Saturday, October 30, 2010

Chasing Joy with the The Positive Thinking Community

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I have good news, I have good news Chasing Joy will be contributing to the
The Positive Thinking Community Blog. The Positive Thinking Community Blog is "A positive thinking social blog that allows everybody to add thoughts, articles, music, videos, pictures, quotes, and everything else that contributes to positive thinking". While some of my pursuit of Joy is physical (ex: the list of activities I've always wanted to do from my Devil's Workshop posts) much of it is definately Postive Thinking focused. The major strategies I am using to Chase Joy include:
  • trying new things

  • developing and nurishing postive relationships

  • focusing on the good things that happen every day

  • counting blessings

  • improving physical health

  • impoving self-estem

Please join me in Chasing Joy through the The Positive Thinking Community Blog.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Feel Good Friday - Still At It

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Happy Feel Good Friday!!!

Today I am happy simply because I'm still at it. Life has thrown some curve balls my way but I'm getting much better at ducking or catching them. And even when I get hit with one I am recovering faster because I am getting stronger. Despite these inconvenient, annoying, troublesome, and often painful curve balls I am still at it. I am still Chasing Joy. I am still focusing on the positive, developing stronger faith in God, and counting my blessings.

So today I am feeling good because:

  • I did not have to go to work

  • I am making progress redecorating my house and developing my personal style

  • My cat, peanut, got a clean bill of health at the vet (we are still determining the best way to take care of my dog Hurt, so continue to pray for him)

  • I got my hair done today

  • My boss was easy to work with this week

  • I am reconnecting with some old friends

  • I raised $205 for Diabetes as part of my competing to be Miss Curve 2011

  • My working out has paid off and I have lost about 4 inches so far

  • I made it to Thursday Zumba and we did a routine to MJ's Thriller

  • My friend got a promotion

  • I feel good because I'm realizing it's little things like this that bring me closer and closer to Joy.

  • Most importantly I feel good because I'm still at it, I am still Chasing Joy.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Time for Joy???

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My first roommate (the sane one) at Temple University wanted to be a nurse. One day she was not feeling well and went to the campus clinic. She was seen by a doctor who felt the need to dispense some advice along with her medicine. The doctor felt my roommate should become a doctor instead of a nurse and pointed out to my roommate that while doctors have to go to school longer than nurses the time will pass anyway. My roommate went on to become the nurse she wanted to be. But that doctor's advice, passed on to me through my roommate, never left me.

The time will pass anyway. There will always be 60 seconds in a minute, 60 minutes in an hour, 24 hours in a day, 365 days in a year, and so on and so on. Therefore, so what if it takes a long time. The time will pass anyway. Whatever It is that you are not doing because It will take too long, just get to it. In 10,080 minutes, a week will have passed. You could have been working on you goal for 1 week or you can still be saying It will take to long. The week will have passed either way.

Time is the constant we all have in common. It does not change. Time feels like it is dragging sometimes and sometimes it feels as thought its flying. But in reality it is passing at the same rate all the time. So, the choice is yours. Over the next day, week, month, year, or even decade you can spend your time improving your diet, exercising, losing weight, cutting back on bad habits, quiting smoking, working on your business idea, going to school, paying off your debt, saving your money, Chasing Joy, or working on any other goal you may have. Or, over the next day, week, month, year, or decade you can do nothing, maintain the status quo and continue to say It will take too long. Either way, the time will pass. I chose to spend time working on my goals and Chasing Joy.

Where will you be when the time passes, healthier, out of debt, a business owner, happier????

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Joy of Hurt

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I have an awesome dog. His name is Hurt (I did not name him). He is a really good boy. He does not rouine my shoes or have accidents on my carpet. He is always happy to see me and give the best doggie Hugs. In other words he brings me much Joy.


Today he had a check up and the Vet things he may have Cancer :-( Test will be back in a few days. I am asking all of you to Pray, not just have positive thoughts, but actually pray for him. Please pray that his test come back negative and that I have Hurt continuing to bring me lots and lots of Joy for years to come.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Feel Good Friday - Training For Joy

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Happy Feel Good Friday.....

My upper back, arms and butt are sore and stiff. My hair style is not lasting as long as it used to. And, I have way too much laundry (thanks to gym clothes). I know what your thinking, I thought this was Feel Good Friday. It is and I do. Today I feel good because I completed my strength training workout. Which means, I have not missed a Strength Training Workout in the last 4 week. Yay me!!!

In my earlier posts My Body My Temple…Or My Body My Minimally Maintained Shelter???
and The Temple's Foundation I talk about how important it is to treat my self rignt, treat my body as my temple, and build a healthy foundation to support my quest for Joy. I have struggled with my weight since puberty. Not feeling as healthy, strong, or cute as I like has definately put distance between myself and Joy.

So, despinte the aches, pains, hair damage, and extra laundry I am feeling good. I am taking care of myself, treating my body as my temple, and getting strong enough to take down anything standing between myself and Joy.

