2015 was a year of change and realizations. It’s the year that I learned who I am, what my limits are and what it truly means to be happy. Through it all, I decided to let go of what I thought I should be doing in order to focus on what I really want to do, including the little things that bring us so much happiness but that we end up forgetting in order to focus on work and deadlines and meetings and… you get the point.
I came across a post on Thought Catalog that outlined 26 things that we should do for ourselves once a year and loved the ideas presented. Here, I share a few of my favourites. If you like what you see, head over here to view the complete list.
Buy yourself a good pair of shoes. A really good pair of shoes. A could walk around the city for 8 hours and feel okay pair of shoes. A matches everything you own real leather well fitted did the song and dance of shopping around and trying on and evaluating style and fit and durability pair of shoes. The initial money you put toward them will actually amount to a lot less than you’d waste replacing the crappy pairs you buy in the interim (and a few extra dollars are worth sacrificing for general daily discomfort).
Take yourself out to dinner. Eating alone is, by contrast, often very calming (if you can get past the cultural notion that you should always eat with somebody, and I’m not saying you shouldn’t!) But eat dinner by yourself, at a restaurant, at least once. You’ll see what I mean.
Take somebody on a date. A real date. A I made reservations here’s the dress code I will pick you up at 7 everything else is a surprise date. A plan for two weeks and get your hair cut and bring flowers and wine date. Everybody deserves to have that, and everybody should know how much time and effort and care it takes to execute. It makes you appreciate it when others do it for you that much more.
Write down a list of things you’re proud of. Things you’re really, sincerely proud of. Things you never thought you could accomplish and have. The kind of gratitude that comes with appreciating what you’ve done for yourself is unmatched. Let yourself keep surprising yourself. Make your own case for why you should trust yourself – then listen. And keep going.
Do something surprising and unbelievably kind for someone who will not expect it. Send flowers to a random friend, Paypal someone $100 for a massage, buy someone you love a really nice, special dinner. Something that is so generous you couldn’t possibly do it regularly, but that would make somebody else’s year complete, to know that somebody cared enough about them to do something at that level.
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