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  • April 22, 2017
    "our real discoveries come from chaos" 
    What brought you JOY: Week 16
    Remodeling can be a stressful time of chaos, that space when everything is misplaced and dust hovers like drones in the air introducing unrest into the environment where you nest, and until the job is completed, there is no getting away from the mess. 
    During a recent remodeling project, the patterns of household discord correlated...

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  • April 15, 2017
    "Weeping may endure for the night, but JOY cometh in the morning" ~Psalm 30:5 
    I enjoy the days that start off slow, the ones I ease into with coffee in hand while immersed mindfully within my surroundings. These moments provide a cleansing space to unpack my worries and untangle the creaks in my soul.
    Tenderness arrives as I examine my heart and the unclaimed baggage I linger to sort. A shifting...

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  • April 8, 2017
    "Let your joy burst forth like flowers in the spring"
    It is not quite dawn and the birds are already busy chirping their songs of joy, a welcome return and one of my favorite signs of spring. All a promise of new beginnings with a flourish of green dressing the naked trees as a Robin returns to its seasonal routine and the daffodils burst with color, these intricate details distribute new joy to...

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  • April 1, 2017
    "Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt 
    What brought you JOY - Week 13
    At the start of the New Year, I began a conscious journey towards change. Not just the change that happens by doing nothing, but the switch that occurs when I make mindful choices for a better self. These plans create the momentum I need with the slow and steady...

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  • March 25, 2017
    "Suffering is inevitable, they said, but how we respond to that suffering is our choice. Not even oppression or occupation can take away this freedom to choose our response. Right”    
     ~The book of joy
    What brought you Joy: Week 12
    As I read The book of JOY I am reminded of the simple ways to unravel joy. Noticing the positive changes as I learn from heartache and the betrayals of life...

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  • March 18, 2017
     "Comparison is the thief of JOY"
    What brought you joy: Week 11 
    Recently, right before an important meeting, I asked my husband if he was nervous? "Why would I be nervous" he replied, reminding me again of the opposite ways we view the world and what we consider stressful.
    The opportunities in his business life represent the puzzles he is eager to solve while those same challenges unravel me....

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  • March 11, 2017
    "Let your JOY rise to the surface"
    Returning from sunny Florida to the last few calendar days of winter can take some adjusting. Wearing flip flops one day and jackets the next is just a small reminder to enjoy each moment since soon it too will change.
    Joy surrounded me during our getaway, with the sunshine and warm temperatures who wouldn't uncover delight. Upon returning we jumped right back...

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  • March 4, 2017
    "The JOY is in the JOurneY"
    What brought you joy: Week 9
    Joy is consistently discovered in life's journey, and adventure is sure to uncover the delight it brings. Joy has the potential to create lasting memories, while other moments glide by like a vehicle exiting the highway as it slowly drifts from our thoughts. Joy was always available when I chose to notice.
    This week I discovered joy away...

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  • February 25, 2017
     “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ~ Henri J.M. Nouwen
    Each week I sit down at the computer and reflect upon the previous days preparing the story of how I discovered joy, joy that is often unrecognized in the shuffle of life where days are overcome by routine and obligation.
    Some days joy is the furthest from my mind until a sunrise...

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  • February 18, 2017
    "Choose kindness and laugh often."
    What brought you JOY: Week 7
    With a determined effort, I choose to instill joy in each day by highlighting the spaces that envelop me in happiness. These simple moments I get to share every single day as the sunlight dances through a window while the silly dog chases a ball, his determined spirit a sprinkle of joy all its own.
    Some days we go in search of joy,...

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