100HappyDays: Day One

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As we hit the Two-Month mark of marital bliss this week, I got to thinking about how awesome the past year or so has been. It’s been an incredible one so far. Some of my favorite highlights?

1. We got engaged.

2. I got my dream job, celebrating and promoting the state I love so dearly. I work with INCREDIBLE people. I’m still pinching myself that this job is mine.

3. We moved into a beautiful home in the lovely, historic neighborhood of Church Hill, and we are 2 blocks from this amazing view from Libby Hill Park.

4. We got married.

5. We had an awesome, unforgettable honeymoon in St. Barth.

6. We have the BEST friends and family, a fact which I’m reminded of on a daily basis.

7. We have the sweetest, silliest dog in the world, who teaches us every day about loyalty, unconditional love, and finding joy in the simple things (like enjoying the wind in your hair, drinking plenty of water, and the importance of a good nap.)

8. My husband and I are happy, healthy, and have had the BEST time together on our many adventures.

Yes, there is a LOT to be grateful for. And there are even more exciting things just around the corner for us!

Sometimes, though, it’s easy to forget all of those blessings and to get caught up in the little frustrating things in life. A bad day at work, a disagreement with a friend or family member, struggling to stay on course with diet and exercise, bills, rent, a bad night’s sleep. There are also the times where there are bigger issues at hand: an illness in the family, a friend who’s going through a really hard time, busy schedules interfering with the so-called “honeymoon phase.”

That last one has been a biggie for me and my husband the past few months. Between both of our travel schedules, some days and even weeks can seem lonely and hard when we don’t get to see each other very often. My husband is currently working on a campaign, which keeps him away from home a lot during the week and a fair amount on the weekends. I realized last night, though, that we only have 100 days to go until this chapter is over, and a new one may begin. That number got me thinking about participating in a social campaign I’ve seen all over Instagram, Twitter and Facebook recently. #100HappyDays.

Here’s the premise:

We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about. While the speed of life increases, there is less and less time to enjoy the moment that you are in. The ability to appreciate the moment, the environment and yourself in it, isthe base for the bridge towards long term happiness of any human being.

So, for the next 100 days, as we deal with the stresses of campaign life, work schedules, travel schedules, social schedules, household chores, bills, rent, and everyday stresses, I’m going to find one moment a day to capture and share.
Here’s my Day One. Rainy Sunday morning curled up with my loves: Millie, Paul, and coffee! 🙂 A quiet moment during a busy, busy week.
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Want to join me? Here’s how. Plain simple!
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.

 
#100happyday challenge is for you – not for anyone else.
It is not a happiness competition or a showing off contest. If you try to please / make others jealous via your pictures – you lose without even starting. Same goes for cheating.
So, cheers to #100HappyDays — and many, many more after that. I look forward to seeing your Happy pictures, too!
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