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Day 30 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: Carpe Diem!
30 days of happiness challenge complete! It was a good experience to do this. It was much more exciting at the beginning, and felt like a chore on some days, but I consistently reminded myself why I was doing this, and was able to commit to completing each challenge. It was definitely worth it, and made a difference in helping me refocus when my mind was wandering, and put certain things in perspective.
I have some amazing friends who supported me in the challenge, including asking me about how it’s going / what’s the challenge for the day on daily basis, being engaged when I needed their help in completing a challenge.
I built my own 30 Day happiness challenge by compiling a few of them together, and I purposed put ‘Carpe Diem’ as the last challenge. Everyone knows about Carpe Diem, it’s ‘Seize the Day’, but I think this phrase is overused in conversations, but under utilized in practice. The origin of this Latin phrase is from a poem from Quintus Horatius Flac…

Day 29 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: Do something charitable and Enjoy your birthday!
For something charitable, I made multiple different donations.
I had started this challenge as my doing something special with last 30 days of being 25. It was definitely a good transition into being 26.
I still can’t believe I am 26 years old now. Time truly flies, and I still remember all the years like it was yesterday. Everyone says it’s now over the 25 hump, and I should truly feel like an adult now. But, I have felt like an adult since I was 19 years old because I have been living on my own, working professionally, and living like I am 30 years old. Age has always been an interesting topic for me. I get mixed compliments because a lot of people compliment me on my looks and think I am 18-20  years old, and a lot of people compliment me on my success and maturity level and think I am 32-34 years old.  Because of life experiences, I definitely grew up too fast at a very young age, but I am completely happy with how my life…

Day 28 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: Take a long walk and Share your goals with your friends
This was a perfectly timed because I usually set or renew goals couple times a year (new year, birthday, etc.) and tomorrow is my birthday, so this tied together well. Last time I did this was in June of 2014, which was my Identity post. Here is the updated version of my goals I am sharing: 
Career: I am going to continue down the business strategy and operations leadership path. I have done a lot in my career at a young age, and I know I have a lot more to do, so I am taking it as it comes. I am mostly focused on operations right now, and I want to continue that, but focus on driving business growth, while maintaining operations.  
Toastmasters Journey Towards DTM: I have been attending toastmasters for a year now and have completed my CC and CL. I have quite a few certifications to go before I can get my DTM. I am really enjoy going to toastmasters every week, meeting new people, building relationships, doing speeches, …

Day 27 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: Find another negative thought and replace it with a positive one
Negative thought: This is my  second night in the new house, but first night all by myself so I feel a bit alone. 
Positive thought: It's a new place, so I am feeling a bit uncomfortable. Over some time it will be more comfortable. It's already all set up and feels cozy, so just have to get use to the big house feeling.

Day 26 of 30 Days Happiness Challenge

Challenge: Take 5 minutes to enjoy the present moment and Make some 'me' time
It was impossible to make ‘me’ time today since I was moving. I am super organized, so the move went very smooth. I am really excited for the large backyard that is part of the house, so I spent some time just sitting in the grass and enjoying the weather as well as nature, and specially playing with Tikal in the large backyard. This was my few minutes of enjoying the present moment in the new house and looking forward to making this my new home.

Day 25 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: 15 minutes of cardio and Ask a friend your strengths
I went to lunch with Richard and we walked to Baja Fresh, so I got a good 20 minutes to walking done, and I have been running around packing tonight because tomorrow is the move day. 

I asked few of my friends what my strengths are and here is the compilation:
Justin C: Persistent, Organized, Caring, Smart, Strong Sarcasm, Cute, Funny, and Self-confidentRichard S: Consistent, Self-aware, and Limitless PotentialPranav N: Energy, Determined, and LoyalMani L: Great sense of responsibility, Effective communicator, Good interpersonal skills, Good at divide and conquer approach, Focused and still, Exploring/learning, Balanced most of the time as in you don’t tend too get ahead of yourselfKim S: Self-motivated, Decisive, and LoyalKhin P: Communication, you tend to help translate English to English among friends and at work I am so happy with this exercise for couple reasons. One, few of my friends happily participated and put in go…

