Joyful 2014

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Oh, New Year, I am so ready for you. It’s been a long, seemingly unforgiving, 2013.

Sure, there have been good times; I’ve laughed and loved and jumped for joy. Though, when I look back now, 2013 will be the year loved ones died, illness stopped us in our tracks, hard things felt close and consuming.

Isn’t it strange how sometimes that hard stuff lingers on the mind and the wonderful things feel like just a flash of light in the darkness? Sometimes it’s hard to turn your mind to joy; sometimes I really need to take the time and make the effort.

That’s what 2014’s goal is; turning to joy. Seeking the joy in my everyday. Being intentionally joyful.

Can you be intentionally joyful?

I think, yes.

Words like: Perspective, Compassion, Patience (oh, that’s a hard one for me!), Forgiveness (that one too!), Generosity, Understanding, Compromise…
Can all lead to more Joy if I let them.

I’m going to try and let them.

I know there will be challenges to face over the next 365 days. I hope those challenges vary greatly from the ones I crashed into this last year. But, I also know I have much to be thankful for…there’s another something leading to more joy…Thankfulness.

Embrace it. Jump in with both feet. Pray over it. Say yes. Be Joyful.

I’m linking up to Wellness Wednesdays!
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About Stephanie

I'm a thirty-something wife, a Mama who loves family, dogs & bunnies. A daughter who loves to cook & bake. A sister who loves to sew & knit. A friend who loves to gab & laugh. I'm a christian & a maker of things. I'm a curator of memories, a photographer of life, a writer of stories. I'm a girl who is learning to love the richness of life in all it's fullness. A girl choosing to seek gratitude for my ordinary everyday. A girl learning about choosing to live in joy. Connect with me on Twitter/Instagram/Flickr @BextraordinaryU

2 responses to “Joyful 2014

  1. Aubrey R

    I think you’re so right that we latch onto the bad memories and the good ones just get muddled and lost. This year I’m using a Smash book for my word, and trying to do my own One Little Word class of sorts. I wonder if having a special Smash book or just homemade something would help with your word…record the joyful moments kind of thing.

  2. I was so happy to see this on Wellness Wednesday! I agree with you–we CAN be intentional about choosing joy, and we should be!

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