Friday, October 31, 2014

Increase Blog Traffic on #FlashbackFriday: Tips From Fashionista Class

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Happy Friday Joy Chases and Happy Halloween.  I hope you had a good week and have something fun planned for the weekend. Perhaps a Halloween Party????   Let's get the fun started with #FlashbackFriday and increase our blog traffic!!!

Every Friday on Chasing Joy we flash back to some of our older posts to give them a moment in the spotlight.  Pick any older post you like and add it below.  Link ups are fun and a great way to increase your blog traffic and find new blogs to read!!!  You can also increase blog traffic by sharing your post on the Chasing Joy Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #FlashbackFriday.  Also, I will Pin your post to the new #FlashbackFirday Pinterest Board.

** Please Note** Linkys only work when everyone plays fair.  Be sure to visit at least two other blogs from the link up and leave  a comment.  Pick any two you like or keep it simple and visit the two blogs linked up before yours.  If you link up early be sure to come back and visit a blogs that linked up after you.

My favorite posts from last week's link up are:
Banana Spice Smoothie, a sweet smoothie that helps with tummy troubles.
Will It Go ‘Round in Circles, or Our Mall Trip Yesterday. A trip to the mall is much more eventful with a toddler.  
I am linking up my post Chasing Joy's Tips From Fashionista Class Part 1.  It's all about our unmentionables.  That's right I'm mentioning them.

Now it is your turn, add your link below.  What are you linking up this week?


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Chasing Joy in Church

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I have been to church 2 times in the last 3 weeks.  That is huge for me.  I have had issues with church since I was a teenager.  The ironic thing is I don't have any issues with God or my Faith just the act of going to church.  I have always felt out of place, like I'd be judged, and like being myself was would not be good enough.  I'd sit in the pew anticipating the end of the service instead of enjoying it and then feeling guilty that I was not enjoying it like everyone else.  You see, issues, lots and lots of issues with being at church.

I listed visit a new church as one of my 35 for 35 goals.  So 3 weeks ago, with the assistance of my cat who wanted me to wake up at 8:30 AM, I visited Epic.  My cousin had mentioned it to me.  She understood my church issues and had gotten good feedback from one of her friends about Epic. My first visit was a good one.  It was casual, young, and welcoming without being pushy.  There was encouragement to return, get baptized, and participate in church activities but there was no hard sell or guilt trip.  Yesterday was my 2nd visit and it was equally as good.  This time I remembered to bring my bible so that I could read along with whatever scriptures were mentioned during the service. (My dad advised me to always do this.  Never blindly follow a religious leader. Read for yourself).  Epic passed my scripture test plus had me laughing during the sermon.  The big bonus for me was when Some Biggie Smalls Lyrics were referenced in a joke that supported the pastors message that having more money and more things will not make us happier, Mo Money, Mo Problems.  

I will share with you my two big takeaways from my two visits.
When faced with limited time when you have to cut some activities.  Cut the ones that someone else can do.  Keep the ones that you and only you can do.  Only you can be your kids parents, your partner's spouse, your parent's child, your brother or sister's sibling.  These are the areas to focus on when time is limited.
You are dong better than you think and God is doing more than you think.  So often I fell overwhelmed and upset that things are not going exactly how I want or how I think they should be going.  It is a good reminder that things usually are not as bad as we think and that God is always doing so  much behind the scenes.  

Hopefully I will continue to have good church going experiences as I would really like to be able to worship with others and maybe even make some new like minded friends. I will keep you all updated about my church experiences and hopefully share some more joyful takeaways from service.

Have you ever struggled with church?  Do you attend regularly? If so what do you like most about your church? 

