The Many Facets of Joy Found, Sometimes in Unexpected Places

The many facets of Joy found, sometimes, in unexpected places.

That’s a mouthful.
But it boils down to this:
Prompted by the Five Minute Friday Community!

This week I found joy in some unexpected places.
Occasionally that will happen.
More often than not, really.

I’ve been following a couple of sassy and fantastic women in business.

Brenda Ster from Sassy Suite
has been teaching me some ins and outs of social media
as well as tricks with graphics.
I’m still learning, so don’t judge her skills based entirely on my work,
but getting my products up on the website has been made easier
and I am focusing in on branding and all that is involved with it.
She’s fun and inspiring and sassy.
She learned something new and shared it with us.
I played with it too.
That is one of my own pics of our advent wreath.
Did you know you could do that???
That was the first one I did on the fly.
Cool huh?

Elise Lininger has given a challenge, a video challenge.
I’m learning to get a little more comfortable with the idea
of using video in the promotion of my business.
NERVE WRACKING!
She is teaching me to focus on purpose even more,
and to show up for myself.
She is also fun and inspiring and yes, she is sassy too.
I am not quite ready to share one of my videos,
still learning,
but I will,
and soon.
Because I have a story to tell,
a purpose to share.

Joy in being creative has been big these last couple weeks.
Joy in learning more about ME.
Joy in being afraid and doing a thing anyway.
Joy in the process.
Joy in the failures because there is something learned.
Joy at listening to others.
Joy at the feedback.
Joy at finally making the commitment to do these things
and the process of showing up

How about JOY of a job well done after having to push someone so hard.
Homeschooling is one big ball of pushing
yourself as a teacher,
them as students,
then joy.
But the last few weeks we have had an abundance of joy
because not only are the kids learning,
but after being kind of just milling around,
and trying to just get through,
they are UNDERSTANDING
the joy of learning and a job well done.

Don’t judge.
There are times in every season
where we let ourselves go stagnant.
So much more joy when we come out of it.

Added to that we have the joy of the season.
The advent.
Waiting.
Preparing.
Looking forward the joy to come.

The joy of seeing our advent tree fill a little more each day.
Our Jesse tree ornaments that we have been using for a few years now
from
Ann Voskamp and the greatest gift.
and my own Names and Attributes of God ornaments. 

Look, I’m not saying I can’t still get a bit grumpy
(ok sometimes a lot grumpy)
and fearful and overwhelmed even.
I have things I need to learn for sure.
Planning, for example, mapping out my goals.
But joy is still found in expected and unexpected places in my day and in my life.
And what I’ve learned,
is to take that joy and focus on it.
And give thanks to God for all of it,
but most ESPECIALLY the joy that is found in
very unexpected places.

maxinemarie

About ~Me~ Hello, my name is Maxine. I am: Catholic and a stubborn child of God a wife (to my highschool sweetheart) a mom (to six wonderful kids that span 20 years in age) a daughter a sister a business owner an artist and a writer Like most women with a list like that, I'm also busy and sometimes overwhelmed. I'm on a journey to be happy despite the chaos, maybe even because of it.

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  1. Yes! As a homeschool mom, I am going to be on the lookout for joy in homeschooling today. I need to focus more on joy. Thank you for this encouragement

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