So I completed the 100 Happy Days challenge a couple of months ago and completely forgot to write a little something about how I found it, and challenging is definitely the right word.
I remember reading about how so many people who start this never manage to finish and I thought that was ridiculous! It began as being so easy and fun. “No problem”, I thought. “This will be a piece of cake.”
Well, 100 days is actually a very long time and by the end I felt like it was starting to drag. There were days I just plain old didn’t feel like taking a photo. “What do I have to take a photo of today anyway?! I’m a stay at home mother for heaven’s sake. My life is full of laundry, The Wiggles and bed time battles. Yawn!” Certainly not the mentality in which I started.
Then about a month out from the finish line I discovered I was pregnant, and with that came the dreaded morning sickness. Not as unbearable as my last pregnancy but certainly not pleasant. I admit that I skipped a few days during this time.
When I posted my final picture, oh my gosh it was such a relief! The burden of trying to take a decent photo every single day and the thought of it constantly being on my mind; to have that lifted was a great feeling. The challenge is so much harder than it sounds.
But I have to say, I’m glad I did it. I hate starting something and not being able to finish, so I was happy to have done so. But more than that, as I look back over the photos I took I realise that there are so many memories. My daughter grew so much during that time. At the start of the challenge she was just beginning to pull herself up and by the end she was practically running. There were birthday / wedding / Valentines Day celebrations, first time experiences, lots of sunny beach days and fun play dates, more cafe / dinner dates and nights out than I thought. Market trips, yummy food, amazing people, newborn babies and of course finding out about our beautiful new bun in the oven. It was much more interesting than I expected! It makes me wonder what the next 100 days will bring for me.
I am so grateful for the life I lead. I am safe, happy, healthy and surrounded by love. I don’t think I’ll be doing another photo-a-day challenge to remind me of this but it was a worthwhile experience nonetheless!
You can check out the 100 Happy Day Challenge website here:
You can also check out my other blog posts about the challenge here:
100 Happy Days
Halfway to 100 Happy Days
And finally, below are just a few photos from the last days of the challenge :)