Day 23 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: Compliment yourself and Eat/drink healthy today
I complimented myself on being able to focus and get things done.
I use My Fitness Pal app to track my calorie intake, not because I am trying to lose weight, but because I am trying to maintain a healthy eating style. Today, I had my usual coffee in the morning. I have been eating Vitality Bowl for lunch these days because of Pranav, but didn’t want that today. I ate a Burrito Bowl from Chipotle with rice, beans, lettuce, cheese, source cream, corn, and hot sauce. I had some hummus and chips as snacks before Zumba, and had some fruit after Zumba. I have been eating/drinking healthy for a while. I just need to continue on that effort.It definitely contributes to feeling good physically, which impacts mental health as well.

Day 22 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: Compliment a stranger and Add some fun and laughter
I complimented a lady on her shoes when I made a quick run to Safeway to pick up some groceries.  
To add some laughter, I watched a few Russell Peter clips. He is my favorite comedian, and I have been all of his shows in Netflix and all his videos on YouTube. I usually go see him live every year. I bought two tickets for his show in San Jose on 11/14 months in advance, but I missed it because I was traveling in November and got back home the day of the show. My two friends went instead and absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to go see him live this year!

Day 21 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: Meditate for 15 minutes and Write down 10 positive words about you
I woke up this morning and meditated first thing in the morning. For some reason, I have been waking up at 4 am everyday, and end up falling asleep after an hour or so, then wake up at a normal time very tired. I think it’s a combination of the upcoming move, and my phone buzzing all night. My goal is to sleep from around 11:30 pm to around 6:30 am. I need to work on getting into that rhythm.
10 positive words about you: Empowered AbleCharismaticResilient Harmonious InspirationalProgressive SimpleVibrant Mindful

Day 20 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: Do 1 thing for yourself you have been meaning to do and Offer your time
I have been meaning to make a few of the dishes that I always pin on Pintrest. Since we had a cook off party with all our friends, I made two dishes I have been contemplating for a while. I offered my time to some toastmaster members to help them with their speeches.

Day 19 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: 15 minutes of cardio and Visit a new place
I got my 15 mins of cardio in every day walking and I visited a new club in San Jose (Temple). I have to the one in downtown San Francisco, but this one was new to me. It wasn't that great, so we ended up going to Myth in San Jose, which is always fun.

Day 18 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: Reach out to someone you haven't spoken to in a while and Think and speak positively
I reached out to few old coworkers as I am helping our recruiter fill the Director of Marketing role. It’s been really hard to find someone that fits the required skills and qualification. We have been trying to fill this role for few months now.  
It was a great day today. The weather was about 70 degrees. We had Indian buffet for lunch, got some decent work done, and am looking forward to the party tonight. The day overall was spent laughing a lot with coworkers and friends, which is always positive. I am excited for the weekend because it’s going to be beautiful weather (~75 degrees all weekend) and I have the whole weekend full of fun and social activities. What’s even better is that I finished all my errands during week as well as cleaning/packing for next weekend’s move. I can’t wait to move into the new house with the big backyard considering spring is around the corner.

Day 17 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: Write down 5 things you excel at and 10 minutes of chill out (headspace)
I am so glad I did headspace meditation. I have tried the headspace meditation thing based on someone’s recommendation multiple times, and I couldn't do it. This was the first time I actually completed a full session. I am glad I got to fully relax through this. I have been active with a lot of things and it’s my only free evening until almost ten days from now.
5 things I excel at: Being active in many different areas. Being objective and direct. Being future oriented. Being ambitious and driven. Being committed.

Day 16 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: Write down one thing you think you can't do and Walk 10,000 steps

I took few mini walks today, but finally accumulated to 10,00 steps (1 mile) throughout the day. I also had my Zumba class, which was great! It was a sub teacher, so I wasn't looking forward to it, but she had a smile on her face the whole time, and had amazing energy. I got an awesome workout, got to dance to some great songs, and met some new people.

