#100happydays {post-100 days}

A little over a hundred days ago I decided to complete the 100 happy days photo challenge. The task: take the time to find something that brings you happiness each day. The goal isn’t to buy or make this challenge about material items. I did my best not to derive my happiness from shopping or store bought joy, but sometimes new shoes just make a girl happy.

The end result they say is happier people who find joy and smiles in little things each day and who can find positives in each day. The end result is a shift in thinking or simply put-an attitude adjustment.

It’s easy to get caught up in the stresses of life and forget what we have or more importantly who we have. The 100 happy days challenge helped remind me to think and some days search for good that happened.

My results: I do feel happier, struggle less to be positive about a bad day and feel I can find good in each day. Try it for yourself. But, the key is TRY it for yourself not just post random photos. Finding happiness in the simple things on a rough day isn’t easy! We could all use a bit more try in this area. We’ve got nothing to lose!

Here are my past 100 days:
Simply post a photo each day of something that brought you joy, happiness or was a positive in your day and add the hash tag #100happydays

Have fun!


{Motivation Monday-100 Happy Days}

Life always seems to fly by at such a crazy pace. The days pass by in a blur, moments go unnoticed, and often it feels like I didn’t take time to enjoy what the day had to offer. Moments of happiness, joy, contentment, and laughter can be found in each day, but we have to make time for them-something I fail to do too often.

Starting today I’m making a point to set aside a few moments each day to celebrate something to be happy about for the next 100 days. The 100 Happy Days Challenge will not always be easy. Some days are filled with happy moments while others can be overlooked. Some days it is easy to forget all the good things we have in our lives.  The advantages to taking on this challenge are numerous, and we could all use a little slowing down and smelling the roses.

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Running also has many mental facets and challenges. Training the mind to see things in a more positive way can benefit you on your next difficult run, speed session, or bonked race. Join me in my 100 day happy challenge! You can follow my 100 days of happy on Instagram (#100happydays), too.  What do you have to lose?


And a little something to get your Monday started in a happy direction…

Happy Monday!

{Friday Fab 5}

So this week I had spring break, hence the later than normal post…but here it is!

{#1-Enjoying the simple things}

One of my goals 2013 was to enjoy the simple things in life more. This week I took the time to sit and watch the sunset in my backyard from my family room. It was worth it.

{#2-More simple things*}

As I was driving home from watching my niece in Winona on Monday, I saw a gorgeous sunset over the lake and Mississippi River. Ahead of me was night and behind me was the sunsetting. The picture does not do the view justice, but it was amazing. Again, the simple things. *Note-Probably not a safe thing.

I came across this cool photo editing app this weekend. It is simple to use and has lots of unique and fun options to edit your photos such as the hearts in the above photo…awwww!

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I don’t know what it is about this pattern, but I’ve always loved it. I bought a scarf a few weeks back, and I just bought the same print in a dress. Seeing the print just makes me happy!

{#5-Organized my closet-FINALLY!}
I started with these supplies below all from my beloved Target.

I also used a paper towel holder, a magazine holder and some cork board covered in pattern scrapbook paper.

I also used a paper towel holder, a magazine holder and some cork board covered in pattern scrapbook paper.

First, I installed another shelf in my closet to gain extra storage space. It was a white shelf.

Then I organized all my earrings and rings by color (gold, silver, black, and colored) and put them in containers or on the wall.
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Next, I hung Command hooks and added my necklaces to the hooks and purple containers (I already had these). These were also organized by color, of course!
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Then I added clutches to my magazine holder and bracelets to my paper towel holder.
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With the organization part done, it was time to add some inspiration and chic-something to always remind you to put on your best.

My style icon!

My style icon!

The finished product!
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I also organized my shoes and sweaters, too!
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This little project might have taken me most the day (and I only organized half of it-the other side was good to go), but I am so happy to have an organized closet and extra space in my dresser. I also “found” jewelry and clothes I’d forgotten I owned. Yeah, for shopping my closet and now being able to see all my stuff! Being organized always puts me in a happy, jump-up-and-down mood, well, that and Captain and Diet Cokes, but those don’t lead to organization!

What spring cleaning projects do you have planned?

Happy Spring Cleaning and Easter to you all!