plainjanie Day 98 | September 15

Weather wise, today was PERFECT—65º, sunny, slight breeze, and a hint of fall in the air. This kind of weather compliments my favorite "sweatshirt and shorts" outfit combo exceptionally well, which makes me exceptionally happy and puts me in an overall good mood. :) #Day98 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 97 | September 14

It was our last day up in the mountains at Beaver Creek Lodge. I woke up earlier than my alarm this morning, so I decided to walk to the Starbucks in town! It was a beautiful morning walk with amazing mountain views in every direction; definitely a very happy, peaceful way to start the day.
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plainjanie Day 96 | September 13

I've spent the weekend at Beaver Creek Resort with Jake and Tyson, and today we went mountain biking! It was exhausting, but SO much fun!! Definitely an awesome experience—again, words can't quite do the experience justice. After three hours of mountain biking, we got some food and then came home to relax in the hot tub! We got Blue Moose pizza for dinner and are currently watching the movie Patch Adams. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to spend the weekend in the mountains; gorgeous weather, amazing views, and a couple of great people—God is good!
#Day96 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 95 | September 12

Today was an overall great Friday! I will post details later, but I would like to take this moment to dedicate my 95th happy day to this amazingly delicious sandwich. I've had this exact sandwich three days in a row now, and it tastes better and better every time! Pumpkin Spice English muffin + Pumpkin Pie Spice Jif Whips peanut butter + banana = the best fall flavored sandwich creation of all time. No joke. Words cannot do this sandwich justice. I highly recommend a trip to Target to pick up these delicious fall flavored finds!
#Day95 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 94 | September 11

It was very chilly here in Boulder with temps hovering in the 40's most of the day. Usually I head to the gym immediately after work, but I was feeling the need for some "cozy" time, so that's just what I did! I heated up my delicious mushroom ravioli leftovers, climbed under my new comforter (cute, cozy, AND on clearance - thank you Target), and watched some TV on Netflix. It was the perfect way to unwind after a cold, drizzly day. :) #Day94 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 93 | September 10

After work, my newfound friend Amanda and I went out to dinner at Hapa Sushi! This was my first official sushi experience, and it was a good experience because of the fact that I now know what NOT to order next time! Haha. After sushi we went to roam around one of our favorite places: Target! Even though this was our first time hanging out, I feel like we've been friends for ages, and I can't wait until we can hang out again. :) #Day93 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 92 | September 9

I had a wonderful personal training session with @annehealthfitness tonight at the Inspired Athletic Movement studio! It was so great to see her and catch up after so many months apart. :) #Day92 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 91 | September 8

I am so very happy that my Macbook is so very smart when I am so very not. I was reading an article for my Organizational Behavior & Sustainability class today, and it’s safe to say the article concerning “triple bottom line” (3BL) accounting went way over my head. Back when I had my old laptop, trying to highlight text in a PDF was a HUGE pain, and there wasn’t even an option to define a word straight from the PDF file. Thanks to my Macbook, I got to be a crazy happy highlighter lady and definition seeking fiend. It’s safe to say that I lit that article up like a Christmas tree, and I’m pretty sure I looked up the definition of “paradigm” at least three times before it finally clicked.
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plainjanie Day 90 | September 7
My happy moment of the day was sneaking into a room at church and playing a few of my favorite songs on the piano. I don’t get to do this often, and even though this made me quite happy, to be honest, today was another rough day for me for a number of different reasons. As much as I hate admitting that I have bad days, I feel it's something that I need to be honest about for my sake, and for the sake of everyone else who reads this. Yes, I realize this is a “100 HAPPY Days” challenge, but for me, a bad day doesn’t mean a day robbed of all happiness. Here comes a mini rant on why I feel the need to be honest...
I'm sure we've all encountered those people on various social media sites who are always happy. I mean ALWAYS happy. It's all sunshine, rainbows, Care Bears, and blissful times spent frolicking through fields of wildflowers in the heart of Narnia. Don’t get me wrong, I genuinely appreciate these people for their happiness, positivity, words of encouragement, etc. But when you are having a very “human” day, those posts can sometimes make you feel like the gum on the bottom of someone’s shoe. This doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate these kinds of posts, it just means that posts on social media sites can lead you to believe that people really do lead perfectly happy, carefree lives. It is so easy to see other people’s pictures and think, “wow, they really do have the perfect life”. I’m sure there are people out there who see my "100 Happy Days” photos and think, “UGH, Jane’s posting more of her annoying 'giddy over the littlest things in life’ photos to show the world how ridiculously happy she is ALL THE TIME”. But this isn’t the case. There is a real life, human Jane behind these photos, and I’m here to tell you that some days just don’t go as planned. I’m not doing this challenge to prove to the world that I can be 100% happy for 100 days straight. I’m doing this as a personal challenge to hopefully develop a long-term positive outlook on life, and to also help inspire others. I know that many people genuinely appreciate the photos that I have been posting, and that makes me happy beyond measure. (Continued in comments below...)
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  •   matildawrigsjo A happy day doesn't have to mean that you were happy 100% of hat day, but that you did something that made you happy. Even If your day was mostly shitty. Being happy all the time is not human. I love you way of explaining things haha creepy sun baby lol. 1w
  •   matildawrigsjo And the other day I thought "damn, Jane really managed to keep this challange going and she is doing it really well and not just bullshitting" 1w
  •   plainjanie Thank you so much @kmjson! :) 1w
  •   plainjanie Thank you, and I couldn't agree more @matildawrigsjo! Being 100% happy all the time is not realistic, unless you're the creepy sun baby. ;) Haha. I'm doing my best to keep this challenge as real as possible—no BS here! 1w
  •   matildawrigsjo Are you going to keep doing this even after you have reached the 100th day? 1w
  •   plainjanie I've been thinking about it! I might just do it for myself and not post them publicly, or I'll continue to post them but maybe just stop numbering them. Or maybe go for a week and post them all at once...I haven't made up my mind if you can't tell! *Facepalm*. Haha. @matildawrigsjo 1w
  •   split_open_shoot O man...those people are the worst @plainjanie. 3d
  •   plainjanie Haha I wouldn't say the worst—we're all kind of guilty of it at some point, most often completely unintentionally. @split_open_shoot 3d

