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What I Learned from #100HappyDays

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As of May 1st, I decided to participate in the #100HappyDays Challenge

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71% of people who sign up and commit to the challenge don’t complete it, citing the reason is that they are too busy.

Are you really too busy being unhappy that you can’t come up with one thing each day that made you happy?

That statistic made me determined to complete the challenge. I was already writing in a gratitude journal. For this challenge, all I had to do is photograph one moment each day that made me happy and post it to either Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

What I was really excited to do was fill up my Gratitude App with photos since it was looking a little light in March and April.

But there are a few interesting things I did not expect with #100Happy Days.

On the Photo Aspect:

  • Sometimes, even if you had a great day, when getting ready for bed, you realize that you forgot to take any photos. Does that mean you fail? I’d often take photos of my pooches and post them the next morning. They always make me smile anyway. Is that a cop out for not looking deeper?
  • Some wonderful things in life can’t be captured in a photo – like the way the breeze feels on your skin, or the high you got from a run. So then I’d share a photo of something outdoorsy or a sweaty selfie – which isn’t really interpretive of the real sentiment.
  • This exercise reinforces the power of visualization.
  • You realize that you now have a little piece of each day of your life for 100 consecutive days. That’s kind of cool.

 

On the Public Aspect:

  • Making your #100HappyDays public is difficult. People may start to think you are narcissistic or are image crafting. That’s not the point of the challenge.
  • People will make fun of you.
  • The one who makes fun of you the most may even be your spouse.
  • I now see that you can do this challenge privately instead of publicly. I didn’t think doing it publicly would be an issue; but I’ve learned that this kind of thing is more personal to me.
  • For this reason, I’ll stick to my gratitude journal; but Imay continue to collect a photo a day as a collage for the year!

 The Happiness Aspect:

  • I went through a period of summertime blues during #100HappyDays. I think I would have been worse off without the challenge.
  • On those days, I really had to dig deep to find something that I wanted to capture on photo.
  • This is a great practice for anyone who doesn’t already practice gratitude or who needs to get out of a slump.
  • Some may have found my #100HappyDays posts annoying, but what I find more annoying are complaining posts on FB. You know, those people who never have anything good to say and are just fishing for something.
  • If you tend to be a Debbie Downer or find yourself posting negativity, force to edit yourself and deliberately post something positive. You find that it’ll help you feel more positive.

I’m glad I participated in #100HappyDays. Yes, I’d recommend it or some other way, whether public or private to document your gratitude. Here are some resources for you:

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Food

There’s not much cookin’ going on this week!

Dinners:

  • Monday – Golf League – perhaps dinner afterward at The Happy Gnome
  • Tuesday – Dinner at my friend Kim’s place
  • Wednesday Andouille Sausage with Red Beans and Rice and a side salad
  • Thursday – Leftovers
  • FridayShrimp with Zucchini & Tomatoes
  • Saturday – My friend Stacy will be in town. I haven’t decided how we’ll dine quite yet!
  • Sunday – TBD

Lunch:

Breakfasts:

Fitness

  • Monday – Golf
  • Tuesday Walk 1 hour OR Run 1 mile
  • Wednesday – Walk 1 hour OR Run 1 mile
  • Thursday – Run 1 mile in the am
  • Friday – Walk 1 hour OR Run 1 mile
  • Saturday – Walk 1 hour OR Run 1 mile
  • Sunday – Walk 1 hour OR Run 1 mile

Do you keep a gratitude journal or take photos to chronicle your daily life?

How do you do it?

Do you post publicly or keep things private?

Cheers~
Carrie

Confession…

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Excuse me readers, for I have not penned.

It’s been almost a month since my last Impression…

Restaurant Impression that is…

There are several restaurants we’ve tried over the past few months; but I haven’t written a single word. I’d like to say that’s because I’m busy enjoying summer. But, truthfully, I think I’ve had a case of the summertime blues. And because I was feeling that way, I was angry because I wasn’t appreciating summer like I told myself to this past winter. Being angry about being sad was a vicious cycle!

But I think I’ve discovered the root roots from which these feelings have stemmed. And I have plans in place to turn them around… Because I have nothing really serious to be sad about when I’ve got beautiful summer weather, day lilies smiling back and me…

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… not to mention a trip to Australia to look forward to this fall!

The #100HappyDays Challenge has helped me with this, too.

Part of the downer, is my running progress. I can’t even begin to tell you how frustrating it is to have so much trouble getting back to the point where I was pre-back surgery a year and a half ago. I was slow then. I’m even slower now. Urgh.

Rob and I did the Bacon Chase 5k this weekend.

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It was a cool theme, but far too many people for Rob (2200). And while it was a fun, casual event and the course was pretty easy and flat, I couldn’t run the entire thing. I know most of it was in my head. Because the crowd was so huge, Rob stayed back to run it with me. He could have injured himself running so much more slowly than his ability. And while I appreciated his gesture, I just felt guilty holding him back. And there were times I felt he was crowding me. It wasn’t his fault. It was all inside my own head.

This was an untimed race and we left our iPhones behind. I learned that part of the reward of finishing a race is learning your time.

Then there’s the re-occuring back pain. I’m in the process of taking my doctor’s 3x3x3 approach.

Get over it, Carrie. Better days are ahead!

