Welcome to a new kind of post here at IGB. It's all about being mindful, taking a timeout and simply slowing down. Life is moving so fast now and I think it's important to be more mindful, having time for yourself and doing something you want to do for as little as ten minutes a day. It could be some crazy dancing, pulling off some head stands or reading a glossy magazine. Each Sunday I will be sharing simple mindful ideas and it's all meant to inspire you (and me), and to remind you that life is pretty darn good!
On Thursday night I attended the Kikki K Happiness Workshop. It was truly inspiring and I am so glad I made the time to go. It costs $40 to attend, it goes for about an hour (ours was 75 minutes) and you also get a 10% discount on products in the store afterwards. In the workshop we were given the amazing Happiness Journal (RRP $39.95, but on sale at the moment for $31.96). The focus of the workshop is on celebrating what makes you happy, but also ways in which you can get more happiness in your daily life.
We discussed how we personally can affect our happiness, how we can change our outlook on situations that initially may be perceived as negative, and the importance of making time for little happiness boosts throughout the day. We live from holiday to holiday, weekend to weekend and forget about making the every day life more special. It can be simple things like a walk in the sun, a sneaky kiss or that longed for glass of red wine at the end of the day. Everything counts, and it doesn't have to be big. The importance is that you recognise these occurrences and how they affect your happiness.
The Happiness Journal has a few questions about happiness in the beginning, and then it's divided in twelve sections which you can do over twelve months or twelve weeks. The timeline is completely up to you, but Kikki K recommends one month per topic to give you the chance to be thorough and get the most benefit from it. Some of the topics include career, dreams, health and gratitude. As an added help you can also check out the Collaborative Happiness Project which is filled with inspiring content and weekly prompts to assist you with the Happiness process.
I like sitting down with the Happiness Journal throughout the day with a cup of tea or hot water and lemon and just letting the pen flow. Relaxing music like Angus & Julia Stone also helps, but sometimes I just want a little piece and quiet for ten minutes.
Gratitude Journal and really enjoying the process of finding three things daily that I am grateful for. Some days have smaller achievements than others but there are always three things that stand out at the end of the day. It also reminds me of all the reasons I have to be happy! Below you'll find a few of my recent ones.
Yesterday I bought these beautiful flowers for myself, just because. When I came home with them my boyfriend said that it should be his job to buy me flowers. I thought that was really sweet, but I am in charge of my happiness and today this was all I needed.
the Final Scene. It's a statement piece that I can wear on its own, but it's also perfect to create a nice arm party.
What has made you happy this week? Do you agree that we are in charge of our own happiness?