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plainjanie Day 89 | September 6

Today didn't end very well, but the beginning of my day was pretty great, so I'm going to choose to focus on that instead. We all encounter those times in life where we wish we had an "undo" button, but since we can't undo our past mistakes, we may as well choose to learn from those mistakes, do better next time, keep pressing forward, and focus on the good things instead. With that being said...my day started great!
I woke up this morning and went for my "long" run in preparation for the 15k I signed up for. My goal was 4 miles, but I was feeling good so I went for 5 miles instead. While I was running, the song "Breakfast" by the Newsboys came on and it brought back so many memories of my tween years. I always loved that song because it mentions Captain Crunch cereal...anyways, that catchy tune reminded me that I had a delicious breakfast of corfetti cake batter overnight oats waiting for me in the fridge which helped motivate me to keep running. After my run and delicious breakfast, I went to Tod's coffee shop to "work on some homework"...yeah, senioritis is setting in early. I then ran some errands, which included a stop at GNC, where I discovered that they carry Cellucor's chocolate chip cookie dough whey!! I JUST bought two other flavors, but there was only one of these bad boys left, and I couldn't bear to leave without it (happy Saturday to me!). This evening I went on a mini walk to look at the beautiful sunset before dinner, and I also attempted to do homework (again), but somehow ended up procrastibaking instead, which resulted in some delicious pumpkin cinnamon banana muffins.
I am truly happy for all the good that came out of today, and I am so thankful for all the good things God brings into my life, but I am also thankful that tomorrow is a new day with a fresh start.
#Day89 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 88 | September 5

Ran to Target today and found a small selection of my favorite Merona t-shirts on clearance for $5.00 each! Two colors I don't already have AND in my size? I couldn't pass it up.
#Day88 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 87 | September 4

Well, insomnia struck again around 2:30am. As usual, 4:30am rolled around and since I was still up I headed to the gym. An early morning, no sleep fueled workout was definitely not in my plans for the day, but what can ya do. Anywayssss, I knew what my happy moment of the day was going to be from the moment it happened. There I was, running along on the treadmill half-watching HGTV when all of a sudden Gabrielle Landeskogs face pops up. My choppy thought process as I scrambled to unplug my headphones from my phone and stick them into the treadmill audio jack went something like this: "Gabe?? My favorite hockey player? On HGTV? Two of my favorite things? Apartment hunting in Denver? And I just happen to be here at this exact moment watching this? On a treadmill at the gym because I decided to train for a 15k? And just happened to get insomnia? It's fate!" Yeah, I know I'm ridiculous, but I own it. In conclusion, this little happenstance totally made my day, and it also made not being able to sleep seem kinda sorta worth it.
#Day87 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 86 | September 3

My @bodybuildingcom order came today!!! I stocked up on my favorite chocolate chip cookie dough @Questnutrition bars (plus a free cinnamon roll Quest bar that isn't pictured), and I am BEYOND excited to try these two flavors of @Cellucor whey protein powder! I chose corfetti cake batter because cake batter anything is amazing, and with fall fast approaching the cinnamon swirl flavor seemed to be a good fit. :D
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plainjanie Day 85 | September 2

