The book is called “Documenting a 100 Happy Day Project” which is a compilation of posts from my first blog in 2015. That original blog site has now disappeared. This book is a two-part compilation of those stories and high-quality photographs from 2015 written for the blog.
In 2014, someone on the 365 project asked people to join in a 100 Happy Days challenge asking “Can you be happy for 100 days?” I joined in and finished the challenge. In 2015, I hosted the same challenge again on the 365 project and resolved that I would share my photos and the story on a blog, which I started at the same time.
I stayed with the challenge and mostly managed to take and post a photo on the day it was intended for and keep the blog going too. I had a few lapses with illness and overwork, but I was OK with that. I felt that I was aware of being more thankful/grateful for the little things every day as I had to consciously look for things that made me happy. So much happened locally in the first 50 days that tried its best to get me down, but with the help of writing for the blog and the broader challenge I managed to stay ‘up’ – just!
Why publish a book?
My first thoughts were that it would be good to have all the posts in one place, especially now that the blog site has gone. But when I started compiling the posts, I realised that they tell a thought-provoking story of 2015 from a man-in-the-street’s point of view. I live in a small university town. The posts were written during some disruptive times for Higher Education in South Africa with a lot of social unrest by the young people about university fees. So, many of the posts are musings on my struggle to stay positive and how I dealt with things beyond my control. Others are purely about taking delight in the every day that was offered if I cared to look for it.
So while this is a 100-day snapshot of my life, it could be the same snapshot of anyone living in my small town at the time.
As part of my re-launch, I will be posting regularly about the book and sharing snippets and extras with you. I hope you will join me!
- Buy Part One 30-page eBook £4.50
- Buy Part Two 30-page eBook £4.50
- Buy both parts together for a reduced price. You choose the value from £7.50 upwards. This product combines parts one and two and covers the full 100 Happy Days Project. You also get a free PDF containing 5 different trackers, so if you want to do a similar project, you can track your 100 days.