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Cultivating Joy

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Does your joy come from within or from the outside. My introvert self NEEDS downtime, time to recharge, so it’s hard for me to remember that other women can help me the joyful creature I need to be. Our relationships with other women can be incredibly helpful, but sometimes they’re just not. It seems so easy for us women to cluster together and just complain, and then try to “out complain” each other. Sometimes we just need a new perspective to find the joy we need and want.  You have to check out this new book: Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Cultivating Joy discusses joy and several ways to attain it.

Cultivating Joy

It’s so easy to take a new situation and look at it as a cause for grief. In the words of our menfolk, change means work. Whenever we want a change in the furniture being rearranged, that means work for him to move it around. In the same way, we can look our jobs, home, and abroad and just get discouraged. In my life, I get discouraged by the the mundane, clutter, apathetic people, and on and on.  Sometimes I look at the frustrations of my life and just let out one giant sigh.

Why in tarnation am I not thankful for the life I have? I am blessed with a good life, not perfect but very very good, and why can I not take a new look and be excited and relieved that my life will continue to be as good as it is now.

When I do my chores, why do I look at all the has to be done and become sour faced and grumpy? I lack perspective. Joy comes when I take control of my emotions. I can choose what will be appreciated and cherished.

I encourage you to read along with other positive women their stories of having joy. Along with Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Cultivating Joy you’d receive thousands in bonus gifts from over 50 visionary women (for a limited time only).  To received your free gifts you have to buy the book from Amazon and then go here to request your freebies! Enjoy!

It isn’t the great big pleasures that count the most

big pleasures quote

“It isn’t the great big pleasures that count the most;

it’s making a great deal out of the little ones.” – Jean Webster

This has always been one of my favorite quotes.  I love to slow down and take pleasure in the little things in life.  Having a one year old, who is amazed with the world, often helps put things in perspective.

Sitting Baby

She enjoys just sitting and watching Daddy mow the grass.

Baby Reading

She enjoys reading a good book and taking breaks to sing loudly.

She doesn’t care what anyone thinks.

Splashing Baby

She whole-heartedly loves splashing in water!

Smiling Baby

Pure, unadulterated, happiness!

I ran across this quote today and I found it to be a good reminder to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life.  If you will, Embrace the Beauty in life. : )  I hope it was a good reminder for  you too!