And now it’s time for…

planning

Food

Dinners:

  • MondayGrilled Pork Chops with Mushrooms and side salad
  • Tuesday – Cooking for the girls. I think I’m going to make this Ground Turkey Zucchini Skillet, based on what I have on hand. But it sounds a little boring. Any other ideas out there?
  • Wednesday Angel Hair Pasta with San Marzano Meat Sauce
  • Thursday – leftovers
  • Friday – TBD
  • Saturday – Dinner out with the Girls
  • Sunday – TBD

Lunch:

Breakfasts:

Fitness

Rob and I are starting a Run Streak! Starting Wednesday, we are going to run 1-mile per day, no matter what,every day up until we leave for Australia this fall. It’s how we decided to make ourselves accountable to continue to run when we don’t have a race scheduled! We may increase the amount on some days or add other cardio or strength training, but we have to do at least one mile and keep improving on our individual times. There’s no way we can’t fit a mile in!

  • Monday – REST
  • Tuesday REST
  • Wednesday – 1-mile run
  • Thursday – 1-mile run
  • Friday – 1-mile run
  • Saturday – 1-mile run
  • Sunday – 1-mile run

Cheers to moving forward!
Carrie

 

Happy Friday!

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I’ve been away a bit, not posting as much; but it’s because I’m still taking this girl’s advice on soaking up all that summer has to offer. With that, here are a few excerpts from my #100HappyDays:

 First up… Road Trip!

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Dining at Trails End on Lac Courte Oreilles in Hayward, Wisconsin:

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Before you ask, yes, that is a Schlitz beer sign. And no, I don’t know if they serve it or if they even make that beer anymore. I’ve never had it. And chances are (Thank God) that I never will…

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A pooped out pupper dawg after returning home:

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Dinner for one. Oh, how I missed you fish!

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That is Baked Tilapia with Tomatoes and a Zucchini & Onion Saute. I added extra garlic tot he tomatoes… Oh so good!

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Good for Gary:

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An impromptu dinner out and an impromptu seating on the patio put us front in center to one of the most fun local cover bands. Who could ask for more?

What Happy Days have you experienced this summer so far?

Cheers~
Carrie

 

It’s Really Happening! (And Jet Lag)

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I’ve kind of fallen off the map this past  week.

There are a couple of reasons for that.

1) We’ve had beautiful weather! And I’ve taken this girl’s advice. Here’s one of my #100HappyDays pics to prove it.

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2) And from one of my other #100HappyDays… THIS:

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Yes, this fall, it’s really happening!

That someday has come and my dream is coming true! So now that our flights are booked, I’m in that zone – trip planning time. It’s one of my favorite things to do. So the book I’ve chosen to bring for my weekend up at our friend’s cabin:

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I have a feeling that because I’ll be sans laptop, that I’ll be reading this more like a novel than doing any actual planning. And I’m excited about that! I know it’s going to come up quickly. We know how the summer just flies by… Through my trip planning, I might be incorporating a Travel Tip Tuesday on the blog. We’ll just have to see…

But until then, let’s start out by talking about Jet Lag. I’ve usually done pretty well at combating jet lag. I’ve followed all of the usual suggestions:

  • Set your clock to the time of your destination to get in that mind frame.
  • Stay hydrated.
  • Sleep, if possible.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.

All of that seems to work okay for me that I can hit the ground running when I go to Europe. Hawaii was a little more difficult; but we got up early and went to bed earlier there.

As for Australia, we have this to consider:

  • Sydney is 15 hours ahead of Minneapolis.
  • We have a four hour flight to L.A.
  • After our three hour layover in L.A., the flight time to Sydney is 15 hours. That’s a lot of travel time!
  • We arrive two days after we leave. Time travel, anyone?!

Here are a few fun articles I’m reading on jet lag:

What has worked for you when it comes to beating jet lag?

Cheers~
Carrie

Smiles for Friday

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As if it being Friday isn’t enough of a reason to smile…

Sometimes it’s hard to be productive on a Friday, so find out the secret here.

And here are the results of the first leg of my #100HappyDays challenge:

Finding this book I bought years ago

Finding this book I bought years ago

Selfies with friends.

Selfies with friends

The best in-laws a girl could ask for

The best in-laws a girl could ask for

Sunday afternoon naps

Sunday afternoon naps

Finding this book on Audible to listen to while running

Finding this book on Audible.com to listen to while running

Dove Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolates and this message inside

Dove Sea Salt Caramel Dark Chocolates and this message inside

Getting back to running again with the Couch to 5k

Getting back to running again with the Couch to 5k program

Letting sleeping dogs lie

Letting sleeping dogs lie

Then, there’s this song that I’ve been hearing on the Current, that just makes my heart sing:

 

Happy Friday!

Cheers~
Carrie

 

 

 

Jean on Jeans #100HappyDays

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This is a throwback photo of Sophie Jean about two weeks BS (Before Shamrock). I caught her lounging on her daddy’s jeans, so I’m titling this photo:

Jean on Jeans

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I found the pic on my phone in the Gratitude 365 App. I forgot how much I loved this app! I started using it a little over a year ago right after my back surgery. On any given day, you list things for which you feel grateful and you can take or upload a photo to represent that day. It’s also how I remembered where I looked back to see what date we adopted Shamrock so that I could post on the anniversary.

 Apparently, I’m grateful for my dogs!

Since I’ve been writing in a gratitude journal in the morning, I’d kind of forgotten about the app. But scrolling back through the photos has made me smile upon these memories. What’s nice is that you can whip out your smartphone at any time to capture your gratitude when you are feeling it. You can click on a specific day to type in your gratitude list and take or upload a photo. It’s up to you if you want to keep it personal or share it on social media. Typically, my lists are just for me.

When I started writing this post, I fully intended to begin using this app again in order to attach a photo each day for the entire month of May. But then, somehow, most likely by the Law of Attraction, I came across #100HappyDays. Why not extend it from 31 days to 100? Anyone with me?

What are you grateful for today?

Happy Saturday!

Cheers~
Carrie