Lisa (of LisaNotes) has provided a place to share our experiences with our OLW (One Little Word)– to be accountable, to keep it front and centre in our lives. This is our fourth check-in:
My One Word April Up-date:
JOY is my OLW – a word that is needed greatly this year.
I did not do an update in March. It was a challenging month. I didn’t do much art and even reading didn’t help as much as it should have. I started with the Lenten exercises which I did enjoy, but thendid not finish them. I didn’t even turn to my gratitude journal or prayer log.
Although my hubby was finally out of hospital and was getting stronger, I developed shingles and the pain was something else. Six weeks later, it is still uncomfortable on my back.
But this past month, I got good news – my knee surgery has been scheduled for the end of May. I can see an end in sight (finally after over a year of waiting!) to the pain. I also found the warmer weather and the gardens and green grass have helped too.
And Easter arrived – how could I not be joyous, with the Easter message and time with family.
(I have not done exactly what Lisa asked of us, but here is a summary of some of the things I have done this month.)
What I am now doing:
I continue to keep my JOY canvas in a conspicuous spot so that I see it often each day.
I continue to list 3-5 things I am grateful for every day.
I continue to add to my JOY journal quotes, inspiring stories, and pictures that spark joy.
I am creating l JOY cards using my hubby’s old business cards and some art pieces I painted as backgrounds. They are fun to do.
I also started two new fun art projects, that are relaxing, easy and can be done anywhere, anytime. They are both found at iHanna’s blog:
I am continuing to study of Joyful by Ingrid Fetell Lee with a writing friend- a chapter or two a week, to study it in depth. So much interesting stories and ideas about how to find joy.
My favourite chapter has been “Transcendence”. “Upward movements seem to correlate to joy:
I am also trying to find joy in small things – playing wordle every day and sharing results with my hubby (we have now added a Canadian version – Canuckle); reading; listening to music; face-time with family and friends; making apple crisp; looking at the growing flowers in the garden.
The newest joy, has been watching the building of a robin’s nest on our porch, on the top of the hanging ladder. This week we discovered 2 eggs. Such a gorgeous blue!
Here are several new JOY quotes I found:
May JOY take root more and more.
JOY comes to us in the ordinary moments. We risk missing out when we get too busy chasing down the extraordinary. Brene Brown
I am trying every day, to feel that joy, to be filled with joy. Some days more than others it is a challenge. I will keep trying – It is well worth the pursuit.