Welcome to 2017! New year, new you - right? The hope for many of us is to step into a brand new year and improve our life. Whether through losing weight, increasing our income, turning a passion into a full-time job, traveling the world, beginning a new hobby... whatever it may be, most of us want to take some action in the new year that is going to improve our life and take us to the next level. For me - 2017 is about finding and celebrating JOY in my every day life.
The best lesson that I learned in the year of 2016 is that you must be INTENTIONAL about the life that you want to experience here on this Earth. For the most part, many of my circumstances in 2016 were less than ideal. Without dwelling too much on the specifics - let's just say 2016 seemed to a year of full of sorrow, disappointment, frustration, and being completely lost in my life and purpose. I promise I am not looking for sympathy here - I just simply want to share a glimpse of the journey that led me to my personal process of intentionally seeking and choosing joy day in and day out.
I wish I could clearly state exactly what this journey will look like but if I am completely honest, I have no clue about what this will turn out to be! My hope is to intentionally share ideas, tools, and resources that can bring joy into life. I may share an inspirational thought from a book or a podcast. Maybe I'll introduce you to a friend who radiates joy in their everyday life. Perhaps it will be a piece of theatre, music, or art that brings a smile to my face and that I hope will do the same for you. The main purpose is that whatever it is, I am sharing it with you in order to spread joy in a world where we so desperately need it.
Does this mean that I am expecting every single day of my life to be the most joyful day ever and I will go to bed with a huge cheesy grin on my face every night? Absolutely not! The second biggest lesson I learned from 2016 is that LIFE WILL HAPPEN - and LIFE is not all joy, life also has sorrow, loss, heartache, and pure disappointment - but I am learning that in accepting ALL of life, not just the joyful moments, I am set free from expectations and I am allowed to be open to lessons that help me grow from a place of gratitude for ALL that life brings me...which sets me on a path to joy.
If you're sitting there thinking, "What the heck are you talking about Jordan?" - no worries! My hope is that we can learn together what all of this means in intentionally choosing joy every single day. I appreciate that you are choosing now to go on this journey with me and it would mean so much to me to have YOU share in the COMMENTS below. What is one thing that brought you joy today? Let's spread this, y'all!
Sending you joy!