plainjanie Day 82 | January 28

I got to skate on the ice at the Pepsi Center tonight!! It felt amazing to get back out on the ice and skate around—I love how freeing and therapeutic it is. It made me so happy. :) *Shoutout to Jake for making it possible! You're the best!
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plainjanie Day 81 | January 27

I am really happy and thankful for having a great personal training session with @reyelts1313 this evening. I have a lot of confidence and faith in my abilities, but sometimes the tiniest amount of subconscious doubt can find its way into our minds and be more detrimental than we realize. It is nice having someone to help push you to your limit, because it’s in those moments that the doubt is pushed away. We are all stronger than we give ourselves credit for; we just need to remember that as long as we work hard, keep trying, and do our best, we will succeed. Stay strong, don’t doubt, and never give up.
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plainjanie Day 80 | January 26

My morning and evening didn’t go too well, but the rest of the day was great, so I am choosing to focus my attention that. A few things made today a good day, one of which was my daily devotional. In today’s lesson it asked this question: “Are you able to trust the promises of God even if you never end up seeing them?” It is comforting to know that I can answer “yes” to this question. I know that nothing is guaranteed in life, so my expectations are never set too high. I trust in the plans God has for my life, and I trust that He knows what is best for me. If this means that I may not live to see some of God’s promises, that is ok. I know that eternal life with God in heaven far outweighs anything He could ever promise me here on earth.
Another thing that made today wonderful was the 70 degree weather we had! 70 degrees = an afternoon spent at the park with my favorite little guy! Torsten and I had lots of fun climbing up the stairs, running back and forth across the swinging bridge (over and over and over and over), making a lemon cake with sprinkles (aka: rocks and sticks) with a little girl we befriended, and more. It’s so fun to watch Torsten learn and grow each and every day.
The last thing that made today great was learning that the gestation period of an elephant is 547.9–669.6 days. Crazy.

Happy Monday!

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plainjanie Day 79 | January 25

This Sunday was highly enjoyable! I went to my Sunday school class, hit the gym for a pretty great workout, enjoyed an iced proffee in the 60 degree weather, picked up lunch from Panera, ran some errands, and then came home to relax.
This quote (pictured) was in our Sunday school lesson today, and it completely sums up what I'm striving for in my life. I think it is so amazing how putting yourself last can make you happier than you've ever been before. I don't quite know how to explain the kind of happiness I'm feeling today, but it is happiness nonetheless. :) I hope you all had an amazing weekend filled with an abundance of joy and happiness! Spread a little extra love and happiness to those around you this coming week; you never know who may need the extra encouragement!
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plainjanie Day 78 | January 24

Today was a pretty low key day, which is ok. My body decided to wake up at 5:30am, so I got up, hit the gym, got my proffee, and came home to eat my delicious overnight oats with peanut butter, which was quite fitting since it is National Peanut Butter Day! After breakfast I decided to see the movie American Sniper, which I found to be a very thought provoking and eye opening movie. It really got me thinking about the people who serve our country, my life, life in general, the purpose of life and my part in it, and more. My brain is still churning with thoughts and questions that I don't quite know the answers to, but what I do know is that I'm so very grateful for the life that I live, and for all the people who make that possible by serving our country. Thank you to all of you who serve or have served our country—it means so much to me.
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plainjanie Day 77 | January 23

I was fortunate enough to be able meet up with Holly and Megan during their brief visit to Colorado! It's always wonderful seeing some familiar Minnesota faces. #Day77 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane2
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plainjanie Day 76 | January 22

I’m finally getting back on track with my daily devotionals! Even though it’s only been two days, I’m already feeling closer to God, more in tune with myself, and inspired to live a life more devoted to serving God. The less time I spend with God, the more self-absorbed I become, and I’m not a huge fan of that version of myself. The devotional book I use divides the daily lesson into four sections—read, think, pray, and live. The ‘live’ portion of today’s message really inspired me: “Experiment with living in God’s presence while caring for the rest of the world. Relax. Quiet yourself. Just be.” I find this to be such a refreshing goal to live up to. I am going to do my best to keep God in my heart and on my mind every moment of every day. I am going to try my hardest to think of myself less and of others more, and do all that I can to help others as often as I can. And finally, I am going to relax, reflect, and just be. As important as it is for me to live a life devoted to God and serving others, I know that setting aside time for myself is just as important. It’s all about finding a that balance.
I hope that each and every one of you can take, make, or find the time to relax, quiet yourself, and just be. Don’t overthink things. Go to your happy place and reflect on your life, all that you have, all that you are (you are amazing), your goals, hopes, and dreams for the future, and anything else that will set your heart on fire. Never forget how important and loved you are. <3
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plainjanie Day 75 | January 21

