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Highlights of Better Hawaii 2019

January 14, 2020

I hope that 2019 was an amazing year for you.

For me, it was a year of milestones– a 30th high school reunion and a 30th anniversary for the nonprofit where I work, and a 13th birthday for my son. I made it a priority to look for the good things in every day, say “yes” to more invitations and events, and step out of my comfort zone to meet new people.

As we surge into 2020, I’d like to share five of my favorite Better Hawaii posts in 2019.

* Spending more time in the future (January 1). Today, there seems to be a strong emphasis on living in the present, on savoring each moment. We can add meaning to our days by focusing on good things that happened, accomplishments, and kindnesses. But we also need to balance living in the present with spending time in the future.

* Kindness starts with one (February 12). We can become happier in many different ways, from encouraging empathy and nurturing friendships to fostering gratitude and cultivating a sense of awe. But one of the simplest ways to become happier and spread happiness is to be kind. Being kind makes us happy, and being happy makes us kind.

* Saying yes to more (June 25). If you’ve been reading Better Hawaii, you may remember that last year, I accepted a new position at my organization… For anyone who feels like they have to “fake it until you make it,” I want to share some of the changes I chose to make after that first “yes” – and what happens when you start saying “yes” to other things.

* Creativity and self-care (July 30). One of the ways that I relax and release stress is through art and spending time at a ceramics studio. So I was really excited to attend the breakout session on “Culture and Creative Care.” Each of the panelists shared their personal stories of trauma, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and depression, and how creative practices aid in their recovery.

* Selecting legislators like jurors (October 15). What if we created a few at-large legislative positions, from a “legislative pool” of full-time residents who are registered voters, with no criminal records? How would these at-large legislators affect the law-making and budgeting process – and the way we view our elected officials?

Which blogs and bloggers do you follow? What are you passionate about? And what are you looking forward to this year?