#100HappyDays ROUND 2: Days 21-30

Greetings, everyone who still comes here. Sorry I’ve been so scarce. I’m currently in data wars with my service provider again, and I had to take a necessary break to prevent me having to buy yet more data. Soon I’ll start naming and shaming them.

However, this is supposed to be a HAPPY post, and we seriously need one right now. I’m doing quite well on this challenge. I’m actually at Day 40-something now, so I just know how long I’ve been missing from here. So, without further ado, here we go!21

Day 21: I am also currently in a war with unhealthy eating habits and carbs in particular. It really isn’t easy, but on this particular day I actually chose a nice and healthy option at a restaurant here in South-Africa. Since that said restaurant has been in the media for unsavory reasons as of late, I’m not willing to praise them too much right now. 22Day 22:
There is a coffee machine at my work that makes us cappuccinos. YES, I am that lucky. They get me through the mornings where anything other than caffeine would be scoffed at and chased away. It was delicious!

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Day 23:

To be honest, this was another day where I had to work really hard to get something to post. I was still dieting really good, and this picture really is the truth, so there you go.24

Day 24:

My mom bought me these shoes from Woolworths for my birthday. They are so comfy, pretty and corporate that I can work in them in ease and still look professional AF.

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Day 26:

I know. I took a bathroom selfie. I’m so ashamed. That jean is officially hanging on me now (starting to sag already in the pic). So yay for progress!

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Day 27:

Went to see Kong. It was such a fun, popcorn-entertainment film.

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Day 28:

Yoh. Let me tell you that this particular day tested my patience. This cappuccino was literally the only thing that kept me from biting people.29

Day 29:

We had some dinner at John Dory’s. I love good seafood when I can find it, and this was really delicious!

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Day 30:

My sister, myself and mom pictured above went to the Botanical Gardens here in Johannesburg. The drought that plagued Gauteng for two years was recently broken, and this is evident looking how gorgeously green and in full bloom the garden is right now.

What have you been up to lately? Tell me in the comment section!

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Things I’m thankful for

Even though we don’t have thanksgiving in South-Africa, this time of the year is about being thankful for what you have. Here is a list of things I am thankful for:

Democracy and a mostly stable country

I am thankful that the transitioning from apartheid to democracy over the last 20 years has been relatively peaceful. South-Africa still has some issues, but for the most part a large percentage of the population has started to move on and live together.

Education

Education eliminates ignorance and empowers people. It is a subject I am very passionate about and fully promote educating yourself for as long as you can.

Medication, Clinical Trials, Science and Vaccines

These four are interlinked in my mind. I touch on all four in my field of work, and the power of medicine and the eradication of disease will always fascinate me.

Faith

I am a Christian and I am thankful that I live in a country where all people are allowed to practise their religion. Different religions get along fantastically here, and the people are very open to discussing why they believe in a certain way, but also willing to accept that you might not agree. My beliefs give me hope and make me feel safe, and I am so glad that I am a practising member.

Friends

They make you laugh. They understand who you are and accept you that way. I include people at work in here too, because they actually spend more time with you than your actual friends.

Family

Because they are always there for you.

Cell phones

For enabling me to have obsessive social media tendencies and allowing me to call people.

Tablets

For being small laptops you can carry around.

BOOKS

Obviously

Music

For understanding how I feel.

Walking

For keeping me fit, getting me into the fresh air and for exercising my dog.

My dog

For being happy and loving and hilarious all the time.

Clean drinking water

South-Africa has some of the cleanest tap water in the world. We are able to drink water directly from the tap without worrying about infection. It is truly an exceptional gift and I really appreciate it.

Hand sanitizer

For keeping the germaphobe happy

Coffee

For keeping me awake

Wine

For being delicious

Chocolate

FOR BEING DELICIOUS

J.K Rowling

For giving me Harry Potter

The internet

For connecting me to the world.

My job

Unemployment is a big problem in my country, and I was unemployed for six months. I am so thankful that for the last four years I have been permanently employed at a place that I love. I am thankful that I am allowed to grow here, with opportunities always available for those who work hard, a fair boss, a decent salary, and for support while I slosh my way through my degree.

Make-up

Because who doesn’t like looking pretty?

Friday things

happy friday

I am so happy it is Friday. This week has flown. I am so busy right now I barely have a concept of time. It saddens me, it feels like life is moving past me and I am barely noticing. But there are some happy things happening right now.

Happy things

I am helping plan a dear friend’s baby shower. I can’t wait to see the beautiful baby finally (begin April). My friend will be such a good mommy.

The planning for my sister’s wedding and bachelorettes. It is going to be so awesome.

Our little puppy at home curling up next to you and sleeping. It is just so damn sweet.

My baby steps to getting out of debt seem to be working effectively, if very slow.

Being able to read again – I was in such a reading rut.

Listening to music, and discovering new artists.

Listening to the one true boy band – Westlife

Watching the Mentalist. My happiness is complete.

My boss bringing me homemade cookies because I work too hard. She is really awesome.

Winter is coming along. I am completely over this intense heat.

Amusing things.

The South-African parliament. Minister of women, children and disabilities (seriously, why group the three together?) claims White Afrikaans Christian men are the most abusive in this country. It is pretty much discriminating and racist towards three types of people in this country. I was much impressed when she was chased out of parliament. Now she has withdrawn her comments, but honestly, the damage is done.

What is making you happy right now?

*Image from coolfreeimages.net