How To Keep Joy In Your Life

My ex says to me, “You just want to go and be seen all the time.” His comment really irked me. It made me feel as if he was implying I was a show-off which doesn’t really fit my personality or my values and it bugged me. The comment stuck with me, it kept nagging at me and I kept analyzing it over and over. Driving home from the grocery store, laying down to sleep at night – I’d think of it. Such a simple comment that had become ever-so annoying to me, sticking in my mind. Last night it hit me, he was right – in a way.

I do want to be seen, and I want to be recognized not because I’m proud but because I eagerly want to be a part of this world. We should all want that, being together brings us joy. We were created to connect and to unite and to help each other. And yeah, I want a part in that, a chance to be part of something great, a part of our great humanity. But to understand that I had to change my perspective of his comment. After thinking that out I made a list of my rules for keeping joy in my life around the thought of how we should be living in this world, as part of this world, rules I live by every day. If you want to be truly joyful, you need to shine your light where ever you go, let that bright ray of sunshine from in you fall upon the world! 


A Few of my Favorite Things…

A Few of my Favorite Things

A few of my favorite things…some things that bring me joy and peace…

My Favorite Flower – Poppies

My Favorite Colors – Cobalt Blue & Violet

My Favorite Current Song – “Lost Boy” by Ruth B

My Favorite Ice Cream Flavor – Mint Choc Chip

My Favorite Yoga Pose to do – Child Pose – it’s just so relaxing!

My Favorite Scent – Dragon’s Blood

My Favorite Tree – Weeping Willow

My Favorite Animal – Elephants

My Favorite Meditation Music Artists –

Philip Wesley

Dean Evenson

My Favorite Hobbies – Painting and Hiking

Some of my current (healthy) obsessions:

Notebooks – I always have a few on hand. This is the place my mind wanders, my to-do lists go, my ideas and plans start.


Coconut Oil – This stuff is amazing on so many levels…I know there’s a lot of hype in the world about coconut oil but I’m telling you from my experience this stuff is great. I started using it last summer when I ended up with a pretty rough sunburn and continued to use it throughout the year as a lotion and as an eye-makeup remover.

White Hot Truth by Danielle Laporte – My current read is quickly making it to my favorites list. I love Danielle’s straight-forward, real life talk.

Leggings – I make leggings work all year long, snuggle up in the them with a cozy sweater and boots for the winter or go laid back with some flip flops and tanks. I’m pretty sure I’ve collected a pair of leggings for any occasion at this point!

Organic Jamaican Castor Oil – I’ve just started using this in my hair and the results have been amazing. Leaves my hair silky smooth and stronger.

You can check out more of my favorite things and picks on my Favorites Board.

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