Being Happy #100HappyDays

Day 18: Being happy makes me happy. 

I know you’re like, “What kind of Inception shit is that?” ūüôā Further explanation is required, so awwwwwwwww here it goes:

Today I was working at the tech helpdesk for our customer conference. I spoke with quite a few coworkers, and two of them gave me the same compliment: “Every time I see you, you are so happy and energetic. I’ve never seen you have a bad day.” 

That definitely put a smile on my face because I have plenty of bad days. I’ve got a number of issues I’m battling right now, but I always try to treat people how I want to be treated. I always attempt to put positivity into the world because I believe you get what you give. Sometimes it’s hard to be upbeat, but I try. And I appreciate that people see the effort. 

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Calls with Mommy #100HappyDays

Day 17: Phone calls with my mommy make me happy. I speak with my mom on the phone a couple of times a week–I literally just got off the phone with her–and every time I hear her voice, I smile. She is so smart and always has the best advice and I love her more than anything in the world! I wish I lived closer so that we could spend more time together face-to-face, but these phone calls keep me happy in between visits. 

Weekends, Faux Burgers, Reunions, and Chipmunks #100HappyDays

Day 13:  Saturdays make me happy.  Long story short, I love the weekend!  I enjoy my job (see my last post for reasons why) but there is nothing like sitting around the house doing absolutely nothing.

Day 14: ¬†Grilling out makes me happy. ¬†My boyfriend and I made Portobello burgers for dinner and they were SO. ¬†GOOD! ¬†I’ve often missed meat since becoming a vegetarian last August, but these burgers made me forget all about it! ¬†Ground chuck who??? ¬†All I need are these mushrooms, honey! ¬†ūüôā

Day 15: ¬†Reuniting with colleagues makes me happy. ¬†I ran into one of my old analysts during our customer conference and it was so exciting to see her! ¬†Her organization was the last one I worked with before I switched to my current role, so I wasn’t able to see them get all the way through the install. ¬†I loved getting updates on how things went, the other analysts, and overall just getting to see her again.

Day 16:  Small fuzzy animals make me happy.  I saw a chipmunk when I was walking to lunch at work.  I would have snapped a picture but the little thing scampered away before I could get my phone out.  Guess he was heading to lunch too!

“Do good. Have fun. Work hard. Make money.” #100HappyDays

Day 12: Fun opportunities at work make me happy. 

The title of this post is one of my company’s slogans: “Do good. Have fun. Work hard. Make money.” I do good every day, teaching people how to use the life-saving software my company provides. I definitely work hard, and make money by doing it. And next week, I get to have fun…by hosting a “radio show” as part of our spring customer conference. 

When I say “radio show” I mean “welcome session with logistics about the event presented in the format of a morning radio show.” But we’ve worked really hard on making it seem like a real radio program–we have commercials recorded and everything! Guess that BA in broadcasting I got is finally getting some use–and I don’t even have to wear a Beaver costume like I did for my college internship at the local country station. ūüôā

I saw these “promo posters” for the show and they are so cool! I work at the most awesome place ever! 

Health Informations in the Mornings!

Bright and Blooming #100HappyDays

Day 11: Fresh flowers make me happy. 

Things are just starting to bloom around here, but not fast enough for my liking. After what felt like a decades-long winter, I need to see some flowers blooming! That’s why I really appreciated the fresh flowers my boyfriend’s dad brought over this weekend when I hosted dinner at my house. Today I saw that a few of the buds have opened and those bursts of color made me so happy! Photo below for your viewing pleasure:

Bright and blooming flowers!

Bonus: My Granny Loma loved fresh flowers, and every time I have some in my home I think of her. She made me–and everyone who knew her–very happy. Check out my tribute to her here

Safe Travels, Staff Meetings, Dinners, and Open Doors #100HappyDays

Four days of happiness comin’ atcha in three…two…ONE:

Day 7: ¬†Safe travels make me happy. ¬†My parents headed back to Kentucky on this day, so it was bittersweet for me. ¬†I was sad to see them go, but happy when I got the text from my mom telling me they made it back safely. ¬†I always worry about them when they travel–too many crazy drivers out there for my comfort–so getting the confirmation that their travels were safe put a big smile on my face.

Day 8: ¬†Staff Meeting (oddly enough) makes me happy. ¬†Most folks wouldn’t say they enjoy attending a staff meeting at work, especially when that meeting is over two hours long. ¬†But I enjoy attending the monthly staff meeting at my company. ¬†I like learning what’s new with the company and the software and hearing our CEO speak about topics related to the business we do. ¬†I also appreciate the monthly grammar tip–who doesn’t want to improve their grammar? ¬†ūüôā

Day 9: ¬†Making dinner with my boyfriend makes me happy. ¬†I’ve always been able to throw a recipe together, but wasn’t really someone who enjoyed cooking. ¬†That changed after I started cooking with my boyfriend. ¬†We make dinners together a few nights a week and it is always more fun cooking with him than when I cook solo. ¬†Whether we’re trying something completely new or making an old favorite, we always have a good time. ¬†(And the food usually turns out pretty great too! ¬†Check out my Instagram for photos of some of the meals we’ve made.)

Day 10: ¬†Being appreciated makes me happy. ¬†After pinch-hitting for a coworker who was out with a sick kiddo this week, my team lead¬†(TL) told me I was “the reason why we keep the doors open for HIM training.” ¬†Apparently this isn’t the only time someone has said that–she said she stole the phrase from another TL who supervised me while my TL was out on maternity leave! ¬†In a company of 9,000+ people, it’s easy to fly under the radar. ¬†I love helping others and I don’t need to be recognized for it, but knowing that someone notices and appreciates the ways I help out makes me very happy indeed.

Family Fun #100HappyDays

Day 6: Spending time with family makes me happy. 

Most of my family is still in Kentucky, and since I’ve been living in Wisconsin I’ve often felt disconnected from them. I was born and raised in Kentucky, surrounded by family, and I miss being able to see them whenever I want and keep up with the ins and outs of their daily lives. Today though, I got to spend quality time with my parents. We sat around watching tv and talking and had lunch together. That might sound like a boring day to some, but I enjoyed every single minute with them. 

And on top of that, my parents and my boyfriend’s parents finally met! I made dinner for everyone at my house and lots of laughs were shared. I am so glad that everyone hit it off and I’m looking forward to the next time we can all get together again. 

Bonus: My mom and I got makeovers today at Sephora. I am always happy in Sephora. ūüôā (And our makeup turned out great!)