Tag Archives: Joy

5 Poses on Monday

27 Mar

Blog Post #338

Did you drag yourself out of bed this morning — dreading the day — already wishing it was Friday? Are you in serious need of a little motivation?

Triangle Pose

Try a short yoga sequence to help you have a better morning and a better week. You can do a google search for some poses that fit your level, your taste and your timeframe.

I like to do a gentle 10-minute sequence in the morning to ensure that I have a great day!

The five poses in this session start with Child’s Pose, then moves into Cat/Cow, followed by Downward Dog, Standing Forward Bend and ending with Triangle Pose.

This simple workout focuses on mindful breathing and gentle movement that helps you start your day with joy, energy and confidence.

Follow this link for instructions on these five easy morning poses.

Namaste

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Wonderstruck

15 Feb

Blog Post #298

It’s Wednesday — the middle of the week. How are you feeling today? Blah? Tired? Joyful? Hopeful?

I’m feeling happy, and kind of wonder-stricken. With all the turmoil and despair in the world, I have been trying to focus on the good things around me and looking for glimpses of hope and optimism. I was encouraged a great deal when I came across 20 Good News Stories You Didn’t Hear About. If you need a bit of a lift, this is the article to read!

I also found a quote that helped me rethink my attitude — one that I think will be helpful when I find myself feeling hopeless, miserable or heavy-hearted. Words that will help me feel energized, happy and creative. Do you have a quotation or saying that fills you with wonder?

buddha quote

A Blessing For Christmastide

23 Dec

Blog Post #245

I found this lovely quote that is I think is a perfect benediction for the season:

May Peace be your gift at Christmas and your blessing all year through!

~ Author Unknown

Snowy scene image

TBT — Christmas Past

22 Dec

Blog Post #243

I found this photo the other day when I was sorting through a box of old pictures. Taken about 23 years ago at a local shopping centre, it shows my two adorable munchkins in the traditional Christmas photo with Santa.

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Looking wistfully at this memento of those innocent days of their childhood — when Christmas was a magical time of wonder. Oh, my girls still get excited for the holiday and they both love this time of year — gift giving (and getting!), baking, holiday parties, wrapping presents, decorating and watching all the traditional Christmas movies — I love that about them. But I sometimes miss the days of childish delight as we trimmed our tree, sang carols and celebrated the season. I can still hear the squeals of joy on Christmas morning as they eagerly tore open the Christmas packages, Santa, once again, getting them exactly what they wanted and their shining faces as they gave us the gifts they had lovingly chosen (or handmade) just for us.

Yes, Christmas has changed, now that my girls have grown into adulthood. It’s different, but when I think about it — I realize that the sense of wonder is still within them. They may not believe in Santa anymore but they do believe in the magic and love of the Christmas Spirit.

And, so do I!

A Cup of Kindness

19 Oct

Blog Post #187

Wow! Today I was on the receiving end of a Random Act of Kindness and I have  to say that it felt fantastic. Of course, I have experienced many kindnesses throughout my life — from friends, family and even total strangers.  While, I recognized and appreciated all those acts of generosity, I did not consciously think about them in the same way that I do now. These days, I think of RAKs with intent — I try to purposely “do nice things” for people whenever I can. I try to notice those moments when an opportunity to act with kindness presents itself.

Today, when I was standing in line at a Starbucks, waiting to order a coffee — I received a RAK. A sweet young woman paid for my drink when she was paying for her own and her friend’s salted caramel mochas.

I cannot describe the joy that this small gesture gave me. This unexpected act of generosity filled my heart and lifted my spirits. The brief encounter had everyone around me smiling, the happiness was not only mine, but it spread around and touched everyone who witnessed the exchange.

That cup of coffee was the most delicious coffee I had ever tasted and I am more determined than ever to spread kindness all over the place!

This experience, at this moment in my life, has enabled me to understand the power and importance of spreading acts of kindness everywhere we can. I know these actions make me feel good when I extend them to others — but now, I understand the joy that receiving a kindness brings. I understand how simple it is to bring a moment of happiness into another person’s life and how it is possible to make a difference in someone’s world with one small act.

Who wouldn’t want to do that for a fellow human being?

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#25 to #32 = Eight More Days of Happiness

9 Sep

Blog Post #148

I’ve reached day 32 in the #101daysofhappiness project — and I am still having fun taking photos — but I’m also finding it challenging at times to capture the moments that make me happy. I fumble to get my phone out, sometimes I miss the shot. Sometimes I’m enjoying the moment and I simply forget to take a photo!

All but one of the photos I have posted for this challenge are one that I have taken myself. A few of them are photos that I have taken months or even years ago — they are wonderful memories and they give me joy all over again.

The collage below shows the next batch of eight photos — I hope they convey a bit of the pleasure and happiness that I felt from the moments they represent.

101 Days of Happiness - Days 25 - 32

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#101 Days of Happiness

27 Aug

Blog Post #135

I’m having a lot of fun taking photos for this “101 Days of Happiness” project  — trying to catch that moment that reflects an instance of joy or pleasure. I’m enjoying thinking about happiness and the simple everyday ocurrences that bring delight.

These photos represent eight of the moments where I encountered joy in the past few days. I’ve discovered that happiness is all around me, I only have to take the time to notice.

8 Days of Happiness

 

8 More Things That Make Me Happy!

18 Aug

Blog Post #128

Another week has gone by, and I have been diligent about taking a “happy” photo every day. When I was putting the collage together for this post, I realized, again, how fortunate I am.

