365 Happiness Challenge

Oh hey friends! It feels like I haven’t written a normal post in just about forever, so I’m excited to get back to you all Smile I suppose I have quite a bit to catch you up on!


I spent this weekend playing catch-up. I spent some much needed time with Luke and some of my friends/family that I haven’t seen in a while. I did some awesomely intense workouts, including two 5-mile runs. I worked on my personal training business, contacting new clients and working on plans for my old ones. I developed some new ideas for ways to work for Ellen and make the world a happier place in the process. I made some new to-do lists and crossed off items on my old ones. I cleaned. I did laundry. And I feel so great today for getting all that done before I leave for my trip on Thursday!


Now lets talk about what I will most likely be talking about quite a bit for the next year. I decided to start something called the “365 Happiness Challenge.” This video describes what it is and why I decided to do it:

Long story short, something cool happened the other day and I decided that I want to focus on those little things from now on to not only bring happiness to my life, but to the lives of many others. This cool shirt also happened from my friend Tara.


Instead of having a pity party for myself that I’m not exactly where I would like to be in my life, why not make the best of it? I heard the other day that things fall into place when you are happy with yourself and not expecting it. It’s like the expression, “A watched phone never rings.” Truth! If I am waiting around for a phone call from Ellen or for Jeannie to knock on my door, it will not happen. I need to work on bettering my own life and striving to be the best version of myself I can be. I need to help others and be kind. I need to work hard, yet have fun. And then when things are going good, even greater things can happen!

“You’ve got to do what you love.”

You know what I love? Being happy. Watching Ellen. Drinking coffee. Running outside. Listening to stories from old people. Traveling. Learning a fun new fact. Seeing a good friend. No traffic. Babies. Good wine. Making someone smile. Making someone laugh. A clean house. These are all tiny, tiny things! I am not hard to please. I need to remember to appreciate the small things and take life one step at a time, and everything else will fall into place.


Sure, I have some big goals for my life, but why not appreciate the small stuff along the way? Jillian Michaels says to not live the “monkey-bar style” of life. Don’t necessarily jump from one thing to the next, simply because it is there. It is okay to take some time off from your job because you are not happy with it and want to focus on finding what you love. It is okay to take a mini-vacation on your own to relieve some stress. It is okay to go away from the norm, simply because you want to! It is okay to work your ass off for a goal (*cough* working for Ellen *cough*) that no one else supports. It is okay to do what makes you happy even though it isn’t “normal.” Just be nice and the rest will happen naturally.


So where can you find information and posts about my happiness challenge?

  • facebook.com/allison.hayes.37
  • twitter.com/arealisticlife
  • instagram: allisonmarietiu

Have a fantastic Monday!

What is a little, bitty good thing in your life today?


  1. What a beautiful way to start the week, love :) i think this is a terrific idea, and i hope it makes you feel happy and thankful for where you are! Little things making me happy today include pancakes for breakfast that are already made, sleeping in a little today, and knowing that I hopefully get to come home from babysitting a little earlier tonight!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Thanks!! I am definitely trying to be happy with where I am right now while I wait for something great to happen :) Getting done early with babysitting is SUCH a great feeling. Even if it is only a half hour!

  2. I love this whole concept and I may be joining you on my own happiness challenge – that’s how much I love it. You seem like a very “take charge” kind of person and I have no doubt you will achieve most (if not all) of your goals!

  3. Positivity always sparks the best opportunities sometimes, I hope you find that!

  4. What a happy, upbeat post and an awesomely productive weekend! One little happy thing in my life today through Wednesday is that my manager is allowing me to work from “home/Chicago”!! It is so nice to not have to get ready for work and to just sit in my PJs and get things done on my own time. Plus it is super nice in Chicago this week so I am going to enjoy my share of mid-day runs and afternoon walks! :)

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Working from home is the best! I hope you are having a blast in Chicago. One of my favorite cities :)

  5. I love this challenge it is great to find the little things that make your day, I will definitely take part!
    “A watched phone never rings” I love that quote and can completely relate. As long as you keep thinking that sooner or later the phone will ring it will! Hope it does soon for the both of us :)

  6. Such a fantastic reminder. Being happy with where you are is so important! I think I needed to hear that today :)

  7. I LOVE this!

    What a great idea to work every day to find happy things in life, regardless of where you are or what you are doing. I think everyone should try this! :)

    Reminded me of The Happiness Project, which I think I saw that you had read. BUT, have you read/seen The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha?? It is SO cool. Pretty much like your challenge, just talks about awesome things like warm clothes right out of the drier, or finding two matching socks, or flipping your pillow over to the cool side in the middle of the night :) Each chapter is another awesome thing! You should check it out if you haven’t! I read one “awesome” chapter each day to get through the book…it was great!


    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Love the Happiness Project! I actually have to read May’s chapter tomorrow, since I am doing it month by month :) Thank you so much for recommending that other book! I will look into it….I needed a new one! And um, warm clothes out of the drier is such a freaking fantastic thing.

  8. Love this idea! Such a neat thing to bring small amounts of joy back into our lives on a daily basis. I can tell you that the fact that the sun is out is really helping my day :)

  9. Every time I read your posts I am amazed by how similar we are! I totally think you should go for your dreams with Ellen, regardless of whatever anyone tells you! What’s the point in living if you’re not doing something that makes you happy every single day?!?

  10. I absolutely love this perspective and focus on happiness :)

  11. I LOVE your video! :) And responding to you other question…yeah I signed up for the TIU community!

  12. What a productive weekend! Good for you! Is that a Tone It Up Girls workout? I’ve done a few of their’s in the past and LOVED it!

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