Today I am happy for simply staying on track, and staying true to myself. I know myself better than anyone else aside from God, and although I am the one person who knows how to make me truly happy, I am also the one person who can undermine that happiness in the blink of an eye. We can be our own best friend or our own worst enemy—it all comes down to our attitude, outlook on life, and the choices we make. Although it is sometimes hard to stay true to who you really are, do your best to trust yourself, believe in yourself, and love yourself in all circumstances. God loves us unconditionally, forgives us for our wrongdoings, shows us grace and mercy, and provides the light we need to navigate our way through this crazy adventure called life. There's no reason that we should treat ourselves any differently than God would treat us. We are all fighting our own battles, so be kind to yourself, be kind to others, and trust that things will all work out in the end.
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plainjanie Day 74 | January 20

My happy moment of the day was my personal training session with Korey this evening. After falling off the wagon (food wise) yet again, it felt great to get back on track with a good training session. I'm still working on restoring the balance between food and fitness in my life, but I have faith that things will work out. No matter how many times I falter or fail, and no matter how painful or difficult things may be at times, I will never give up on my dreams. I will keep fighting for what truly matters to me in my life, regardless of the obstacles I may face. We are constantly facing battles in our lives, and we can choose to either succumb to the difficulties or face these difficulties head on and fight for our dreams. It's true that the battles will win from time to time, and if they do, that's when you choose to fight. Find what motivates, inspires, and encourages you and use that positivity to fuel your epic comeback. Be strong. Be brave. Have faith and hope. Go out there and show life what you're made of. Never give up.
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plainjanie Day 73 | January 19

My happy moment of the day was seeing "The Wedding Ringers" with @msmandamarie8793 this morning! Who knew they started showing movies at 9:00am?? We dressed in our comfy clothes and brought overnight oats and coffee to enjoy while watching the movie in the big comfy reclining chairs. Overall a successful movie-going experience!

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plainjanie Day 72 | January 18

I'm so happy and thankful to live in such a beautiful place surrounded by so many wonderful people. Even on the not so good days, I know that I am truly blessed. #GodIsGood #Day72 #100happydays #100happydaysbyjane2
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plainjanie Day 71 | January 17

I'm fading fast, so I'm going to make this quick. My Saturday was quite productive, and productive days make me happy! I started the day with a good workout, ran some errands, organized and cleaned my room, completed some to do list tasks, and more. I hope you all had a stupendous Saturday!

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plainjanie Day 70 | January 16

Just another crazy Friday night at the bar! ;) Sorry, I couldn’t resist the pun. I’m actually ready to hit the hay (22 going on 82, I know) so I’m going to make this pretty short. Today was a pretty normal, yet overall good day! I hit up the new Anytime Fitness in Gunbarrell tonight for an hour long torture session (aka: cardio). It’s safe to say that cardio and I are not friends…we’re more like frenemies, because sometimes you just want to move and cardio is the simplest solution for that. My happy moments of the day include meeting the cardio goal I set for myself and for being able to enjoy life’s normalcy when it actually decides to occur. As Thomas Moore says, "The ordinary acts we practice every day at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest.” It is now time for me to end this crazy Friday night snuggled up in bed watching a movie. Have a wonderful night, everyone!
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plainjanie Day 69 | January 15

Today was one of those days where things just did not go my way (hardly any sleep, upset stomach, extra clumsy, etc.), but as the day is coming to an end and I look back at the day as a whole, it turned out alright! I made it to the gym for a decent upper body workout this morning, and I thoroughly enjoyed my proffee and breakfast of overnight oats with peanut butter. Skipping ahead to this evening, Stephanie and I got sushi of dinner and had a nice time catching up after quite a long time apart. It was so good to see her again, as she always inspires me, warms my heart, and puts a smile on my face. <3

When you have those days where life seems to be against you, try your best to look on the bright side of life! Instead of focusing on all of the little things that went wrong throughout the day, focus on all of the wonderful things that went right and be grateful for those moments. Happiness will surely follow. :)
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plainjanie Day 68 | January 14

My happy moment of the day is pretty simple—chocolate Halotop ice cream topped with banana, truwhip, chocolate sauce, and chocolate teddy grahams for dinner. Yup. I’m an adult. I do what I want. ;)
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plainjanie Day 67 | January 13

