A mantra for 2014 (and beyond)

Here’s my formula for happiness this year. It’s pretty simple. Heck, make this my mantra for life overall.

Words to live by. A mantra for the year ahead


Eat real food.

Exercise once in a while.

Sleep as much as you need to.

Earn more than you spend.

Save as much as you can.

Be honest with yourself, and with others.

Make time for your loved ones.

These basic principles aside, you can do whatever you want.

You don’t have to start your own business.

You don’t have to be a corporate cog.

You don’t have to give up sugar, or gluten, or meat.

You don’t have to train for a marathon.

You don’t have to quit your job and travel the world.

You don’t have to avoid all the tourist spots, or stick only to tourist spots.

You don’t have to say yes if you don’t want to.

This year, make your happiness a priority. Never apologise for it. Just be you. Loudly, quietly, colourfully, unashamedly, grumpily, you.ย 

8 thoughts on “A mantra for 2014 (and beyond)

  • Reply Well Heeled Blog January 2, 2014 at 07:37

    This post deserves a huge yes yes yes. It’s my favorite 2014 New Year’s post. I should just my it MY 2014 goal to embrace all the sentiments here. ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy New Year!

  • Reply The Asian Pear January 2, 2014 at 08:26

    You need a LIKE button on your blog cause I’d be clicking it like mad right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Good mantra!

  • Reply Two Degrees January 2, 2014 at 11:01

    I like this one – “You donโ€™t have to quit your job and travel the world.”

  • Reply Stephany January 2, 2014 at 14:57

    Oh, I love, love, love, love this. So simple, so true. Great post!

  • Reply Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans January 3, 2014 at 04:14

    Very wise words! Everything in moderation is what I believe. And of course, it’s always important to be true to yourself. Just do you!

  • Reply Tonya@Budget and the Beach January 3, 2014 at 05:15

    Great mantra! I need my own so I can post it to my fridge. Mine would have something about being less reactive. I get worked up too easily.

  • Reply Michelle January 4, 2014 at 18:04

    I love it…even though I’m cool with quitting my job-hehe!

  • Reply Reading | Stumbling Through My Thirties January 14, 2014 at 12:20

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