I’m a pretty happy person. If someone were to ask if I was happy, I’d quickly say yes. If they asked me why… I’d probably have to take a minute to answer. It wouldn’t take that long because I’m lying, it’s just that answering WHY to a question like that can be thought provoking.
Aside from the obvious answers, what makes us happy?
When I first saw the 100 Happy Days Challenge, I thought, piece of cake. But that wasn’t the reaction I got from a lot of other people. One reaction was, “HELL NO!” and another, “Nope, not with my job” and that made me sad. It’s sad that the first reaction to being HAPPY, to challenging yourself to find the happy was a resounding NO. I happen to know that both of the people that said that to me share very happy moments with the world on a regular basis so why was their first reaction to assume that there was no way they could achieve something like this? Another close friend was very hesitant. She’s been battling depression for some time and her first natural reaction was that this was impossible. I encouraged her to give it a try because I knew for a fact that she has quite a few things in her life that she shares with me that are happy moments. It might seem impossible to her, to anyone, but from the outsiders perspective, we often see the happy that people can’t see in their own lives.
I think this is why I’m so much in favor of this challenge. They say that it takes 21 days to form a habit. I think recognizing happiness is a most definitely a habit we can all form. We go about our days feeling moments of happiness but do we realize it when it happens? Or do we just take time to recognize and dwell in sadness, or anger, or frustration? Those emotions are much easier to feel because they come naturally and they are so recognizable in the moment. And they tend to linger a lot longer than happiness does. I know that things like this take encouragement which is why I made a Facebook group for people who are participating but feel like they need that little push sometimes. If you’re interested in joining the group, leave me a comment! It will be like having your own personal cheering section in the next 100 days.
So let’s fight that feeling! I challenge you to take 100 days and find your happiness. It’s there; you just have to learn how to recognize it, appreciate it, and enjoy it.
100 Happy Days! Are you up for it?? There’s no official start date, begin when you’re ready. Just make sure you sign up at 100HappyDays.com where you can specify where you’ll be logging your days. I’m using my Instagram feed, which is right over there to the right. You can also check out the #100HappyDays hashtag on probably any social network and see some people trying to get happy!
Yes, actually, the all CAPS are necessary. It’s been a long, cold winter. It’s been the polar vortex of the off-season. But the ground has thawed and it is finally spring again!
Spring training is in full swing. The Dodgers played their first spring training game yesterday where they lost to the D-Bags. Kershaw pitched a few innings and we got to see Javy Guerra again, a face we have sorely missed. They beat them today so at least I can write this on a happy note.
Vin is in Arizona with the team so it was quite a refreshing sound to hear when his unforgettable voice filled the air. I finally got excited y’all!
It took awhile. We went to FanFest. (meh. Every year, MEH.)(I think it’s because I have no interest in autographs? I don’t know. Some people love it.)(We’ll still go next year of course.) We haven’t made any exciting acquisitions in the off-season and the promises of remodeled areas of the stadium have just been kinda anti-climatic. I’ve seen the construction myself (AKA dirt) and maybe when it’s all said and done, it will be a sight to see. But still, if you don’t hold a field level ticket (or even a pavilion ticket?), you won’t even be able to enjoy those new additions. Dodger stadium is still a classist society.
On top of all that was the disappointing launch of the Dodgers’ new TV Network, SportsNet LA. All Dodgers, all the time??! Count me in!
Except don’t because I don’t have crappy Time Warner. Time Warner is the only cable network carrying it. They also have rights to all the games (with the exception of FOX or ESPN games) which means… drumroll please… for the first time in my life, I won’t be able to watch my Boys in Blue on my TV whenever I want to. This is pretty much the worst thing ever. I mean, I don’t even know anyone who has crappy Time Warner. Because all my friends have good sense. Jokes on all of us though. Unless these idiotic cable companies can work their shit out, we’re all SOL.
I see shades of the McCourt years, flashing in my eyes. Fans are back to being disgruntled. Oh Mr. Kasten, won’t you hear our pleas over the sound of the $8.35 BILLION DOLLARS you’ll be rolling in soon enough??!
But enough about my #Dodgerfanproblems.
Baseball is back and that’s all that matters. We’ve got our ticket plan, we’ve got new seats this year, and maybe we’ll get lucky and the stadium wifi will actually be installed and working this year.
I’m glad. Could it be that I’m glad the Olympics are over because I’m an “un-American sore loser” as my friend Emmie so elegantly put it? Or is it because I’m pretty much over Sochi? Or maybe it’s because I miss TV.
It’s the third one. I’m not going to lie. I miss my shows, man. Do you know how long I’ve had to wait for Grey’s and Scandal to come back? I’m pretty sure it’s close to forever. (No, you have a flair for the dramatic.)
Ant kept trying to get me into the Olympics. Bless his heart, he TRIED. Every night when we watch, I’m fiddling around on my iPad, reading trashy tween novels (Holla for the Dollangangers!), and he’s over here on the other side of the couch going, “Whoa!” or, “daaaang that was a bad fall!” just trying to get me interested. It didn’t work. Once Shawn White’s new haircut failed me, I was all but checked out of the Winter Olympics. And don’t even get me started on the Jamaican bobsled team. Those guys really had John Candy rolling in his grave.
Anyhow, I’m glad to be rid of Sochi. What a horrible place huh? I couldn’t believe the crazy stories coming out of there! Corruption is a hot mess and I can’t wait to read later about what kind of crazy corrupted deals were going down in regards to these games. Time will tell.
Speaking of the Olympics… So these host countries go to great lengths to build arena’s and courses for Olympic events to be held in, right? In Russia, they built that great big arena for the opening ceremonies and closing ceremonies ONLY! Can you believe that? What happens after the games end? These buildings just go to waste? I need to do some research into abandoned Olympic Parks because that must be quite a site to see.
Bye Bye Russia!
What do you think of the new blog? *twirls* Isn’t she purdy?? Of course, I have no one to thank except my great eye for design and the amazing talents that Ant has when it comes to design work. He’s so clever and put up with me sending him pics and samples and saying. “so basically, I want this but not that, and this, and this over here, in this font, in this color, but not that color there.” And then seeing it all and saying, “well not quite this but that instead.” He’s very patient. He has to be to have stuck it out with me all this time. Trust me on that one.
So I’m hopeful that my new layout, with its new categories, and it’s shiny new newness will inspire me to write great works of art here. Or probably just share what I’m eating and watching a lot. Because truth be told, that’s pretty much what takes up most of my time anyways.
So, here we go again as I try to start blogging once more. We’ll see. If you’ve been a reader before, you know I hardly am able to stick to it but who knows, maybe this is the time!
As always, thanks for readiing!