focus on the moment and not let random thoughts distract me. Slow down. Do yoga. Not worry about catching up on things all the time. Go for long strolls and notice the beauty around me.
Do little acts of kindness. Volunteer and donate. Be there for my friends and family. Support fellow independent creatives and handmade businesses. Buy vintage and second-hand.
Simplifying my life
Keep only possessions that I love and that serves a purpose. De-clutter. Eliminate stress and unnecessary tasks. Do one thing at a time.
Focus on creating my own reality. Dream big. Face my fears. Get out of my comfort zone. Find a new perspective.
Learning something new every day
Have a sense of wonder. Be curious. Learn new languages. Read about something that I know nothing about. Take creative courses and workshops.
Keep a good things jar. Write gratitude lists. Appreciate life’s simple pleasures and fill my days with them.
What things are important in your life? I would love to read your list.