Happiness springs from knowing and valuing who you truly are.
After years of taking care of others first, many women are finally ready to ask the questions: “Who am I?” and “What do I want?”
The answers may surprise you, if you choose to ask these questions of yourself. What you wanted, or thought you wanted, when you were young and just starting out, may have been quietly evolving in the background while you went about your daily life. And only when you stop and ponder these questions now, will be able to find the “you” that you are today.
In this video interview, “Effortless Happiness” proponent and expert, Joyce Buford, shares how identifying what you value now as most important in your life, your “core values”, is the first step in discovering the “you” that may be hiding deep inside and longing to come out and play.
What was it that you loved to do as a child? What medium of artistic expression calls to you now? Painting? Writing? Music? Connecting with children? Horticulture? The possibilities are endless.
Reconnecting with those loves from your childhood may provide the key to unlocking what would bring you the most pleasure now.
If you find yourself needing a respite from the demands of your life, take time out to ask some questions that allow you to think deeply about your life and what is important to you. Perhaps you still are in the workforce or still have family responsibilities but need a little breathing room to reconnect with who you are.
Identifying what brings you joy can open up new possibilities for happiness. Allowing yourself time to rediscover your childhood interests can open up new ways to de-stress your life. You might just find your life will begin to evolve into a lifestyle where feeling joyful and fulfilled is a major part of your day every day. Listen in!
What activities do you remember from childhood that brought you the most joy? What would have to change in your life to allow you the time to pursue a joyful activity now? What’s holding you back from creating that change in your life? Share your thoughts below!