Happiness is a Lifestyle: 100 Happy Days

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“Happiness is not something you can learn.”

I read that statement while browsing the popular posts on Bloglovin a few days ago, and it struck me as being so unbelievably wrong that I knew I had to write about it.

Some people are born with a natural rosy outlook on life. They see the bliss and the positive in everything. Happiness seems to come so easily to them and it can be downright annoying to those of us “glass half empty” types.

For some of us happiness is a choice. It doesn’t always come easy. We are predisposed to see the grey in the world. But, we learn to find ways to be happy. Happiness becomes our way of life, a lifestyle if you will, not all that different from choosing to live and eat healthier.

There’s no secret recipe for happiness, its different for all of us, but there are a few things that you can do to live a little brighter and less grey.

– Believe in yourself.

– Take life as it comes. Don’t stress over the maybes or what ifs. Live life in the “right now” as much as possible, and deal with the future when it happens.

– Talk it out. Sometimes the best way to cope or deal with something that’s bringing you down is to talk about it with a friend who’s willing to lend an ear, and who you are comfortable talking to.

– Separate yourself. If a person or situation is making you miserable, give some some serious thought to cutting them or it loose.

– Find a hobby or activity that brings you peace and joy. The happiness you get from it can spread throughout your day.

– Clean yourself up and dress your best. Its not about anyone else. Its about know you put your best food forward. You would be surprised how much the way you feel about your appearance can affect your mood.

– Make others happy. Doing good for others is always good for the soul.

– Start and end each day with a smile. Reflect a little on something you are thankful for.

– Acknowledge something in the everyday that makes you happy.

“We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about. While the speed of life increases, there is less and less time to enjoy the moment that you are in.” – 100happydays.com

I find that this is becoming more and more the case in my life, I am unbelievably ambitious and being crazy busy can be a sign or side effect of success. But I have realized that I need to make a point of slowing down, of acknowledging the wonderful parts of my day, so I’ve decided to hop on the 100HappyDays train, and share one moment of happiness from every day with all of you.

You can follow the 100HappyDays movement with #100happydays and follow along with me with #KathrynsHappyJourney on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. And while you’re at it head on over to 100happydays.com and join the movement, share your happiness with all of us.

Ps. If you choose to follow along, and I hope you do, and you notice I’m slacking and have missed a day, let me know. Help me find the happiness in my day.

Camping, a Sunburn, a Long Weekend, and a Few Snaps

I’m back to work after a wonderful long weekend. And since we were closed yesterday things are a little crazy in these parts today, which means not alot of time to pound out a quality post unfortunately. But have no fear, I did manage to take a few pictures the past few days, and I have zero qualms about filling this entire page with them.

Enjoy. And I’ll be back for real tomorrow.

I’m not a dog person, but even I can admit that Molly is super cute.
Sometimes I forget how beautiful my province is. Its easy to miss, when you’re just focused on the drive.
Decided to do a little sun tanning. Got a lotta bit burned. Ouch.
Tunes on blast. Sunroof open. Windows down. Only way to drive on a beauty day.
Did a little camping. Enjoyed the campfire and s’mores, mmmm.
I hope you all enjoyed the weekend as much as I did. I’m so looking forward to what the rest of summer will bring.

Just a Few Snaps

I’m captaining the struggle bus today. I’ve managed to catch a cold and while my drug of choice, Benylin, has been doing an excellent job of keeping the sicky feelings away, my head feels hazy, and its hard to be productive. Really, I just want to put my head on my desk and have a nap.

So I’ll leave you with some pictures of my really lovely Mother’s Day weekend.

My mom got a little spoiled for Mother’s Day, we went out for lunch and she got some beautiful flowers. Pretty sure tulips are my new favorite.

My dad had his boat repainted since the last time I was home, now shes named after me. And that bad ass warrior on the front of the boat is supposed to be me.

So all in all it was a pretty good weekend. Pretty flowers, and pretty boats.

Comfort Zone Schmomfort Zone

It’s a good thing I don’t measure my success on this blog by my consistency of posting these days. Sorry y’all for the 100th unplanned hiatus this year. Things at the “steel distribution company that shall not be named” has been super super busy. I’ve worked late more days in the past few weeks than I have in the past few years leading up to this point. Oh the joys of management. I’m not complaining though, even though I have a love/hate relationship with my job, I’m thankful for the opportunity to lead such an amazing group of people.

Yesterday while I was procrastinating a little by taking a gander at my Instagram feed, because what better way to waste the time that should be used productively, I came across a picture from Shane and she was encouraging ambitious women to read Sheryl Sandberg’s (COO of Facebook) book Lean In. I don’t read books like that very often. Truthfully, I prefer the books that don’t require me to think very much, which I guess isn’t exactly and awesome thing since I am quite ambitious. I was intrigued by what Shane had to say and figure that its never to late to try and broaden my horizons and what not. So I bought it, and even though I’ve only read the introduction I’m sure that its going to be an amazing book and will be worth the $30 I paid for it. I’ll be sure to post a review as soon as I’m finished.

If you’ve ever seen Sheryl’s Ted Talk you know that she is a huge advocate for women being confident and standing tall and putting themselves out there. It’s something that I struggle with every single day. I know I have a lot to offer, but I’m scared others won’t feel the same. Failure scares me. Its a lot of the reason I hold myself back from trying new things.

I’ve been obsessed with home decor for years, I’ve probably spent more than a few months worth of mortgage payments on House and Home and Style at Home magazines. I’ve dreamed of decorating my own place with the style and flair that is so often shown on their pages. Unfortunately my bank account has never been in favor of my doing so, unless I can find ways to DIY things. And since I’m determined to have a bachlorette pad that I love, I’ve been doing just that for quite a while.

A few weeks ago, before I ever heard of Lean In, I decided to stop letting myself get in my own way of learning new things and my potential success, and I opened my own Etsy shop, Kathryn Lavers Design.

Honestly, while I had hoped for massive success (of course), I really didn’t expect to sell a single print. Thankfully that has not been the case, and the response to my store has been amazing.  Big thanks to everyone who has stopped by to purchase a print, or even just to look.

I am so glad that I decided to step outside my comfort zone, and put myself out there.

Sheryl is right, sometimes we have to stop holding ourselves back, we have to break down our own barriers, and when we do the results can be worth making ourselves a little bit uncomfortable.