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Friday, December 31, 2010

Dear 2011


Dear 2011,

I cannot believe you how soon you will be here. I always knew this day would come, the day when you would arrive. But I never imaged it would come so soon. You are traveling fast have made your way past China and maybe even India. You will be here in only a few hours.

2010 and I had a good time. We tried some new things together and had a few adventures. We made new friends and learned a lot about and from some old friends. 2010 and I started Chasing Joy. However it is time for 2010 to go. 2011 you have big shoes to fill. While 2010 and I came very close to catching it we were still Chasing Joy. 2011 you must join and aid me in my pursuit.

I have big plans for you 2011. I know you will eventually have to leave and our time together will feel as short as or shorter than the time I spent with 2010. So we have a lot to do. We will have your a party tonight. A combined welcoming party for you and going away party for 2010. But tomorrow we hit the grown running. We have debt to pay, some weight to lose, and relationships (old and new) to build upon.

The Devil's Workshop still has inventory that must go. We have to find a volunteer opportunity, attend a Hockey game, bet on some horses at the track, see a good show (maybe wicked or the lion king) and plan events with friends (perhaps even a vacation). 2010 was helping me with a few specific goals: jogging 3 miles non-stop, being able to do men's push ups, and fit into a single digit clothing size. I expect you, 2011 to pick up where 2010 left off. I have purchased a treadmill to help us with these goals. Perhaps you 2011 will be the right time for me to take that boudoir picture.

2011 I anxiously await your arrival. I am filled with gratitude and appreciation. I am thankful that myself and my family will get the chance to know you. I greet you with optimism and hope. 2011 I look forward to Chasing Joy with you.

What would you like to say to 2011?

Sunday, December 26, 2010

2010 A Year in Review


2010 held many Joy filled and Joy inspired adventures for me. Here are a few highlights.

What great adventures did you have in 2010?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Feel Good Friday - Merry Christmas!!!


Happy Feel Good Friday. Today I am feeling good because It's Christmas Eve, Yay!!!

I honestly have not had much Christmas Spirit this year. I kept comparing this Christmas to Christmases past and this one kept coming up short. The ghost of Christmas past was taking me on a journey to childhood Christmases spent conspiring with my dad on ways to trick my mom with an awful gift before giving her his real gift that was always something fabulous, to Christmas dinners at my uncle's house with lots of extended family, to putting up the Christmas tree with my mom and decorating it with the ornaments we'd made together, to going to see the light show, Charles Dickens's village, and Santa's From Around the World with my parents, to spending romantic evenings looking at the tree and watching old movies with the my ex, and to making Christmas cookies with my ex's children. Unlike, A Christmas Carol this journey down memory lane left me longing for Christmases past and not so excited for Christmas present.

Luckily I have been Chasing Joy and know it cannot be found in the past. So despite not really being into it I've gone through the motions and in the process have found a little bit of my Christmas Spirit. I have decorated my front patio, put up my Christmas tree, finished my shopping, sent out my Christmas Cards and purchased a new special ornament like I do every year. I have decided this will not be the year of "the bad Christmas" that my dad warned me about. I will not look back on this Christmas regretting that I did not keep my traditions and make an effort to celebrate my God's Birthday.

I ended my visit with Christmases past and am focusing on Christmas Present. So today I am feeling good because:

This Christmas I did not spend much money on decorations

This Christmas I got a day off work even though the holiday is Saturday

This Christmas I am really happy with the gifts I got for my nieces and nephews

This Christmas I don't have to drive anywhere

This Christmas I spent less money

This Christmas I can sleep late

This Christmas I don't have to play Santa Clause for someone else's children

This Christmas I don't have to split my time with someone else's family

This Christmas I will have a relaxing day with my mom

This Christmas I am Chasing Joy!

So why are you feeling good today???

Merry Christmas!!!!!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Feel Good Friday - Be the Coffee!!!!


Hello Joy Chasers. Happy Feel Good Friday!!!

I received an email forward from a friend and fellow Joy Chaser. I thought it was a great fit for Chasing Joy. Here goes:


A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up, She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.

Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil.. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.

In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, s he asked, ' Tell me what you see.'

'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied. Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.

Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled, as she
tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.

'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?

Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?

Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better
and change the situation around you.

Today I am feeling good because I AM THE COFFEE. Are you????

Why are you feeling good today?

Thursday, December 16, 2010

What do you see???

It's Amazing how you see what you what to see. I see Joy all around me!!!!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

Feel Good Friday - The Joy of Hurt Continued


Happy Feel Good Friday!!

Today I am feeling good becaue my prayers have been answered. Last month in my post
The Joy of Hurt I told you about what a wonderful doggie he is and how his Vet thought he may have cancer. Unfortunatley, the Vet was right. This last month has been filled with tests, labs, bloodwork, emergency visitis, follow up appontiments and lots and lots of Money$$$$ But yesterday Hurt had surgery to remove the cancerous lump.

Why so much talk, worry, and money about a dog? While many of you already understand I know that is exactly what some of you are wondering. I have always had pets, actually cats. Hurt is my first dog. Animals have their own personalities. They become members of your family. They do things that make you laugh and smile. They offer comfort and company. They are dependent upon you which fits perfectly with people's natural desire to feel needed and useful. Pets are loyal, consistent, and are basically living, breathing, usually furry vessels of Joy.

Hurt is all these things and more. He also filled a void. I got Hurt right after my dad was diagnosed with Cancer. His owner could not take care of him any longer and he'd be able to keep my dad company. So Hurt joined our family that also included two cats Peanut and Pinto. Unfortunately my dad passed away within months of his diagnosis. While It would be impossible for anyone, let alone a dog, to fill the void left by my dad, for a little dog Hurt has done a pretty good job. He has been a new source of love and affection for me. He has greeted me every time I come home with so much excitement, jumping, panting, and licking whether I've been gone one hour or one week; distracting me from the fact that my dad is not there to greet me. His silly dog antics have given me and my mom really good laughs during a pretty rough period. Oh an added bonus his walks have definitely helped me lose a couple pounds. Hurt has been a true source of Joy.

So although right now Hurt is sore, a little high (or maybe a lot, who knows) from his pain medicine, and has a really awful scar, I am feeling really good that his tumor has been removed. He is cancer free, on the road to recovery, and continuing to bring me the kind of Joy that only a pet can.

How do your pets bring you Joy???
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