Things that Bring Me Joy

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you. I’m back today with another top ten list. I’m talking about things that bring me joy. 🙂 I don’t know why I decided to write about this today, maybe I’m feeling particularly joyful. I don’t know, but here they are.

My family

That’s right my family is one of the greatest sources of joy for me. I know every mom says this and it’s a cliché, but it’s also true. I love listening to my kids when they don’t know it and their conversations are so sweet and innocent. It reminds me of what’s important in life.   My hubby is my rock and he makes me laugh. That’s very important, laughter, after all it is the best medicine. 😉

My Writing

I love writing and researching a new story. I absolutely love it when a new idea comes into my head. There’s a calming feeling that comes over me when I finally sit down at my computer and begin typing. I forget about all the little irritates of the day when I’m immersed in a story. It’s a great feeling. The Super Spies and the Cat Lady Killer 500x750TheSuperSpiesandtheHighSchoolBomber 500x750TheSuperSpiesandthePiedPiper 500x750

 

 

 

Working With Kids

 

There’s something about working with kids that does me good. Whether it’s working with young teens during my writing workshops or volunteering at my kids’ school, I find it uplifting. I enjoy their enthusiasm and their desire to learn. They want to know everything! IMG_0424

Hiking

Hiking in the forest is one of my greatest joys. I love getting outside and walking through the woods. There’s so much beauty in nature and sometimes I just need to absorb that. I also love walking on the beach. Being near the water relaxes me andI enjoy the majesty of the waves as they break against the beach. I like to take these walks alone because that’s when I do my deepest thinking. IMG_0315

 

My Friends

I enjoy time alone, but I also enjoy spending time with my friends. Because of our busy schedules we don’t get together as often as we’d like, but it’s always good to reconnect with friends you’ve shared adventures with and travel down memory lane.

Reading

Reading feeds my deep desire to learn. I love learning new things, whether it’s research for a story or research for an issue in my personal life. I love to learn. I choose to be proactive and find solutions to problems, whether it’s in my personal life or a problem with a Work in Process. I also love reading for enjoyment as well. There’s nothing like getting lost in a great story.  Sitting in a lounge chair by the beach, reading is a one of my greatest pleasures.

Traveling

Since I have a deep desire to learn, I love to travel and learn about my destination. I took a trip to Key West, Florida a few years ago and I enjoyed walking through Ernest Hemingway’s home there. I wondered what it was like to live and work there. I also took a trip to Cancun a while back and I went to Chichen Itza. That was an incredible experience. As I climbed the steep staircase, I was in awe of the complexity of the structures there. The detail in their stone carvings astonished me. I could tell they were an advanced civilization and I’ve always wondered what happened to the Mayans. Haven’t you?

Exercising

I can hear you all groaning out there! But it’s true, I love the feeling I have when I’m finished exercising. Notice I say finished. 🙂 When I start to exercise, I’m not feeling particularly joyful, but by the end I’m always glad I started.  I usually run or do Pilates, but since I’ve pulled a muscle in my back, I’ve been walking. Did you know walking one mile burns as many calories as running a mile? 😉 This is good to know, don’t you think?

Bubble Baths

I absolutely love bubble baths. It’s a great way to relax after a run or after a stressful day.  Since I’ve had kids, I can count on one hand how many bubble baths I’ve been able to take, but I do have memories of them! 🙂 I used to light candles and fill the tub with hot fragrant bubbly water. There’s no better way to relax!

Massages

There’s nothing better than a full body massage. I used to get these before I had kids and I loved them. They’re great after a stressful day at work. They’re expensive, hence the reason I got them before kids, but they’re an indulgence that’s good for you! 🙂 So there you have ten things that give me joy. What things give you joy? Leave a comment I’d love to hear from you!

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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18 Responses to Things that Bring Me Joy

  1. Love this post Lisa!

  2. sharonledwith says:

    Great list, Lisa! I’m with you on everything – especially the massages! LOL! Keep smiling!

  3. ProteanMom says:

    Love it! I was reminded today how much exercise relieves stress. That and reading – and writing – and family. So, yes, it’s a great top ten list. 🙂

  4. A lovely post! Have an awesome weekend!

  5. I can identify with many of these things that bring joy into your life Lisa. I didn’t groan with the exercise bit, just happy to see it on the list. Stopping by from SITS! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  6. My list would be really similar. I just ran 6 miles and now I’m packing for our summer away while evesdropping on my four year old and her BFF playing together. Listening to them play acting like grownups makes me giggle, and brings me joy.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thanks for stopping by Lizzie! I know what you mean about listening to your kids when they’re talking with their friends. It is so cute and they’re so full of enthusiasm when they discover something new together. 🙂

  7. viktoryarch says:

    Your Book Series sound great. I love YA.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      Thank you Viktor! I’ve received a great response from it and I’m having a lot of fun with it. I have a new series started and the first book is coming out in November, the second in December, and the third in January. These books are Coming of Age novels. 🙂 They’re going to be called the Starlight Chronicles and I’m so excited. 🙂 I loved writing this story. 🙂

      • viktoryarch says:

        Thank you for sharing the info on your new releases. I will keep my eye on them.
        Glad that you excited about your books, and the readers are enjoying it too.
        The best joy for author is to hold a published book.

      • Lisa Orchard says:

        I agree Viktor! 🙂 Thanks for your kind words!

      • viktoryarch says:

        I love creative writing, because I never knew where my story will take me to. Even though I have an outline, most of the time my characters do something that really surprises me. Like they have their own secrets and as an author/writer I am the one they want it to be discovered by.
        What about you? How is your creative writing goes? Do your characters give you surprises when you finished with the book?

      • Lisa Orchard says:

        Yes they do! That’s what I love about writing. I put my characters into situations and see how they react. It also keeps my story interesting. 🙂

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