Joy is defined as a feeling of great pleasure and happiness according to google and Oxford Languages.
Seems simple enough, right?!?!?!
But sometimes, somewhere along the road we seem to lose sight of what brings us Joy and we end up just surviving.
We end up bogged down in work, and schedules, and housework (even just with the essentials and not the dark corners where the dust bunnies multiply), and kids, and earning extra money to afford the next big trip, and holidays, and family obligations, and, and, and ... and we long for the next weekend even though it is only Monday, or the next day off, simply because we didn't make time to prioritize what brings us Joy, what fuels us, what lights us up, what energizes us.
So how do we break this nasty cycle you ask?
We bring back Joy, and Pleasure, and Happiness.
We prioritize it every single day!
Even if that means sitting in a kitchen full of dirty dishes and recycling to write a blog post (yep you guessed it, that's me right now because writing blogs brings me joy).
How do we prioritize joy?
My JOY LIST
Having trouble getting started? Here are some of the things on my Joy list, just to get you thinking ...
One of the other major things that I do is surround myself with actual printed photos ... of my favourite places, of my people in my favourite places, of a moment that just filled my heart till it was so full it was leaking out my eyes. My walls are full of both photographs and my art so that when I shift my gaze around any room I always land on something or someone that brings me joy or a joyful memory.
So print those photos you have stored on your phone, or the ones on your computer ... frame them and display them ... and then when your gaze lands on them, close your eyes, bring the memory to the surface and watch the scene like its from your favourite movie, and go back to it over and over again any time you need a little reminder that there is Love & Joy all around us ... we just have to choose to see it.
what will you do to prioritize joy
Brien-anne RMT, CA
I am passionate not only about Massage Therapy & Aromatherapy, but also living a holistic lifestyle and empowering others to do the same!