I am intent upon becoming the self-styled Queen of Joy in 2017, having launched my new collaborative PWYW project called I Love My Life which is mostly about deliberate life design and focusing on the good stuff and feeling much better for it.
You get more of what you focus on, so keep your eyes peeled for regular updates about joyous happenings and carryings-on from me and the new group which I am calling the Joy Division.
Here are this week’s crop of joy-bringers. You will notice that they are simple, affordable and everyday.
I always used to do this but seem to have fallen out of the habit. I did once go on a posh flower-arranging course, a good story for another day, and the principals of flower arranging have never left me and I do love any opportunity to practise them. Spring it is, so daffodils, tulips and hyacinths. Do you treat yourself to fresh flowers or something which brings you joy in the same way as they do me? Cost £2 for Ocado to bring a bunch of daffs.
I only drink one cup of coffee a day. It was so good on Thursday last week, I had a second! I know, to those that drink coffee and tea all day, this doesn’t sound all that out there but for me it was rather rash. A second cup is never quite as good as the first, but enjoyable nonetheless and somewhat spontaneous and slightly less hidebound than is usual. I have a sense that spontaneity (very definitely not my middle name) is going to be key to this 2017 joy project. Nespresso cost 3op a day, 60p on Thursday. Indriya is my capsule of choice, since you ask.
Something you might like to try with one of your cups of coffee or tea is this. Simply to sit with it, thoroughly enjoy it mindfully 100% and to the exclusion of all else. Really savour the taste and the experience and notice how hard it is to resist the temptation to multi-task at the same time. Resist it anyway. I limit my multi-tasking with the coffee to looking out of the window. Being in the garden will also work, just not in the UK in January.
I love movies as I wrote earlier this week. And I’ve left the house twice (woo hoo!) to see both La La Land and Manchester by the Sea. Awesome, both. What a treat! Cost £9 each time.
A New Crime Novelist
Dana Stabenow writing about Kate Shugak who solves crimes in snowy Alaska and is a feisty heroine. I love those. She reminds me of Deanna Wolfe, the central character in Barbara Kingsolver’s Prodigal Summer, a great book (recommendation) that I am overdue to re-read. Cost less than £4 each on kindle, though free to me as I am still using my Xmas vouchers from my lovely N and Ns.
A Meme and a Quote
“Joy is meant to be shared” is just one of a gazillion quotes out there which inspire daily joy. Here’s just a few more to get your joyous juices flowing. Cost, free except for a little research online until you find the inspiration you seek.
“Live beyond what if. Find joy in what is.” Unknown.
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon–instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” Dale Carnegie.
“Let a joy keep you. Reach out your hands and take it when it runs by.” Carl Sandburg.
See you soon for another Joy Report and if you want to be part of this, remember you can join I Love My Life at any time during 2017 for a PWYW donation. Some are doing that one off, some are opting for monthly recurring. You can do it via PayPal or ask for my bank details. JudithMorgan.com/I-Love-Life.