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#Day19 was a great one because I got to reconnect with my fellow volunteers pon di island. We are fortunate enough to spend this next week together catching up on the craziness of PC service and enjoying a cooler climate. It’s the most heartwarming feeling to be around people who understand exactly what you’re experiencing and love you more for it. Grateful doesn’t begin to cover it πŸ’›#100daysofhappiness

#Day19 was a great one because I got to reconnect with my fellow volunteers pon di island. We are fortunate enough to spend this next week together catching up on the craziness of PC service and enjoying a cooler climate. It’s the most heartwarming feeling to be around people who understand exactly what you’re experiencing and love you more for it. Grateful doesn’t begin to cover it πŸ’›#100daysofhappiness

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Got to smell the scent of fall again while visiting my friend Jordan tonight. One of my favorite moments of the day because it brought me fond memories of Tallahassee and also the fun bonding moments with a friend #Day18 #100daysofhappiness

Got to smell the scent of fall again while visiting my friend Jordan tonight. One of my favorite moments of the day because it brought me fond memories of Tallahassee and also the fun bonding moments with a friend #Day18 #100daysofhappiness

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How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ‘em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ‘em. 

Read some of my favorite  #shelsilverstein today and decided it was time to write a few of my loves some letters. Always try to spread a little happiness whenever you can #Day17 #100daysofhappiness #harrypotterstampsforthewin πŸ™Œ

How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ‘em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ‘em.

Read some of my favorite #shelsilverstein today and decided it was time to write a few of my loves some letters. Always try to spread a little happiness whenever you can #Day17 #100daysofhappiness #harrypotterstampsforthewin πŸ™Œ

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I think it’s easy to believe that happiness is unobtainable when you’ve been taught that it is something that just happens to you or you stumble upon it. But happiness, like every single other worthwhile aspect of this world, takes constant care and effort. If you don’t demand positivity from yourself and the things that surround you, you will be limited in all areas of life that make it worth living. Today I could’ve easily stayed in my room, caught up on t.v. shows, and detoxed from the craziness of being a teacher in Jamaica; but instead I woke up determined to enjoy my Saturday in a different way. I started my laundry, had my morning green tea with lemon & honey, did some sun salutations to get my blood flowing, had a pb coconut oat & banana smoothie for breakfast, did some flower planting in our garden, and then the joy just kept coming. I walked down to the tiki bar near my house and made birdseed feeders with some of the local pickney (means children in patwa) while subtly teaching them how fun it can be to recycle and reuse things we might otherwise throw away. This kept them pretty occupied as our daily rainstorm fell extra hard so I was then rewarded by the adults at the bar by them putting the FSU game on for me and a free conch lunch. The day was full of cultural exchanges and smiles but the best part for me was getting told by my host brother Trace, the handsome young man pictured, that he’s so happy I came to stay with them and he likes that we are a family. I gently hugged him and tried not to tear up too much because although I miss my family back home, I’ve been extremely fortunate to gain one here. So I encourage you to take the time to create moments of happiness not only for yourself, but for the people around you that may deserve it even more πŸ’› #Day16 #100daysofhappiness

I think it’s easy to believe that happiness is unobtainable when you’ve been taught that it is something that just happens to you or you stumble upon it. But happiness, like every single other worthwhile aspect of this world, takes constant care and effort. If you don’t demand positivity from yourself and the things that surround you, you will be limited in all areas of life that make it worth living. Today I could’ve easily stayed in my room, caught up on t.v. shows, and detoxed from the craziness of being a teacher in Jamaica; but instead I woke up determined to enjoy my Saturday in a different way. I started my laundry, had my morning green tea with lemon & honey, did some sun salutations to get my blood flowing, had a pb coconut oat & banana smoothie for breakfast, did some flower planting in our garden, and then the joy just kept coming. I walked down to the tiki bar near my house and made birdseed feeders with some of the local pickney (means children in patwa) while subtly teaching them how fun it can be to recycle and reuse things we might otherwise throw away. This kept them pretty occupied as our daily rainstorm fell extra hard so I was then rewarded by the adults at the bar by them putting the FSU game on for me and a free conch lunch. The day was full of cultural exchanges and smiles but the best part for me was getting told by my host brother Trace, the handsome young man pictured, that he’s so happy I came to stay with them and he likes that we are a family. I gently hugged him and tried not to tear up too much because although I miss my family back home, I’ve been extremely fortunate to gain one here. So I encourage you to take the time to create moments of happiness not only for yourself, but for the people around you that may deserve it even more πŸ’› #Day16 #100daysofhappiness

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Nothing like a rainy afternoon yoga session on #day15 to end the school week on a perfect note. #sidecrowpose has been one I’ve been working on for a while now and I’m almost fully there. It’s amazing what your body can become with a little dedication and patience. #yogaeverydamnday #100daysofhappiness

Nothing like a rainy afternoon yoga session on #day15 to end the school week on a perfect note. #sidecrowpose has been one I’ve been working on for a while now and I’m almost fully there. It’s amazing what your body can become with a little dedication and patience. #yogaeverydamnday #100daysofhappiness

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I am thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength. #Day15 #yogaeverydamnday #crowpose #100daysofhappiness

I am thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength. #Day15 #yogaeverydamnday #crowpose #100daysofhappiness

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Watching the sunset from our balcony tonight was absolutely breathtaking. The left over rain clouds made the tangerine hues just a little bit deeper. It’s these moments of pure beauty that I wish I could share most with my better half. I’ve never been more grateful for all the special moments we’ve shared and cannot wait for the day when we’re together again. “When I am alone, when I’ve thrown off the weight of this crazy stone, when I’ve lost all care for the things I own, that’s when I miss you. You are my home and here is what I know now; in your love, my salvation lies” πŸ’› #orangesky #aleximurdoch #perfectsong #100daysofhappiness #Day14

