Friday, February 1, 2013

Joy all year


Joy all year will be my new mantra. It took a while for it to dawn on me,  I like to believe the word found me, not the other way around. I was very inspired by Fiona's search for "Brave", her word for last year, and how it made her grow and learn. I wanted to have such a guideline for this year. Sure, I had kind of chosen Patience at the beginning of 2012, and perhaps, just perhaps I became a tiny bit more patient, albeit by force (though the boy still says I am the most impatient person that he knows). This year I want to make sure I will be happy. I made the decision to strive for it. I have come to realize (the hard way) that how I feel depends on me, solely on me. There will always be situations that are completely out of our control. But we do have the power, the control of how we react to those situations. And so I will continue on January Joy's mood and continue to search, chase and be aware of the little gems of joy that we can find everyday. After all, regardless of what the future has in store for us, we only have to live for today. And I can choose to be happy today. It's in my hands. It turns out Joy is also Fiona's word for this year (I asked and she totally agreed on it, too, being my compass for 2013). And I was also inspired by the fabulous Zoe, from Conversation pieces, and her argument that we should say "Happy all year" instead of "Happy new year" as we hug and kiss each other on New Years' Eve. So join me on this journey as I focus on finding Joy everywhere, on being present every moment.

*Image by pink polka dog.

20 comments:

  1. Yay! Me encanta tu elección. Yo he descubierto que tener una palabra que nos guie durante el año es una practica muy poderosa, así que espero que tu año esté lleno de alegrías conocidas y dichas inesperadas, y que el 31 de diciembre, al mirar hacia atrás, veas un año lleno de sonrisas y buenos momentos.

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    1. Gracias, ojalá. Al menos ya dejamos todo libre... que el Universo realice su magia :)

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  2. I am so glad you are taking your joy into the year. I have enjoyed your Joyful January so much.

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    1. I am glad you enjoyed it. It really helps a lot, you know, when things get hard, to have coping strategies. To know I have this choice.

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  3. Éso! Tu serie de enero fue muy entretenida, y ahora mucha alegría para todo el año :) Te recomiendo http://www.happiness-project.com/, la autora da consejos de cómo encontrar lo positivo en la vida diaria.

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    1. Gracias ! Que bueno que te gusto la serie. Y sí, tengo pendiente leer el blog de happiness project, aunque el año pasado le regalamos el libro a mi cuñado en su cumple, a ver si se lo pido prestado !

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  4. Here's wishing you a joy-ful year. I'll be cheering you on in your journey.

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  5. If the January Joy series has been any indication, I can't wait to see the ways you chase down joy for the year. I love your attitude about life.

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    1. Thanks :) Like I said to Luna it really does help me deal with stuff, so why not continue ?

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  6. I love this! I was similarly inspired by the recent APW post on choosing a verb to define your year. My word is trust. I will trust in my body, in those who I've chosen to provide me with health care, in my loved ones to support me and in the universe and God to bring me good things :)

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    1. Trust is a great word. I will be there with you, trusting the doctors, the universe, God, my body. The APW post was quite inspiring, yes. I wish all the good things for you.

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    2. Good things for both of us :)

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  7. I think Joy is a fantastic word for the year ahead. I really hope that focussing on this, and working actively to have a joyful year does exactly what you need it to. x

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  8. Ik vind het een super mooi mantra! En ik ben het helemaal eens met unexpected moments :) Ik geloof dat mijn mantra doorzetten is. Er zijn nu zoveel dingen die ik gewoon moet afmaken :)

    xx

    Louise

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    1. Doorzetten is een goede mantra :) Heel veel geluk met alle de dingen dat je moet afmaken. :) En dank je :)

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    2. Dankje, ik zal het nodig hebben. Nja ik weet dat als ik even een peptalk nodig heb/standje ik hier een blogger kan vinden met Joy als lijfspreuk die me vast wat tips wil geven :) Op naar een geweldige februari zou ik zeggen :)

      xx

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    3. :) Ik ben altijd hier :) En als je een keer wil praten, koffie drinken of zo, laat me weten. Geweldige Februari !

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