|Pier at the Marina at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba|
This idea of writing our happy memories and placing them in a "Memory Jar" and then reading them at the end of the year is pretty cool. I love looking back at something funny, family visits, something we ate, and games we played. It's a great walk down memory lane.
But recently I read about an equally great idea from Dr. Oz. It's called a "Good Life" jar. In this case you are writing steps words that define what it means to live a good life and the steps you can do to achieve that. For example, he wrote GROWTH - Do something I've been avoiding because of fear of not knowing enough or CONNECTION- take a lunch time stroll with a coworker.
I immediately loved this idea because I feel like it will make me more accountable to do things I avoid doing due to lack of time or what seems like lack of time. We should always have time or make time to live a good life. This Good Life jar will help me fill the Memory Jar.
Some of my words will be:
FOOD - Try a new Vegan recipe
FUN - Go for a hike with my youngest
SELF CARE - treat myself to massage
COMMUNITY - do something nice for someone else, pay for coffee for a stranger, send letters to friends or family
GROWTH - read about something not related to work or school, something new
It's a start. I like to see this in writing because it forces me to really think about my focus. I generally have the words Self Care writing somewhere in my planner or calendar just so I can be reminded to take a moment and focus on me - my mind, body, and soul need nurturing, preferably not in a rush.
What are your Good Life words? Start filling that jar and see where it takes you.