#YearofHappy February and March – My Personal Approach

I know it’s already too late for February #YearofHappy post and overdue for March. Here are what’s required for both months:

* February – Go to a thrift shop or dollar store and buy the weirdest, goofiest, strangest things you can find – anything that makes you happy! Then, make a haul post or (better yet) a video sharing what you bought. Don’t spend more than $10 and remember to have fun!

March – Create an inspiration board using your favorite colors, images, or sayings. Haul out those old issues of Glamour and go to town! Hang it somewhere you will see it every day so that you can feel happy and inspired whenever you look at it.

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February- First off, I didn’t really get to have the time to stop by a thrift store to purchase some strange things. ✌ But here’s the deal, I did spring cleaning, and had stuff that really needed to go out since I haven’t used them for ages. Letting go of things that we always cling to but never used anyway is actually exhilarating and liberating haha! And yes, I’m talking about things that are still usable, they say, “one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” I’ve really had to think so many times before giving away stuff, I’ve had those convos in my head like “maybe you can wear this somewhere”, “but this reminds you of something really meaningful”. Nevertheless, if you haven’t used them up for such a long time, it’s time to let go especially for clothes. You see, we have tons of things in our homes that are really just sitting for ages and we don’t wanna part with them ever. But as one saying goes, “how can we receive if our hands are full”, I know that’s too deep to incorporate about donating, but think about the people who are fighting for survival right now, maybe receiving that old sweater of yours that’s been sitting in your winter clothes box for years is the only thing that can make a girl happy and warm. We can be a blessing to someone right now by letting go of things we haven’t used for a while. So the things, I have gathered after cleaning went to a donation box nearby my place. * I am not saying this to brag or anything, I am writing about this to encourage people, so that together we can make a big change and help others who are in need right now. Dubai is a city which has immense efforts towards charity and we can make use of that. There are different donation boxes and charitable organizations spread throughout Dubai like those below, and that can be placed few blocks away or next to your building:

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You can also learn about different charitable organizations in Dubai in this link.

Aside from being able to help, I also freed up some space in my closet and drawers which is a good thing. 😍 After all, this movement is about being happy not only on our own, but also inspiring others to be happy and be a blessing to someone. Smile, happy people let’s radiate positivity. ☺

March- this is the month that I lost my best friend Heizel, read more about her inspiring story here. But our loss is Heaven’s gain indeed. My heart goes out to her family, though mourning we all strongly believe that she is happy now with the Lord, smiling and no more pain from brain cancer. March is a tough month for her family, my family and me, but no matter how tough this month or even life can be, one thing is for sure, God works out everything together for our good, and He promised to never leave us nor forsake us. I may not have an artsy, colorful and creative inspiration board for this month, but I have managed to create some typography-inspired doodles on my planner below. Simple but it means a lot to me.

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Now, these #YearofHappy prompts for the month of February and March may be different from what it’s supposed to be, but I think they have just been more personal and more inspiring, and I think you can tweak things a bit anyways. Let’s always remember blissful people, to give back and be a blessing to someone, to hold, cherish and make most out of every moment while there is still time. I wish everyone a HAPPY and BLISSFUL year, how time flies, it’s almost April. 😍 If you want to do the #YearofHappy project, please feel free to do so and read more about it here.

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*Donation boxes photos from (1, 2, 34)

#YearofHappy: Sending Love to Myself

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I happen to stumble upon Kriselle’s (of Livin and Lovin) post about a link-up called #YearofHappy, hosted by Lizzie of OctoberJune and Allison of AllisonLeighann.

Every month, they will post a new prompt to inspire happiness and optimism within the participating people, and even just readers and followers. I was inspired by the concept since being more happy and positive is included in my 2015 goals. So ride along, live your life to the fullest and be your brightest self this year. Who knows, you might just encourage and inspire someone who is battling with sadness or depression, as they say, happiness is contagious. 🙂

It maybe a little late, but better late than never. So, what is January’s prompt? Write a love letter to yourself.

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Dear Joy,

2015 is going to be a great year for you, your family and loves with so many things to look forward to. Way to go, you have finally come back to blogging like the old times, I knew this is what you always wanted. You’re expecting breakthroughs from God, you’re seeking Him for more major life decisions and you’re pursuing your many hidden passions, I know you can do it. Don’t ever think you cannot, you’re blessed and you have what it takes. Whenever you hear voices inside your head that say, “you cannot do it”, say “I can for I am strengthened by God and I am more than a conqueror in Christ”.

Do not be afraid of what other people think and will say to you. After all, in everything you do, there will always be people who will try to discourage you, criticize you, judge you and put you down. There’s no one who knows yourself better than you do, so you go girl!  Live out your life and stop existing. Live it to the fullest.

Don’t be afraid to try and of failing. Just do it and you will learn and feel glad to know that one day you will look back and say, “I have done that and I have no regrets.”

Don’t be afraid to open up yourself, it’s time. Isn’t that the purpose of this blog? Share your ideas, share your blessings, share your life to others, God may use it to encourage other people.

Stop worrying, for once, you have had so much of that in the previous year. It’s time to let go of your fears, doubts and worries. Leave everything up to God, seek Him always and everything will be taken care of in His hands even if you don’t feel it. 😉

Stop comparing yourself to others, you are wonderfully made and you are unique as you are, you have a special purpose, there’s no one who can live your life and your purpose better than you. Be the person God intended you to be. Be YOU!

Do not try to please men, you will only fail. Stop trying to live by people’s standards and expectations. It’s okay don’t stress yourself out.

You are passionate and strong, live your life to the fullest, let go of those fears and be limitless, don’t let other people bring you down. And one more thing, your thoughts, do not let them hinder you from becoming who God intended you to be. You have so much more potential than you think you have.

Everything will be okay. 😉

Open the jar and live it up girl!

Much Love,

Joy