I am 14 days behind on my “Moments of Joy” project. Getting up to date seems like quite a bit of work. But I’m only one week away from completing this project, and I don’t want to give up this close to the end.
To be truthful, I can’t remember everything that’s happened in the last two weeks. But I have thought about joy each day. These last 93 days have been impactful in helping me create joy in my life and see life through a more joyful lens. That’s not to say that there aren’t still times I stress out and feel negative. That definitely still happens. But I think these last 93 days have helped make my perspective more optimistic than it was 94 days ago.
Below are 14 “Moments of Joy” from the last two weeks:
- Going to the Temple. John and I each took a day off from work, and this presented an opportunity to go to the Temple together. I love the Temple because I feel like I leave the Temple feeling more confident about myself. I think this is perhaps because being in the Temple elevates my perspective to a more holy level.
- Watching the snow fall. We had quite the blizzard this weekend. The view from our apartment is somewhat limited, but we could still watch the heavy snow fall. This was the first real snowfall of the year for us. To me this first snowfall of the year is magical.
- Completing a major project at home. When John and I moved into our apartment, the closet in the second bedroom became the “closet of death.” We stuffed that bad boy full of everything that didn’t have a home. I’ve known for a while the day would come when we needed to go through that closet, and I dreaded that day. When it came time to put away the fake Christmas tree we ordered this year, I knew that meant we needed to go through “that” closet. So I woke up early one Saturday and got to work. We ended up sorting and organizing from about 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It was quite the day, but knowing that project was done brought joy and gratitude.
- Being reminded that God can use us to accomplish His grand purposes. Listening to this BYU devotional a couple times over the past week brought joy and peace.
- Spending time with family. On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, my mom, sister, and I went out to lunch. We went to Cava, my favorite restaurant (currently).
- Writing thank you cards. I’ve started sending our wedding thank you cards. Taking the time to write these notes reminds me how blessed we are to have friends and family who love us and support us.
- Getting a headboard. A few years ago, I found a headboard that I really wanted. I knew that I’d be moving from the house I was in in just a few months. So I decided to put off buying the headboard until after I moved. But then the house I moved into had dollhouse (angled) ceilings on the top floor. Where I wanted to place my bed wasn’t conducive to a headboard. I lived in that house for two and half years. Now that I’m in an apartment, I was finally able to get that headboard I’d been eying all those years.
- Having a meal turn out unexpectedly well. Last Sunday, I was a bit nervous about dinner. I made dinner on the fly. I made a pesto pasta, and I loved it! I was so nervous the meal would be bland, but it wasn’t at all. This made me really, really happy because I don’t consider myself an experienced cook.
- Participating in a panel discussion about faith. The youth (ages 12-18) in our church congregation asked John and I to sit on a panel. The youth asked the panel questions about pushing forward with a steadfast faith in Christ. I wrote a little bit about my experience on The Faith Friends Blog. I loved the opportunity to get to know the youth in our congregation.
- Exercising. John and I are trying to make more healthy decisions. We started what we call “The 30 Day Challenge.” We have to exercise for 30 days before being allowed to purchase a specific item of our choice. I’ve felt more motivated to exercise lately, and it’s improved the quality of how I feel on a day-to-day basis. When I exercise, I am more energized and more positive.
- Framing and hanging pictures. For the last three months, the wall above our TV has been empty. I’ve known I wanted to put a wedding picture there. I’ve also known I wanted to find pictures or objects to put on each side of the wedding photo. Well, last weekend we hung our wedding picture. On each side, we placed a framed magazine cover that has special historical significance. Having these pictures on the wall make our home feel more complete. For me there is a real joy that comes along with home decorating. I love it. And I love how the house feels once its walls are decorated.
- Spending less time on Facebook. I’ve found myself going to Facebook on my phone when I’m bored. A little over a week ago, I logged myself out of Facebook on my phone. Once I did so, I spent way less time on Facebook. Doing so made me feel more connected with the present world around me. It is a good feeling.
- Baking. I enjoy baking when I have the time to do so. Winter Storm Jonas provided me with that time. The only thing I baked was brownies, but I plan to bake some cookies today.
- Reading the Book of Mormon. Winter Storm Jonas also brought with it time to read. One evening I turned of all the lights in my bedroom. I opened the blinds to allow the freshly fallen white snow to light up the room. I laid in my bed and read. It was the perfect atmosphere for reading in the scriptures. The world was quiet, and my heart felt joy.