Find What Brings You Joy and Do More Of It

Somehow or another, we’re halfway through 2013 already and it’s a good time to check in on new year’s resolutions. I took stock of my One Word Resolution and am thrilled to look back at all of the joy that’s been packed into these six months. When I set this intention in January, I planned to Find what brings me joy and do more of it.  That initial list included:

Reading. Family. Writing. Learning. Yoga. Dancing. Creating. Serving. Cooking. Eating. Music. Listening.

I’ve also found joy in unexpected places. In one scenario it has been learning to call myself a runner, and running my own race. Two other times it has been doing one thing every day that scares me, – venturing into remote video presentations. Highlighting friends and colleagues in Follow Friday posts and with handwritten notes has given me a chance to appreciate those who have brought joy to my life.

I also ranted about our propensity to experience life from behind a camera, constantly capturing moments instead of experiencing them.  While I haven’t changed my stance in that article, I’m so thankful to have a collection of digital footprints to retrace as I reflect on these last six months. The gallery below highlights some of the moments that have brought me joy this year. For those of you more textually inclined, a summary of the photos is included below.

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Joy Jar. CocoCaramel Tea. Journaling with my niece. Boots night out at the rodeo. Hiking with friends in Colorado. Small plates and spiked cider. OneWord necklace. Girl Scout Cookies. Homemade Weekend Brunch. Pinterest Projects. Sunrise run on the Vegas Strip. ACPA in Las Vegas. Family time with 3 generations. OCPA Annual Conference Planning Committee. Building a fort in the living room. Boats and Books. ODU Runs for Boston 5K. Delta Zeta State Day. Alumni Volunteering with my Alma Mater – Ashland University. CNN. Basement Dancing. BFF Lady Dates. Learning to Grill. Reviving my CD Collection and singing in the car. Cooking with Betty. Helping with Jessi and Caleb’s engagement photos. Kindergarten Graduation. Sharing Books with Friends. Making Homemade Jam. BYOB Painting Class. One Run for Boston relay in Columbus.

All in all, I’d say it’s been a very joyful six months! Whether saying yes to invitations (jam making, yoga), trying new things (BYOB painting, video presentations, running), and reconnecting (ACPA, OCPA, family, Delta Zeta, and BFF dates) I’ve found joy in opening myself up to opportunities as they present themselves. It has been a challenge to stop and celebrate the small things, but one that is proving to be absolutely worth it. In the next six months, I’m looking forward to finishing the novel I started in November, finishing my 52 books in 52 weeks goal, training for my first half marathon, and whatever other adventures are in store for me.

How has your resolution changed your year? What can you do to re-energize it? 


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