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    A Short Joy List.

    Last month I shared a list of ten (or eleven? 😉 ) little things that sparked joy. It was a delightful post to write and I loved reading all your joyful replies. In that same spirit of taking a moment to pause, pay attention, and name the delight, here’s my mid-May version: A new Sunday morning running routine (church at 9am means time for a short, early workout … a solo run to the lake and back is perfect). Porch time. Longer days (today’s sunrise was 6:32 am and sunset is 8:33 pm – we are officially past the 14 hour mark!) A full tank of gas (y’all COSTCO ran…

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    Finding Joy in the Little Things.

    One of my intentions this year is “more joy”. This morning, I was reflecting on a handful of delightful things that had happened over the last 24 hours … and I was reminded that the simple act of paying attention and naming the delight was an easy way to bring “more joy” into my life. I started a list. At 5:40am I had six things and I decided to challenge myself to come up with (at least) four more to blog about this afternoon. Here goes: I joined the back and the two fronts on Long Love and the pattern worked out perfectly. I even had the right number of…

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    more scatter joy.

    …wow – so true! this past week, target had all the SATC seasons on sale for just $8.99 each. the entire series for $63…what a deal! (but I did have to visit two different stores to get all the seasons, and yes, katie, I got two copies of season 3!) friday was pretty rainy – so after our great lunch out, sara and I settled in for season 1. we watched it straight through. and enjoyed it all, but it felt a bit decadent. like sitting down with a whole cheesecake and two forks… scatter joy is always great for journaling prompts. I’m always looking for things to write about…

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    me (today).

    …I finished my 3rd journal yesterday. At the end of the first one (last June), I listed things about me – what was going on my life, what I was thinking, planning, even wearing. And when the second one ended (last October), I did the same thing. So I guess now it’s a tradition. The collage of flower images from the latest Pottery Barn catalog is something new. I didn’t do anything on the pocket of my last journal – missed opportunity?! So now I have the last 15 months of my life (somewhat) documented. And I love that.

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    good for the soul.

    …this morning’s scatter joy pick. which totally recalled Thomas Moore’s Care of the Soul. I was enchanted with this book in the early 1990’s – things were tough at work and hard at home with two young children. and something about “[being] tied to life in all its particulars – good food, satisfying conversation, genuine friends, and experiences that stay in the memory and touch the heart” spoke clearly to my soul. I revisited that book and his follow-up The Re-enchantment of Everyday Life today. And was caught up again in the idea – ideal? – that “…we may discover the nature of the soul and the pleasure of being…

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    scatter joy.

    Katie truly inspires me. For my birthday two years ago, she gave me a “scatter joy” jar. A beautiful white teapot that she personalized and filled with paper hearts, all sizes and yummy red/pink colors, on which she’d written a few short words of inspiration. Every single one of them guaranteed to bring a smile to face. Some are outright funny, like this one. Others are a bit more serious, like “I am thankful for everyone who loves me like crazy” (which I happened to draw the day of my car accident – hummm…. interesting timing, no?) For my birthday last year, she gave me my first journal. And I…