Thursday, September 29, 2011

Flashback Friday - Joy Playlist

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Welcome to Flashback Friday,where we Flashback to our older posts and linkup here. We also post a link to our Flashback post on the Chasing Joy Facebook Page.


Don't forget to check out AT LEAST TWO other Flashback posts. Please leave a comment saying why you selected your Flashback post and what you thought about the other Flashback posts. I'm looking forward to reading all of your Flashbacks.

This week I am linking up to my post Joy Playlist.  Check out what you might find on my IPod.   I hope you will join me in linking up.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Flashback Friday - Having It All Together

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Welcome to Flashback Friday,where we Flashback to our older posts and linkup here. We also post a link to our Flashback post son the Chasing Joy Facebook Page.

Don't forget to check out AT LEAST TWO other Flashback posts. Please leave a comment saying why you selected your Flashback post and what you thought about the other Flashback posts. I'm looking forward to reading all of your Flashbacks.

This week I am linking up to my older post Having It All Together. I hope you will join me in linking up.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Chasing Joy's S.H.I.T. List

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I am S.H.I.T - So Happy It's Thursday because:
  • I get to have an attitude of gratitude posting all the things I'm Thankful for for Thankful Thursdays on Facebook and Twitter
  • I am off work for the weekend
  • My dentist appointment was almost painless
  • I am getting my hair done tomorrow, relaxer touch-up aka my creamy crack fix
  • My bloggie friend @Bewilderedbug said such lovely things about Chasing Joy on her Accent Vlog (check it out)
  • I was selected for #commenthour this week
  • Work was pretty easy going this week
  • I made it through all four of my scheduled AM workout this week and attended my first Water Aerobics Class this week, so I can relax from working out for the next 3 days with no guilt. 
  • Tomorrow I'm going out with friends for Restaurant Week at the Capitol Grill
  • @Bewilderedbug enlightened me to the S.H.I.T. list post linky :-)
So why are you So Happy It's Thursday?  What's are you feeling Joyful about?  What is on your S.H.I.T. list?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Be My Guest

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Most things are more fun when done with someone else, dancing, dinning out, movies, etc… Well Chasing Joy is no difference. It would be much more fun if you'd Chase Joy with me. Join me by being featured as a guest poster on Chasing Joy. Tell us about your Joyful pursuits, knocking down the barriers between you and Joy, or anything Joyful, Happy or Inspirational.


If you are interested in being a guest poster send me an email (joychasing@yahoo.com) with your idea. When I get a guest poster I will feature your post as my weekend guest. I’ll post a link to your page, twitter, Facebook, and any other site you like.

What I ask of you is that you be familiar with Chasing Joy and write a post that fits in with the vibe here. You must use the words Chasing Joy in your post. I’d like you to be Chasing Joy with me on the Facebook page and or Twitter so you can be tagged when I advertise your post. I also ask that you grab the I Am Chasing Joy button and post it on your blog.

So be my guest for the weekend as a guest poster and start Chasing Joy with me.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Flashback Friday - Friends With Joy

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Welcome to Flashback Friday,where you can Flashback to one of your older posts and linkup here. Also post a link to your Flashback post on the Chasing Joy Facebook Page. Don't forget to check out a at least two other Flashback posts. Please leave a comment saying why you selected your Flashback post and what you thought about the other Flashback posts. I'm looking forward to reading all of your Flashbacks.

This week I am linking up to one of my older posts about friendships, Are You Friends With Joy. I hope you will join me in linking up.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Joyful Accents - Vlog

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The trouble with Vlogs is not knowing what to say. This is why I’ve not done many. Or why I have done only one. I may be able to come up with many words to put on paper but words to fill silence without the feedback of another person do not come so easily. I could never be a radio DJ…all dead air. Since I do not think a Vlog of me staring dumb and speechless into the camera will give you that sense of Joy, I have kept my camera off. Until now…


The other day I came across The Chronicles of Ruthie Hart’s post Accent Vlog. So now I have something to say. Specifically I have many words to say, words that will allow you to hear my accent or lack thereof.

The instructions are to say the words listed below. The thought is that people say these words differently.

Aunt, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught, I, Am, Chasing, Joy 

[OK, I just added those last four words for my amusement.  But I hope you are Chasing Joy with me.]

Also answer some questions that people may answer differently depending on where they live:

• What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?

• What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?

• What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?

• What do you call gym shoes?

• What do you say to address a group of people?

• What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?

• What do you call your grandparents?

• What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?

• What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?

• What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

So checkout my accent Vlog and tell me what you think. Do you hear my Philadelphia accent? Or better yet do your own accent Vlog so I can hear how you talk. This is such a fun idea. I can’t wait to hear your accent.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Flashback Friday Cheese Dip!!!

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Happy Friday! Happy Friday!  Are your ready for the Flashback???

Welcome to Flashback Friday,where you can Flashback to one of your older posts and linkup here. Also post a link to your Flashback post on the Chasing Joy Facebook Page.  Don't forget to check out a couple of the other Flashback posts. Please leave a comment saying why you selected your Flashback post and what you thought about other Flashback posts. I'm looking forward to reading all of your Flashbacks.

This week I am linking up to one of my all time favorite posts I Am Worth The Cheese Dip.  I hope you will join me in linking up.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Pain In The Butt... I Mean The Ankle

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Last week I noticed my ankle did not feel quite right. I tried doing some stretches but that did not seem to work. However, since there was no actual pain I continued with the exercises I have been doing before work the last few weeks. These workouts consist of jogging on the treadmill, or walking and jogging intervals on the treadmill, as well as some resistance training like squats, burpees and pop squats. Well Thursday night I noticed some swelling and the not quite right feeling has evolved into discomfort. I have been trying to stay off it, keep it elevated, and iced.

