Friday, January 30, 2015

#FlashbackFriday to Any Questions & Pinterest Project Updates

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Happy Friday Joy Chasers. Its #FlashbackFriday and time for this weeks Pinterest Project update.

First up, #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 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 Any Questions. This is one of my posts where I answer a question from one of you Joy Chasers publicly.  This question was on how to do a twitter chat.

My favorite post from last week's linky is Love is a House.  A very beautiful and touching post.
Now it is your turn. Add your link below.

OK, now for your Pinterest Project Update!  The Pinterest Project is a year long project where I will bring a Pin to life.  Every week for 2015 I will take at least one Pin and attempt to include it in my real life. This week I did two Pins.  No recipe Pins this week.  One pin is a tip to help with saving space and home organization, a tank top hanger.  The other Pin is a fitness pin, 12 treadmill workouts.

The tank top hanger worked out pretty well.
 I freed up an entire drawer in my dresser that I had been using for tank tops.  As long as the tank tops don't get more wrinkled hanging in my closet than they got crammed in my drawer I'll consider this a Pinterest Win!

I did not do all 12 of the treadmill workouts this week.  I did two of them.  They were not easy but they did keep the workout from being too boring.  Another Pinterest Win!

Make sure you are following the Pinterest Project Board on Pinterest to see what Pin's work and what Pin's don't work.

What are you linking up for #FlashbackFriday?  Pin anything this week?

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Get A Life, Let Your Happily Ever After Start Today!

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Get A Life!!!  This was a insult regularly thrown around in my teen years.  If someone would have said this to me back then, or even a few years ago, I would have taken offense.  It would have hurt me and felt like a low blow.  Why because I did not feel like I had "a life".

For most of my life I have felt like I was waiting for my life to start.  I have always been a planner and had high expectations for myself and for life.  I kind of had this checklist in my head of the things that I wanted out of life. I needed to work and accomplish these things and then my life as I imagined and wanted it to be would start.

News Flash!  This is your life and it started the day you were born.  This is the internal dialog I recently had with myself.  Life does not start once you accomplish X, Y, and Z.  Life is going on all around us and it is our job to make it fulfilling and joyful every step of the way.  While figuring out what you want.  While setting goals. While accomplishing goals.  While failing and succeeding at those goals.

I really don't know where I got this idea that I had to wait until I had achieved certain things to really enjoy myself. Perhaps it was the idea that after hardship and delayed gratification came happily ever after.  I am happy that in writing this blog over the last 5 years I have seen the error in that way of thinking.  I have a life now.  I work. I blog. I bowl. I read.  I have friends. I have family. I have faith.  I have completed some of my major life goals.  I have others to look forward to along the way.  My happily ever after has begun.  I Got A Life.

Are you living your life or do you need to Get A Life?  Are you putting happiness on hold until you accomplish X, Y, and Z?  Has your happily ever after begun?

Monday, January 26, 2015

Is There Joy In Church Groups???

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Oh boy! What have I done!  These were my thoughts yesterday as I was leaving church.  Yes, I have still been attending Epic each week and No I was not feeling guilty over some misdeed that I'd committed that was discussed in church. My feelings of anxiety were the results of me writing down #550 on my connection card.

The connection card is given out in the program each week. On it you can update your  contact info, submit a prayer request, and, as was the case this week, sign up for a life group.  A life group is basically a social group with members of the church who will meet up during the week for prayer, discussion, games, etc....  This week the sign up for life groups started and I joined life group #550 by writing it on my connection card.

Now I'm super nervous.  For the last 20 plus years I have had an aversion to church in general.  In the past when attending services I have felt uncomfortable, guilty, not good enough, and all sort of other less than joyful emotions.  I have been enjoying Epic largely because I have felt none of those emotions (plus we have taken selfies and even used hashtags, both appealing to bloggers).  I like this church! This is a new feeling for me.

