Monday, May 7, 2012

Choose Joy Today

If you want to be happy, set yourself a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes. It comes from doing some certain thing into which you can put forth all your thought and energy. If you want to be happy, get enthusiastic about something. ~Dale Carnegie 
My dear friend Liz surprised me with this vibrant sign saying CHOOSE JOY. It greeted me this morning. Early. After a night of tossing and turning and fretting about the many things to do this week, I needed to see this.  I put it in a bowl of lemons, and snapped this picture. It made me realize I needed to take a deep breath and enjoy the moment instead of plowing full force into the day as a frenzied mess.
With camera in hand, I took this of my peony bush beginning to bloom. It's a little early this year and I was so thrilled to see the blooms. They remind me of my grandmother who loved peonies too.
Vibrant purple wildflowers are blooming in our field. These are strong survivors from last year. This must be a perfect environment for them.
Lastly, I am happy to finally finish my first painting from the Bloom True e-course. I have a few more started and absolutely love getting lost in the colors and possibilities of painting. One thing Flora taught us is that there are no mistakes. I loved hearing that.
In small letters, I wrote the word emerge on a leaf. It just felt right to me. It has given me joy sharing this with you. Wishing you a wonderful week,


  1. Thank you for inspiring me to enjoy the week ahead! It is so much nicer to have a happy Monday instead of a gloomy one. Xxo

  2. Life is all about decisions. I can't think of a better one than 'choose joy'!

  3. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the painting! Did I say LOVE! Also great came just as I was feeling a bit down due to a friends actions. I am choosing JOY!

  4. I love that you used the word emerge. Perfect choice. your painting is fabulous!! I need to work on being okay with mistakes.


  5. I love your painting! Choosing joy is the perfect outlook to keep in mind.

  6. choosing joy
    with relish
    and big glad yes's
    as I swim along in this
    life-giving river you've carved here!
    what a refreshing spot to stop and take a load off:)
    thanks for sharing the beauty that is you,

    1. Jennifer, Your words are more powerful than you know. Each time I read them it makes me want to become more of me and keep sharing. It's not always easy to do as you know. xo

  7. It's so wonderful to hear all that you have been up to. Painting and hiking and camping and traveling and cooking and eating and loving and being loved. Ah, the good life! Sending you sunshine and happiness from the (far) west! *C*

    1. Christina,
      I'm so glad to get your lovely reply. I know you are in this wonderful yet crazy flow too with beautiful children and rewarding healing work. Happiness and sunshine to you too.

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