My plan backfired. In an attempt to create 31 Days of Happiness, I have managed to somehow stress myself out more. This probably isn’t a good thing. After returning  from Detroit last night and waking up this morning not feeling so well (physically and mentally), I realized that I actually need to start making some positive changes rather than just talking about them, or in a few cases, pretending to talk about them. 

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So, here’s the deal. I’m throwing in the towel. I’m calling it quits. The 31 Days of Happiness Challenge failed. And to be honest, I’m totally okay with it. Sometimes in life we make the best choice possible at a particular moment. Later, we may come to realize that decision is no longer working. It’s just not making us happy. That means its time to pack up your experiences, lessons learned, and a cup of coffee for the road and move on. And while it’s okay to look back every once in a while, have no regrets. In my opinion, knowing when it’s time to move on, is often more important than hanging on for all the wrong reasons. 

As some of you may have noticed, I’m also applying this principle to other areas of my life.  Life is too short to be unhappy doing something you really don’t love. 

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This is the 16th, and final post in my 31 Days of Happiness Series. 

Start from the beginning here, or follow along on Pinterest at i Blog 31 Days of Happiness.

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  • Jenn @ Clean and Scentsible at

    I totally agree with you!! I would never be able to post every day for 31 days without stressing myself out too! Hope you find your happiness {even if you don’t always blog about it!}
    Jenn 🙂

  • Jan at

    Exactly right. Good for you.

  • Jeannie Clemens at

    Are you happier today making that decision? Look at it this way…it was a success in only 16 days!

  • caroline at

    kudos for owning up to it! sometimes it doesnt work like you said. it wouldnt be fun, fresh, or INSPIRED if you felt forced!

    now go do something fun and then blog about it 😉

  • Colette Renneir at

    So many wonderful things happening for you.
    Congrats! Can’t wait to hear about the Buick gig!

  • christine woodley at

    Frankly, I don’t know how you do all that you do .. run an Inn, manage and merchandise a retail store, blog, craft, decorate, cook etc etc etc!! I love your honesty and, from this reader’s perspective, am just happy to read about your many wonderful accomplishments.

  • Heather at

    Sometimes happiness is realizing you should stop something that isn’t worthwhile to your life at this moment. Good for you for not trying to force it.

  • slip4 at

    Good decision! 31-days of blogging isn’t a law or anything. We will be looking to see where your positive changes take you 🙂

  • Fee clochette at

    I totally agree with you
    Intend to do the same 🙂

  • Designed Decor at

    Michael, you need to do the thing that makes you happy and having to blog about it instead of doing it obviously was not what you needed. A little over a month ago I decided to start my mornings with a devotional. This has made a HUGE difference in how I approach the day. I don’t know if your spiritual or not, if not you can find a good motivational book with small chapters and read a small chapter each morning. This morning routine takes me 5 to 10 minutes and has made a great impact on my day. Just a thought to share with you since this has helped me!

  • kristi tarnowski at

    You are right! Life is too short to be doing something that isn’t right for you! Like we always tell our kids ‘ life is a series of choices-so be wise on the choices you make’

  • Melissa from the Blue House at

    LOL. I’ve started so many projects on my blog that I’m SURE I’m going to do for this many days straight, or whatever, and when I put myself in the position where I HAVE to… it’s not fun anymore. 🙂
    So my blog consists of half recipes or day one of a ten-day series… I’m ADD like that. 🙂

  • tearinguphouses at

    good for you! if it’s not working, it’s not working. move on.

  • Nancy Cutrer at

    So I’m a little confused. Is it the daily posting that’s the problem. Or is it finding a bit of happiness in each day? Think about it… There’s more than one way to accomplish your goal. Where’s your “when life hands you lemons…” attitude? Change your format and stick to the goal. Post when you want to but show us or tell us about the happiness you found in each day that you weren’t on line. Everyday doesn’t have a beautiful sunrise or a rainbow (cliche, I know) but everyday you smile at something. Tell us about it or show us a photo. Put a weeks worth of happy moments into a single post. Goal met. Right? If your goal was to post daily maybe you were focusing on the wrong thing. If your goal was to find happiness in each of 31 days I would bet you are still on track. 🙂

  • Sandy at

    Good for you. You already do so much, one less stress will be better in the long run.
    I am sure you will find happiness everyday, you just won’t have to blog about it.
    I am excited to hear about your Buick project.

  • Anonymous at

    I have never left a messaage on your blog or any blog before. But I had to make a comment for this. This wasn’t a life or death type of mission. It was 31 days of Happiness. You have a good life. Be happy. Your followers, including myself, LOVE you. Use that fact for your next 15 days of happiness.

  • Anonymous at

    And please know that was not meant to make you feel bad. You’re so much fun to follow, your recipes are great, your Ode to Oz was beautiful. I just want to remind you that you reach a lot of people, make a lot of people happy, and hopefully you will find some happiness in that.

  • Susan at

    Well, if this decision makes you happy, then I’d say your “happiness” blogging project was a success! It showed you what you really needed to be happy…:)

  • Anonymous at

    yay! Good for you! So what! We all have enough pressure without adding more. Go with the flow! Just be. Take care, sharon

  • at

    You bring so many smiles, happiness and insirations to all of us consistently, your choice is admirable and I know must have been very difficult for you…WAY TO GO Michael, WAY to CHOOSE you, sometimes we just forget about our own happiness in pursuit of making others happy. New days ahead, fresh starts are free, one of the small miracles of life…daily do-overs!! Be happy and thank you for the happiness you have brought to me with your hard work!!!!

  • at

    ….and maybe at some point you come back to this project but change it to your XX Moments of Happiness changing the number of days to the # of “moments” when they happen, instead of XX Days of Happiness, sharing with us Moments of Happiness (which occur randomly, right? with no timeline attached)…then you have the never ending story an ongoing online scrapbook of your favorite moments, to be cherished and shared.

  • Alice Lee at

    Michael – you do so much and people love the things you do. I am always so excited to read your blogs, see what’s new on pinterest, check out your contests. You make a person feel like a friend and to see a friend who is struggling makes me sad. Do the things you love as you do them so well and if something doesn’t quite work – it’s ok… Life is too short to spend time doing something that is not quite working out for you… I have great admiration for your honesty and think you are fantastic. Keep being the wonderful you that you are! You bring happiness in to my life every day without a blog about it… 🙂

  • Unknown at

    “It is only possible to live happily ever after on a daily basis” -Margaret Bonanno

    What do you think of that quote?

  • Thistle Cove Farm at

    Sounds to me like the 31 days of happiness challenge is a success. you’re finding happiness doing something else.

  • Thistle Cove Farm at

    …although (having another thought here), I’ve always told my brother, “don’t make the mistake of thinking we find happiness. We don’t. We carry it with us because it’s inside of us.”

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