plainjanie I got to be a firefighter for a day at Boulder Rural's Citizen's Fire Academy. It was a really fun experience! I think red is my new color. 1w

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plainjanie "Love is there if you want it to be. You just have to see that it's wrapped in beauty and hidden away in between the seconds of your life. If you don't stop for a minute, you might miss it." 2w

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plainjanie Day 100 | September 17

3.28 months. 14.28 weeks. 100 days. 2,400 hours. 144,000 minutes. 8,640,000 seconds. Whichever way you choose to count it, my 100 Happy Days challenge has reached its final day!
There was a vibrantly colored toy train sitting in the rocks at the park today. After asking around to see if the train belonged to anyone who was there, it appeared that the train had no owner. This train was an old Disney themed train and sang songs from “The Lion King”. Hearing these songs and different Disney phrases brought back wonderful memories of my childhood when life was so carefree, simple, and (almost) always happy. As Torsten and I pushed this train around the park, I couldn’t help but the think of the train in a symbolic way. Just as we had no idea that this fun toy train would be at the park today, we have no idea what life has in store for us. Whatever life decides to throw your way, stay positive, and have faith that things will work out for the best. If you’re not happy with the train you’re currently on, get off and board a new train that will take you to better, happier places.
When I first embarked on this 100 Happy Days journey, I didn’t really know what to expect. I knew that my goal was to be happy for 100 days straight, and keeping that goal in mind for the past 100 days has been extremely beneficial to my overall outlook on life. This challenge has taught me that regardless of the circumstances we face in life, happiness surrounds us each and every day, and it is ours if we are able to see it, willing to accept it, and capable of letting it in. I’ve learned how to seek, find, and embrace happiness on both my good and bad days, and this has made all the difference in my life.
Happiness comes in all different forms and sizes and is unique to each individual person. When you’re having one of those days where happiness seems to be impossible to find, just remember that you are only one small step away from creating your own happiness. :) #Day100 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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plainjanie Day 99 | September 16

Today was an extremely ordinary day until my pastor from back in Minnesota reached out to me and asked if I would talk about my faith journey while I'm back home over Christmas break! I know nothing is set in stone yet, but I am just so touched and honored to be thought of and given this potential opportunity. I am so very blessed. <3
#Day99 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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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.
#Day97 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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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.
#Day91 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane
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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. 1mon
  •   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" 1mon
  •   plainjanie Thank you so much @kmjson! :) 1mon
  •   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! 1mon
  •   matildawrigsjo Are you going to keep doing this even after you have reached the 100th day? 1mon
  •   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 1mon
  •   split_open_shoot O man...those people are the worst @plainjanie. 1mon
  •   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 1mon

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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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