(first published on blogspot on August 4, 2014)
Today is day 100!! It’s true that even the simplest thing (such as a hashtag) can change your life, or at least make you think in a different way. On April 26th, I embarked on a new journey and the next chapter of my life. I said goodbye to Evanston and Chicago and got on the road to live in a new city by myself. I have never been the driver for so many hours. I knew I would need some motivation to get me through not only the drive but knowing that I would be living alone in a new place and moving in by myself without a job lined up either. So what would I do? I needed to think positively. I started participating in #100daysofhappy on Instagram.
I got on the road in the late afternoon and my first stop was Michigan to spend the night with my friend and her new baby. It was so nice to be able to see her so much throughout the months of March and April, due to the fact that I was unemployed. I wish we lived closer so I could see her and her baby all the time, but I made the most of the time we had.
The next day I drove to Ohio and stopped at my aunt’s house for the night. I had not seen her since my college graduation 2 years ago, so there was a lot to catch up on and it was nice to have dinner with her and sleep in a comfy bed of course.
April 28th was move in day and after a long 7 hour drive, I made it to my new apartment. I didn’t bring furniture so after carrying a good amount of my stuff in, I made up my bed of blankets on the floor. Not the comfiest, but luckily 2 days later Brian showed up to see the apartment for the first time and bought us a mattress and a desk for me to sit at. That still remains to be the only furniture I have. I sit on an exercise ball at my desk so I don’t even own a chair, but I really like it. Having less stuff and less to stress over. It really makes you appreciate what you do have as well. This is how I stay positive!
As soon as I moved into my apartment, I went shopping to fill my pantry and fridge and stock my kitchen with some essential kitchen gadgets. Having my own kitchen and fridge already made me 100 times happier I think. Cooking good food, making my dinner plates look pretty and baking recipes from blogs. Yep, that is happiness!
Each day on Instagram, I would post 2-3 pictures. 1-2 of them would be yoga poses for the yoga challenges I was participating in and the last a picture for #100daysofhappy. I was really dedicated to this hashtag. Yes technology these days has really become addictive and taken over our lives, but, for me, this hashtag made me appreciate my life more. It made me find things that I was happy about, whether it was a simple meal I threw together, a walk to the park, trying out a new cupcake flavor or hanging up a shower curtain. All of these things I was happy about and grateful to have.
It is now August. I can’t believe summer is nearly over, but I am also looking forward to Fall, with another wedding coming up, my anniversary with Brian and yoga teacher training starting in October. I am also starting to look online for apple picking and fall activities. I have already started lighting my Farmstand Apple scent candle from last Fall too.
These last 100 days have helped me change the way I think and appreciate the life I have more. Not only has the #100daysofhappy helped me, but also doing yoga challenges and having the amazing instagram yoga community cheer you on in poses. Yoga is definitely my go to when I am not feeling well or stressed out. Sometimes even spending just 5 minutes meditating or doing a few sun salutations helps.
As these 100 days end, my positive thinking will not. I am thinking of just writing down one thing I am happy for each day for the next 100 or so days and of course, there will be lots and lots of yoga as well.
I am linking up with Katie as I celebrate my #100daysofhappy and positive thinking. Katie always posts some great inspiring quotes on instagram and her blog and she just finished yoga teacher training too. So thank you Katie for being inspiring and hosting Marvelous in my Monday each week!!
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