“This year is going to be my year.”
That statement is something I here every year from most people, and I’ve even said it myself a few times. People say it with the best intention, truly wanting to better themselves. It seems, though, that once they realize the hard work it takes to make a complete change, they give up, going along with their lives just as before, completely content with the way they live day to day.
I knew before the New Year even started that this year was going to be my year. I knew what I was going to have to do to make my changes, and I’m completely ready for it.
I started out the New Year with a list of resolutions, and every one of these things on the list is to improve my happiness. I tried some of these out last year, but I ended up quitting them for one reason: they required work. Why would I make changes when I’m completely content living my life the way it is? I have everything I could ever need and more.
Sometimes, though, just being ok with everything isn’t enough. I got to a point where I got tired of working to buy houses for others. I’m tired of paying payments on others’ cabins and new cars and trips abroad. Where is my trip to Europe that I’ve worked so hard for? So this is where I decided to make a change.
Earning Your Own Happiness
I started a business making natural beauty products called Bailey’s Balm. It helps me clean up my products and free myself from all the junk they put in the box store items. My main goal, though, is to help everyone else do this. I’ve been trying to buy more natural items for some time, but everything that is put out is incredibly expensive. I feel brands are just making high prices because buying organic and natural items is the trend now. It’s a great trend to have, but it should be accessible to everyone, not just those with deep pockets and disposable income. I price everything to be reasonable for everyone, and honestly hearing from everyone how much they love what I’ve made and what I’m doing means more to me than the money.
My goal for my business is to quit my job and work on this full time by the end of the year. It’s going to be a lot of work, trying to get my name out and making products that people enjoy. This is going to be the thing that improves my happiness the most. I’m tired of living everyone else’s life. I’m ready to make my own path to success.
This endeavor has really helped me to work on another, clearing my life of junk. It’s time to get rid of everything that I’ve held on to or bought for no reason. I have things I haven’t touched in almost a year just sitting in my closet because I can’t seem to get rid of it. It has to go along with everything else. My husband and I did some purging last year, and it is one of the most liberating things one can ever do. To rid your home of junk feels amazing, and truth be told, I don’t miss any of it. I honestly can’t remember what I even got rid of.
Photo courtesy of Chantel at aharvestofblessing.com. Thanks!
My next venture will be to make my home as zero waste as possible. For those who aren’t aware of what that is, it’s taking everything you have and reducing it, reusing it, or recycling it. You lessen everything that you throw away by using it in a different way. Instead of throwing out your cereal box, rinse the bag out to replace Ziploc bags and turn the box into a gift bag or recycle it. My home is a happier and less cluttered place because of it though.
I’ve managed to clear my kitchen of multiple utensils and pans. Now all we have is one of everything. I’ve donated my mandolin slicer and just use a good ole knife. Instead of plastic water bottles, we bought a big water filter and just drink tap water. Doing this has also left more time to spend with my husband and on my business because I have less to clean. He’s also happier because we have much less clutter.
Happiness is Helping Others
I have one other big project that I’m working on, and it’s going to take some time to get it together, but once it does I hope to help so many with it. I have plans on having a community pantry for my friends and family. I got into the couponing thing before, and got pretty good at it. There were many times that I often didn’t pay for something or paid cents for it. Since I’m making my home into a more natural atmosphere, I no longer really need to do it except for a few things. Why would I waste this “talent” when I could use it to help people?
We all get into a tough spot at one point or another, no matter who you are. No matter how much money you have, we’ve all sacrificed something in order to get something else. I want to be able to help people out who get in that tight spot, no matter who it is. I want to help someone who needs school supplies or needs those paper towels or cans of soup to make it through until pay day. I want nothing back from them; I’m not charging anyone to use it. I want it to be there for when they need it.
4 Ideas To Make 2015 My Year!
All of these things and more will improve my happiness on a daily basis, whether it is sending someone sick some homemade vapor rub, putting that can in the recycling instead of the trash, donating my extra stuff to people who need it, or helping someone get by until pay day. There are so many more things I want to do this year, such as running a half marathon, traveling more, and spending more time outdoors. All of this will take preparation and work. You can’t expect to change yourself for the better by expecting it all to magically happen.
You must work for your happiness.
In the end though, it will all be worth it. You’ll sit back at the end of the year and think of all you accomplished and know that you improved yourself; you improved your own happiness.
Bailey Peyton lives in Barboursville, WV with her husband Rich, and is owner of Bailey’s Balm. She’s a graduate of Marshall University. Her hobbies include CrossFit, making natural products and natural living, tattoos, and helping others.
THANK YOU, Bailey! You stepped up to the plate when I bluntly asked you to write for my blog, and I love the ideas/resolutions that you have come up with in order to pave the way for your best year yet. You know I’ll be there cheerleading you along the way.
Readers: please leave your comments below with your thoughts on what Bailey is trying to accomplish in 2015. You think she’s taking on too much? You think she can really put together a community pantry? And would you hire her out to declutter your house? Let us both know!