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.
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. 😉
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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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?
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?
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!
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!
18 thoughts on “Things that Bring Me Joy”
Love this post Lisa!
Awww…thanks Suzie! I had a lot of fun writing it! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! 🙂
Great list, Lisa! I’m with you on everything – especially the massages! LOL! Keep smiling!
Thanks for stopping by Sharon! Yes, those massages were incredibly awesome! 🙂
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. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by ProteanMom! And yes they are all great stress relievers! That’s probably why I enjoy them so much! 😉
A lovely post! Have an awesome weekend!
Thanks for stopping by Homemaker Mom! I appreciate your kind words and you have an awesome weekend as well! 🙂
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! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by Yvonne! You have a great weekend too! 🙂
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.
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. 🙂
Your Book Series sound great. I love YA.
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. 🙂
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.
I agree Viktor! 🙂 Thanks for your kind words!
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?
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. 🙂