I was thinking all day about what I can't do, and then it hit me. I have always created a glass ceiling in my head about how I can't be a dance teacher, but it's simple a mental limitation. Laarni (main instructor) lets me lead dances, and three people complimented me today that I should be a Zumba teacher because I am a great dancer and have a great body. I have contemplated on taking intensive dance courses, and doing the Zumba instructor certification class, and I am gearing it up to do that soon. It's very exciting considering how muc…

Day 15 of 30 Days of Happiness

Challenge: Be nice to yourself today and swap tv for meaningful time
This is another interesting challenge as I couldn't formulate what ‘be nice to yourself’ meant, so I did some research in the morning, and here is what I came up with from numerous sources: Listen to your body. Just be. We are human beings, not human doings. Trust the process.Be open to change. Pay attention to your internal dialogue. Feel your feelings. Reframe challenges. Find solutions.Lower your expectations. Seek solitude. Connect with nature. Read something inspirational.Take a bath / go for a walk. Drink some tea and read a magazine.Encourage yourself. Give. Listen and allow. Laugh.Meditate.Take a bath / get a massage.I took a nice bath, read my Women's Health Magazine, enjoyed solitude, cleaned (I find this therapeutic), watched a few YouTube videos to laugh, practiced the Piano, and just relaxed! I also ate nearly 2,000 calories today, so I was so happy!
Like I mentioned yesterday, I usually watch an e…

Day 14 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: Take a walk outside and say hello to a stranger and Do something different

I went out for a walk, and said hello to couple strangers. In California, I think everyone is nice and friendly (to the contrary), and I always find myself either smiling to random people or saying hi/hello.

Usually, I come home and watch one episode of Modern Family and couple episodes of Big Bang while I am unwinding, checking mail, putting stuff away, etc. Today, I came home to a very clean room since the cleaning maid made a visit this afternoon. I just watched one episode of Big Bang and spent the evening playing piano, reading, browsing, etc. I am going to have a wine cooler, watch a nice movie, and sleep. It was a good productive day.

Day 13 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: Do 1 new thing out of your ordinary routine and Write down 10 things you are grateful for
I usually have my piano lessons on Sunday, but we shuffled the scheduled around a bit due to schedule conflict, so I didn't actually have a piano lesson today. Usually, I am out of bed and ready to head out of the house before 9 am on weekends, but I ended up staying in bed until 10 ish, so that is very out of the ordinary routine for me.
10 things I am grateful: Discipline. I visited a friend today to take care of her because her husband is on a work trip and I realized how much discipline I have in talking to her about our schedules and things we do and don't do. Kichadi. I know a lot of Indian people say this is weird, but when I was with my friend, we made kichadi and it was really good. I am kind of picky, and will only eat kichadi the moment the pressure cooker opens. Dance. I went to this dance workshop today, and it was intriguing to watch a group of people practice for a …

Day 12 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: 15 minutes of cardio and help someone today
The 15 minutes of cardio exercises are easy as I tend to walk a lot. 
I helped a few people at toastmaster today, and gave my glass desk to a friend. As I have been cleaning and packing for the upcoming move, I am donating lots of stuff. I am excited to hit the reboot button on my stuff and keep only what I need and use.

Day 11 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: Take one extra step towards your goal and treat a friend
I spent a little bit of extra time practicing the three piano songs (goal). I will be able to record at least one of them soon.
I went out with some friends and made sure I met this challenge.

Day 10 of 30 Days of Happiness Challenge

Challenge: write down one moment that made me happy and do something you love 
There are many moments that made me happy today. My morning started a bit hectic and frustrating, but it got better as the day went along. At work, we had a mini fire that we worked together to put out. I went to lunch with Pranav and Mohammed to get my phone fixed and we had Acai bowl and amazing jalapeƱo bread. I ran into two Safeway people at Stoneridge mall during lunch. I did a little bit of shopping. I came home and have been relaxing. Now, I will watch a movie and go to sleep. Overall, it was a good day and I felt happy many times throughout the day. This challenge makes me more aware of enjoying little moments throughout the day, and I love it's impact. 
I love painting, but I am not good at it and I rarely do it. I spent some time just painting different colors on blank canvases.