day 1 journey with joy…

As I wrote in my last post, I’m going to be blogging about joy for a while. Sharing something every day about my own personal journey to connect more deeply with joy.

I’m starting this daily blogging about journey today on the new moon… a time of setting intentions, a time of starting something new. I plan to post every day for a complete moon cycle – maybe not always writing, there may be days where I post only a photograph or picture quote.

But something – every day until the next new moon – that helps me stay connected to joy.

Playing with paint has become a major joy-activating activity for me.

I paint intuitively, not worrying about what the outcome will be, not planning in advance.

I play.

And I connect with joy.

This is the canvas on my table easel right now.

The only thing I knew when I started – the only thing I know now – is I wanted to paint something connected to water, to flow.

I’ve been playing with a few shades of blue and green acrylics, and adding water itself in some places to thin and spread and drip.

This is only the start, what I did for a little while as I stood in front of the canvas and simply let myself play.

And feel free.

And feel the joy.

I have no idea what this canvas will look like when it’s finished.

The important thing for me is the process… the play… the enjoyment…

The joy of  doing it.

Do you let yourself simply play and do things just because you enjoy them, letting go of worrying what others think or what the outcome might be?

Just for the joy of doing it?

I hope so… I truly believe it’s good for the soul.

about joy and blogging…

A lot of difficult things have happened in my life the past year and a half. Hard stuff happened before then, of course, some really hard stuff – but the past year and half has been one thing after another with family situations, death, release, loss, grief, health challenges, and more.

During 2013, it seemed like the most difficult year of my life so far. (I still feel that way.)

And 2014 has been very challenging too.

As a way to connect more to joy, earlier this year I decided to paint at least a little bit every day as part of  a goal for myself during a class I took. I didn’t always do it every single day, and I still don’t, but it got me into a regular practice of painting.

Painting helps me process and release emotions.

And – painting brings me joy.

That’s why I wanted to bring painting into my life more regularly. With all the shadow I’d been experiencing, I wanted to bring in more light, more joy.

Somewhere around the end of May, I decided to – as much as possible – focus on only those things which really light me up inside and connect me to joy. I’ll admit it hasn’t all been rainbows and sunbeams… in the weeks since then, a dearly loved family member received a very bad medical diagnosis, there have been challenges in our household regarding repairs and finances, and for much of the summer I’ve been dealing with a health situation.

There has been joy. There have also been times that felt far from joyful or joy-filled.

(and to be clear, I do believe there’s a difference in happiness and joy)

When the joy is there, when I really feel it, I know in my bones I want more of this.

I want a deeper, and more consistent, relationship with joy.

I’m committed even more to strengthening that relationship, and I believe it’s something which can be strengthened.

As part of this commitment to bringing more joy into my life, connecting more with joy, and deepening my relationship with joy, I’ve decided to show up on my blog every day – starting at the next new moon, later this week – and posting something about my relationship with joy.

Every day for a complete moon cycle.

Some days I’ll write a post where I share how things are going with me and joy.

Some days I might not write much of anything but I’ll post a painting I’m working on, a photo I’ve taken, or a piece of jewelry or something else I make (because I strongly believe the creative process can connect us with our joy).

Whatever it is, I’m going to share something about joy every day here on the blog as the moon starts new, waxes to full, and wanes to new again.

I’m saying it in this post now as a public commitment to do this, a way to hold myself accountable.

It’s my moon journey with joy.

I’d been thinking I would start August 1, but this weekend I decided to start on the new moon instead – just as another way, small as it might be, to also deepen my connection to the cycles of the moon.

I’m committing to a post each day about joy, starting on the new moon.

me on a day of joy with one of my paintings