January 26, 2010

Finding the JOY

Definition of JOY: gladness; delight; the emotion of great happiness.

My mom has always told me, "Don't let anyone rob you of your joy." This is the motto I try to live by. When I am old, I want to look back on my life and feel an overwhelming surge of joy at the life I've lived. I want to feel joy along the way, as well.

2009 was a difficult year for me. A lot of things happened that were outside my control, and I did not like it, not one bit. My joy was being taken. My mom is my biggest cheerleader though, and encouraged me and cheered me on and always reminded me to look past tough times and look for the joy.

I don't know what 2010 holds, but some difficulties from 2009 are still trying to linger. I'm trying to focus on one day at a time and reveling in the joy that day brings, rather than worrying about the next day, or the next. No one will rob me of my joy! :)

"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come. The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present, and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future." — Audrey Hepburn

Don't get me wrong, I am blessed beyond measure with the greatest family, friends and life a girl could ask for. But sometimes we all need to be reminded to look around and marvel at the good that surrounds us.

"I do it for the joy it brings, for I'm a joyful girl." — Ani DiFranco
Kate Spade - "Look for the Silver Lining" bangle
Kate Spade - "Take a Chance" bangle

I love love love the Kate Spade bangles with the hidden messages.
These are a favorite of mine. So inspiring!
I want one that says - Walking on Sunshine.



MCW said...

Sometimes we all need this reminder...it is hard when it feel like the world is coming down on top of you!

I'maNolaGirl said...

What a great post! I hope 2010 brings you lots of joyful moments!!!

Blair @ Reasonably Swanky said...

I saw those bracelets the other day! I adore them! Thanks for sharing!
Have a great day!

JGIWC said...

3 of my best friends got me the "Good as Gold" and "Red Letter Day" bangles for my birthday - it was one of the best gifts I got!

Trish said...

Those bangles are to die for! Thanks so much for sharing. I hope that 2010 is the most wonderful year for you! xoxo

Pink Maple said...

Great post! I think all have months or years when things don't seem to go right, your post is a good reminder to always find the best in our day to day lives.

***Positively Preppy in Pink*** said...

Inspiring post! Those bracelets are beautiful too! :)

Have a great day!

Headbands and Hand Bags said...

Wouldn't those be fun to bring a little reminder of joy! Best of luck to you for a happy 2010!

Golden Stilettos said...

"I hope the bird of joy shits all over you" -My Best Friend

She has this way of making the above quote sound good at her sisters wedding during her speech!

Hope it gave you a giggle and 2010 is stupendous!

thepreppyprincess said...

What a wonderful post Miss Tutu, it is such a good message, and unfortunately most of us need to hear it more than once. (Ahem, some of us actually require frequent reminders.)

Your Mom sounds so cool, we're sending a big smile her way today, and loving the message to Scatter Joy. Thank you. :)

Princess Freckles said...

Such beautiful quotes! I know 2010 will be filled with blessings for you!

Kassie said...

What a great post! Good for you. And I hope that 2010 is your best yet. :)

Erika said...

This is such a wonderful post; and the pieces you've featured here are an amazing reminder to seek joy in any situation. I hope that 2010 works out better for you my love!! :)

christi said...

everyone needs a reminder to be joyful!

WadleyGirl said...

Pink Tutu.....I am new to the blogging world myself but I have been following your blog for quite a time now! I really enjoy reading it. My daughter who is a freshman in college is also a dancer. She is on the dance team at her college. 2010 was also a trying time for me and I love your Mom;s quote. I am going to remember it and begin saying it to myself when I feel like my "joy is being robbed"!! I also love, love the Kate Spade bangles with the hidden messages. I just might need to treat myself to one very soon! I hope 2010 is a better year for you and I cant wait to continue to follow you along your life's journey.

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

Lovely post- we all need to remind ourselves of this now and then. I've been there- surrounded by people who steal your joy. It's so toxic and worth the risk to just up and walk away!

Miss Janice said...

I am always looking for the joy in life everyday! Hope 2010 is a better year for you:)

Kristin said...

I heart them too. And the fabulous colors sweeten the pot!

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