2012 BIG Goals!

Time to make a bunch of goals you won’t ever follow through on, right?  RIGHT!

I’ve decided to have fun with this…and go ALL OUT!  So here are my new year’s goals!  Read them and weep!

  1. Clean out my garage (I know this goal will at least get me started in the right direction.  I might get one shelf cleaned off before my New Year’s energy fizzles away on Jan. 11th)
  2. Lose 200 pounds.  (Think BIG, right!  I will be in the negative digits, but those are REAL numbers according to my past math teachers) Continue reading

Eureka! I’ve STRUCK JOY!

I didn’t strike gold…but close to it!  I WON a game of bowling, and feel like I could conquer the world!

Now, maybe you are one of those lucky people who are naturally good at things and win all the time…but I’m NOT!  In elementary school, I was usually last picked for kickball; my first time playing soccer, my team was called the Strikers.  We lost every game.  After another humiliating loss as I was walking away listening to my mom’s upbeat enthusiasm of how WELL I had done, I overheard another parent from the opposing team chuckle and tell his child that our team should be called the STRIKE-OUTS because we were so bad.  Boo! Continue reading

EnJOY each Brick

JOY!  As I’ve spent time organizing and pondering my memories to someday put together in an autobiography, JOY is the word that comes to my mind over and over as a common theme.  God didn’t mean for this earth life to be easy, and much of the time, it hasn’t been.  He sent us to be tried and tested, but also to experience JOY.

I love 2 Nephi 2:25 in the Book of Mormon where it says:  “Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have JOY.” 

That is my motto!  Life is a gift from God designed to help us become more like Him.  Things won’t always be easy; in fact, if they were, we would be boring, mindless idiots.  Easy things don’t help us stretch and grow.  Hard things do. Continue reading

Beware hungry Bears!

I love cross country skiing for 3 reasons:

1:  It’s fun to explore a white wonderland
2:   I love the quiet peace and solace, and
3:  It’s incredible exercise

But there is a danger to every outdoor sport…and bears are the #1 threat to America (I heard that on the Colbert show).   And when you x-country ski, you are in the mountains where bears are known to live.  But I’ve never seen them yet, so read on!  I promise not to frighten you…TOO MUCH. Continue reading

The Power of Words

I have always loved writing.  Even as a child, I kept journals and made a few sad attempts at stories, which were pretty awful (but to me, they were the most wonderful stories in the world).  In college, an English professor further ‘opened’ my world to the power of the written word.  I learned that writing had a purpose—to explore one’s own thoughts and beliefs.  Writing is synonymous with discovery.  You learn about yourself—the deepest subject there is—harder even than calculus!  Whew!

Writing can be torturous as you start on the path to true discovery!  But don’t give up!  Persevere!  Writing is also the vehicle which can bring you the most JOY.  When you write and write and write…and then have one of those “Ah Ha!” moments where clear vision unfolds and you truly SEE who you really are, all the time and effort and head banging you went through to get there is totally worth it! Continue reading

Oysters and Man!

Can you guess where this quote is from?

“Yes, there is death in this business of whaling—a speechlessly quick chaotic bundling of a man into Eternity.  But what then?  Methinks we have hugely mistaken this matter of Life and Death.   Methinks that what they call my shadow here on earth is my true substance.  Methinks that in looking at things spiritual, we are too much like the oysters observing the sun through the water, and thinking that thick water the thinnest of air.

“Methinks my body is but the less of my better being.  In fact take my body who will, take it I say, it is not myself.” (p.33) Continue reading

Welcome!

Welcome to JoyintheMoments.com

Glad you’ve stopped by to visit.  Hopefully you’ll want to return again and again and not think this is a big waste of time!  I’ve had so much fun reading others’ blogs and participating vicariously in their fun moments, that I wanted to create a blog of my own, with my own style and format.  My goal with this blog is threefold:

  • To share the JOY I’ve found in the little moments in life
  • To gain insights into ways to experience more JOY, and
  • To motivate my readers to find JOY in words (both books and writing)

So go ahead…browse through the sections and see if anything catches your fancy.  I hope you’ll leave here a little happier, and be willing to discover JOY in your own moments each day.

Char