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Joie 19 – Getting Tired

Tired? Sounds like a crazy thing to have as the subject of a “joy” post, doesn’t it? Bear with me. I don’t mean “wow, isn’t it great to be exhausted?” which would, in fact, be sort of the complete opposite of what I mean. (By the way, did you know that there actually IS such a […]

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Joie 18 – Four Rooms

I recently completed the 100 Day Project and discovered a few things along the way. Yes, my proficiency improved through sheer repetition and that gave me the courage to try subjects and techniques that were increasingly more difficult but, just as important as getting “better,” I also found out how good I felt when I […]

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Joie 17 – Free Time

I have just returned from a long weekend away from the cares of work, home, and family. To be truly successful, I have found that trips like these (which I also consider an Essential on the Diva Path; you can find other Essentials by searching for that term in the “look here” bar) need to […]

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Joie 16 – Kitchen Creativity!

During the first wave of lockdown during the pandemic, it was interesting to see how many of us found some degree of solace in the kitchen. Baking bread was a crazy fad for a little while, with banana bread and sourdough particularly enjoying a rush of popularity.  I am hopeful that we’re turning the corner […]

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Joie 15 – Unlocking!

It seems as if there should be a word – likely originating in German – to describe that feeling of satisfaction tinged with bewilderment when you finish a huge project. The Joie posts haven’t fallen by the wayside deliberately, although I haven’t posted a new one in three weeks. Instead, the notation to create one of […]

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Joie 14 – Rethinking Time

Time. It flies and crawls. We long to slow it down and we want it to hurry up. There’s kairos and chronos. There are deadlines and “to do” lists and crossed-off errands, chores, and tasks. We want to be mindful, yet don’t think we have time to do that. Face it, we’re messes. Since the end of […]

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Joie 13 – Seeking Balance

It was bound to happen. Ever since the mysterious virus known as Covid-19 began to make news at the end of 2019, work/life balance – always a precarious knife edge on which to exist – has been reinvented and re-examined for so many of us. (Hopefully, the examination will continue as we have learned a […]

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Joie 12 – Downshifting

This week, I again missed my Monday target date for new weekly posts. It’s important for me to remember that posting on Mondays is a goal (and a good one; I like to be consistent) but that missing it doesn’t make me a Bad Person. And remembering that is an excellent example of the principle […]

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Joie 11 – Updating!

Whew – what a week! To twist the Bard into a pretzel, some weeks are born stressful, some have stress thrust upon them, and some achieve stressiness. (Apologies to Twelfth Night. I’ll go put on cross-gartered yellow stockings as penance.) The last week just sort of got away from me with multiple responsibilities and obligations. But I […]

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Joie 10 – Art Shows!

One of the things that brings me joy is using the creative part of my brain and psyche. In fact, I consider it to be an “Essential.” In my “day job,” I teach law – an occupation I quite enjoy and one that rewards logical, methodical thinking. But it’s a mistake – a BIG one! […]

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