Watching the sunset from our balcony tonight was absolutely breathtaking. The left over rain clouds made the tangerine hues just a little bit deeper. It’s these moments of pure beauty that I wish I could share most with my better half. I’ve never been more grateful for all the special moments we’ve shared and cannot wait for the day when we’re together again. “When I am alone, when I’ve thrown off the weight of this crazy stone, when I’ve lost all care for the things I own, that’s when I miss you. You are my home and here is what I know now; in your love, my salvation lies” πŸ’› #orangesky #aleximurdoch #perfectsong #100daysofhappiness #Day14

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#Day13 could not have ended any sweeter. There’s nothing in the world that compares to the relationship I have with you Nikki. You are the best friend I can’t get rid of and would never want to. I’m so grateful for your wonderful sense of humor and never ending love. You’ve never stopped believing in me and I promise to always return the favor. You are the light of my life baby sis and I miss you so much. I can’t wait to snuggle and binge watch Harry Potter at Christmas. I love you forever sweetheart. It’s so comforting to know that your heart and my heart are very, very old friends β€οΈπŸ‘­ #rumi #wcw #100daysofhappiness

#Day13 could not have ended any sweeter. There’s nothing in the world that compares to the relationship I have with you Nikki. You are the best friend I can’t get rid of and would never want to. I’m so grateful for your wonderful sense of humor and never ending love. You’ve never stopped believing in me and I promise to always return the favor. You are the light of my life baby sis and I miss you so much. I can’t wait to snuggle and binge watch Harry Potter at Christmas. I love you forever sweetheart. It’s so comforting to know that your heart and my heart are very, very old friends β€οΈπŸ‘­ #rumi #wcw #100daysofhappiness

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Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. Just keep your face always towards the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you πŸ’› #laotzu #waltwhitman #Day12 #100daysofhappiness

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like. Just keep your face always towards the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you πŸ’› #laotzu #waltwhitman #Day12 #100daysofhappiness

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More often than I would care to admit I get caught up in longing for the life I had before I came to Jamaica. It’s hard not to, and not because of the drying machine, 5 minute Publix runs, constant internet, or driving a car myself; but because of the beautiful people I shared it with and the places we created our fondest memories. Yet, there are also those moments, like the one I had today, where I’m riding along in a loud and overcrowded bus but I’m at ease because my hand is gliding along with the breeze outside of the window and I can feel the heat of the sun against the clear turquoise ocean. As the bright light forces me to close my eyes, I see the faces of all the people I love in this world and know they would be happy to see the smile spread across my own. So I remind myself that it’s okay that I exist in two places, here and where they are πŸ’› #Day11 #100daysofhappiness

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Cooking has been my happy place for a long time and #Day10 ended in a brilliant combination of fresh ingredients and fusion of flavors. The sautéed callaloo, onion, and carrot side dish went perfectly with the spur of the moment idea of pumpkin falafels topped with homemade garlic curry aioli. #JuliaChild said, “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” So excited to add this recipe to my list of favorites #100daysofhappiness

Cooking has been my happy place for a long time and #Day10 ended in a brilliant combination of fresh ingredients and fusion of flavors. The sautΓ©ed callaloo, onion, and carrot side dish went perfectly with the spur of the moment idea of pumpkin falafels topped with homemade garlic curry aioli. #JuliaChild said, “The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” So excited to add this recipe to my list of favorites #100daysofhappiness

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Invest in people and things that invest in you, because love is a touch of friendship and a handful of dreams #rmdrake #thealisonshow #Day9 #100daysofhappiness @jrlenchitsky has the most beautiful soul & compost soil 😍

Invest in people and things that invest in you, because love is a touch of friendship and a handful of dreams #rmdrake #thealisonshow #Day9 #100daysofhappiness @jrlenchitsky has the most beautiful soul & compost soil 😍

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Invest in people and things that invest in you, because love is a touch of friendship and a handful of dreams #rmdrake #thealisonshow #Day9 #100daysofhappiness @jrlenchitsky has the most beautiful soul & compost soil 😍

Invest in people and things that invest in you, because love is a touch of friendship and a handful of dreams #rmdrake #thealisonshow #Day9 #100daysofhappiness @jrlenchitsky has the most beautiful soul & compost soil 😍

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Nothing like a red stripe with lime and fried chicken and chips to ring in Friday night 😍 #Day8 #100daysofhappiness

Nothing like a red stripe with lime and fried chicken and chips to ring in Friday night 😍 #Day8 #100daysofhappiness

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Never in my 6 years of being a #MacBook user have I been more excited and relieved to have this beautiful gem (and let’s face it, lifeline) up and running better than ever! After 2 days (yes that’s an excruciatingly long time) of not knowing if I had lost everything on my computer, including that 40 pg. paper due in 2 weeks, my anxiety has been put to rest. Thank you #applesupport for being so patient, helpful, and quickly grasping that no, I couldn’t just go to the nearest apple store if this doesn’t work. This screen is what true happiness looks like folks πŸ™Œ #Day7 #100daysofhappiness

Never in my 6 years of being a #MacBook user have I been more excited and relieved to have this beautiful gem (and let’s face it, lifeline) up and running better than ever! After 2 days (yes that’s an excruciatingly long time) of not knowing if I had lost everything on my computer, including that 40 pg. paper due in 2 weeks, my anxiety has been put to rest. Thank you #applesupport for being so patient, helpful, and quickly grasping that no, I couldn’t just go to the nearest apple store if this doesn’t work. This screen is what true happiness looks like folks πŸ™Œ #Day7 #100daysofhappiness