Well, today was a nice 11 hour shift with 5 hours of homework to follow, but I’m finally winding down and getting myself ready for bed. I think this picture is pretty self explanatory about how I was able to keep myself motivated and happy on everyone’s favorite day of the week.
So this is my planner, where I write everything’s that I need to do for work, school and other various activities. I never really needed a planner before, but with how busy I’ve become in the last few months, I’m not sure how I could survive without it! Color coordinating and organization makes me happy, so that’s why it’s made the list into my archives.
Side note, I’m not sure why it’s open to march, I meant to open it to April… It looks much more cluttered and frightening since finals are coming up! 😁
So today wasn’t so happy :/ mainly because I’m very stressed out at work for reasons that I won’t bore you with, a I know I’ll be twice as stressed tomorrow 😣 but the one thing that’s making me happy is being able to wind down with an episode of Game of Thrones. (You probably can’t tell, but this is the intro) hopefully tomorrow won’t be as bad as I think, and I’ll have a better picture for you!
I decided to stay at my parents house for the weekend to be a little closer to work, and this little bundle of fluff made sure that I didn’t feel too lonely while I caught up on some homework. This is my Westie, Maggie, and she is the sweetest dog you’ll ever meet! That is when she’s not being a racist old lady barking at the tv (long story) or terrorizing the cat to no end. Maggie’s getting a little senile in her old age so she’s starting to get a little hard of hearing and her joints aren’t as swift as they used to be, but she makes sure that she brings joy to everyone she meets. 🐶❤️
Today was a lazy day for me, as most Thursdays are. I’m always moving non stop throughout the week, so Thursday I usually catch up on some sleep and do some serious Netflix binge watching. But today I decided I needed some retail therapy. I don’t get the opportunity to treat myself very often since the majority of my paychecks end up going to bills and paying my dad back for school. But I needed some new clothes (for work, naturally) and yes, you do see a Sephora bag there even though I work for ULTA. (I won’t tell if you don’t) and it’s put me in a very happy mood today! 😊
Well, a week has passed since I started this challenge, and I must say I am loving it!
Today makes me especially happy because I got my free drink from Dutch Bros with my filled stamp card! (I’m a very frequent customer) The reason that I love this coffee chain so much is because the employees are literally the most friendly people I’ve ever met. And I don’t like to use the word “literal” unless I mean it. We chat about our day and they are always full of compliments, energy and smiles. Every time I leave their drive thru, I’m put in a happy mood for the rest of the day. And their coffee is delicious too! Starbucks is great and all but it’s become too structured, corporate, and their employees are a dime a dozen. If you are lucky enough to live near a Dutch Bros, I highly recommend!
This will be a quick one tonight since my eyes are currently burning from exhaustion and sleep is calling my name.
But I had to post about this song today. Everyone knows A Great Big World because of their popular song “Say Something” with Christina Aguilera. And while I love that song, it always puts me in a pretty melancholy mood. This one “Already Home”, immediately raises my spirits every time I hear it. It’s a beautiful love song about distance and has an upbeat tempo while still remaining serene. I’m shocked it’s not a more popular song, but I’ve always felt a more powerful connection with songs that aren’t mainstream.
So I’m getting this in just under the wire tonight, but I assure you that I have a good reason. This afternoon I was involved in my first car accident ever. Thank goodness no one was injured, but it definitely puts your life into a better perspective and it’s made me truly grateful for the good things that happen in my life and definitely count my blessings that the situation wasn’t worse than it was.
But I wanted to dedicate this picture to my dear car, Lexi. This vehicle has been in my life since I was 7 years old and she’s been through hell and back since then. From a cross country road trip with the engine catching on fire, to many scrapes and bruises due to an inexperienced 16-year-old driver grazing the side of the garage (give you one guess who that was), to having the drivers side window shattered by some very rude people and finally to colliding with another car and getting out without an additional scratch. (The other car was not so lucky unfortunately.) Lexi may be a practically vintage gas guzzler with a broken antennae and automatic locks that have a mind of their own, but she and I have been through a lot together and I will truly be sad when the day comes where I’ll be forced to upgrade to a car from this century. 200,000 miles and still going strong! 😘🚕
Yes, I’m aware that this looks a touch frightening. The makeup that makes me look human has been removed and I’ve replaced it with an exfoliating scrub that makes it look like I’ve been working in the mines all day. Which wouldn’t be far off really, since the main ingredient is charcoal. 😏 But this time of day is when I feel most serene, with the least amount of stress that’s weighing my mind down. Plus I figured that it’s been a whole four days without a selfie, so I’m probably overdue. 😂 And to answer all of your burning questions, yes this picture features a Hello Kitty cosmetic headband and a phone case to boot. I mean, can you get much happier than that?
So it appears that this challenge may be a little more difficult than I anticipated since I have been closing a lot at work and don’t have much time to be snapping pictures. But today I chose to take a picture of a bowl of lemons. Mainly because of the old saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.” Meaning that life is really what you make of it. Today was a rather slow night at the store and I was working with an employee who I tend to clash with on a regular basis. But tonight we had a blast, we picked up a signal from our walkie talkies from a nearby restaurant and chatted with them all night. We made what could have been a slow, boring night into some fun that we wouldn’t have had otherwise. So while this may seem like a random photo, it definitely represents how my night went.
My birthday card from my amazing staff. I spend the majority of my life at work with these crazy fools, and we are like a big dysfunctional family. (I’m the hiring manager and I have to clarify this with every interviewee that sits in my chair. Most don’t fit in.) They stress me out 90% of the time, but I love them anyway and I know that I have earned their respect. Looking at this card after a bad day makes me remember that there are people who do care about me, and it brings a smile to my face.
Today marks the first day of a challenge I have decided to do that is circulating the interwebs, #100happydays. I thought that taking a picture of myself would be a good introduction to this challenge. I don’t look particularly happy here, but that’s because, if I’m being honest, I’m not. I feel like I’m at a stand-still in all aspects of my life, and I’m struggling to figure out who I am and what I want. The past six months have held so many changes that may have been necessary, but still turned my life upside down nonetheless. The reason I am starting this challenge is to change my outlook on life. I want to rediscover the beauty of the smaller things and appreciate the many good things my life currently holds. I truly hope that this is the first and last melancholy photo that I post, and that my mood starts to change for the better, permanently. For the next 100 days I will be posting a photo each day with a brief description of how whatever the subject is makes me happy or enriches my life. I don’t expect anyone to follow this project of mine, it’s 100% for me, to help makeover my soul. But if you do happen to stumble upon this post, I encourage you to do the same if you’re feeling sad, lost or alone. It may just be the first step toward self enlightenment.