Joie 11 – Updating!

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...
Joie 10 – Art Shows!

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...
Joie 9 – Books!

Joie 9 – Books!

Today is the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  The day has become “Read Across America Day,” and the entire month of March is National Reading Month, so it’s a great time to discuss the joy of books. Books are something that’s always given me joy. My...
Joie 8 – Simplifying

Joie 8 – Simplifying

I’ve kept a journal for years. Sometimes, it’s more of a diary of what happened that day, sometimes it’s more of “hey, I noticed this and it was cool,” sometimes it’s a list of things that inspired feelings of gratitude in me....
Joie 7 – Mardi Gras!

Joie 7 – Mardi Gras!

Mid-to-late February is seldom my favorite time of the year. In North Carolina, it tends to be a dreary, wet, grey time, suitable for hunkering down and doing little, but it doesn’t really lend itself to that – we’re not in holiday time. Instead,...
Joie 6 – Upcycling!

Joie 6 – Upcycling!

One of my true joys can, I think, be traced back to my childhood experiences with auctions. It’s a running joke in my family that my dad’s hobby was setting up housekeeping for three children via amazing buys at estate sales and auctions. I distinctly...
Joie 5 – Stretching!

Joie 5 – Stretching!

Now that I’m a month in to my “Year of Joy,” I’m ready to say that keeping a brief daily journal is a must. It lets me succinctly note splashes of joy that I come across during my day. I’m a True Believer in the notion of “as ye...
Joie 4 – Personal Best

Joie 4 – Personal Best

I remember there used to be a bumper sticker that said, “My taste is simple. I only want the best.” I also remember that I thought that was eye-rollingly arrogant and self-absorbed. (Then again, it’s basically an Oscar Wilde quote, so . . . ) I still...
Joie 3 – Celebration

Joie 3 – Celebration

One thing that I can always count on to bring me joy is the notion of celebration. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a holiday, right? Special foods, special clothes, special ceremonies . . . holidays are the flash of gold brocade in a basket of muslin days. (I’m...
Joie 2 – Idle Time

Joie 2 – Idle Time

For this “Joie” post, I want to focus on something we don’t have nearly enough of – idle time.  This is VERY different from planned down time – vacations are wonderful things (and the average American doesn’t use anywhere near all...