Are you treating your body as you temple? What is your fitness plan? What makes it a good fit for you? If not, what can you do to get started? Let's Train for Joy.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Can of Joy

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Funny how since I started Chasing Joy I find it everywhere.



Monday, October 11, 2010

The Joy of Forgiveness

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I was checking out some of my fellow bloggers' posts and saw a great quote on Contemporary Coach Deidre L. Knight's page about forgiveness. I felt the need to comment on her post and obviously felt the need to copy my response on my here. I wanted to share my thoughts on forgiveness with you. Here is the definition of forgiveness from the Merriam Webster Dictionary - to give up resentment of or claim to requital for , to grant relief from payment of , to cease to feel resentment against (an offender) : pardon I think refusing to forgive others and even ourselves is blocking us from capturing lots and lots of Joy.

Here is my comment on Contemporary Coach Deidre L. Knight's post:
I like "A healed memory is not a deleted memory". I agree that forgiveness does not mean you forget. Once you have been wronged by someone or even yourself you cannot pretend it did not happen. But you can decide not to punish yourself or the other person. You can decide to be kind to the guilty party despite the wrong doing especially if the guilty party is yourself. You can accept the fact that you have been hurt and that it may take a while to heal but you can decide to focus on yourself, your own happiness, your own Joy, instead of any feelings of anger or revenge. This is what forgiveness is. Accepting that you have been hurt and deciding not to react with revenge or dwell on negative feelings toward the person who hurt you but to instead treat that person with kindness and respect. Forgiveness is not a feeling. It is a decision to respond positively even if it takes a while for your feelings to catch up with your actions. Don't let negativity, anger, revenge stand in the way of your Joy. Learn to forgive, especially when the person needing forgiveness is yourself.


Do you feel Forgiveness is essential to Joy? If so, how have you been able to forgive?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Feel Good Friday - Sanctuary of Joy

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Happy Feel Good Friday!!!!

Wow Friday comes so fast now that I am doing these posts :-)

What has you feeling good this Feel Good Friday??? I am feeling good because I sold my soul to Raymour And Flanigan... lol... Ok maybe I did not sell my soul but I did just order a lot of furniture. R&F and I have come to a nice agreement on the financing of my furniture where I will be paying no interest. I feel good about that but what I really feel good about is the fact that I am starting to work on the little things that can add Joy to my life. In my Feel Good Friday post, The Little Things, I mentioned working on my personal style is one of the little things that can add joy to my life. What better place to start than my home. If I am to treat my body as my temple shouldn't’t I treat my home as my sanctuary??? Shouldn't it reflect me, my thought, feelings, passions, and Joys. Shouldn't it provide me with comfort, security, and serenity. So I have picked out some furniture that will adorn my sanctuary according. But first I will be ridding myself of anything in the house that detracts from my pursuit of Joy. Then cleaning and painting before R&F arrive with my deliveries.

So how is your living space?
Is your home your sanctuary?
If not what can you do to change that?
Are there small steps you can take (decluttering, reorganizing, changing the layout) to make your home a Sanctuary of Joy???

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Friday, October 1, 2010

Feel Good Friday - Because of My Mom

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Happy Feel Good Friday,

I've been waiting for today all week. We all have those kind of weeks sometime. Today I am Happy that my work week is over.

But, that is not what my post is about today. This Feel Good Friday I am happy that I have the best mom ever!!! In my post Because of My Dad I said I would write a similar post about my mom. Today is that day! No need to wait for her birthday or Mother's Day to acknowleg what a great mom she is. I'm doing it today!

Because of my Mom I love to read.
Because of my Mom I know how to walk with confidence.
Because of my Mom I know less is more when it comes to make-up
Because of my Mom I can cook.
Because of my Mom I know what it means to have a "possible"
Because of my Mom I have class.
Because of my Mom I can bake and Awesome sweet potato pie.
Because of my Mom I know I do not always have to be nice.
Because of my Mom I know it is important to put myself first.
Because of my Mom I know I'll be a great mom.
Because of my Mom I could read and write before I ever set foot in school.
Because of my Mom I know I am beautiful.
Because of my Mom I know what true unconditional love is.
Because of my Mom I will be a good wife.
Because of my Mom I do not allow people to disrespect me.
Because of my Mom I appreciate having a vast vocabulary.
Because of my Mom I know the importance of keeping your distance from people who are not good for you, even if they are family.
Because of my Mom I know I am a good daughter.
Because of my Mom I know how fun gift giving can be.
Because of my Mom I never had a bad Christmas or birthday.
Because of my Mom I had a happy childhood.
Because of my Mom I Love myself.
Because of my Mom I know I will be beautiful (like her) when I am her age.
Because of my Mom I believe in myself.
Because of my Mom I have inhereted an allergy to stupid people.
Because of my Mom I know you should take pride in your work and anything you put your name on.
Because of my Mom I have survived hard times.
Because of my Mom I have common sense and I use it.
Because of my Mom I Chase Joy!!!!

What do you have, know, feel because of your mom?

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