I joined the #100happydays movement last year, and it was one of the greatest decisions of my life.

The challenge was to photograph something or someone that made you happy every day for 100 consecutive days, and boy, was that hard! Keeping anything going consistently for such a long time is extremely difficult, especially because I was trying to do something that was against my nature: being positive and looking for the Happy Moments in my day.

Sometimes I’d forget until 11.30 pm, where I’d wake from my half-asleep self (the worst time to jolt awake EVER.) and panic to take a picture. Sometimes I had little-miss-grump days, where everything was shaded a monotone of gray unhappiness. Or somedays there would be too much to post, and I’d get overwhelmed with the need to control my feed and be happy at the same time. I learned quite a few things about myself through this challenge, some very cliché, some surprising, and some downright sappy. 🙂

P.S.: Shoutout to Emmaby who would message me at 10pm to remind me to post, thanks for getting annoyed when I forgot to post (thumbs up)

1. Happiness can be found wherever you look for it

First day of the challenge, I could not find anything to photograph. Seriously. Hence, fruit. But over time, I realized I had power over what made me happy, and hence some pretty wacky photos turned up when I had to get creative on desperate days! #youwillbesmotheredbymyhappiness

2. Gratitude is fun!

Saying thank you publicly was painfully vulnerable. But it also grows friendships, increases the other person’s happiness and makes you feel all bubbly and warm inside (like a hot bath, mmmm….). In a strange turn of events, it also made me treat my friends better, with more respect and love, because I took the time to reflect on why they were hella important to me. (shout out to the homies yo)

3. Turn molehills into mountains

I don’t easily get emotional, so at first, this whole challenge didn’t make a huge impact on my happiness. Or at least I thought so. Happiness was a bit sneaky on me, and it snuck up and enveloped me in a big hug before I even knew what was going on! Doing something like the #100happydays challenge involves a little bit over a long time, and unexpectedly in the end, you leave it with fond memories and a whole new mindset. I became more aware of the little moments in my day, like this foggy afternoon:

My first winter solstice. #whpsolstice #winter #chasingfog

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I went out of my way to create happiness in my life:

I took pictures of little bursts of happiness, which I probably would’ve forgotten by now had I not:

And like this day I made myself cheery by putting on clown socks to sweep up autumn leaves, the photos I took now serve more than just a #tbt, they serve as a pick me up for my own happiness, a throwback into the happy moments that put a goofy smile on my face.

Funky socks and funky shoes for a funky Saturday. #100happykellydays #day7

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This is why I created this blog. Because I want to know why I’m happier after a year in Australia, why trying new things is scary but satisfying and most importantly, how I can influence happiness in my circle of life.

(cue dramatic ending song)

Namaste,

Kelly

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