A few nights ago, I couldn’t sleep. Hello Insomnia. What do you do when you can’t sleep? You write a blog post! Here it is:

It was one of those nights where it wasn’t cool enough and then it was too cold. It was a night of throwing blankets off in frustration followed by grumpy flailing to find something to warm me up.

My mind was loud. It’s rare that worries keep me awake at night. It’s happened before but never when things have felt so firmly sound in my life.

My tossing and turning ended up with The Canadian leaving the bedroom to find sleep with better bed mates (i.e. the kitties in the spare bedroom). My mind was loud and very very boring.

At 4 a.m., I surrended to the lack-of-sleep monster and rolled out of bed. Insomnia is usually the worst thing ever but, surprisingly, I’m feeling the most refreshed. Somehow, all that tossing and turning, all those loud thoughts and warmth seem to have burnt out any worry that I had. I am now wide awake, listening to creative business podcasts. I am feeling inspired and creative.

Sometimes insomnia is really positive. Except for that time the word ‘insomnia’ started pounding around my head to the rhythm of Rihanna’s “disturbia”. Awesome.

What do you do when you can’t sleep?

I recently completed #100happydays. I didn’t say much after starting it because, if I’m honest, I’m not very good at sticking to projects like this. With that in mind, you can probably imagine my delight when I finished it off last week.

A lot of people asked whether #100happydays was hard. Taking the photos wasn’t difficult, the hardest part was finding something that made me ‘happy’ every day. Everyone has grumpy days and sometimes it can be difficult to find a positive moment every single day. Even though I thought that the gloomier days would have less than excellent photographs, I found it to be the opposite. There are very few images I could point to and say ‘oh, yeah, that was a rubbish day’. Doing this project made me look back at the last 100 (108, actually, I got a bit carried away) days and see them in a whole new light.

I found it a great way to log my achievements (painting with clients at work, making bechamel sauce from scratch, trying to smoke a cigar), my favourite pieces of art work, all the foods that excited me and the mini adventure I took with the Canadian to Toronto (or, at least, the best parts of the trip).

There are many stories and comments that accompany most of these images. If you click on each image you should get a large ‘pop out’ preview of it but if you want to see what’s really going on in each one then visit my instagram profile and have a gander.

I’ve seen many people roll the 100 happy days project into #365happydays but I think 100 was a nice concise one for me. It’s made me pretty excited to find other projects to focus on other mini projects. I did the 30 days of selfie, and I’ve now completed this one. Each time I learn something new. Do you know of any other mini projects? Perhaps some to do with drawing or sketching. I’m so motivated right now that I want to utilise it before it disappears!

Have you tried to participate in #100happydays?

I love summer in this little area of Canada. I mentioned a few months ago that I had managed to land myself a ‘new’ job, and, even though it’s new to me, I spend a lot of my time up and out, exploring all that Leeds and Grenville has to offer. We recently did a big BBQ event in the park and these are a few snapshots of what I am privy to every day. There are many downsides of living this far away from such a big city but in the summer they don’t seem to matter at all.