100 Happy Days Challenge: Challenge Accepted

by - 2:23 PM

I have a confession to make: I am unhappy. Yes, you read that right. I'm not a happy girl and have been unhappy for a little while now. I don't know when I started to feel so blue. A few months ago I was still excited to do a summer program in India, I felt good about myself and had the best friends in the world. Then everything changed. My summer program was cancelled. People started calling me ugly again. My best friend is acting very distant and my other friends either moved away or just don't quite get me and my passion for stories.

Over the past few days I've been feeling very lonely. Add a truckload of college work to the situation and voilà: unhappy Envy.

I was okay with being unhappy. I hadn't even noticed that I'd slipped into unhappiness until a worried classmate asked me if I was okay. That moment I realized I wasn't okay. I was far from okay. Something had to change. I just didn't have a clue how to change things for the better, The last time I'd felt like this was almost ten years ago. Back then my mom sat down on the couch with me each and every day. She wouldn't and I couldn't leave until I'd told about at least one thing, not matter how small, that had made me happy that day. We simply called it the Highlight of the Day.
I tried doing the old Highlight of the Day ritual on my own, because I didn't want my mom to get worried about me. It didn't work. I just brought myself down, thinking my Highlights were pathetic.
Then one day, last Friday to be exact, I found myself on the 100 Happy Days Challenge website. I don't know how or why I'd ended up there, but if felt good. I'd heard of the challenge before, I'd even wanted to try it if I'd ever find time. Finding time didn't seem so important now. Changing my mindset did. I signed up for the challenge the very next day. It felt like the best thing I could do for myself.

The challenge is simple: share a picture of something that made you happy. Do that every single day for 100 days in a row. The point of sharing the pictures isn't to make others jealous or show your awesome life off. The point is to take time to enjoy life each and every day. Sharing makes it easier to keep going, like I realized when I couldn't keep my old ritual up by myself.

I've started my challenge yesterday and decided to write a post about it too. I picked a pencil at random and out of all the fifty pencils I have on my desk (I have a bit of a pencil problem), this was the one I got.
"Things are looking up". If that isn't a good sign to start a challenge with, I don't know what is. Follow me on Instagram to support me during my challenge and don't forget to Stay Awesome!

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  1. Hi!
    I've heard of the 100 happy days challenge, but to be honest, I still have to do it... good luck, though! What I do, every night, is think of 3 things today that I'm grateful for. Often, they're the same, but its something nice to do, you know?
    Kisses, Rose
    xxx

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    1. Thank you! I'm giving it my all and it's going great so far (but it's only day 3 today :P).
      I try to make some time to think of things I'm grateful for too, but it's more diffocult for me than taking a picture and thinking of what made me happy. I admire you for keeping up with that little ritual!

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  2. Good luck!
    Don't let what others say get to you. The advice might sound really routine but it's actually true. You're amazing the way you are :)

    -Kathie K
    A Sea Change

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    1. Thank you Kathie!
      My problem is that I've always let what others said get to me. I hope it won't bother me this much anymore once I finish the challenge. Only 97 days to go :)

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  3. Hey Envy,
    I wish you so much luck and think about that: No matter how deep the Canyon is you always see the a small part of the sky and one day you will climbing out and see a bigger one.
    Sorry, that was bad but I've always think really complicated and nonsence but this helps me every time.
    Love, Lea

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    1. Thank you! That wasn't bad at all, it made me feel better! Thanks for the kind comment as always Lea :)

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  4. This is such a great idea! I might steal it (if you don't mind), and begin mine at the beginning of the New Year. I can certainly relate to this post with finals and a lot of other random stress related issues happening right now in my life — I just feel very empty as if nothing really excites me like it used to.

    I hope things start looking up for you!

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    1. Go ahead, join in on the challenge! Don't forget to sign up for it on the website, if you complete it they'll give you a printed set of your pictures :)
      I chose not to wait till 2016 starts for the exact reason you just gave: I feel empty and through this challenge I appreciate the little things more (even though it's only day 4 today).
      Things do seem to look up a little, but it's still early. I'm excited for the rest of the challenge though :)

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  5. I'm glad you decided to join the challenge!

    I joined it a couple of months, posted a few pics here and there and, eventually, I ended up dropping out of it... It just didn't work for me. I stuggled a lot about finding something to post about.

    I hope you keep up with the challenge! Don't loose your motivation! I wish you the best, and I hope things start looking up for you :)

    I'll try to join the challenge again at the beginning of 2016, to start the year afresh.

    The Journeys of a Girl

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    1. Thank you! I hope to see you join in 2016, it would be cool to follow another blogger while they're doing the challenge :) I can see how it didn't work for you, some days it's really difficult to find something to post about. Yesterday I was totally clueless and it was only the third day! I'm not giving up though, I'm finally having fun :)

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