Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Time Flys If Your Joyful Or Not

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T is for Time

Time is one of the most deceptive factors there is. At the same time one person can be having a blast while another is in misery. Both will experience the same 60 minutes and both will have a completely different perception on how much time has passed.  Time will fly for the person having a fun yet it will drag for the person who is not.

While time is perceived differently depending on our circumstances, in reality time moves at the same rate no matter what.  The next 100 days will go by in exactly 100 days no matter what. The question is, what will you do with them?

100 days ago I started a fitness challenge.  If you follow me on social media then you know all about it.  I worked out for 100 days in a row for 100 days.  On day 1 it seemed like I had so far to go. Day 100 seemed so far away.  Now I am on the other side of the challenge and all I keep thinking is wow those 100 days went so fast.
Often the things we want to accomplish seem so far away, like they will take so much time. But the reality is the time will move at the same rate whether you are working toward your goals or not.  So what will you be doing over the next 100 days? Will you still be talking about what you want to do or will you be 100 days strong working toward your dreams?

I will be going hard  in the gym for my 2nd #100DaysOfFitness challenge. Join me, starting Sunday!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

All The Earth Needs is Little Bit

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S is for Save, as in Save the Planet.

Today is Earth Day. For many folks it's the one day a year that they may spend 5 min or so thinking about ways to improve the planet.  If I'm being honest, I am more like those people then I care to admit.  I am not a tree hugger. I eat meat and wear leather.  I have not taken any moral stand against wearing fur.  However, I do care about this big rock that we live on. This past crazy winter has me feeling like climate change is real.  So, I am open to all kinds of suggestions on how I can do my part to protect the planet.

I don't think we have to go to extremes to improve the environment. I think if we all take small steps to decrease our environmental footprint we can make big improvements.  Last year I told you about how I have switched to tube free toilet paper.  I have maintained that change all year. I also recycle regularly and have switched to the energy efficient lights.  Now I need to find some other small changes to make to do my part in saving the planet.  Off the top of my head I'm thinking, not letting the water run when I wash dishes or brush my teeth, turning out more lights in the house, and not buying so many new things (I have been reading some interesting blogs about minimalist living).

Doing a little something to make the world a better place can give you a lot of Joy.  What little changes have you made to help save the planet?  What things can we do, that are not too inconvenience, in our lives but offer a big return to the environment? 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Get Your Mind Right For Joy

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R is for Right, as in Right Frame of Mind.

I know you may think that I am A naturally happy person since I write about Chasing Joy,  but i'm not.  While I am careful about what I say and I tend to speak positively my thoughts usually fall more on the side of melancholy.   I worry too much. I have too many anxieties.   I am all too good at Always Thinking and Fortune Telling.   I am Chasing Joy to combat these tendencies.

One of the downsides of having a more melancholy personality is that I rarely have the right frame of mind for whatever I am facing.  I tend to be filled with worry and dread and all sorts of negative outcome What If scenarios.  The good thing is, over these last four years of Chasing Joy, I have learned that with a little bit of focus I can have more positive thoughts and minimize some of my melancholy tendencies.  So with a little effort I can head into new ventures, challenges, and the unknown in the right frame of mind.

Today I have a great opportunity to put this into practice.  When I get to work I will have a new supervisor.  There has been a lot of anxiety and worry amongst my co-workers as we do not know anything about our new leader.  I have been very positive in my tone and in conversations with my co-workers.  However, that does not mean that I have not had my own worrisome thoughts.  But instead of focusing on the negative I am going to focus on getting in and staying in the right frame of mind as we adjust to the new boss man by doing the following:

  • Understanding what is and is not within my control.  
  • Putting my efforts toward the things that are within my control
  • Setting some personal goals that are measurable and achievable (#MakeitHappenMonday is a perfect time for that)  
  • Rely on my faith and prayer
How do you get in the right frame of mind before new ventures and challenges? Do you naturally focus on the positive, or does it take you a bit of work and focus, like myself?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Joyful Quotes for all Occasions

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Q is for Quotes!!!

I love a good quote.  I love them so much I have an entire page dedicated to them on this site.  See the quotes link above?

Sometimes it is hard to put our own feelings and emotions into words.  In those cases a good quote can get the job done.  That's why the greeting card industry is always popping.  Other times it's not so much about using a quote to describe how we feel but using it instead as a source of inspiration or encouragements.

My Favorite Quote:

"Remember this, humans are not defined by their limitations, but by the intentions that I (God) have for them; not by what they seem to be, but by everything it means to be created in my (God's) image" ~ William P. Young, The Shack.

You can find a quote for almost any occasion.

Missed Opportunities - "When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." ~ Helen Keller

Encouragement - "Use your talent (everybody has one) in anyway you can. Don't keep it for yourself like a miser - spend it like a millionaire!" ~ Lucy MacDonald

When other's don't believe in you - ‎"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." ~ unknown

Decision Making - “As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around.” Oprah Winfrey

Life Change - "Courage is the power to let go of the familiar." ~ Raymond Lindquist

Persistence - “Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow.” ~ Mary Anne Radmache

Going against the crowd - "It takes more courage to reveal insecurities than to hide them, more strength to relate to people than to dominate them, more 'manhood' to abide by thought-out principles rather than blind reflex. Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles and an immature mind.” ~ Alex Karras

Happiness - “Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.” ~ unknown

Friendships - "Find people who will make you better." ~ Michelle Obama

Anger - "You can live your life angry, bitter, mad at somebody or even guilty, not letting go of your own mistakes, but you won't receive the good things God has in store." ~ Joel Osteen

These and many more quotes can be found on the quotes page here on Chasing Joy.  Do you have a favorite quote?  If so, share it in the comments below.

Friday, April 18, 2014

#FlashbackFriday: Blogalicious 2011 Pictures

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P is for Pick! As in pick out one of your favorite blog posts and share it here for #FlashbackFriday!

Flashback Friday is when we link up one of our older posts that needs a little love. You can link up any post you like, but the idea is to link up an older one, and give it new life via the power of the linky. The only rule is to be sure to visit AT LEAST TWO other links. If you are first to link up be sure to come back and visit some of the later links. You can also share your post on the Chasing Joy Facebook page and tweet about the linky using the #FlashbackFriday Hashtag. This week I am linking up a post full of pictures from my first Blogalicous Conference back in 2011.

My favorite post from last week's linky is Old Twitter Followers Being Swept Away.  Usually we are thinking about how to get more twitter followers.  In this post Lisa is giving us the how to and reasons why we may want to unfollow folks on Twitter.

So what did you pick?  Which of your blog posts are you linking up for #FlashbackFriday?

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