There came a time in my life when I realized I wasn’t truly happy and that things needed to change.  After a divorce, some soul searching and lots of support, I can now say that I am finally living my life to the fullest.

What really helped me get to this point was my Live It List. The Live It List is a term that we came up with to replace the common term “Bucket List.” Everyone knows what a bucket list is, however we wanted to come up with a name that didn’t have such a negative connotation behind it. Instead of a list of things you want to accomplish in your life before you die, the Live It List is a list of things you want to do while enjoying your life and living to the fullest.

It all boils down to doing the things that make you happy, setting aside time to enjoy those experiences and contribute to your overall happiness. I have found over the years that people considered themselves to be happy when they feel fulfilled, give back, have a support system and a passion, set goals for themselves and are able to make a difference.

Live it List activities can be anything from going caroling during the holidays, to snowboarding, to taking a hot air balloon ride. Maybe it is going flyboarding, swimming with sharks, learning to play the piano, writing a book, participating in a sand castle competition, running a 5k or whatever you can dream up! Your “Live It List” is your list of all the things you want to accomplish in your life and to keep you focused on being happy.

We encourage you to begin your own Live It List. What makes you happy? What is something you have always wanted to do? Where have you always wanted to visit? Items on your list can be as crazy or as simple as you want to make them. The best lists have a little of each. Money is important in life, but it isn’t the most important thing. Being able to enjoy your life and be happy is what really matters. The goal is to come up with a list of things you want to accomplish in your life, things that make you happy. Include your family and friends in your Live It List and do activities together to increase your happiness in life.

I encourage you to start your own list today. We recently designed a Live it List Journal to help you start on your path to true happiness. In addition, I would love for you to share your experiences with us by using #liveitlist.