When are you the happiest? Most of us would probably say something like the following:

  • When it’s the weekend.
  • When I’m on a fabulous vacation.
  • When it’s payday.
  • When I’m with the ones I love.

Well, I’m certainly down with all of those things. But I think I’d say that I’m the happiest when I feel accomplished. Whether I’m being compensated or not, I find joy in checking things off my never ending to do list (ya’ll already know I have a serious to do list). There’s something about physically writing your goals on a piece of paper, doing them, and then crossing it off that makes me feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment.

Ok, I make lists all the time (mostly because I will forget to do things in the event that I don’t write them down!).

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  1. I make a weekly grocery list, because I have spent too many minutes wandering aimlessly at the store putting random things in my basket, only to get home and find I have absolutely nothing to cook.
  2. I make lists at work because people throw a lot at me during any given day, and I’d be crazy to try to remember it all in my head.
  3. I have a whole Pinterest board (which is basically a list) that is filled with all the (many, many!) things I want to do with my house when I have the time, the money and the gumption.
  4. I have a calendar with dentist appointments, doctor’s visits, social gatherings, and other commitments I’ve made that I would literally be lost without.
  5. I also have written personal goals down in a journal. Things like who the person I want to be when I finally grow up is, fitness related goals (AKA working out for 365 consecutive days, running a 5K every quarter for the next year, weight loss/inches loss, etc.), and that lame stuff they ask you in job interviews about where you will be in 5 years…10 years…50 years.
  6. Ya’ll, I log my food and water intake in MFP religiously. Every. Single. Day. Because I’m convinced I will one day go back and look at it. I haven’t yet…

The point is: To me, writing something down makes it real. If I wanted to be a billionaire by the time I turned 45 and I wrote it down and read it every day, that’s a goal that’s top of mind. With that constant reminder, I would be thinking, acting, living to find a way to accomplish it. This works with just about anything. Ask, (write!), believe, receive. And there you have it, another check mark down on the old “To Do List of Life.” So, what’s my key to happiness, you ask? Order. 🙂

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Speaking of order, I’ve got to get some in my life. Super Sweet Husband (Ty) and I are planning to start a Whole30 in April. Get some of our favorite recipes here by Rachl Mansfield.

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Thanks for reading! Xo.

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