100 Days Can Change a Person.

Via Lauren Hanna
on Jul 20, 2011
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Reflections on the last 100 days.

Photo: TruBlueBoy

Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Day 1

The Daily Love posted this affirmation of the day to Facebook:

I will attract a mate who is ready to love me.

Day 5

I met a boy who wasn’t my type. He was emotionally stable, good-looking and intelligent.

Day 10

My student insisted upon teaching my Sunday morning yoga class.

So that I could go to my college graduation.

Day 15

I traveled to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh and found a place to live… with my sister and our three cats.

Day 20

Bin laden was killed.

These words resonated in my head for the rest of the week:

Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Day 25

I spent three days with a drillbit, taking down the stage of my childhood theatre company.

I made a bookshelf out of scraps from the stage.

Day 30

I made an investment in my future by going into debt.

Yet I couldn’t be happier as I filled out my school loan applications.

Day 35

I had a slumber party with my Grandma.

She shared with me dozens of journals from trips she took with my grandfather.  She talked about wanting to make a book out of them, somehow, someday.

Which led me to start this.

Day 40

I took up boxing after watching The Fighter.

Day 45

I uncovered the difference between wants and needs in relationships.

Day 50

My whole body resonated with happiness and gratitude. I sent my sister this book.

Day 55

I said goodbye to Pittsburgh, my home of 21 years, for the time being. I said goodbye to my yoga studios. And I said goodbye to my animal shelter.

I had coffee with my best friend before getting on the road.

Day 60

I realized what it truly means to wish nothing but the best for someone.

After running into an ex.

Day 65

I helped open a yoga studio. I sanded, painted, scrubbed, and became best friends with my toolkit in those seven days before the studio opened.

Then I taught the first class to 35 students.

Day 70

I felt profound guilt at the passing of my childhood dog, Maggie.

I’m still working on letting that guilt go.

Day 75

After severe burns my whole life as a ginger, I finally considered the real possibility of this:

And decided to rock a onesie at the beach: Audrey Hepburn style.

Day 80

I was reminded to choose my battles wisely…

…When all I wanted to do was fight.

Day 85

I practiced yoga outside the Liberty Bell with a group of 30 + yogis.

I got bugs in my nose and sun in my eyes, but Locust Pose never smelled better.

Day 90

I got in a (minor) car accident…

…On the way to meet my boyfriend’s whole family.

Day 95

I learned what stillness really means under the uncontrollable body aches associated with strep throat.


Kathryn Budig posted this to Facebook and it changed my whole day:

It’s one thing to keep your cool when things are easy; but it’s completely different when things start to get hard. THAT’s yoga.

Day 1

My friend sent me this video. It reminded me of why I love animals, and more importantly, it made me smile:

And I realized how far 100 days can take a person.


About Lauren Hanna

Lauren Hanna, E-RYT 200, MSS Candidate, is a social worker by day and yoga ninja by night. It was in Pittsburgh that she first discovered the thrill of yoga and her love for social welfare and animal rescue work. With her cats Lotus and Calia in tow, Lauren hopes to someday combine her love for yoga and animal welfare with her career as a social worker. Lauren likes to dream a lot about saving the world – one puppy, kitten and human at a time. Lauren also loves cobblestone streets, arts & crafts, action movies and writing books with her Grandmother. If she had a billion dollars she'd probably spend it all here. Follow her @laurenfoste.


13 Responses to “100 Days Can Change a Person.”

  1. fairychild3025 says:

    VERY inspiring….thanks for a beautiful post.

  2. healthhomesandharleys says:

    What a great post, Lauren. And, thanks for the next book on my list ;^)"

  3. ARCreated says:

    just beautiful and perfect.

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  8. Allison Fortuna says:

    Very inspirational and real. Thank you

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