Choosing Joy: 10 Ways to Bring Sunshine to Your Soul

I have struggled with depression, anxiety and even panic attacks since adolescence.Some of this has been hormonal, some has been situational.  My mental health affects my physical health, zapping my energy, my appetite and my immune system, and I end up plagued by weight loss, frequent illness and chronic sinusitis.And, inevitably, it affects my marriage and my parenting....more

Use 'Em Before You Lose 'Em!

Comparison Steals Your Joy

I love November. It is the universal month of Thanksgiving. As a society we take the time to consciously recognize what we are thankful for. I find it amazing with our list growing throughout the month we can still be void of joy. Last Friday I talked about how we sabotage our own joy. In my opinion, Comparison is the greatest thief of our joy....more

Stop Sabotaging Your Joy

Did you know there is a difference between being happy and having joy? According to Merriam Webster the definition of happy is favored by luck or good fortune and joy is defined as a state of well-being. In other words, happiness is dependant on a situation whereas joy can exist regardless of our circumstance. Unfortunately all too often our joy is depicted based on how happy we are....more

Why I Bellydance

*Cross Posted from So I'm six feet tall. This has relevance, promise. By the time I was in fourth grade I was taller than everyone else AND I was getting boobs, because nature decided I needed multiple targets for the bullies in school. Since I was about eight I've been a pretty consistent failure at being a feminine female....more

Hard times to harmony...

Have you ever heard someone say, “Don’t pray for patience!”  The idea behind the statement comes from Romans 5:3, teaching patience is worked out in our lives by trials and tribulations.  But a closer look at this verse might be a good idea.  In the New Living Translation, Romans 5:3 says, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance (patience).”   Did you catch it?  We should rejoice in the trials.  Why?  They help us develop patience.  Life lesson:  Pray for pat...more

Life Lessons

  I hate school!!! But I love learning. Learning new things about others, yourself, life in general is essential happiness and joy....more

The Temple's Foundation

In my previous post My Body My Temple…Or My Body My Minimally Maintained Shelter???...more

How Do I Love Me Let Me Count The Ways.

I am Chasing Joy, looking for a rainbow, focusing on the bright side of life, seeking happiness. Part of all this is truly loving one’s self. So the challenge is to list as many things as you can that you love about yourself....more