This is your year.

Welcome, 2014.

Earlier this week, I commented on the great 24-7 conversation starter, Facebook, that I was going to make tee-shirts that said 'I survived 2013.'

Did you all ever respond in droves! Some people want two, some of who I thought were my happiest peeps wanted extra large, a special person I know PM'd me asking for a super duper blinged up version. 

And it made me realise, if the past 12 months have been a hard slog, at least we're not alone in that feeling.

Heck, from the looks of it - myself included - this past year on Facebook has been all sweetness and light, selfies, shits and giggles. Hasn’t it?

Then again, maybe not. Real life's not like that, even though we edit ourselves online. It can be more like a rollercoaster ride that you sometimes want to get off, but learn to grip harder and dig in.

We're all so busy and important. We juggle, spread ourselves thin, say yes, get the guilts, can't live without our mobile devices for a nanosecond. We meditate but old habits die hard.

This blog is about making a habit of happy at the same time as evolving Sarah Allen Consulting to become the happy agency. It's going to put modern-day happiness under the microscope, explore the research, both old and new, test the philosophies, give it a good shake out and report back. 

It's going to provide helpful insights and useful content, but I can't guarantee it won't verge into self-indulgent territory. Just on the odd occasion.

Let’s question ourselves and others as well as brands and organisations, to find out what makes us tick, what makes us happy and unhappy, and call bullshit on the facade that we’re ‘sposed to be absadoodly ok, all of the time.
2014 - this is your year

We're not always expected to be hunky dory. The up and down, the struggle and triumph, the being stuck in a rut and wondering when it will turn around, that's normal.

So. Let's find ways to communicate how we really are feeling, find moments of happiness and unhappiness and explore what makes them arrive, appreciate them for what they are, and understand what makes us feel that way and how to love and be loved.

When we find that feeling of purpose and flow - without hiding the necessary opposite of that feeling - it follows we may be able to make a habit of our happiness, and increase it's presence in our lives.

Does this sound ok, 2014, you cheeky nymph?

Tell me: what's on your happy list!