By the time I became a young adult, however, it was time for me to be in charge. I had to make the decisions around the ways in which I travelled and where I went. Because I held everything in my hands from that point on, I saw travelling in a new light. Don’t get me wrong, travelling is still an amazing and joyous experience! Still, I have to be mindful of the ways in which it also wears me out and puts a greater responsibility on me. Depending on whether I am planning an experience of excitement and adventure in memories or a period of rest and relaxation, I have to make many specific changes. I must hold and bring forth adaptations to my actions, my expectations, my plans. This, my friends, is one of the many ways in which I have had to pivot in challenging an illness that has been a part of my life for a long time. It has been a force that I also have to reckon with more as an adult.
This blog has a lot to do with the ways in which I enjoy the release of writing; the ways in which I find joy. And still, this blog is even more about what I hope for YOU! So, let’s discuss that today. I would love your help in getting a greater sense of how I can continue to guide, inspire, and grow our joy together (question for your response at the end)!
“…for others, the pandemic only made things worse than they already were – without a home, without a job, sometimes without a family to feel love and support from. For those without homes and livelihoods, to say the least, there was a pleading with God for anything but normal.”
Today is the day of miracles, the day of wishes come true. It is also the day my beautiful mom left the earth and became our guardian angel. I’ve written about my mom before; yet, she deserves to have her name shouted from the rooftops. Her love and grace and the way she made everyone,Continue reading “Today is the Day: For Better Joy… or Worse”
Another story of my illness, and what it taught me… about me. A Heavy Topic in the Realm of Joy One of the heaviest questions I am ever asked is “What challenges have you overcome?” Obviously, there have been a few huge ones. But, given the state of this time in human history in general,Continue reading “My Biggest Challenges to Finding Joy and What I Found Within Myself”
A Biblical phrase that finds perfect alignment with the needs of those seeking to activate their joy. Let’s set the record straight… on fear. We need to show it the door. The Tragedy That is Fear Fear within, experienced by many who are unable to activate their joy, is not an anomaly. Yet, it’s almostContinue reading “Casting Out Fear”
Remembering good and bad times… and learning forgiveness for the feelings that come up towards it all I cannot see a chapel like this without thinking of seminary times, but also simply of my own faith and how it has shaped my character, now and moving forward. I am grateful for every experience I haveContinue reading “An Image of Memory”
When I woke up this morning – very early – I decided I needed to see something beautiful. My spirit was yearning for it and I decided to satisfy. At 4:30 am, I left to head to the lookout for a 5:24am sunrise. I waited a bit before I got out, making sure to stayContinue reading “The Beauty in Disappointment – Joy Activation is Near”
She cried. Yep, my all-weather, tough-as-nails mama, cried. When she learned of my official diagnosis of Lupus (SLE), she found her core group of friends at the time, and just wept. She explained to them the seriousness and ultimate severity of my diagnosis. The hard days and nights of pain, inflammation, and hospital visits toContinue reading “Family Values – for Mother’s Day”
Okay, yes, I know, I know; I gave a lot of myself away in my last post, about one of the most important people in my life. My mother is everything to me; even now. She has always been – and remains – my rock and strength in different ways. Yet, it’s important for meContinue reading “Let’s talk about Purpose, Babyyyy – Though Not Just You and Me*”