Thursday, March 5, 2015

Oh Joy! A Bonus Post and iPad Giveaway

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Surprise!

I don't usually post on Thursday's but I thought this was worth it.  My friend Tomika, from My Mommy's Neighborhood, is giving away an iPad and she wanted me to invite you Joy Chasers to enter the giveaway!

When the iPads first came out I had no intention of getting one.  I thought I have a laptop and a smart phone I don't need another device.  Well not long after the Mini came out I won one at a SITS Girls event.  My life  has never been the same.  I read on it, take notes with it, watch movies on it, play games with it, and do everything else you can do online on it.  I love it!  It gives me Joy!!!

Now is my chance to pay it forward and let you all know how you can win one too.  Here is the deal.  Use the Rafflecopter entry below for your chance to win an iPad Mini16GB Wi-Fi with Freedom Protection.  Freedome VPN provides security against hackers. It actively blocks any applications that are trying to scan your system without permission.  Awesome giveaway, right?

Did you automatically want an iPad when they first came out or where you mistakenly disinterested like I was?  Have you ever ended up loving something that you weren't really interested in before getting it?

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Let It Go To Find Joy

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Does joy depend on our ability to let things go?  The more I Chase Joy the more I find myself realizing I have to let go of old ideas and ways of thinking.

My latest realization comes after spending two evenings with two different groups of people and leaving both groups feeling likeI did not fit in. Now I won't go so far as to sayI felt like i didn't belong.   I just didn't click and connect with the groups in the way that I wanted or expected.  Then I started to feel a little sorry for myself wondering why I didn't connect to the rest of the group like everyone else, and where are my people, the ones that I will have a deep and stong connection with.  

A side effect of blogging about happiness is becoming introspective.  After the whoa is me, I don't fit in thoughts settled, I started to question them. Why do I assume that I was the only one who felt like they did not fit in? Maybe everyone felt that way. I mean we are all so different in our experiences, thoughts,  and beliefs it makes more sense that we would not fit in. Maybe I am doing myself a disservice by expecting some kind of feel good, long lost best friend, kindred spirit type of feeling that obly exists when written into TV or film scripts.

I guess this expectation and desire for deep and meaningful connections with everyone is something I need to let go of.  There is something peaceful about accepting situations as they are without layering them with expectations and disappointment. 

Maybe we find joy when we let go of expectations.

Do you ever  feel like you don't fit in? What about the opposite?  Have you ever experienced fitting in so well with a group that you felt like these are my people?

Monday, March 2, 2015

Joyful February

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February was a short month but a good one.  Here are some of the things that gave me joy in February.
  1. Celebrating my blogger friend Erika's (from Your Chic Is Showing) birthday.  It was well organized and the food was good. 
  2. Taking my mom to AC
  3. Getting blond highlights. It was time for a change. 
  4. I won a cool prize during a twitter chat (more about that later)
  5. Went to the Spa for a hot stone massage. 
  6. I had some medical tests that all came out good. Shout out to the Chasing Joy Prayer Group for praying over my tests. 
  7. My flowers each week.
Not bad for thr shortest month of the year. It's good to reflect on good times. you get to experience joy twice during thr experience and later when you remember it.  

What gave you Joy in February?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Increase Blog Traffic With #FlashbackFriday: Hypnosis For Weight Loss

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Happy Friday!

I have a few things on the agenda this weekend, a birthday dinner, a luncheon, church and the Philadelphia Flower Show.  I hope you have some fun things planned.

Before you get immersed in your weekend take a moment to link up for #FlashbackFriday.  #FlashbackFriday is a blogger link up. Every Friday on Chasing Joy we flash back to some of our older posts to give them a moment in the spotlight. It's fun and a good way to increase blog traffic, find new blogs to read, and find new readers for your blog. Pick any older post from your blog and add it below. 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 blogs that linked up after you.

This week I am linking up another post about my hypnosis for weight loss experience.  Spoiler Alert, I'm still overweight.  LOL  Checkout the post anyway.

My favorite posts from last week's link up are:
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie -  I enjoy a good smoothie.  
Savvy Working Gal's take on BossyPants.
 Fitnessbuster by Gillian Stephen -  in the spirit of Lent.

 Now it is your turn. Add your link below.
What are you linking up this week and what have you been Pinning?

PS. Come back next week for a Pinterest Project update.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Chasing Joy Missing Church

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I have not been to church in two weeks.  Now if you look back at my lifetime church attendance you will say what's the big deal.  You have gone months, years, and possibly even decades without going to church.  However, if you look back over the last 4 months you will see that I have been Chasing Joy in Church every single Sunday.

Now I have not skipped church for no good reason.  I have skipped because of the weather.  I go with my mom (this is new for both of us) and with her current health situation it was not advisable to take her out in the 1 degree temperature last week or the slippery conditions this weekend.

I am a little bit freaked out by my two week's absence from communal worship.  I tend to have one of those all or nothing type personalities.  My fear is that my missing two weeks will turn into two months, two years, and then back to my old non-church-goer habits.  It took me a long time and a lot of courage to try and new church and I'm excited that I actually like it.  I don't want to backtrack.

I am trying to minimized my fears about missing church (I'm supposed to be more laid back this week) and view this as an opportunity. While attending church regularly is new to me spirituality and having a relationship with God is not.  One thing that I am sure of is that God does not want me to go to church out of guilt or fear.  He wants me there because I want to worship with others and be inspired and encouraged.  He wants me there to connect with like minded people.  So, missing church for two weeks has given me the opportunity to go back next week not because I feel guilty for missing or because I am afraid of falling back into old habits but to go back because that is where I want to be.

Church brings up so many emotions and triggers so many different anxieties.  I am glad that I've found a place I like and am working through my issues.  Am I the only one?  Do any of you have any fears or anxieties related to organized religion, attending, or not attending church?

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