100 Happy Days: The 1st 50

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I’m nearing the end of the 100 Happy Days Challenge, with 9 days left to go! By nature, I always try to find gratitude in my life and in every situation, even when things aren’t going so well. This doesn’t mean that I don’t ever sulk because I certainly can, and do. But even during those times, I make it a point to always find a piece of joy in the day and be grateful for it. (Then I might feel better and move on, or continue to sulk – it just depends). 🙂

So the challenge for me wasn’t so much in finding something to smile about everyday, but remembering to document it and keep track of what day I was on! And even though I’ve spent much of my time over the last few years really being mindful about finding the joy in the little things, this was still different. Over the last 91 days, I’ve had to consciously stop at least once in the day to think about what I wanted my 100 Happy Days post to be, while also being completely accountable at consistency. And that’s where the challenge lies, to keep going no matter what type of day (or series of days) you’re having. You’re still looking for that moment that brought even the tiniest sprinkle of happiness, snapping a picture, and posting it. Every. Single. Day. For 100 days.

Admittedly, there was one day where I took the picture, but forgot to post it. (Doh!) I simply put it up on Twitter first thing the next morning when I realized I’d forgotten, found a new post for that day later in the afternoon, and kept going.

I thought it would be fun to look back at the 1st 50 days on the challenge and reminisce. Interestingly (though not surprisingly), it seems many of my days find that moment of joy when there’s good food or iced vanilla lattes involved (don’t judge!). But, I also adore the simplicity of many of the posts – I’m not necessarily out doing anything big or special. I can clearly see that joy did and does come in the small things most days. It’s in looking up at the sky admiring that trademark LA sunshine through the trees and clouds, it’s starting a new book on my kindle, smelling a beautiful bouquet of roses that my boyfriend gave me, drinking a cup of tea, or watching an old movie.

I’m proud to say, I can see the finish line just a few more days ahead. I look forward to sharing the last 50 days with you when I complete the challenge in early July.

This has truly been a great exercise in finding happiness in my day, every day. Here are the moments from Day #1 to Day #50 that made me smile!

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4 thoughts on “100 Happy Days: The 1st 50

  1. Yay! You’re almost there! I really enjoyed the challenge too. Although I completely lost count! I really wish they had a way to log in to an account and see what day you are at. Oh well, it was still a great exercise in reminding us just how much we have to be grateful for. x

    • Yeah, it’s pretty hard to keep track. That’s why I added what day I was on along with the caption whenever I made a post. I’d also have to keep checking Twitter to look up what number I used the previous day a lot, too. I made it a point to keep back-up photos on Dropbox so that helped as well, but that keeping track of things was and is a process when on the challenge 🙂

  2. This is so great! I’m working on the #100HappyDays Challenge but put a little spin on it. I take pictures all day long (I’m obsessed), so I actually do a reflective post each day. I talk about what made me happy in the previous day.

    I’ve also made an album on my iphone to keep track. I’m hoping to do a post at the end. It is amazing to see all of your photos and the commitment you made.

    Any new challenges you’re thinking of doing next?

    Mandie from http://www.SoMuchRoomForActivities.com

    • Hi Mandie,

      Wow! A reflective post each day is such a great spin! I love that approach.

      I included a weekly post on Fridays since I started the challenge where I share the Highlights of my week and my favorite 100 Happy Days photos/moments there. That’s the only “spin” I’ve taken.

      This has been such a great content generator when it comes to blogging, don’t you think?

      I can’t say I’ve thought much about the next “challenge” I’m just trying to plug away at this one.

      I look forward to checking out your site and following along with you the challenge!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

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