What I Learned from the #100HappyDays Challenge

When I started the #100happydays challenge, it really had nothing to do with trying to be more happy.  I’m naturally a glass-half-full type.  I had been contemplating a #Project365 photography challenge, but that seemed so overwhelming.  So a 100-day challenge with some direction seemed like a good place to start – and ending with a gratitude journal of photos was a nice incentive. 

So, here are a few things I learned. 

  • On days with planned excursions it’s tough to choose just one photo to represent the day.
  • I enjoyed capturing the everyday of our family, something I plan to do more often.  
  • I’m getting better at using my iPhone as a camera, but there is still considerable room for improvement. 
  • A photo a day during summer is a heck of a lot easier than once back in the fall school routine.
  • While I wouldn’t say the challenge made me happier, there were definitely days it did force me to look outside the to-do list to determine what little treat I would give myself that day.
  • Treats on those days more often than not had to do with an unhealthy food or beverage choice. Oops.
  • The challenge did encourage me to make time to see friends, and I need to keep doing so. 

When I finished and looked into the book offered as part of the challenge, reviews said the quality wasn’t great, it wasn’t free (as originally implied), and it took a long time. So I recently turned to my trusty resource, MyPublisher, and happily created this memento of this challenge.

Here are a few of my favorite photos of the 100: