Ok, so I’ve decided to lay to rest my usual Sunday #Cowprints feature for a while, in favour of this one. My more cynical readers will exclaim “yeah, but it’s still just a shitty highlight photo from your week, right?” Erm, right. Yes, pretty much. But don’t be a hater.
On 1st January 2016, I followed the lead of a few of my friends and started taking part in #100HappyDays. The idea is simple: take a photo of something that makes you happy, upload it to social media with the hashtag 100HappyDays, and repeat until you hit 100 days. You can start it at any time of the year, but January is bleak and boring so it helps give my winter days a bit of pep.
According to their website, over 70% of people who start the challenge fail to complete it, stating a lack of time as the main reason. This makes me feel so sad – and it kind of links in to a 2017 aim I have to start practising mindfulness a bit more. Actually focusing on your surroundings and emotions, then capturing something that gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling, is such a lovely way to re-engage with precisely those things that a lack of time tries to steal you away from.
I stuck with it to the bitter end last year, and I honestly think I’ll participate every year. Sure, most of my photos revolve around food or my children, or a bit of scenery, or me about to go to the gym…actually yeah, that’s basically all I take photos of. The key is that they make me happy, and I hope they’ll give you a bit more insight into my generally-boring-as-fuck life too.
You can of course follow me over on Instagram to see my daily uploads, but I’m planning to use this Sunday evening slot to share with you my favourite photo from that week. As I’ve only just got going though, I’m going to share with you my absolute star of the show from last year’s challenge. On Day 53, also known as 22nd February, I brought my little Moo into the world.
Will you join me in the challenge? I’d love to see what makes you happy every day. Go on, I double dare you.