Overdue Update: #100HappyDays

In the middle of eating the last cherry tootsie roll (saddest part of my day besides still being sick), I realized something – I had never done an update on my 100 Happy Days challenge.

I posted about it months ago here, but for a refresher, the goal of the campaign was to see if people can be happy 100 days in a row, which I thought was a great idea.

I started my 100 Happy Days on January 20 and managed to get to day sixteen… kind of (sixteen days, but ten photos). I might have skipped around a bit, but still, point is, the challenge actually made me happier for a period of time. I went through the rest of the school feeling far more up beat than I had previously. Even though I couldn’t get through it, I feel it’s a worthwhile challenge for anyone and everyone, especially those in a rut.

For more information and to sign up, go to the 100 Happy Days website.

My photos from the challenge (all can be found on my instagram):

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100happyIn a world where we all go and go and go, are we starting to forget about how important being happy is?

At http://100happydays.com/ the question and challenge has been posed to the world, Can you be happy for 100 days in a row?

Anyone can take the challenge via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (with the hashtag #100HappyDays or any hashtag of your choice) or email. All you to do to start is sign up at the website, decide on your platform and then start finding one thing a day that make you happy!

People who complete the challenge say to be happier everyday and be more optimistic, which are both huge perks.

I have been feeling the toll on me and my well-being. I’m getting sick (at least seems I am), I’m snappy (more than my normal sassy self) and I’m about 400% done with everything and everyone. I know all too well that going through life this isn’t good for me and this is my way of doing it. I’ll be tracking my journey on my Instagram.

Will you be taking the 100 Days challenge? (If so, I wish you a very worthwhile, happy journey towards more positivity in your life!)

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Book sales, vine and bad time management.

imageThere’s only a few things in this world of consumerism that I actually enjoy buying: magazines, clothes and books. Honestly, there’s nothing else. I have mini anxiety attacks when I buy something. I always think: will this be a good investment? What if I regret it later? What if it breaks? Does this store have a good return policy? What it I don’t get my money back?

And the list goes on.

So when I’m actually giddy to buy something, I jump on it. I haven’t actually had the time to go anywhere since about May since I was so busy with teaching at summer camp and rehearsing for CATS (which in the time I was doing that show, I spent 12-13 hours three days a week plus Monday nights and Sunday afternoons at the theater for six full weeks). My life is starting ro get more normal, but I still don’t have all the time in the world sue to being a high school student and doing another show (I never stop).

In the past few weeks, I keep going to the library planning on getting nothing and each time I have left with two new books. First it was a Fred Astaire biography and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the galaxy. Next it was Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys because they were both 10 cents ans I couldn’t pass them up (for the record, I have never picked a Hardy boys book in my life and I have never actually gotten through a Nancy Drew). And THEN, to top it all off, I went to the bookstore two weekends ago with a friend and end up buying yet another book.

I think I might be addicted.

But besides buying too many books and having no time to read any of them, as it always happens every few months, I have also started to enjoy writing and the internet again. I started using Tumblr again and I’ve used Instagram a lot. And Vine’s pretty cool. Not really my regular thing, but it’s nice knowing it’s there for me when I want it.

Overall, the past few months have actually been kind of… nice. It’s nice getting back into the swing of things as they were before without so many distractions as I’ve had in the past. Everything’s mellow and nice and exactly how I like it.

Also just a heads up now- I might be changing my blog name. I love The Fashion Outcast, but I don’t feel it gives me the space to blog about other things besides fashion like books, music, movies and my teenage fangirl life.

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Instadiary- A Winter Wonderland

Lately, I’ve been obsessed with Instagram. I post an average of a photo a day and I think I may be getting addicted.

Here in Michigan, we generally have bipolar weather. But if the weather is good for anything, it’s the snow. Last year, we actually had none. It was probably the most depressing thing because I kept getting my hopes up for the possibility of a snow day. But this year things are different. Where I’m located, we received a little bit over 9″ as shown here:

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And while it was blustering out there in the cold, I lay on my living room couch, watching Alice in Wonderland and falling asleep. But while I was there and my eyelids kept trying to close, I saw an opportunity to get this photo arise:

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I couldn’t just pass this up to catch up on a few Zs.

And for those who may care it was this version of Alice I was watching:

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Another bipolar problem with Michigan weather is you get too used to this:

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Now on days like the one above, I like to sit around and eat because, like I said before, I’m sad, it’s sad, we’re all just sad. And what better to help with sadness than pumpkin pie and ice cream.

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To quote myself, “I’ve created something heavenly,” I said after taking one bite.

And somewhere throughout all of this I managed to read The Glass Menagerie,

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The Clean House,

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hated on The Hunger Games a bit, got two new hats (one pictured below,

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and I found all the Christmas spirit in the house.

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I also tried my first Chocolate Chip Frappe from McDonalds (and it was sooo good).

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Another quote from me, “This. Was. Awesome.” I know, profound and life-changing, isn’t it?

Well, that is the conclusion of this Instadiary. I hope you all had a Merry Christmas (or a Happy Hanukkah or are having a Happy Kwanzaa) and Lucy Claus and I would like to wish you a Happy New Year.

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Instadiary- Cats, tea, and Alternative Press.

Lately my life has been nothing but crazy busy yet extremely boring. I am currently in a local production of Children of Eden, which I may or may not have mentioned before, and rehearsals have gotten more and more frequent as we get closer to the show (opening night in exactly one week from today ah!). But with all the rehearsals, socializing with people outside of theatre is not an option  at all.

So I’ve turned to Instagram a lot (boring life means I feel the need to document the boringness).

To begin, last Friday I was entirely too excited for a generic salad that I have practically every single solitary day. I think it might have been my very loud, hungry stomach speaking for me.

My cat has been sick for the past year or so and each time I see him curled up in a little ball, I always make sure to stop and say, “Well, aren’t you precious.”

As much as I love fashion, music is another one of my passions (writing about it, at least). Alternative Press is my absolute favourite magazine currently because the writing is great, the music featured is perfect and meets my tastes, and AP keeps me sane (along with food blogs). When my hormones are going crazy every month, I curl up with my teddy bear blanket, a cup of peppermint tea, and the current issue of Alternative Press.

Now, I drink a lot of tea because I love tea a lot. As we near the show, I am continually pushing myself more and more (vocals-wise) and now I am losing my voice with their being strong possibility a sore throat over the horizon. I think 6 cups of tea today is completely acceptable.