Welcome to my Joy Journal! - May You Know Joy

As you will have already gathered from this site and my work, I’m aspiring to curate a joyful life and if I can inspire or empower you do to the same – even in some small way – it would be my pleasure and my honour.

This weekly blog will take its inspiration from my May You Know Joy cards (new and future), my Seeds of Intention cards and the world around me.  I offer these musings and experiences as a slice of life.  They are a facet of my truth at a given moment of time.  Please know that I’m imperfect and subject to change!  It’s a journey of intention with a firm foundation in beauty, kindness, love and truth.  These are my compass points and while I often stray, my hope is that through conscious living, they keep putting me on the right path.

Just to be clear a life of joy, in my opinion, is a choice.  It’s a way of being.  It’s choosing joy in many shapes and forms all the time.  Sometimes it means blissful, breezy days.  But, more often than not it means choosing to navigate pain, fear and suffering in an authentic, truthful and courageous way.  It means choosing to accept life and move through the darkness knowing that each challenge is an opportunity for growth (although it may truly suck at the time!).

If we believe (and I do) that everything is happening for us, we walk through all the doors that open for us as bravely as we can.  When we live from this place of intention and joy, our world opens up in incredible ways – for us and for those around us.  Is it fear-inducing?  Oh yeah.  I invite you to give it a try.

While I was writing this post, I was thinking about Rumi’s poem “The Guesthouse” and I will close this post by sharing it with you …

This being human is a guest house.  
Every morning a new arrival.  

A joy, a depression, a meanness, 
some momentary awareness comes 
as an unexpected visitor.  

Welcome and entertain them all!  
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows 
who violently sweep you house
empty it of its furniture,  
still, treat each guest honorably.  
He may be clearing you out 
for some new delight.  

The dark thought, the shame, the malice, 
meet them at the door laughing 
and invite them in.  

Be grateful for whatever comes 
because each has been sent 
as a guide from beyond. 

– Rumi