Tuesday, August 18, 2015

winding down the happy road

It's hard to believe it but I'm almost through my 100 happy days - less than 15 days to go!

So, at 86 days and counting, am I happier than when I started?

The answer to that is a definite YES. I am so much happier than I was on May 22...BUT I can't really say that it's due to the fact that I participated in the 100 Happy Days challenge. I'm happier because our circumstances have changed and we've moved away from the cliff. We're definitely not lounging about in the sunshiney meadow just yet (I don't even remember what being in the meadow feels like) but at least we're no longer dangling over the edge so that's a whole bunch of happy right there.

Anybody who truly believes that money isn't an important component of happiness never dealt with my mortgage company. It may not buy happiness (I'm not entirely convinced it doesn't) but it buys security and my experience has been that it's very hard to have happiness without at least a bit of security. Your mileage may vary but wait till you've spent the last 5 years hanging over the edge by your fingernails and then we can talk.

Oh but wait, I was here to talk about happy, wasn't I? Got distracted there for a moment, I'm back now.

One thing this lovely challenge HAS taught me is that every day has happy moments, moments I'm so grateful for. Each meal is a blessing, each laugh, each smile, each sunny day, each puppy wiggle. The other day I went out to my car and it wouldn't start - dead as a doornail. Right then and there I thanked God that this hadn't happened the past few weeks when I needed that car for work and rather happened on my first day without a temp job. Then I thanked him again when, after wiggling the battery cables, the car started right up and hasn't had a problem since. THAT was a happy moment.

There are so many of them.

I'm grateful.

I still like having money rather than not having it. 

Here are a few of my happy moments from the last month


  1. Oh yes, I totally agree that financial security definitely helps in the happiness department! I won't even go into what I've gone thru (courtesy of my ex-H) financially but, this time in my life and Kyran's amazing work ethic, is the most secure I've ever felt in that dept. and hopefully we're on the path to being home owners by the end of next year:)

    You've done so well with your 100 Happy Day challenge! I've enjoyed seeing all your pics on IG:) I agree, there's something happy in every part of our day! Hope you're having a lovely week!

  2. Financial security does help, but money cannot buy happiness. It's starts within each person. Lovely photos. Nothing can compare to our doggie's love and affection. Congrats on your remarkable journey.

  3. I love that your post is about simple, happy moments!


Pull up a chair on the porch, have some lemonade and leave your comment in my mailbox. Thanks for visiting my little cottage!