This is my Joy Confession…

Usher may have had a big confession or two, but I’ve got one myself. I hope it actually helps you and shows you that we are not perfect beings. We are not supposed to be and we can all come together in the spirit of imperfection to do better.

Many believe in the power of New Year resolutions – though the power is only really there when motivation to achieve the resolution is revved up high. This is one of the reasons I’ve started sharing my joy activation journey this past year. I have found joy to be the purposeful motivator in my life.

Some days feel better than others.

It feeds on the love and support I get and give myself while it causes the peace to go all around in every direction. It promotes forgiveness, especially during those times I need to forgive myself. It helps me seek gratitude in every way possible each day, and it motivates me to create a safety net around me; to tame the fear that tends to tell me I can’t do something

(see what I did there??! Those were my 5 Pillars of Activating Joy!)

Joy has been there for me as the common denominator to any and all of my successful habits.

I have stopped holding onto the idea of New Year resolutions only. I believe that if there’s something you need to do to benefit you , you should start it toDAY!! [Nails sufficiently bitten…]

Joy is so important in our lives and in the world we all live in accordingly. Yet, joy cannot really be activated without the arousal and development of the pillars that come from within, not just from our surrounding environments.

For me, I have found that I’ve not done all I need to do in order to succeed and fulfill my joy. That, my dear friends, is my confession. I activate my joy in many ways every day, but not to its fullest. In order to do that, I would have to really be taking on the pillar of giving myself love, peace, and forgiving myself as well better than I have. To do better, there is a huge area of life I must focus on: my overall health and wellness.

That’s right, Y’all, I need to take better care of ME!

Some days are sicker than others

As many of you know, I have a chronic autoimmune illness – Mixed Connective Tissue Disorder – a mixture of the autoimmune illnesses Lupus and Scleroderma, amongst others. To be honest, I feel I have done a great job fighting to be alive and smile through pain, heartache, and crazy, stupid cell mortality in various areas. Yet, I did not know that there was so much more out there for me to do. Maybe as a child there wasn’t as much that I could do… science and knowledge is always changing, after all. Now, though, we know: food is medicine and a collection of healing elements that can not just see me through the pain and disease in my body… but also rid me of it all. I truly believe this, for it has happened in so many other cases.

I have made a decision to eat better, less inflammatory, more nutrient-dense foods and will use this tactic to feel better and more energized. I will also look onward with more anticipation to ways to fully care for and love on myself. With those actions, I will seek to cure symptoms, if not my entire illness. It’s time to bring my health into my journey to joy and I will do so with the joy that I have cherished and built for so many years. I invite you to join me on my journey in and through this joyful and impactful health path.

I look forward to the kind of self-care that gets me beyond my current state of joy, to physical joy in health. Wish me luck and blessings!

Love to you all, my Dears


If you are interested, please do join us for my workshop: “Joy in Hard Times for Leaders”. To learn more, including how to join, you may click here!

Much Love again.

2 thoughts on “This is my Joy Confession…

  1. Hey Kristen, totally agree “food is medicine” and that given good foods the body is capable of healing itself. I am so happy you have decided to give this a try. I had saved title of a book I thought might help guide you and have ordered for you since you have a new mindset. I truly hope it helps, along with your new diet. You should receive at the latest, April 14! I hope to read in your posts some change in your health for the better! “By His stripes, we are healed”!


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