#100happydays

4 years ago
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Don't you find when you are reading a book on a certain topic it starts to change your every day behaviour? For example, 6 or 7 years ago I was reading a book about spirituality and how to conserve personal energy. While reading the book, I began to notice how much personal energy I was losing because of how I reacted in daily situations. In the beginning, it was easy to remind myself of the tools I had learned to change my behaviour, but a few months after I finished the book, my old habits started to creep up again. Over the years I have read the same book at least 4 or 5 times until the teachings became ingrained in my memory and changed my behaviour permanently. (Although sometimes I still need a reminder; I read the book again about a year ago during a particularly challenging time in my life.) We've probably all heard that it takes doing something repeatedly for an extended period of time to form a habit. When I heard about the #100happydays challenge, I knew it was an opportunity to make a habit out of a healthy behaviour - looking for the good in every day.

Focusing on my blessings was the best coping tool I had when I was frustrated by the adoption/IVF process. Every time I would feel sorry for myself or worried about what the future would bring, I would remind myself how lucky I was to even be able to attempt IVF and pursue adoption. For many people (and even a few people I know personally) those paths to parenthood were not an option due to the heavy financial burden they carry. Reminding myself that there is always a silver lining, and that there are happy moments in even the worst days became a habit for me. Even though I'm not frustrated anymore, positive thinking is healthy and I never want to get out of the habit - which is why I am teaming up with Jo from The Thompson Treehouse to participate in the #100happydays challenge. (That was the first time I've ever used a hashtag!) When Jo posted about this challenge on her blog I was intrigued and wanted to participate, but I was worried that 100 days was too much to commit to and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to complete the task. She said "Don't let fear of failure get in your way, it's worth a try!! Let's do it!! :)" Then I told my husband I was thinking about taking this challenge and he said "You should do it! It would be good for you and also a good way to practise your photography" So I decided to take on the challenge.

Here's what it's all about: (from 100happydays.com)

Every day submit a picture of what made you happy!  It can be anything from a meet-up with a friend to a very tasty cake in the nearby coffee place, from a feeling of being at home after a hard day to a favor you did to a stranger. 
 
I will be posting my happy moments on the new page above #100happydays. I'll be using my camera phone until I get a new camera (I planned to get one soon anyway)
 
Here's my first photo:
 
PicMonkey Collage1
Who's with us in this challenge?

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