I am new to the blogging world, the mother of the cutest little boy and girl in the world (no really, they are…) and I am challenging myself to find joy in the everyday. That’s one of the reasons I decided to start this blog. But before I get to that, here’s a little bit about my past (that I’m letting go of) and my present:
I’m a lifelong New Yorker, and I’ve lived in 3 out of the 5 boroughs.
I’ve been a computer programmer, a speech language pathologist, an amateur singer and a vegetarian.
In graduate school, I wrote and performed in my own musical.
I love to create – write, sculpt, sew, crochet.
I’ve run the NYC Marathon (it took me 5+ hours).
I love to travel. My favorite adventures have been a solo trip to Australia and a trip to Macchu Picchu.
I watch This is Us. I cry every week. EVERY. WEEK. Randall is my favorite character.
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Reason For This Blog
There are a couple of reasons why I decided to start writing. The first one being, I really want to focus on the things in my life that bring me joy (who wouldn’t!?). It is so easy to focus on the things that are wrong with the world, the things that frustrate, or make me upset. It is much harder to remember to be grateful for all of the things that bring me joy. This motivation to focus on joy came from my experience reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. My husband and I picked up the book at the end of 2016 and we implemented KonMari’s strategy in order to declutter our lives, and declutter we did! (Read more about my experience decluttering in my posts Joyful Closet, Comfortable Shoes and A Life Changing Decision). After getting my house (mostly) in order, I wanted to bring more joy into my life experiences as well. Hence, the focus of this blog.
One of the other reasons I’m writing is because I have experienced anxiety on and off for what seems like most of my adult life. By searching for joy, I can help keep that anxiety in check. One of the things that has been plaguing my mind for the last few months is the future of healthcare in our country, but how can I worry about whether or not I will have health insurance next year when I’m focusing on the joy this video of a hedgehog getting a bath gives me…
What Brings Me Joy?
Good question! There are the obvious things: my son, my husband, my family. But when I start to dig deeper and give it some more thought, little things start popping up, and this joy starts to snowball. One person, memory, event, or object reminds me of something else, and so on and so on. I think about how my husband and I used to hide this screaming rubber chicken on each other when we first got married, and then I remember that this was one of the many annual chicken gifts that my sister would give me for Christmas. It brings a smile to my face knowing how something as ridiculous as a rubber chicken can bring me joy.
Since I’m a huge fan of lists, I thought I would jot down a few things that bring me joy, and this might give you a little inkling of what goes on in this odd mind of mine, and what you might find on this blog. Here it goes:
My son, my husband, my family.
Food, especially tacos, chocolate and my mom’s spiedini.
Hiding my screaming rubber chicken.
Recycling and reusing items.
Composting (okay, not exactly composting yet, but this sounds better than “storing kitchen scraps in my freezer until I can figure out where to send them”.)
My mouse ear headband I had for Halloween at school one year and I now wear around the house.
My new garbage can.
and last, but one of the most important things: letting go of the past and living in the present. How joyful is it to let go of who we once were and embrace the person we are becoming! (I’ll explore this more in future posts and link back here).
So, after all of this I hope that you are as excited as I am to join me in this journey to find joy in the everyday. I hope that this blog will inspire you to find the little things that make you happy too!