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Wow! It doesn’t seem possible that today is my last post my weekly joy lessons for 2017. This year – it flew by so quickly.

Throughout the whole year, I’ve had this quote posted on my fridge:


I love this verse for so very many reasons, but one that I focused on a lot during the past twelve months, is this: fear not. When I let go of my fears, I find my joy.

Which brings me to another favorite “joy” quote:


Each and every day, I can choose joy. When I do, it keeps me from falling into the mire of doubt, worry, anxiety, fear, frustration, anger, etc.  Do I always choose joy? Sadly, no. But I’m a work in progress with plenty of room for improvement. But I did discover myself seeking to choose joy more frequently as the year progressed with these joy lessons.

Joy is such an incredible thing. And the best part is that we can choose it at any moment. Even if our day has gotten off to a bad start, even when things aren’t going our way – we can still choose joy. And the more we choose it, the deeper and richer that well of joy that resides in our hearts.

My wish for you all in 2018 is that you will joy will fill your hearts and lives to overflowing.


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Joy Lessons Week 51


The above quote is so true and today it seems even more so. Today, Captain Cavedweller and I are celebrating 24 years of marriage.

On a bitterly cold December day, I opened the door to greet a blind date arranged by (of all people)my dad. Little did I know as I swung open the portal that I’d look up into a pair of amazing blue eyes and lose my heart in that instant.

But I did.

From that moment on, my heart belonged to Captain Cavedweller. And a year later, we wed.

It seems like just yesterday we rushed outside the church, eager to begin our life together instead of almost a quarter of a century ago. Time really does fly when you are having fun.

This morning, I’ve been reflecting on how much happiness my wonderful husband has brought into my life over the years. How much joy I’ve known by loving him and being loved by him.

The well of joy bubbling up in my heart seems full to overflowing. And I wish for you all the joy of loving and being loved – whether it’s from a significant other, a family member, or a friend. May love fill your heart with joy today and every day to come.

our wedding 1

And to Captain Cavedweller – thank you for loving me so long and so well, and giving me so many years full of laughter, joy, and love! Happy Anniversary! ❤

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Joy Lessons Week 50


This time of year, there are a lot of challenges to those struggling to believe.

To believe in Santa, to believe in hope, to believe in a better tomorrow.

One of my favorite things to read this time of year (that without fail makes tears sting my eyes), is the famous response one newspaper reporter took the time to write back in 1897 to one little girl’s struggle to believe.

If you’ve never read it, I encourage you to read the entire reply in the New York The Sun.

It’s a beautiful, heartfelt editorial to not just one child, or hundreds of children, but also to the young at heart, the broken-hearted, and those afraid to believe.

“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy… there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived could tear apart. Only faith, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. “

There is something magical and uplifting and so joyful about casting aside our doubts, our deep-rooted fears, and believing.

Believing in hope and faith, in fairness and truth, in peace and kindness, in generosity and devotion,  and most definitely in love.

May this holiday season be one filled with laughter, hope, sweetness, kindness, and joy… the joy that comes when you just let go and believe.

If you’d rather listen to it, you can enjoy Sam Elliott reading “Yes, Virginia” in this scene from the movie “Prancer.”

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Joy Lessons Week 49


The past few weeks (okay, months), I’ve kept to a crazy, hectic schedule. Some days, I’m up at 3 or 4 a.m., already writing, promoting, marketing, working even though my brain and body are weary.

Admittedly, I’m tired. And the more tired I am, the harder it is to be joyful and happy, and positive.

Which is why I think we all need to give ourselves permission to rest.

When our heads and hearts and bodies are rested and recharged, we have such clearer focus, so much more openness, so much more potential for to seek joy.

So I hope, as we head into the holiday season, you give yourself plenty of rest and joy!

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Joy Lessons Week 48


Last week, just a few days before Thanksgiving, something happened that I had not planned on or expected. I certainly didn’t want to be in the situation, but there I was in it just the same.

What happened altered all my plans for the upcoming weeks. Completely.

After I had a little pity party for myself, I took a deep breath and realized perhaps this change of plans was what I needed. And despite the inconvenience, I’ve found the blessing in what I thought most surely would be a burden.

In finding the blessing, I also found the joy.

I just love this quote and it felt rather appropriate for today.

As you go through this week, I hope you can tap into your well of joy and give it a voice far beyond singing.


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This week seems a perfect time to think about how closely tied joy is to gratitude.

As we Americans gather to celebrate Thanksgiving, it’s a wonderful opportunity to reflect on all the things that fill our hearts with gratitude. And that gratitude can fill us with joy.

And though I seem to continue repeating the lesson, I have learned that the more gratitude I have, the more thankful I am for all the blessings in my life, the more joy I feel. It’s like gratitude and thankfulness fill up our inner well of joy.

As you go forward this week, may joy well up inside you and overflow onto others.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Joy Lessons Week 46


I’ve been doing a 30-day Joy Challenge. On Saturday, the challenge for the day was to laugh. A lot.

That proved to be a very simple thing to do, particularly because I spent the day with Captain Cavedweller. That man… he makes me laugh so.

But I’ve been thinking about laughter and joy… joy and laughter.

Then I happened upon this quote. I love it.

The body heals with play.

When was the last time you played? Did something frivolous or indulgent or amazing… something just for fun. It’s wonderful when we allow ourselves (give ourselves permission) to just play. Whether it’s for an hour or a day, we all need time to play, to have fun, to relax and let go.

The mind heals with laughter.

If heavy thoughts are weighing you down, or you’re pondering big questions, or feel overwhelmed and burdened, one of the best things in the world you can do is to laugh.  I’m not talking a fake little laugh, either. I’m talking a genuine, from the heart kind of laugh. (The kind that might make you snort milk out your nose if you were 12 and back with your friends in the junior high cafeteria.) It is almost impossible not to feel those burdens lift and the weight fall away when you are laughing. There are any number of scientific studies about the benefits of laughter. I believe them because I know when my heart is heavy, a little laughter goes a long way toward making me feel better. And it can make others feel better, too!

The spirit heals with joy.

I’ve found through the years that the more joy I bring into my life (even in the tiny seemingly most insignificant ways), the lighter I feel. And I think that’s because when our spirits are full of joy, they feel whole and healed and content. It isn’t an easy thing to focus on choosing joy each day… ah, but there it is! Joy is a choice. One we can make at any time. Even in the midst of a horrible meeting, a heated argument, a calamity or small or major proportions, we can still choose joy.

And for today, that’s what I’m choosing. A little play, a little laughter, a little joy. May it be the perfect combination to see you through a beautiful day!

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