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{LIFESTYLE} A Jar Full of Sunshine for 2014 (aka happiness jar)

31 Dec

During the final week of 2013 whilst I was reviewing my year for both business and personal life, and preparing for planning for 2014, I came across this fantastic idea. Simply put, it consists of a jar into which you place notes about the things that have been good as you go through the year. Then at the end of the year you open up the jar and read through the notes.

It’s so easy to forget all the good things that happen as you move on through each day of your life and this is a great tool to help you remember and put a smile on your face. I envisage using the jar throughout the year on those days when I’m feeling a bit down or when my business is not moving along as I think I want it to. I think it is a great way to help refocus on the things that matter.

This year I took some time out to ‘really’ think about how the year had gone for my little business Just Jane. I thought about the things that had gone wrong, but also about the things that went well. I took some time to go back through my e-mails and Facebook pages and read through the messages and comments there. I looked back at my photos and blog posts (there weren’t many of them!) and took a few moments to view them as a stranger might. It was an enlightening experience and really helped to give some clarity to my plans for 2014.

But back to the jar of sunshine! As part of my strategy for the new year I decided to create my own ‘Jar Full of Sunshine’ where I will place notes about all the great things that happen throughout 2014 … I’m really excited about the prospect of reading them all through on December 31st 🙂

Here it is all empty and ready for the first note …

A jar to fill with happy notes.

Fill a jar with happy notes throughout the year!

I found this jar (and several others) a couple of years ago in my local Salvation Army store. Since then it has been a candle several times – and has always drawn positive remarks! – but it now has a suspicious looking hairline crack near the top and I’m afraid that the heat from a candle flame may cause it to crack completely. This is a great opportunity to keep it in my life and give it another happy purpose.

Happy New Year! May 2014 bring you everything you wish for!

Jane xx