Welcome to Day 15 of the 31-day blogging streak! Sorry I’m a little late; it was CRAY CRAY at work today.
Last month, I decided to take on the #100happydays challenge on Instagram.
I’ll let you read more about the challenge and its mission here, but basically, the goal is for challengers to find at least one happy thing, big or small, in every day. It helps cultivate the habit of actively seeking the positive instead of gravitating toward the negative and develop a healthy appreciation for the little things in life.
The challenge has been around for a few years now, but it didn’t pop onto my radar until last month when I noticed a friend of mine had started doing it. I asked her what inspired her to start doing it now, and she said that she had just read somewhere that it was exactly 100 days until the end of the year, so it was a way to make each of the remaining days of 2015 happy. My interest was piqued but by this point I had missed the boat and if I did the challenge my 100th day would be 3 days into 2016. But I thought, oh, what the hell? What message is it sending letting anal retentiveness win out over happiness?
So I started my own #100happydays challenge. I haven’t missed a day and today is my 20th, which means I am 1/5th of the way through (and there are fewer than 80 days left in the year!).
Here are some highlights from my first 20 days of happy!
Great start to my weekend at the Brewers Mini Marathon!! Another sub-50:00 10K and 3rd place in my age group (out of 289!!!) Official time 49:20! I don't know why but I'm over the moon! I'm so excited to get back to training and feel like I'm really gonna rock the @mkerunfest half marathon!!! 🙂 #running #10k #brewersmini #100happydays #halfmarathontraining
#100happydays Day 9: had a great time volunteering at the Mile 2 water stop at this morning's #LakefrontMarathon! This was my first #marathon last year and will always have a special place in my heart. Congrats to all my friends who raced today, it was great seeing some of you blow by lookin strong. Today made me so inspired and excited for my next marathon journey! Less than 7 months til I crush the @pghmarathon!! #running
#100happydays Day 12: my new @oiselle shirt finally came in the mail and it was a great evening for an easy run. 4 miles of soaking in the fall weather, of marveling at the fact that I'm in good enough shape to be able to forget that I'm running while I'm running, of being grateful that I've done this one thing right for my body and my health – getting to a point of loving and craving exercise. #running #halfmarathontraining #runmilwaukee #runmke #fall #fallleaves #flystyle #autumn #milwaukee