Fresh joy

It’s been a while. Almost two months ago, I started my personal “Joy Project”, writing down a highlight from each of my days. At first, it started off as a fun thing to do and served as a great way to keep my website fresh. Then, it honestly became an eye-opener.

My “Joy Project” made me SO thankful. I had to reflect each day and each week and think about all of the great things in my life despite the whirlwind of work and other things in which I was caught up,

I’m busy. I’ll admit it. I always am, and if I wasn’t, I’d find something to do to make myself busy. I like busy. But I am tired.

Because of that tired, I stopped my “Joy Project” cold turkey.

I let the chaos serve as an excuse for my lack of gratefulness. And I can feel a difference. I know it sounds dramatic, but it is so easy to get caught up in complaining and whining when you’re tired.

According to an article in the Huffington Post, it takes 66 days to get in a good habit. I almost made it.

As I said in the intro of my “Joy Project,”:

There’s a lot of happiness in the everyday, but sometimes I get too rushed to notice. After being inspired by a friend’s “Joy Project,” I decided to start one of my own. There’s so much for which I should be thankful, and I hope that by writing down a highlight or simple joy from every day, I can train myself to be more grateful. 

This project is for me, not for anyone else. However, when a friend who was having a hard time texts me to tell me that my blog had a positive impact on her life, it was astonishing.

It’s amazing how far a little gratefulness can go. Day 1 of forming my reforming my thankfulness habit starts now. Can’t wait to see where it takes me.

To get started off on the right foot, here are some things that have made me happy lately: My family, Taco Bell, a night in D.C. with my ladies, laughing at myself, acquiring Bleachers tickets, Orioles victories, advice from my boss, Bad Suns’ debut album, Misterwives music, a perfect cup of iced coffee, Colossians, deep talks with a guy friend, a morning run and so much more.



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