A shift

“Joy isn’t just something we find. It’s also something we can make, for ourselves and for those around us.”
― Ingrid Fetell Lee

What isn’t joyful about yellow flowers?

I heard about this book on The Lazy Genius podcast.

I went searching for the book (which I found in an audio version at my most amazing library). And then I discovered that it began with a TED-talk so now I want you to Watch this

That was Monday and in every so tiny ways, I found myself shifting. I am working from home. I am not taking some time off. It isn’t a staycation. But the rhythm of my days does provide space to make little moments of joy. When I go downstairs to refill my water or coffee, I take a few minutes to check in with my husband and get a little kiss before I head back to the computer. And when I see those sun breaks outside, I quickly pull on my shoes and take a walk. Two or three of those shorter walks end up giving me over 10,000 steps which is amazing! And when I turn off the computer, I make a quick stop in the other upstairs room to spend some time doing yoga or Pilates. (I am so happy I didn’t set up my work space in there. I don’t think it would feel like a gift at the end of the day if I was looking at that mat for 7 hours.)

Yesterday we made some joy by having a virtual happy hour with my sister and her partner in NYC complete with chips, salsa, and margaritas.

How will you make joy today? Let’s see if can’t feel that little shift.

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

13 thoughts on “A shift

  1. YES! Thanks for a joyful post, Juliann. Some days we need to look a little harder to find the joy, but it’s still there. XO

  2. This is a great reminder. I’m feeling cranky and out of sorts today and need to look for some joy.

  3. Thank you for the push to find that book! I LOVE the idea that Joy is ACTIVE … looking for ways to scatter, create and share it!! and so enjoying when others scatter and share a little with me. xoxo.

  4. Your post is making me realize that I need to make a bigger effort to find joy in my daily life. Because I’ve been working from home, I haven’t been getting as many steps each day (because I usually walk to and from work), and that’s been making me a little grumpy. Yesterday I decided to take a slightly longer lunch break and took a ~3 mile walk. It was so nice to see all the flowers and trees blooming!

  5. Totally enJOYed this post…and mentally calculating my daily joys, thus far today. For sure, I’ll be more mindful in the coming ways of the little joys.

  6. I love Ingrid Fetell Lee’s work. I’m so glad you found her!

    I’m glad to see that life is treating you well and you’re managing to find so much joy. Those tulips are beautiful. Here’s to another strange week!

  7. I am a big fan of TED talks. I will watch the one you linked to on joy. I need it right now! Thank you. Thanks also for the tulip photo. Yellow tulips are my absolute favorite!

  8. A super photo, full of Spring promise in our grey skies today :). Thank-you for the book reference too. Making and noticing little moments – so important. Lovely post!

  9. I’m finding joy in the arrival of Spring and in FaceTime. I put music on while I’m preparing dinner and am finding I’m enjoying cooking and simple meals much more than usual.

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