With every photo that I take, I am reminded that I am surrounded by abundance, beauty, and love. I see that I have more than I need in my life — and I am filled with gratitude. How lucky am I?

I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back (and in my closet), more than enough food on my table, friends, and loved ones. I live in a country that is not only beautiful, but is also a place where I have many freedoms and the ability to enjoy them. Not that my life is perfect — there are things that make me sad, frustrated and angry — but with each day’s image, I can see that my problems are small and my joys are huge.

This project has brought — is bringing me — a renewed appreciation for my life and everything that it holds. With every new photo, I can see that more clearly and any minor irritations, small hurts, and selfish desires are insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

I love my life!

101 Days of Happiness

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These 10 Things Made Me Happy This Week

25 Jun

Blog Post #76

I love this time of year — the weather is warming up bringing the promise of hot summer days and warm summer nights. I thought I would share some of the things that made me happy this week.

Interpretive Dance #02

It was my birthday last month, and Brynne gave me a lovely original illustration that she drew for me. (It’s pictured above). Nothing makes me happier than sitting on the sofa after dinner, with a book, delicious tea steaming in my new favourite mug (a treasured gift from my oldest daughter, Bailey), relaxing and every now and then looking up at the mantle to see that dancing woman directing me to “stay wild, stay weird”.

Binge watching The Mindy Project with my daughter, Brynne on Thursday mornings. We drink coffee, talk, eat, and snuggle on the sofa to watch Mindy Lahiri, a successful doctor with a romantic comedy obsession, try to find her happy ending. Fun, quirky and hilarious!

Salted caramel apple pie — even though I am trying to give up sweets and other junk food, this just might become my new obsession! Pie makes me happy!

French Almond soap from the San Francisco Soap Company. I’ve had this bar of soap in my cupboard for a while now — the box is so pretty that I didn’t want to open it. I took it out this morning and used it for the first time. Ahh… it is heavenly — the lather is rich and creamy with a sweet almond scent. I normally buy soaps that are more natural and without any artificial colours, etc., but packaging of this bar was irresistible and I yielded to the temptation.

French Almond Soap

One of the things I love most is a warm, furry, purring kitty curled up on my lap bringing a feeling of happiness and contentment to my heart. Talk about warm fuzzies!

This week I made one of my favourite dishes — it’s quick, easy and delicious. Lentils with eggs and greens, a recipe I found years ago on Martha Stewart’s website. It’s now saved on one of my Pinterest boards and I love to make it when I’m craving a simple, yet satisfying meal. Curious? Try it out — it will make you happy, too!

I love the show, Suits. When I’m not watching Mindy with Brynne, I’m catching up on this fun, quirky legal comedy/drama. I love all the characters, but, in my opinion, Louis Litt is definitely one of the funniest (and quirkiest). Watch this clip to see what I mean.

 

 

The summer solstice happened at the beginning of this week. I love that the days are longer now. It makes me happy to wake up to daylight and to enjoy the lingering light longer in the evening.

Driving in the car today, I heard one of my favourite Blue Rodeo songs that I hadn’t heard in forever. I couldn’t help belting out 5 Days in May along with the band, as we drove down the street on our way over to visit my mother-in-law. It made me feel so good to be singing out loud. Even Bruce joined in. Good times.

Every day at work, I can enjoy a little bit of nature, whether I’m gazing out the window or taking a walk down by the river. This week, I saw four or five bald eagles soaring in the sky. Their massive wingspans are breathtaking to behold. I can’t help but feel amazement whenever I see these majestic birds gliding on the wind currents or perched in a tall tree overlooking the river. Happiness…

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Brynne’s Daily Drawing #76

Brynne's Daily Drawing #76

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Spring Has Sprung

25 Mar

bearcreek1Blog Post #2

It was a gorgeous day here in the Lower Mainland — warm, mostly sunny, no wind — perfect weather to be outside breathing in nature. With your sweetheart!

That’s just what I did today.

Bruce and I headed out early this morning — had a bite to eat, did a bit of shopping, then ended up at Bear Creek Park, one of our favourite places for a leisurely walk among trees and plants and a meandering creek.

beaveractivityWe came across a sign warning us that we were in area that has high levels of beaver activity. I was disappointed that I didn’t see any beavers. However, I did see a bunny scamper across our path, disappearing into a blackberry thicket.

It was a delight to see people strolling through the park. Children playing on the playground, spinning crazily on the merry-go-round, soaring on the swings trying to reach high enough to touch the clouds with their toes, lovers walking hand in hand admiring the budding flowers.

bearcreek2I love the outdoors especially on days such as this one. The sun warming the land, leaves bursting from their buds, flowers blossoming forth — splashes of colour so vivid against the backdrop of leafless trees. I rejoice in the midst of such beauty. On days like this, I see the power of the earth, I believe in miracles, and I am thrilled to be alive.

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Today
by Billy Collins

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,
so uplifted by a warm intermittent breezethat it made you want to throw
open all the windows in the houseand unlatch the door to the canary’s cage,
indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

a day when the cool brick paths
and the garden bursting with peonies

seemed so etched in sunlight
that you felt like taking

a hammer to the glass paperweight
on the living room end table,

releasing the inhabitants
from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,
holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,
well, today is just that kind of day.

Source: Poetry (April 2000)

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Brynne’s Day 2 Drawing: “Cosmic Chrysanthemum”

Cosmic Chrysanthemum

 

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