This Tuesday was quite terrific! It felt great fitting in an early morning workout, having a good day with Torsten, and organizing my room. My happiest moment of the day was meeting up with Amanda at Chipotle for dinner and some much needed girl time this evening! It was a wonderful night of yummy food, girl talk, and lots of laughs! Overall a very happy day. :)
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plainjanie Day 66 | January 12

I hope everyone had a magnificent Monday! My Monday went well, not perfectly, but well. I decided not to go to yoga, as I wasn’t feeling up to battling rush hour traffic in freezing drizzle. It probably would have been fine, but when it comes to winter driving I always rather play it safe. So instead, I did my own mini yoga session at home with a 30 minute video that I found online! It felt good to get back to doing some yoga again, and I’m hoping to do it more often. Although the day didn’t go exactly as planned and included a couple rough spots, it was still a good day overall! Tomorrow is a new day filled with new opportunities and a chance to be a better you!
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plainjanie Day 65 | January 11

I have been in an amazing mood all day, which made today great! I started my day with a giant piece of protein cheesecake for breakfast before I headed off to church to meet with my Sunday school class. After church I had a great workout at the gym and treated myself to my usual post-workout proffee before heading home. Once I got home I ate lunch, played my violin, and put my recent soul-searching realizations to good use and created a daily, weekly, and monthly plan and goals for myself. I have been thinking of ways to fill my newly acquired free time, and one of the things I really want to do is volunteer with the elderly. I am currently working on an application for a site I found online, which I have very excited about! I will continue to work on my health and fitness goals, and I also want to work on setting more time aside each work for my hobbies which include things like playing my violin, photography, writing letters, blogging, learning new skills/activities, trying new things, time with friends, and more! My daily goals include less screen time and more reading, daily devotional, prayer, and a daily reflection. I am glad that I am finally getting out of this funk I’ve been in and discovering what is important to me and what serves me in my life. I know that even though we create plans for our lives, it doesn’t mean life will go according to these plans. I am working on being more open to change, putting my complete faith and trust in God, and appreciating every day as it comes, good or bad!
My good day turned into a good evening when I met up with my friend Tim for dinner at Modmarket, which was quite delicious! I’ll definitely be going back again. It was a very enjoyable evening with good food and good conversation! (Continued in comments...️)
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  •   plainjanie Overall, I couldn’t have asked for a better day. I am so happy and excited that things are finally coming together and that my life is feeling more complete again. I know that life holds its fair shares of ups and downs for us all, but it’s really all about our attitudes and how we choose to deal with these ups and downs that truly determine our overall happiness. With that being said, have faith that things will work out for the best, and choose happiness as often as you can! :) 2w

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plainjanie Day 64 | January 10

Whew, what a day. I only got about three hours of sleep last night and have been up since around 2:30am…yeah, my body decided I didn’t need sleep on the weekend I guess. I used this case of insomnia as an excuse to buy some chocolate chip cookie dough melatonin chews from GNC today…hopefully they do the trick! Once 3:45am rolled around and I realized I wasn’t going to fall asleep, I decided to kill some time by watching the premier of "The Bachelor" *insert groans of disapproval here*. I have mixed feelings about the show, but I actually like who the bachelor is this season, so I figured it might be worth watching. Anyways, after the show ended I made some coffee and read a couple excerpts from the new books I bought yesterday before heading to the gym, which was the highlight of my day. I haven’t worked out in three days, and although the short break was somewhat necessary, it felt great to finally get back to my usual workout routine. The song “Lay Me Down” by Chris Tomlin came on at some point through my workout, and it really resonated with me and gave me a boost of motivation. My favorite lyrics are “hand on my heart this much is true, there’s no life apart from you.” Hearing these lyrics really comforted me because it helped remind me that no matter what we’re going through in life, whether it be struggles or successes, we can either rely on God for support, encouragement, and strength, or we can thank and praise Him for our accomplishments, joys, and blessings. Through my recent struggles, I have realized that although we may not understand what is going on in our lives, why we make the choices we do, or what direction our lives are going, God does know. He has a plan for our lives that may be the exact opposite of the plans we have envisioned. I’m doing my best to trust in God’s plan for my life while also maintaining trust, confidence, and faith in myself. My goal is to believe in myself as much as God believes in me, and although it’s a continuous process, I’m willing to be patient and trust the process, as hard as that may be. (Continued in comments...️)
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plainjanie Day 63 | January 9

I bought four books for under $15.00 today. Score! I got two from Target and two from Barnes & Noble. I love finding and reading books that are written in list/entry/fact form because they are easier for me to focus on. I am excited to start reading these books so I can better myself in order to better serve God and be there for all of the wonderful people that inhabit this beautiful world that we live in.
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