My entire life I’ve struggled with joy. It seems weird to see those words on a screen, but it’s true. Sure, I’ve had joyful moments; we all have. But to truly feel joyful, on a daily basis, has been hard for me. I think it’s hard for a lot of people, actually. I guess that’s why I’ve created Choose Joy. I want to provide a space where people who are seeking a more joyful existence can come to get advice and support, or just exist in a space of joy, if only for a few moments out of a busy day.
Speaking of busy, I bet some people that know me are wondering why I’m doing this in the first place. After all, I have a husband, 5 pets, a business, a part time job, social commitments and volunteer work. That all keeps me pretty busy. Starting a new blog seems crazy, doesn’t it? Maybe to some, but creating Choose Joy is something I felt compelled to do. The idea came to me literally in a dream, so I feel I have no choice but to explore it and see what happens.
But back to joy, and why I’ve decided to choose it. I realized I had been spending a good chunk of my time mired in negativity. I was feeling anxious, stressed out, and unhealthy most of the time. Until very recently, days have been something to get through, to deal with. I was watching and paying attention to WAAY too much news and getting wrapped up in other people’s drama far too often. I was not making any time in my life for joy and positivity.
Something had to change.
I came across Kaia Roman’s book “The Joy Plan” completely by accident. It just showed up as a suggested book on my Kindle. Something motivated me to buy it, and I completely lost myself in it for the next 3 days. It’s a really great book and you should read it. It’s not often that a book changes my attitude, but this one did right out of the gate. I realized that no matter what is going on in my life that might be big and scary and daunting, that I can always choose joy. I can change my attitude and my thoughts and focus on positivity. This isn’t about ignoring problems. It’s about shifting focus, reprogramming my brain to focus on good things, so the bad things feel less, well, bad.
So far, it’s working. Yes, I still have stressful things to deal with; we all do. But shifting my focus to joy has lifted some of the burden. It’s allowed me to find a new sense of clarity that is actually helping me to find solutions.
So why do I need to share this with the world? Well, I figured, if I’m going to keep up this joy thing, I’d better do something to create an atmosphere where I can be successful. Writing is my first love, and it’s where I feel confident and comfortable. A blog seemed like the logical thing to do.
My hope for this space (and for the Facebook Group, which you should join!) is to build a community of joy seekers that can grow and share and practice joy in their daily lives as often as possible. I hope you’ll enjoy being here as much as I am enjoying creating this space.
Please share with your friends and I’ll see you on the path to true joy.