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Joy Lessons Week 42

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I spent the past four days in California at the InD’Scribe Conference.

While there I attended classes, listened to a very inspiring keynote speech by Brenda Novak, participating in a big book signing event, and got to wear a beautiful evening gown for the awards ceremony. But the thing I enjoyed the most, the thing that gave me the most joy from the weekend, were the new friends I met.

One wonderful friend I’ve known only on Facebook was there and it was such a blessing to get to meet her in person and hang out with her both Thursday and Friday evening.

I also met some fabulous people I know I’ll stay in touch with. Although it’s easy for me to be introverted and hide in my writing cave, I’m so glad I had the opportunity to meet some amazing people.


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Joy Lessons Week 41


The past few days have left me full of emotions (of all sorts), and deeply grateful for the wonderful people who bring me such joy.

The Fall Into Romance boxed set released Thursday with a technical glitch that caused twenty-four hours of intense, horrible, every-authors-nightmare kind of headaches.

Before the issue was completely resolved, I jumped in the car with Captain Cavedweller so we could head out for my auntie’s 85th birthday party. I’m so glad we’d already planned to attend her celebration because I needed that time away from my computer to regroup, find some peace, and let my well of joy replenish.

We had such fun at the party, seeing family members we don’t often get to see. After the party, a few of the cousins went back to my auntie’s house where we got to see the gorgeous engagement ring my awesome cousin Brad (the birthday girl’s son) recently gave his girlfriend (whom we all adore). What a fun way to wrap up that day and the engagement was my auntie’s favorite gift!

My birthday was yesterday and so, so many people made me feel special, loved, appreciated and remembered. And I appreciate each one of you!

My little cup of joy is overflowing this morning and I’m determined to  do my best to keep it filled.

May this week fill your well of joy and your heart with happiness!

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Joy Lessons Week 40


This just seemed so appropriate to share this morning.

As you go forward through this day, may you choose to have joy in your heart.

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Yesterday was my beloved Captain Cavedweller’s birthday. So it was definitely a day of celebration, of celebrating life and going through the day with joy.

I love this quote because how awesome would it be if we spent a little time each day celebrating the joy of life, of being alive. Why can’t each day be a festival of joy?

(And don’t you just love the visuals that come to mind when you say “festival of joy”… it just sounds fun and wonderful and lighthearted!)

Start small. Take five minutes (or fifteen or thirty… whatever you can work into your schedule) and make it a celebration of life – a festival of joy. Fill your thoughts and your heart with grateful gladness and just be joyful, happy, and light in heart.

I bet it will put a spring in your step the remainder of the day.

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Joy Lessons Week 36


At the beginning of each month, I like to take stock… How did last month go? What goals did I meet? What goals do I hope to achieve this month?

I also find myself taking a moment to be grateful… for the blessings of last month and the wonderful things waiting ahead this month.

Although I seem to need to repeat this lessons frequently, there is such joy in true gratitude. And the more grateful I am, the more joy I experience.

One of the many things I’m grateful for is you, dear reader.

As we begin this new month and week, I hope your heart is full of joy and gratitude.

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Joy Lessons Week 35


I saw this image and loved it for so many reasons, but it did make me think of the joy that comes from looking at the world through the eyes of a child.

Children see the wonder and magic and possibilities of what could be all around them.

So, my hope for you today, is that you’ll see the world around you (even just for this day) through the eyes of a child and experience the joy it brings.

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Spontaneity isn’t something that happens with any frequency at our house. There are too many responsibilities, too many obligations, too many deadlines.

But on Saturday, inspired by a conversation with my dad, Captain Cavedweller, our Lil’ Miss and I  hopped in the pickup as soon as CC arrived home from work and went on a little adventure out of town.

Part of the time, we didn’t even have cell service, but I was okay with that. I can’t tell you the last time I went more than 24 hours without turning on my computer, but it happened this weekend.

And you know how that made me feel… joyful!

There is joy in letting go of all the “must dos” once in a while and just celebrating the incredible, amazing happiness of being in the moment. All the deadlines and responsibilities are still here today, but it was sure nice not to think about them over the weekend.

My hope for you today is that you can do something… something unplanned or unexpected, that fills your heart with joy!

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