"I Choose Joy" February 16, 2019 11:36 2 Comments

"In this challenging moment of heaviness, I choose joy." -IALD

 

Happy Saturday! The choice for today's post is very personal for me. It is in this moment, I realize that I not only created this collection for you, but for me. For this, I am grateful. I hope you don't mind if I share a little story with you.

This morning woke up with a feeling of sadness and heaviness, I wasn't sure why. As I pushed myself to through my usual morning routine, I had this longing desire to pick up the phone and call my Daddy...one of those times where I wished heaven had a phone! Before I knew it, I had tears streaming down my face and I remember saying to myself..."Not again"... Grief feels like a neverending conundrum of emotions. One minute, you feel like the worst is behind you and you handle it and in the blink of an eye...it can hit you like a ton of bricks and feel like it just happened yesterday. While I was smack down in the middle of an emotional breakdown (quietly on my bathroom floor), I received a text message from one of my best friends in the world...It simply said, "Thank you for being you." She reminded me of a conversation we had recently and how my words helped her. Again...grateful! My response for her was celebratory and I began to think what words can I say to me right now in this moment to get me over this hurdle...

These are the words that came to mind. "I Choose JOY". Choosing joy in this moment was not easy, but vital to me not getting sucked into the deep hole of depression. It was intentional. I started to reflect on conversations I've had with my Dad, actually hearing them in his voice. This brought a smile, in the midst of my tears. Daddy wouldn't want me to be paralyzed by emotions. He wants me to thrive, live my life at my full potential and be happy. This is my driving force to choose joy today...intentionally! Again, I'm grateful!

 

Thank you for allowing me to be a little transparent with you today and share just how personal this collection is for me. Affirmations are so important. We have to remind ourselves until it becomes a way of life. If you want to check out the rest of the collection, click here.

Peace & Love,

Lisa