Happy New Year! My goal this year is to make 2016 a year of “cheerfulness.” I like that word because cheerfulness to me is faith and optimism combined. Elder Neal A. Maxwell, an apostle of Jesus Christ, described cheerfulness as “trust in God’s unfolding purposes, not only for all humankind but for us individually.” (You can read the full talk Elder Maxwell gave on cheerfulness here.)
Now to catch up on my “Moments of Joy…”
December 27: We headed back to Virginia early because of impending bad weather in Iowa. We drove about five hours on the 27th and stayed the night in Indianapolis. I had joy in the car ride as John and I talked about a range of topics. I love talking with him.
December 28: We made it back home. That night we went to the outlets to exchange John’s new coat. We stopped in a store to look at pants for me. I’ve been needing some new pants and this store never seems to have them in my size. But on this night they did. That made me really happy because this is like the only store where I buy my pants due to my struggle finding the right fit in other stores.
December 29: After work we headed to my parents’ house for dinner and to exchange Christmas gifts, since we had been in Iowa for Christmas. I love my family and being with them, chatting with them, laughing with them, and joking with them brings joy.
December 30: This was our first evening at home since we got back. I had some things I needed to get done, so John offered to do all the dinner dishes. There are only two of us, so it’s not like there are a ton of dishes, but it still meant a lot because he recognized that I had things I needed to get done. And even though he too had things to accomplish, he still chose to do all the dishes.
December 31: Again, we headed over to my parents’ house. We had dinner, watched football, and just chatted. My brother Trevor is home from college and it was especially fun to see him. As I said before, being with my family fills me with joy and gratitude. John and I had to head home early because I had a 7:05 a.m. flight the next morning. So, no I did not stay up until midnight to ring in the New Year 😦
January 1: I flew to Tucson for work. The first week in January is always our annual Winter Institute. Each year I come here, I reflect on all that has happened in the last year. There is quite a lot that happened in 2015. The biggest event being marrying John. I am filled with joy when I look back on what has transpired in my life this past year. Have there been hard moments since I was here last? Uh, absolutely! But that’s life. And the good outweighs the bad.
January 2: This morning I had joy while working out (which, is truthfully shocking). In 2016 I want to take better care of my body. I found a 20 minute youtube exercise video that I did this morning. I have joy when I think about all that the human body can do. And I definitely need to take better care of mine. I’ve felt so run down lately, and I my guess is it’s from a lack of exercise and eating lots and lots of goodies.