In the past, I have made the proverbial New Year’s resolution like the majority of the world. I’ll lose 20 lbs, learn a new language, keep myself organized, and be a better wife/mother/daughter/friend. I will also strengthen my faith and be more charitable along with creating the perfect capsule wardrobe while becoming a practicing minimalist. Oh, and I’ll do yoga. And meditate. And read more. Sound familiar?
This year I’ve decided on a one word mantra for each day – Joy. Here’s a little back story as to why I chose “joy”…..
Last year, 2016, has left me in a blur. Honestly, I don’t remember much. This could be because of a few reasons. First, I work full time while going to school 3/4 time. I’m also a wife and mother of four. (Ok, only three of my kids still live at home…but still…) In May of 2016, I was diagnosed with advanced Hashimoto’s disease. Advanced meaning, basically, my thyroid has little to no live tissue left – my body has destroyed it. I’ll write more about my diagnosis in another post. I also hold a leadership position in the women’s group of my church. In a nutshell, I. AM. BUSY. And tired…so, so tired.
By the end of November 2016, I realized I had turned into a robot living on autopilot and not doing anything with much meaning or gusto. This is completely the opposite of who I am and how I want to live. By the time Christmas 2016 was over, I realized I had forgotten my kids stockings, to even look for a gift for my husband, and was physically and emotionally exhausted. I have spent the better part of the last two weeks in bed or wanting to be in bed. This has to change. So, I decided to do what I usually do when I know something needs to change – I started a project, The Joy Project 2017.
I am not sure how the project will play out yet. My intention is to use this blog as a journal, writing at least weekly as I work on wellness in all areas of life. I hope you enjoy the ride and maybe learn a little something to bring YOU joy along the way.