Joy is a choice

"Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day." --Henri J.M. Nouwen

I'm learning this lesson often lately as we deal with some middle school drama. It's tough trying to teach someone else to choose joy when you aren't feeling much like choosing it yourself. But, it's so worth it.

Luckily, there is no shortage of things to be joyful about. You may need to spend a bit of time looking but that effort will pay off every day that you decide to pursue it.



"Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude." --Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thank you for reading my tidbits and letting me know when they especially speak to you. I'm incredibly grateful for your support and feedback.

Happy Thanksgiving!


A great life

"A great life is the sum total of all the worthwhile things you've been doing one by one." --Richard Bach

It's not about the big accomplishments. It's not about outward recognition for what you've done.

It's simply about doing whatever is worthwhile to you on a regular basis. If you do that, your life will be a great one.

Easy peasy!


Be careful what you wish for

"Some say be careful what you wish for. Well, I'd be more wary of not wishing at all." --Unknown

So... great things are happening over here. Podcasts, radio interviews, articles and guest blog posts, fun book launch parties, amazing support from friends and family, and my debut on live TV this last Thursday. It's all exactly what I hoped for when I imagined publicity for the book. It's also a lot to take in and, at times, I feel utterly exhausted by it.

But, here's the thing. I asked for it and, as a result, I'm stretching my boundaries and growing in leaps and bounds. And, that's the lesson. It's worth wishing for things that are scary and exhilarating and outside of your comfort zone.

Yes, I wanted to sneak out of the television studio as I waited for my turn. Yes, I had to coach myself through staying. Yes, there are things I wish I'd said and things I wish I hadn't. And, yes, I got just what I wished for--and more.

What's your wish? Bonus points if you tell me in the comments.


Harmless amusements

"Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world." --Voltaire

I found this quotation and a calm came over me. Most of the very best things that life has to offer are so simple. Reading, dancing, laughing, walking, gazing, breathing. These are the basics of being human yet it's so easy to take them for granted.

And, the cause no harm part. Wow. If we could get back to these basics when conflicts arise, what a different world this could be.

By the way, how is it November already?

For Seattle-area peeps, I have two book events coming up: one at Fly Fitness on Carillon Point this coming Wednesday and one at Mockingbird Books near Greenlake on 11/20. If you'd like to come to either of them, I would absolutely love it. Just send me an email at erin@magnoliaworkshop.com and I'll send you the details.