The Joyful Jar @kathleenlawless
Last Christmas I gave my best friend a fancy jar and a pad of post it notes, along with the challenge to write down something every week that gave her joy. I did the same myself and I am still waiting to read them with her. I know she is avoiding me because she ‘forgot’ for months at a time. Other times she struggled, looking for something totally “WOW”.
I don’t know about you, but really don’t have a lot of totally “WOW” moments. What I wrote down were a lot of times and places and situations and experiences that gave me a nice, warm fuzzy feeling of being in the moment and loving it.
I haven’t read through them all (still waiting on the BFF) but I did pull out a few for this blog. Because I live near the beach a lot of those moments were about or on the beach, either here or on vacation.
Many of those special moments involved making memories with my love; I am grateful every day to have him in my life.
Picnics, beachwalks, sunshine, sand between my toes, you get the gist. Things we can easily take for granted if we are not truly present in the moment.
One of my joyful notations mentions a new journal. That crisp smell of unused paper interspersed with sayings about, what else? The Ocean. Another involved a weekend with the girlfriends. Family, friends, food and wine, they all found a mention in The Joyful Jar.
I’m anticipating this newly launched year. I don’t need the Joyful Jar to remind me of all the good things in my life. But I am excited to see what 2018 brings.
I am also very excited to have my novella, Intimate Strangers, part of a new box set next month. Love Me Hard contains 15 great reads by award-winning authors to be released on February 13th just in time for Valentine’s Day.
May it be one of many, many joyful moments. And may you fill your own Joyful Jar, figuratively or literally, with joy.
Kathleen Lawless is the award-winning author of 25 romance novels and novellas, all with happy endings, because life is too short for angst.
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