But Are You Happy? A Compass For 2024

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been in heavy marketing mode for “Fat Loss Simplified”, and the group began on January 1. 

I’ll spend the next 8 weeks providing as much information and value as I can to those members in efforts to help them unlock, crack or “hack” their individual codes to fat loss. 

One thing I’ve been consistent about is that there is nothing sexy about the work that needs to be done. 

It’s difficult. Especially if you want it to work. 

Think of it like relationship/marriage counseling. You know something is amiss and now it’s up to you to fix it. You don’t just show up and expect everything to be fine. The challenge, of course, is that the relationship is the one you have with yourself (well, mostly). 

So, I’m going to go against the grain of what you’ll see a lot of posts claiming to offer. You know, that “new year, new you” crowd. 

Because it might be a new year, but if you’re not careful the same old you is going to stampede and stumble all the way across it. 

Hi, I’m Jason, professional stumbler. I’ll be your guide on this trip. Strap in. 

I’m going to side step the food challenges, detoxes, kickstarts, and resets and just ask you a question: Are you happy? 

I don’t care what you weigh.

I don’t care what you eat.

I don’t care if you plunge in cold baths, or you drink lemon water with cayenne pepper to flush out your toxins from the last 30 days of diet debauchery. 

Are you happy? 

Do you get to the end of your day and pause to think: I feel really fulfilled right now. My life isn’t perfect but I’m grateful, I’m happy, I’m content, I’m GOOD. 

Because if you’re not saying that, then what are you doing to change that? 

Exceptions to be given to those of you who are taking care of someone who may not be in this world much longer, or maybe you’re grieving the recent loss of a loved one, or maybe you just lost your job or a long term relationship just ended. 

Those traumatic experiences aside: are you happy? 

What I’m not insinuating is an aloof, oblivious take on life. I’m not asking you to do somersaults and cartwheels through every occasion (it would be entertaining, though).

You can be both happy with life and itching to improve it.

You can be happy with life and striving for better within that life.

You can be happy with life and still hold yourself accountable towards protecting and maintaining that feeling.

Happiness isn’t about capturing perfection.

It’s about the comfort in knowing that you have gifts which surround you of love, and health, and friendship and opportunity. Some people have little of those privileges.

My hope for you, is that in 2024 you acknowledge, accept and embrace happiness in your life.

I hope it sets a fire under you in the mornings to make you ache for more and to take those closest to you on that journey with you.

Hardships will come, struggle is inevitable, and some days you’ll have to work at it more than others.

I believe, those are the situations that make you appreciate happiness more.

So, thank you, to all of you readers who were along for the ride in 2023. Let’s see what 2024 has to offer.

(Photo courtesy of Allison Ewing Photography)