It’s the little moments that make life big! This has been my motto ever since I was a kid and, true to the #100happydays challenge, I have managed to Instagram the little things that have brought me joy for the last five days. As a person who actively notices the small things that bring me happiness, I wasn’t expecting this challenge to be as difficult as it is. I can’t seem to pinpoint just one moment of happiness each day, there always seems to be several!! In saying that, ceaseless pictures of my cherished coffees that bring me such delight each day would be verbose and incredibly boring, so I’m making the challenge even harder by trying to find the extraordinary in each individual happy moment. Ironically, this has kind of made it easier for me…. so far anyway!
Day One. Friday, January 24th. I arrived into work to find a large brown parcel in my pigeon hole. I rarely get things mailed to me, so naturally I was intrigued. On opening the parcel, a handful of pink and white ribbons fell out and a sweet floral smell filled the air. The first thing I pulled out was a letter. It was from one of my closest friends, who I haven’t seen in a while, but had the most wonderful phone call with a couple of days previously. Ironically enough, it was during this chat that she convinced me to start the 100 Happy Days challenge! I had cheered her up when she was feeling a little down in the dumps, so she wanted to surprise me with some pretty little things as a thank you for being me 🙂 Lip balm, a glittery heart, retro bunting & tissues, heart and flower shaped soaps, ballerinas and even a lollipop came out of the brown packaging. INSTANT HAPPINESS! The funny thing was the day before I really wasn’t feeling my usual upbeat self. She had sensed this (even though we hadn’t been in contact) and wanted to cheer me up like I had done for her. So thank you Katie-Jo for absolutely making my Friday and day one of my 100 Happy Days so easy!
Day Two. Saturday, January 25th. After a busy twelve hour shift at work, I decided it would be an absolutely wonderful idea to run home for an hour, shower, and go back into the office for another few hours to work on a project I’m in the middle of. I was tired, but running on a cocktail of adrenaline and caffeine, so was constantly drifting from a state of utter euphoria to absolute despair. One minute I was convinced I could accomplish anything I set my mind to; the next, I was failing at life! I c̶o̶u̶l̶d̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶ should have gone home, but that would have been the easy way out!! (Note to self: learn how to relax and switch off for at least an hour each day!) Ask any Irish person and they will tell you that the solution to any problem is tea. There is something so comforting about a cuppa, and with the added sophistication of it being poured for me from an antiquated silver teapot, I felt like the lady of the manor. Happy hot beverage deliciousness!
Day Three. Sunday, January 26th. It was another long, but enjoyable, day at work (are we seeing a pattern emerging here?!?). I absolutely adore my job, and one of my favourite aspects of what I do is meeting new people. It gives me a huge sense of satisfaction when I know that someone is genuinely grateful for my assistance or wowed by something we do for them. One of my happy moments on Sunday was when a family came in search of me after they checked out to thank me for looking after them, gave me hugs and then a present of a Brown Thomas gift card. Totally unexpected, but incredibly heartwarming. But this wasn’t my happiest moment of the day. If you didn’t know already, I’m the teeniest bit obsessed with coffee. A caffeine-aholic if you will. One of my favourite places to grab a coffee is Butlers, mostly because they always offer you a complimentary chocolate!. Every time I order, I put my free chocolate into my handbag with the intention of eating it in 30 seconds once I pick up my americano. Every time the barista hands me my coffee, I drink it, forgetting about my chocolate in the process. Hours (sometimes days) later, I stumble across the aforementioned free chocolate and the delirious glee that ensues is worrying 😛 Finding my ‘orange crunch’ on Sunday evening was hands down the greatest moment of my day!!
Day Four. Monday, January 27th. Ever since coming home from the Netherlands, I am looking for ways to move back. My number one priority right now is to learn Dutch, so every Monday evening for 10 weeks (3 weeks down!) I take a Dutch language class at UCC. As a self-confessed nerd, I love learning. I also love languages. I get such a kick out educating myself and improving my language skills, that I can’t wait until class is over so I can devour and go over the new verbs, grammar and words I have just acquired. Pretty stationary also has a special place in my heart. I have lost count of the number of notebooks I have purchased for no reason but simply because they look cute! Therefore we can state that: Heart Covered Notebook + Dutch Revision + Self Study = Happy Char! 🙂
Day Five. Tuesday, January 28th. I’ve been homeless for the last month. Not in the smelly, bedraggled, sleeping-on-the-side-of-the-road sense; more so in a can’t-find-an-apartment-that-meets-my-unrealistically-high-standards kind of way! So I’ve been crashing at various friends’ houses for the last 4 weeks, and visiting my parents an hour away on my days off to pick up supplies, aka clean clothes and towels. This week, I’ve been volunatarily in work on my days off and haven’t had a chance to go home. But days off are still days off and this means n̶o̶ ̶s̶u̶i̶t̶ pretty clothes!! I am known to be partial to a bit of retail therapy and this morning I treated myself to cute new black booties! THEY HAVE BOWS ON THEM. If these don’t scream happiness to you, I don’t know what does!
So kids, what have we learned from the last five days. Happiness comes in all forms, shapes and sizes; it’s not that difficult to find the joy in every day and taking pictures to remember the moments that may often seem insignificant is a whole lot of fun. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram if you want to see my daily #100happydaysofcharbar and let me know if you’re participating in the 100 Happy Days challenge too 🙂 Remember, happiness is like jam. You can’t spread even a little without getting some on yourself!
Until the next time,