Monday, October 27, 2014

Joy in October

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Wow! October is almost over.  This month has flown by.  October has been a rough month for me as my mom has been sick (prayers appreciated). The blessing is things are usually not all bad.  Here are a few things that gave me Joy in October.
  • Black Weblog Awards.  I was nominated for a an award in the category of best personal blog. Many of you voted for Chasing Joy.  The blog made it to the semi finals.  The thing that gave me joy was when I forgot all about the awards because I was worried about my mom, you guys started tweeting that you'd voted for me in the 2nd round without any prompting from me.  You guys are awesome and gave me joy when I really needed it.  If you have not already voted for me you still can.  Go to www.blackweblogawards.com.  Chasing Joy is in the Best Personal Blog Category and you can vote from all of your devices :-)  
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  • This past weekend I paid $2.99 a gallon for gas.  I cannot remember the last time gasoline was that cheap in Philly.
  • I remembered to buy myself flowers.  One of my 35 for 35 goals was to get fresh flowers every week.  It is nice to have something beautiful to look at.
  • I had a fun girls night with my cousin (pink diamond athletics), my sister in law, and my two nieces.
  • My nephew turned 11.  I can't believe it. 
  • I got a video of the American Flag blowing in the wind. One of my favorite things.  
  • Peanut looked cute in his Halloween costume.  He has since hid it behind the couch though so I don't know if he'll let me put it back on him for Halloween on Friday.  
Even when things are really sucky their are still little things to feel joyful about.  What has given you Joy in October?  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Increase Blog Traffic on #FlashbackFriday: Are You Your Biggest Fan

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And The Winner Is......

Happy Friday Joy Chasers!  Before we dive into the Flashback I have an announcement to make.  The winner of the $30 She Thinx Gift Card is LaTanya.  Her raffle copter entry of the following tweet was selected at random from the entries.
Congrats LaTanya!!!!

Now that that business has been taken care of let's dive into #FlashbackFriday.    Every Friday on Chasing Joy we flash back to some of our older posts to give them a moment in the spotlight.  Pick any older post you like and add it below.  Link ups are fun and a great way to increase your blog traffic and find new blogs to read!!!  You can also increase blog traffic by sharing your post on the Chasing Joy Facebook page and on Twitter using the hashtag #FlashbackFriday.  Also, I will Pin your post to the new #FlashbackFirday Pinterest Board.

** Please Note** Linkys only work when everyone plays fair.  Be sure to visit at least two other blogs from the link up and leave  a comment.  Pick any two you like or keep it simple and visit the two blogs linked up before yours.  If you link up early be sure to come back and visit a blogs that linked up after you.

My favorite posts from last week's link up are:
Yulunda @ Y I'm Writeous post which reminds us to be humble and not judge others. 
Lynne at The Sweet Midlife post which shows just how much music, memories, and emotions all tie together.   
I am linking up my post Are You Your Biggest Fan.  It is all about how self esteem and confidence are top priority even when we are talking about style and looking our best.

Now it is your turn, add your link below.  What are you linking up this week?  


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

35 for 35 Update: 2 Down 33 To Go

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It's been about a month since I came up with my 35 for 35 lost. This is a list of things I'd like to do either before I turn 35 or during my 35th year.  Here is the lost and what I've accomplished so far.

1-9. Numbers are people.  Actually it is a short list of people I'd like to have lunch or dinner with.  They are friends I don't see often and people I'd like to get to know better.  A few are bloggers friends.
10.  Lose 24lb. by my birthday. See my SMART Goals
11 & 12 are both home repairs.  I need to fix my sidewalk and I'd like a ceiling fan put in my bedroom.  I've wanted/needed to do both of these repairs for a while.  Home repair makes me feel stressed.
13. Get a boyfriend.  See my SMART Goals
14. Pay off a personal loan by my birthday.
16. A monthly Spa Treatment (facial, massage, body treatment)
17. Get up to drinking a gallon of water a day.
18. Buy myself a nice piece of jewelry
19. Get myself fresh flowers every week
20.Go to a Sixers Game
21. Go to an Opera
22. Plan Chasing Joy Charity Event
23. Move my blog to word press
24. Go to the Holiday light show and events in Center City
25. Drive through a neighborhood that does the Christmas Light Display
26. Get a new computer
27. Visit a new church
28.Go to the aquarium
29. Visit the DC monuments & attractions.
30. Write 1st draft of Chasing Joy Book. See SMART Goals
31. Plan a fun birthday party.
32. Go to the zoo.
33. Go to a Hockey game
34. Find a Volunteer opportunity that I like.
35. See the Lion King

Out of 35 two are complete.   Numbers 1 to 9 on my lost were different friends I wanted to meet up with.  I did hang out with one a few weeks back.  It was great catching up. Now to make plans with the other 8 friends.

Number 27 on the list was to visit a new church.  I did that last Sunday and it was good.  While my faith is strong and my values are good, I do struggle with the act of going to church.  I am happy that my experience at the new church (new to me) was good and I am planning to attend again.

So that's 2 down and 33 to go.  Have you ever made a list of things you'd like to do by your birthday? What were some of the things on your list? Did you accomplish them all? 

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