The search for Joy

For this week’s Monday motivation, I posted the saying below:

Photo Credit: Flickr by LiveLifeHappy

Photo Credit: Flickr by LiveLifeHappy


I decided to take that saying to heart and make it my challenge for the week as I worked.

Research – All the pieces are beginning to fall into place for my book’s release, including the cover, the proofing, etc. Dates and more info will be coming soon ūüôā And with that big date approaching, getting my ducks in a row was on my to-do list this week. Well, it’s Friday and¬†you may ask, are all my ducks in a row? Nope, but I’ve named them all. That was a huge step for me. Next step, learning more about each one of the ducks to line them up in the right order.

Did I find joy here? A little, yes. I felt more at ease once I identified the upcoming tasks.

Writing РI spent time with one of my WIPs this week. We worked out our differences and my progress with the story makes me proud.

Did I find joy here? Tons. The majority of the time I would have been preparing blogs went to writing. It was a much needed time shift for the week.

Life – That’s always there, requiring your presence.

Did I find joy here? Always. My family is my greatest source of joy. (And dinner with my best friend was a huge added bonus)

Preparing for a Writer’s Retreat – I’m heading out this afternoon for a weekend writer’s retreat. We were each asked to bring a food item to share that could be connected with our story (if possible). Here’s what I’m bringing:


(It’s a mini-watermelon sculpted into a brain. I saw this years ago in a kid’s Halloween craft magazine.) ¬†Oh, and besides that brain, I’ve also been busy this week preparing items to share with my group.

Did I find joy here? Yes. Creating a brain out of a watermelon helped me not take myself too seriously and there’s definitely joy in that.

There were things on my to-do list that I missed and will have to roll over to next week and there were detours and disappointments, but overall, it was a good week. When I challenged myself to find joy, it wasn’t that hard.




One thought on “The search for Joy

  1. Sounds like you gave yourself a realistic, positive perspective on your week (with your ducks). That watermelon brain is awesome and gruesome. I hope your writers’ retreat is energizing and supportive.


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