Saturday, January 24, 2015

31 Days, 31 Ways to Bring Joy: Day 24: Say a Prayer

Now, let me say that "prayer" means something different to everyone.
Some people clasp their hands and speak to a higher being. 
Some people reflect silently.
Some people turn to nature.
I am not here to judge or preach or say that any one way is better than another.
I am simply suggesting that today is a great day
to reflect on life's blessings and curses
and, in the best way you know how, say a prayer.
I'm going to ask you to add something today, though.
I am going to ask you to include my friend G in your payers.
She just had her second baby in November, a healthy baby boy.
She is the gorgeous and proud mother of 2 healthy baby boys
and the happy wife of my dear friend J.
Today she shared with the world that she has 
a benign meningioma (a tumor in the meninges of the brain) that must be operated on.
She is truly one of the worlds shining stars, 
and today she needs blessings.
Her husband needs blessings to stay strong.
Her boys need blessings to keep their dear mommy safe.
She needs blessings to overcome this obstacle with grace and good health.
So, however you pray, please pray for G today.

Friday, January 23, 2015

31 Days, 31 Ways to Bring Joy: Day 23: Love

I don't think it's possible to say or hear the words
"I love you"
without feeling joy.
Today's task is easy:
Say it.
Say "I love you" to someone you love.
Heck, say it to EVERYONE you love.
You can even say it a few times...
no one who loves you too is going to turn you away!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

31 Days, 31 Ways to Bring Joy: Day 22: Surprise Someone

Don't you just LOVE a good surprise?
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There are so many ways to quickly and easily spread joyful surprise.
Offer to walk your neighbor's dog.
Call your dear friend and invite them out for a date.
Buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
Bring donuts in for your coworkers.
If you're the boss...send your employees home an hour early!
How can you surprise someone today?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

31 Days, 31 Ways to Bring Joy: Day 21: Tackle a Project

Today is the day to tackle a project
like a boss.
Like a linebacker vying for a pro bowl spot.
I don't mean an art project or a craft project or something fun...
I am talking about that project that has been sneering at your from afar.
That junk drawer that mocks you every time you try to open it.
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That closet that swallows shoes, coats, and probably that handbag you can't find.
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The garage.
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Seize the day.
Clear that clutter.
Take it one little bit at a time, 
and you will be amazed at the energy you gain as you go.
You will be infusing your space and your life 
with positive energy and joy.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

31 Days, 31 Ways to Bring Joy: Day 20: Treat Yourself

It's  Tuesday. For some reason, Tuesday has a bad rap for being a "not great day".
I guess I get it...the weekend is over
and reality of the work week has set in.
My solution to "a case of the Tuesdays"?
Treat yourself!
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 Go ahead, get that latte.
 Extra cheese? Yes, please.
A manicure? Why not?!
It's life's little pleasures that sometimes seem to bring the most joy.
So, grab a pal, take a break, and

Monday, January 19, 2015

31 Days, 31 Ways to Bring Joy: Day 19: Wave Goodbye

Unless you have managed to perfect the practice of time travel,
here is a tip for you:
You can't change the past.
No amount of brooding, thinking, perseverating, or  fixating on it will make it different.
The past has happened, and that is that.
What you CAN do, however, is to reflect, take your lesson, and wave goodbye.
Use your energy and new found knowledge to make today the best it can be.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

31 Days, 31 Ways to Bring Joy: Day 18: Read those Mags

If you are anything like me, 
you have quite the collection of magazines stacked up somewhere in your home.
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Yes, blogs and websites and email newsletters are the way of the world, 
but nothing compares to a great glossy in your hand.
Each month they arrive, beckoning to your with their siren calls of
new recipes, fashion, skincare, and maybe even a little bit of "grown-folk" advice.
You have work, or school, or kids, or life, and the time passes by.
Before you know it, the next round of magazines shows up to join the pile.
Today, I invite you to take some time,
make a cup of whatever you brew, 
and read them!
It *should* bring a touch of joy into your day today.