What Brings Me Joy

In times of stress, I need to remind myself of the things that bring me the greatest joy and work to get those things back into my life. So let me make a list:

1. God – yes, he should always be at the top of the list. While my faith has never been something that I talked about…I do have one. One I don’t have is the ritualistic way in which I practice my faith. Today, I choose to be an upstanding Christian and try to do right by those around me.
2. Reading – I love to read. While it hasn’t always been the forefront of my life, I feel much better when I can pick up a book and hold it in my hand. Now I use a Kindle to read most of the books I am interested in because I ran out of room to shelve them.
3. Watching Movies – I love girl movies and most especially holiday movies – Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween (not the gross ones, more family style). I should probably add all the Harry Potter flicks too. I have a secret though…I like it when a movie blows up stuff. Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone…it will ruin my image!
4. Writing – I have developed a passion for writing in the last 4 years. While I have been writing for years, it has only recently come to the forefront of my life in terms of putting it out there for the world to see. I feel really lucky to have the opportunity to share it with the world.
5. Gardening – I’ve always loved flowers, but now I’ve added herbs, vegetables and other things that bring me visual pleasure. My garden is always a work in progress.
6. Baking –  I love to bake…cookies, cakes, and anything else I can make. With a new element in my stove, the baking season may come sooner rather than later. I need to practice to get the timing down right. Can’t wait to get started!
7. Crafts – I used to love doing all types of crafts. I still do, but am more selective these days and mostly I just crochet. Although I would love to do some counted cross again. Just don’t know if I can make the time.
8. Quilting – I loved doing this, but haven’t had time for it in years. I really need to get back to my sewing machine…it’s feeling neglected!
9. Music – Music is my life. I don’t feel quite right unless I have it nearby. Technology has made it easier to have it around all the time. Now instead of a big boombox, I have an MP3 player with an infinite possibilities in terms of songs, artists and genres. Having youtube.com also helps in order to search for a variety of music that I wouldn’t always have been interested in.
10. Travel – I love to travel and take vacations. I can’t wait until we can go on our next trip…but for now those plans are on home because I need to go home and spend time with my parents. With their failing health, it’s time to put aside the bad feelings and be with them for just a little while.
What are some of the things that bring you joy? I’d love to hear about them.
Wishing you moments to find your joy!


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3 thoughts on “What Brings Me Joy

  1. Hi there! Stopping by from the UBC and Facebook! Wow, I could duplicate your list in almost every point, #1, 2, 4, and 6-9 especially!

    RE: Music- you might like Pandora. You can get streaming music with artists and genres you like; there's a desktop app and icon, too, so you can just click on it to start listening to music. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for a great post!

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