It is no secret that I need to lose some weight. I also want to lose weight and achieve that Devil’s Workshop Goal of fitting into a single digit dress size. While I don’t necessarily talk or write a lot about losing weight it is always on my mind. It has been on my mind more so lately because of a question someone asked me. I am trying to date more often and meet more men and have been using some online dating sites. I have used these sites or similar ones in the past with pretty good responses. However, this time around I have not received a lot of hits or responses when I have reached out. The question I was asked is, “Do you think your weight has anything to do with why you’re not getting many responses this time???”

I know the person who asked the question is coming from a good, genuine, my best interest in mind in place. So I know no hate or negativity is intended. Therefore, I have to really consider the question that is being asked. I believe the there is a strong possibility that the 25 + lbs that I’ve gained since I did online dating 6 years ago could have something to do with the lack of response. Now I know some guys like bigger girls but not all. To be fair I do not prefer a really big guy.

So, since I do want to date more I am accepting that losing weight could help me with that goal. Also If I lose weight I know I can buy a wider variety of clothes that make me feel sexy, I will like what I see in the mirror a bit more and all of that will translate to a sexier, happier me. And what guy could turn that down???

With all that being said this bum ankle is really getting in the way. Since, I am focusing more seriously on losing weight, now is not the time to stop or decrease the intensity of my workouts!!! But since this ankle is going to be a pain in the butt, that is what I am going to have to do; take some time off the treadmill and off of the high intensity burpees and pop squats.

I believe everything happens for a reason so I do not think it is a coincidence that I was presented with this tough question about my weight just days before I realize I have an injury. I think that was God’s way of lighting a fire under my ankle (ha ha I know what you thought I was going to say) in terms of me getting my eating habits under control. I have relied too heavily on my workouts for weight lost and now is my opportunity to focus on eating how I know I should.

So I am reminding myself that weight loss is about 80% diet and 20% exercise. I will keep moving as much as I can with non weight bearing exercise but now is the time for me to get my diet the way I want it to be.

How is your diet? Do you workout? Which one do you rely on more to get in or stay in shape? Have you lost weight with a pain in the butt ankle or other injury???

Less fat = Better Health = Sexier Clothes =More Confidence = More Boys = More Joy

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Open Position for Joy Chasing Partner

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As I have mentioned in previous posts I am a single girl. I hope to marry and have children in the not to far future. Just got to find the right guy and that is not that simple. Some people are lucky to find there prince right away and others have to kiss a lot of frogs. I am making my way through the frogs.

But wouldn't it be nice if finding a mate was a simple as finding an employee. Put out a job description. Interested parties apply and you pick the best applicant. If the trial period goes well they are given a permanent status as boyfriend with opportunity to advance to fince and husband.

Here is what my job description for a boyfriend woud say:

Job Title: Boyfriend
Department/Group: Love /Romantic/ Personal Live
Travel Required: Occasionaly for vacations and family events.
Position Type: Full Time: On call 24/7 including weekends and holidays. Regular quality time and date nights (out and at home) required. Attendance is required at all important events.
Will Train Applicant(s): I will advise applicant on all my likes, dislikes, favorites, and deal breakers
Posting Expires: When position is filled by Mr. Right

Job Description: Friend, Partner, Companion, Man to Chase Joy with
Job Purpose: To share in the good and bad of life. To laugh together (and cry together but not too often) To support and encourage each other.

Duties:
• Maintain a respectful demeanor in all circumstances
• Study my likes, dislikes, moods, values, and tolerances… i.e. get to know me
• Develop a good rapport with my mom and brother
• Develop a cordial rapport with my friends and extended family
• Willing to open doors, pull out chairs, carry heavy things, take out trash, kill bugs and demonstrate other gentlemanly qualities
• Maintain full time employment that provides sufficient income to cover All of applicant’s living experiences
• Offer assistance during times of difficulty experienced by girlfriend including but not limited to illness or injury, home or car maintenance, and snow removal
• Maintain open and honest communications at all time including and especially during times of stress.
• Other duties as assigned
• All job duties will be compensated with similar or reciprocal duties performed by me (girl friend)

Qualifications:
• Honest, Loyal, Intelligent, Funny, Kind, Believes in God, Willing to attend Christian Church on occasion, Wants children in the future, Stable (Mentally, Emotionally, and Financially), Likes cats and dogs, Responsible, Hardworking, Confident, Open Minded, Affectionate
Benefits:
• Respect
• Kindness
• Affection
• Loyalty
• Support
• Fun
• Great opportunity for Love
• Possibility for advancement to FiancĂ© and Husband based up happiness and desires of both myself and applicant :-)

What would your Job Description for love say?

Friday, September 2, 2011

Flashback Friday - Closer Than I Thought (linky)

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Happy Flashback Friday Joy Chasers!!!  I can not believe it is Friday already.

Welcome to Flashback Friday,where you can Flashback to one of your older posts and linkup here and also on the Chasing Joy Facebook Page and don't forget to check out a couple of the other Flashback posts. Please leave a comment saying why you selected your Flashback post and what you thought about other Joy Chasers' posts.  I'm looking forward to reading all of your Flashbacks.

This week I am linking up to Closer Than I Thought, a post where I realized I'm overall kind of happy with myself but can see room for improvement.  I hope you will join me in linking up.




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