Sunday, July 12, 2015

100 happy days

50 days ago I ran across the 100 Happy Days challenge on Instagram and I thought, why not?

Actually, what I thought was - I need this.

Florida wasn't turning out the way we'd hoped and I knew I needed to focus on at least one happy thing each day so that I wouldn't dwell on yet another disappointment. Five years of stress was starting to get to me.

Ironically, the day after I signed up for the challenge we found out that Florida definitely wasn't going to work out for us and we were back on the edge of the cliff. I chuckled at the irony of having committed to 100 Happy Days just the day before but I never once thought of not going through with the challenge.

50 days into it, it's definitely been a struggle to find that one happy thing each day. Some days are no brainers

Other days are definitely more of a stretch

This past week has been the biggest struggle of all, not only are we still dealing with our situation but there's big, heartbreaking stuff going on in my family that makes me feel helpless and alone.

But I'm determined to stay the course and keep finding that one thing that makes me smile each day because it really does help me keep calm and peaceful in the midst of the storms. It helps me to appreciate all the blessings that fill my life. I wish certain things were different but I am beyond grateful for my life and my family. I'm pretty sure I'm going to keep posting my happy things long after the challenge is over.

Here are a few of the things that have made me smile over the past couple of weeks

Of course, some days there's no struggle at all. Something comes along that makes me VERY happy. Yesterday was one of those days. I had a chance to reconnect with a friend I hadn't seen since high school graduation. We found each other on Facebook about a year ago but yesterday was our first face to face meeting in over 3 decades and it truly was as if no time had passed at all. 

So here's to the next 50 happy days.


  1. 100 happy days is an awesome idea! never give up ... our grandma used to tell us "aint nothin yall can do, that we can't fix" Like a bad grade ? Study more. Not invited to party ? Our huge family is a BIG party together. Love lost? God has a better one for you. She told us (and our cousins) this so much. Rarely is there a blunder out there you can not fix. You proved it ....missing a friend? Get together! How fun. Keep smiling always <3 ox

  2. I admire that you've stuck to your 100 Happy Days and I do agree, no matter what there's always something we can find in our day to make us smile:) Life is not always sunshine and rainbows but you will get through these tough times and be wiser and stronger for it!

    How fun that you got to meet up with an old high school friend! That's so cool that you guys connected after all those years:)

  3. I admire you and wish I could give you a big hug right now!

  4. Hello, I just dropped by to say thank you for leaving a comment at Kris' post today. And I've scrolled down and read your recent posts and just had to leave a comment at this particular one because I admire so much your strength of spirit in spite of being troubled by current worries. Your pictures of some of the things that make you happy are wonderful and inspiring and make me happy too just to see them. I hope that things are better soon for you and that you have more and more occasions that are cause for happiness.



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