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Joy Lessons Week 33


Last week was pretty incredible.

I released a new book, celebrated having published 50 books, and marked the fourth anniversary of leaving my day job so I could write full-time.

Truthfully, I’m still feeling overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, encouragement, well-wishes, and congratulations from so many. It filled my heart so full of joy, it feels as though it might burst.

Sometimes, it’s hard to imagine how people I’ve yet to meet but whom I definitely consider friends can be so generous with their time, their kind words, their friendship, and love.  But I’m so, so grateful for them – for you.

To all of you who lifted me up last week, who joined in the celebrations, who make me feel so special, thank you  – from the very depths of my heart. You  have filled me heart with greater joy – greater than I could have dreamed.

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Joy Lessons Week 32


I love, love this quote!

It makes me think of Mary Kay Ash and her philosophy of making everyone feel like they matter.

My Aunt L. sold Mary Kay Cosmetics for years and years. As I teen, I so admired her, for so many reasons. She was lovely, gracious, smart, and successful… and had the pink Cadillac to prove it.

I’ve often thought about what made her so successful and I think it was because she lived by the quote above. She made everybody feel like somebody. Somebody who mattered. Somebody who was important. Somebody she saw.

In this busy, chaotic, hectic, crazy world, it’s so easy to feel invisible, to feel like we sometimes fade into the background where we are no one.

That’s why it’s so important to make each person who encounter feel like they matter. Because you know what happens when we do? It fills us up with joy and satisfaction and happiness. And it makes those people who feel like nobody full of joy, too.

My challenge to you (and I’ll be doing my best, too), is to make at least one person feel like “somebody” today.

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Recently, I’ve had conversations with not one but two people who are completely and totally obsessed with how they look.  While speaking to them, it became abundantly clear they judge everyone by their outward appearance.

And that made me sad.

Especially for young people, I know it’s hard when the world is saying you have to look like this or that to be accepted.

But people are so much more than clothes and hairstyles and makeup.

They have beautiful hearts, souls, and minds.

Some of the loveliest people I know don’t wear a speck of makeup, but they are beautiful. Their beauty comes from within and shines outward in a way no cosmetic manufacturer or fashion designer can reproduce. True beauty, the kind that really matters, comes from the heart.

And I love this quote because it’s true. Those who let the joy in their hearts shine in their faces are uniquely, wonderfully, undeniably beautiful.

For today, I hope you wear the joy in your heart where all can see it – in your eyes and in your smile. Shine on!

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This quote… I love it so.

And I really needed the reminder of the beauty of joy today.

Here’s the thing… it’s mid-summer, beautiful blue skies, rose scented evening breezes, and sweet ripe fruit that tantalizes my taste buds.

Yet, I’ve been struggling to find joy lately. I’m behind on deadlines, feeling rushed and harried, not to mention I’ve spent way too much time driving into town for recent doctor appointments.

Where’s the joy in getting up only to face yesterday’s half-finished to-do list with another long list for today?

The joy is in the sound of love, the color of gratitude, the song of hope. Joy is all around me and within me, if I just stop for a moment, take a deep breath and silence all the turmoil.

There it is, that soft whisper in the air, the warm colors in the landscape, the scent of sweet memories.

If you, like me, are feeling like life is spiraling a little out of control, take a moment to regain your footing and grab onto your joy with both hands.

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I’ve been thinking a lot the last few days about the ties between joy and gratitude. It seems when I’m feeling most grateful, I also feel full of joy.

And when I’m not feeling particularly thankful, joy is rather elusive.

Gratitude gives joy roots and place to grow, to flourish, to blossom and bloom.

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We can find joy when we walk through a day with a grateful heart. Just being in that mindset of expressing gratitude can help is find abundant joy.


In my quest of learning joy lessons this year, I need to remember by lessons in gratitude. Because a grateful heart is where I’ll find true joy.




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At the beginning of the month, I challenged myself (and anyone interested) to a 30-day Find Joy challenge.

Today’s challenge is to play with a child like a child.  And that’s why I love the above quote so much.

Most children have such an incredible view of the world – one not marred by cynicism, failures, anxiety, anger, bitterness, jealousy, or hatred.

What if we could see the world today, experience all the wonder, joy, and amazing beauty of it by looking through child-like eyes? I think I’ll find the edges soften, the colors brighten, and my heart lighten with the joy of seeing life around me anew.


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I happened upon this graphic a few weeks ago and decided it would be the perfect challenge for April!

30 ways in 30 days to Find Joy… that’s a challenge I’m giving myself and one I hope you’ll join me in.

Each day, there is a “joyful” activity suggested. Some take just a moment, others a bit more time, but hopefully, at the end of 30 days, this challenge will amp up our joy!

Today’s is easy… Sing Loudly! Do it in the car, the shower, while you’re making dinner this evening, but give it a shot. I bet it makes you smile!

If you decide to take on this challenge, feel free to post your acceptance in the comments. I’ll be cheering you on!

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