It is a feeling of excitement!  However I also have feelings of fear.  Excitement over being able to enjoy communal worship.  My fears include thoughts of  how long will this last.  Will something happen that will cause me to feel those negative feelings again???  It is with this mix of feelings that I have joined a life group.  I want to get to know some of the members of this church that I like.  But I am super afraid that as I get more involved something will happen that brings those negative feelings that I normally have at church back. My other fear is that I wont be "churchy" enough and not fit in with these people.

I joined the life group for a few reasons.  1. Like I mentioned above I'd like to get to know the people at Epic better.  2. I'd like to make new friends in general.  3. Maybe there will be a cute single Christian guy there. 4. To have a more active social life. Really, wanting to have a more active social life and making new friends are my main reasons for joining.  Learning about the people at the church is a given. Possibly meeting a guy would be a bonus.  I will focus on these reasons over the next couple of weeks, instead of my fears, as I wait for the start of my life group.

A little about life group #550.  It meet's bi-weekly at 7PM on Thursdays.  I largely picked this group because the day and time worked with my schedule.  The title of the group is Can I Have and Do it All Please?  In reading the group info more closely in writing this post I realize this is a Women's group.  Ha! So very unlikely I'd meet a cute guy there LOL. The groups start in mid February.  I will let you all know how I like it.

Have you ever joined a group at your church?  What made you join and was it a positive experience?



Friday, January 23, 2015

Increase Blog Traffic with #FlashbackFriday Linky & Pinterest Project

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Happy Friday Joy Chasers. Its #FlashbackFriday,  #FanPageFriday and also time for the latest on the Pinterest Project.

First up, #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 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 Putting Me Under.  This post is a follow up about my experience with hypnosis or weight loss.  My favorite posts from last week's linky are Easy Peeling Hard Boiled Eggs and Our First Date
Now it is your turn. Add your link below.
Before you head over to Facebook or #FanPageFriday let's talk about what I did for the Pinterest Project this week. The Pinterest Project is a year long project where I will bring a Pin to life.  Every week for 2015 I will take at least one pin and attempt to include it in my real life. This week I tried three pins; two recipes pins and one fitness pin.

The recipe pins were for Strawberries Dipped in Greek Yogurt and Lemon Butter Chicken. The berries in yogurt was definitely a Pinterest fail.  The Greek yogurt was too thick to coat the berries without making a mess.  Then when the froze the strawberries were too hard to bite into.  When they thawed the yogurt made a mess on your fingers.  The Lemon Butter Chicken was fantastic.  Not as hard as I thought and way tastier.  I will be making it again. Pinterest Win!!!


The fitness pin is actually more like a one week health guide with exercises or each day and some food and relaxation recommendations. Now I did not stick with this Pin the whole week but I'll still label it a win.  It got me moving more and I had a salad for dinner one night when I would not normally have had it.  I will revisit this pin again.  Pinterst win!

See the Pinterest Project Pins here.

Strawberries Dipped in Greek Yogurt - Pinterest Fail!
Lemon Butter Chicken -   Pinterest Win!
One week Fitness Guide - Pinterest Win!

Now head over to Facebook  for #FanPageFriday. The purpose of the post is to connect with other bloggers on Facebook and for all of us to grow our likes and our engagement. Head over to the Chasing Joy Facebook Page. Find the #FanPageFriday post. Tag and /or add a link to your Facebook page in the comments. Then like a few of the other pages that link up. To boost engagement visit a few of the pages and saying hello and letting them know where to find you on Facebook. The more energy you put into it the better your results.

What are you linking up and where can I find you on Facebook?  Pin anything this week?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Joy in Accomplishing Fitness Goals

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I have a new Fitness Goal!

Remember my surprise when I opened my 2014 Joy Jar and discovered that accomplishing fitness goals gave me lots of joy?  Well I decided it was important for me to develop a new fitness goal for 2015.  If you've been following me on Instagram than you already know what my goal is.  Check out the the YouTube video below for all of the details.


 Cheer me on or let me know that you are joining me in the comments below.

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