I was asked recently, what are five things that bring you joy?, and have decided to share them with you here! There are so many joys in life, obviously, so narrowing it down to five was a bit tricky, but I managed.
I guess I've always been "a maker" or "a creative". I started doodling and lettering at a very young age; I got into DIYs and paper crafts; I sang on many stages and then wrote my own songs; I wrote many stories and poems and shared them with few (I did actually have a couple of poems published, though); I always had an appreciation for art and the arts; and I even created a magazine for pre-teens (when I was one) which I was sure was going to be "the next big thing", and printed and shared Issues with some of my friends. As I grew older, all of these interests stuck with me, but I did not stick with them. I never realized that all of these interests I had -- all of these creative outlets that I found so much joy in -- actually could have led to legitimate careers. I thought I was supposed to be a lawyer or at least a paralegal, or a teacher or an accountant or an executive or something... something "real". When I was a junior in high school and was made to decide what my lifetime career would be though, I decided that I was also very interested in psychology. So I chose to major in psychology, but then changed my mind to journalism, then switched back to psychology, then decided I couldn't decide, then met my (now) husband, then dropped out and ran away with him and never went back to University. My husband went back (he's a math teacher now!), but I STILL CAN'T MAKE UP MY MIND, so I've stayed out of it. I love to learn, so going back to school sometimes does sound appealing, but AHH I CAN'T DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT I STILL WANT TO BE A COPY EDITOR AND I JUST WANT TO MAKE PRETTY THINGS AND SHARE THEM WITH PEOPLE WHO ALSO THINK THEY ARE PRETTY.
On that note, I've always been a musical one, ever since I was a wee tyke (people say that, right?). One of the gazillion other things I wanted to be when I grew up was "a singer", and God gifted me with a decent voice. As I tried explaining when I introduced you to my Get Stuff Done playlist the other day, I like a wide range of genres (not all of them, no, but a wide range of them). I spend more time listening to worship music (Bethel et al., Jesus Culture, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong, etc.) than any other genre, because my husband and I lead worship at church twice a month, and because when I'm bible journaling or doing any sort of creative worship, I like to have worship music on in the background. That said though, non-secular and secular music bring me loads and loads of joy. For the record, my favorites (in no particular order) are U2, The Beatles, Coldplay, Alanis Morissette, Feist, and Vampire Weekend.
My Boys Sure, it's easy to complain about them because they're always all up in my face, demanding my attention and affection 24 hrs a day, but you know what? I kind of like these little rascals. God made them especially for me, after all. He chose me to tame these wild things. There are a lot of women out there -- like, a lot, I think -- and out of every one of them, God decided that I would do a great job with these particular adorable little turds. They test me, stretch me, and try my patience, but even when I'm at my weakest and feel like I'm losing my mind after having stepped on yet another Lego, they are the purest lesson in love to me. Innocence, trust, faith, and joy can all be learned by example when you watch children do life.
Late-Night Talks with my Husband
My husband and I are both introverted, deeply feeling people. We both internalize a lot of our "stuff" -- even the good stuff! In fact I recently explained to a new friend that I really love life, I just don't know how to express it verbally. On the inside, I'm jumping up and down and bursting at the seams with excitement over so many things, but I don't know how to express my joy besides by writing or making something. And what's even more confusing to people is that my words, verbally, are typically a mix of sass and sarcasm -- they're never very joyful or exuberant. My husband is similar, minus the wonky sense of humor and abused sarcasm. So anyway, yes, we internalize a lot. But when we come together and open our hearts and share what's on our crazy, passionate minds, it is a beautiful, beautiful thing, and we can talk for hours, and hours, and hours, and hours, and hours, and hours...
THIS REQUIRES NO EXPLANATION. COFFEE GIVES ME LIFE. (See? ⤵︎)
So how about you, friends? Comment below with two things that bring you joy!