Want more JOY in your life again?
You asked...I answered! Since the pandemic and isolation began, I've received a number of requests for mental and emotional support from friends, family, readers, and listeners. Admittedly I was as overwhelmed as all of you during this as these are unchartered waters and none of us had the map to navigate the emotional bermuda triangle we found ourselves lost in. But, personally I feel ready to put the Captain hat on and get the F out of here and sail towards paradise if anyone is interested in joining! Who's in?! Let's go!
I remember sitting at my neighbor's house back in March when rumors of mandated "quarantine" first began. I was upset I'd had to cancel a few trips and was looking forward to my summer excursions. My neighbor, and friend, laughed. "2020 is fucked. You're not doing anything this year."
I refuse to believe an entire year of my life will be without travel...without joy...without success...without adventure. I WILL move forward in my life and I WILL find joy if I have to create it myself! So, that's what I did. I've created joy every day.
Of course I spent a few weeks overdrinking, crying, sleeping late, binge watching TV, journaling my sorrows, snacking on junk food, and wondering if I'd ever feel alive again, but...so did you! LOL We all have ridden the rollercoaster of emotions during this time, but I'm on the flipside now and I want to tell you how I did it so you can do it too! I feel awesome. I'm eating well, sleeping great, exercising daily, journling, reading, goal setting, and seeing the fruits of my labors in my personal, professional, and family life!
I'll share one tiny happiness secret with you (shhhhhh). Positive psychologists say happiness can be improved by making others happy. So, I made that one of my goals everyday.
1. Reach out to someone to check on them, send them something special OR simply tell them why they matter
2. Compliment a stranger and/or give back in your community
In the movie 'Eat Pray Love' Kutuk tells Liz to "Smile with liver" and she laughs as though he's joking. He advises to smile with every part of your body; even the internal organ that's responsible for bile, lol. I smiled while I was running last week and even though I'm sure I looked like the village idiot, I enjoyed my run EVEN more. Smile while grocery shoppping, while cleaning your house, and smile doing all the things you used to consider chores. It sparks joy.
That's just a teeny tiny teaser into the transformational work you'll be doing if you join my 6 week course "Mission: JOY"! What's required of you? Nothing but the commitment to read the exclusive content provided to you and be open to the suggestions and exercises provided! I'll be available to my group members via phone, email, text to support you further. I''m limiting the group to a small number so don't hesitate! Sign up NOW...we start Monday June 1. Click "SHOP" to purchase your seat. No formal attendence necessary. You're signing up to learn and grow at your leisure. Mission: JOY
Parenting expert, blogger, inventor, single mom to twins, barefoot nomad, adventure seeker, boho spirit, advocate of play