It's only September 2nd, and I feel like the next two months of my life are booked solid! I love that I have so much to look forward to in my life, but it just seems like there just aren't enough minutes in a day to get fit everything in! Thanks to @katelynninco I discovered the Hot Chocolate 15K/5K, and I think I'm going to try the 15K race! It's farther then I've ever gone before by about two miles, but with the handy dandy workout schedule I've created (I love planning/organizing/list making/color coding/you name it—shoutout to my Macbook for having awesome templates!!), I think I should be able to meet my goals. The schedule definitely needs some tweaking/balancing, but so far it's coming together nicely. :) My mantras for this crazy busy time of year include: "Let go and let God" & "When in doubt, plan it out." #Day85 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 84 | September 1

Happy September everyone! I hope everyone had an enjoyable Labor Day and got to enjoy some down time before heading back to school, work, or life in general. As much as I love summer, I am feeling very ready for fall and all that comes with it!
I had a really good workout at the gym today. I don't know where my motivation came from, but I embraced it and pushed myself harder than I have before. I left feeling accomplished and ready to tackle my to do list, which resulted in an overall happy and productive day!
#Day84 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 83 | August 31

Jake let me crash on his couch last night after a fun evening of yummy food, fun games, and great company. I left his place early this morning to make it to church, and I stopped at King Soopers to pick up a quick breakfast for the road: a caramel fudge ThinkThin bar and a skinny caramel mocha from Starbucks. In addition to the yummy deliciousness of the chocolate caramel combo, there was a quote on the sleeve of my coffee cup that I found quite enlightening. "No experience is ever wasted. Everything has meaning." Although we don't often think about our shortcomings or failures as positive things, they are still experiences that hold meaning which can create valuable learning experiences in our lives. Embrace every experience that life throws your way; no matter what happens, you're going to learn and grow as a person, and that is one of the best gifts life has to offer.

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plainjanie Day 82 | August 30

Today was a great day! Went on a beautiful 3+ hour hike (Lookout Mountain) this morning with Jake and Bryan, donated blood this afternoon, and then drove to Denver to spend the evening at Jake's place for a BBQ and game night! Overall an awesome awesome day—feeling very blessed. :) #Day82 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 81 | August 29

I had a great Friday today! Hit the gym for an early morning 5:00am workout, had a fun day with Torsten, ran some errands after work, came home and baked a cheesecake, and then opened this card that I got in the mail from my aunt Alice and Teri! It was such a pleasant surprise to get a spontaneous (and hilarious) card from two people that I love. It totally made my day. :) #Day81 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 80 | August 28

So, funny story…last week I called Sprouts to see if they carried a specific brand/flavor of ice cream that I’ve been searching diligently for, because I was getting tired of driving around to every Sprouts store within a 25 mile radius. Anyways, when they put me on hold, staticky music started playing in the background, only it wasn’t your typical cheesy elevator music. I was immediately drawn to the song and googled the lyrics that I could actually make out through the static, and I discovered that the song was “It’s No Good to Be Alone” by Brandon Heath. I added it to my music playlist right then and there. So what does this have to do with today? Well today the song popped up during my workout at the gym and I fell in love all over again. I kept repeating it over and over, and it really got me thinking that even though I am alone, and have been for quite a long time as far as relationship status goes, I’m never really alone because of my relationship with God. Genesis 2:18 says: “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.'” I’m not sure where my “helper" is in this big wide world, but this verse gives me hope that God’s plan for my future might include finding the person I’m meant to spend the rest of my life with. Until that day comes, and even if it never comes, it is comforting to know that I will never be completely alone. As the last line of Deuteronomy 31:6 says: “…he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Even when I have those days where I feel helplessly alone or distant from Him, I know that God is ALWAYS with me.
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plainjanie Day 79 | August 27

This morning I created a bookmarked folder of different news websites. I'm usually not a huge news watcher/reader, but for whatever reason the urge to become informed and up to date on what's going on in the world struck me. There's something oddly comforting to me about waking up, making coffee, and eating breakfast while watching the Today show or some other news program. Maybe I'm just being hit by a wave of nostalgia, looking ahead to my potential future, or just getting old...but whatever it is, the idea of this little morning routine makes me feel happy and more content inside, even if it's not my actual reality. It's little ideas like these, mini hopes of what could be, that fuel my excitement about what life has in store for me down the road.
P.S. Yes, I realize I'm getting excited over something as simple as news that I'm not even able to watch, but the fact that I could have that morning routine again someday makes me happy. To each his own!

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