After someone likes my post I like to view their page and see what they write. I browsed thru Andreas blog, Cooking with a Wallflower, after she liked my post “Moms Backyard“. She has a lot of delicious recipes and great meal ideas. If you haven’t already you should check her blog out.
One of her post talks about a 100 Happy Days Challenge that she is doing with her sister and cousin. I thought about this and decided to see if I can be Happy for 100 Days.
Most days for me are pretty good until Monday morning when I have to start my work week. Since 2008/2009 the mortgage industry and economy hit an all time low. I work in the mortgage industry as a case manager dealing with people struggling to make a mortgage payment, applying for a modification, awaiting final decisions for a short sale, Deed in Lieu of Foreclosure, and even foreclosure at any moment. In most of these situations the homeowner truly wants to keep their home. But due to circumstances out of their control that is not possible most of the time.
In dealing with other people’s emotions it can make for a mentally draining and long day. I must listen to and empathize with each of their situations (on average 75 calls and emails a day). After hearing their struggles, I go home and decompress and attempt to deal with whatever is going on in my life. But most times there is not enough hours in the day to handle what I need for me.
That is what makes this a GREAT Challenge for me. It will help me decompress even before I get home by making me work to find a tha Happy Moment each day.
Today is post #1 Here is what made me HAPPY today.
Living in an apartment has its advantages and disadvantages to having a single family home for a person that likes to garden. I decided to create “Robin’s Balcony Oasis”.
These are the first flowers for the baskets that will hang over the railing. I will be going back to Pope’s Garden to get even more.
My grandson, Mr. Man makes me happy everyday even on those bad days!
Lately I have been reflecting on what I accomplished in the past year. In retrospect it feels like I have not moved an inch in either direction, no worse and no better. I took a look at the last post I made on 12/31/12 which was a DP Challenge on what we wanted to achieve in the coming year. This post is already an indication that I have slipped since nearly 12 months have past and I have not made a single blog.
Reading my last post made me realize that I have continued to repeat old habits. All of the goals that are posted, were very attainable. But again I became my worst enemy and did not follow thru.
“……The first change that I am making today is that I will not be my worst enemy any longer.
The second change that I will be making is to set real goals to become a professional landscape/nature photographer.
- I will begin by completing some classes that I previously started
- Contacting local photographers to see about apprenticeships they may offer
- Actively setting goals of taking pictures each and every weekend
- Sell some photos online
- Solicit critique on work so that I can truly improve and get one step closer to my goal
- Stop finding something negative in each picture
- Accept a compliment
The third change is to learn to forgive. I believe some of the fears that I have are because I am holding past issues. It is my belief that once I forgive those who I feel wronged me in some way, most of my self-doubt and inability to move forward in/with life will be gone. I have been stagnant for quite a few years it is well past the time for me to blossom again……..”
I will be 48 years old in 17 days and it is time to make life altering changes. I have begun to take charge of what I do. For the coming year I am not going to make any grand resolutions or list many things to change. My main goal and focus will be to move forward without becoming stagnant and comfortable where I am. Yes there is a final reward in mind and I will set mini goals or make a game plan to measure my growth and ultimately be where I want to be.
Quote of the Day…..
“There’s always going to be bad stuff out there. But here’s the amazing thing—light trumps darkness, every time. You can stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light.”
“How we grow—emotionally, spiritually, relationally, financially—is to take a risk.”
“Wellness isn’t about deprivation and it’s not about perfection. It is about pointing yourself in the direction of growth, training yourself to get comfortable with your highest potential, and then taking small steps to support that shift. It’s about showing up for yourself, day by day, and then one day finding that you’ve undergone a transformation.”