Days 94-100: 100 Moments of Joy

I can’t believe today is the last entry for my “100 Moments of Joy” project! It’s been a good and beneficial journey. Later this week, I hope to write a post on what I’ve learned during these last 100 days.

Day 94: Tuesday was another snow day, meaning no work for me. John had to go into the office (he only works five minutes from our home), so I was by myself for most of the day. I spent a good chunk of the day writing thank you notes for wedding gifts we received. It was a peaceful and calm day, and a nice (forced) slow down from the crazy pace of normal life. I had joy sitting in my living room writing thank you notes while the sun streamed natural light in through the blinds.

Day 95: The commute home on Wednesday was epic. I left my office at 4 p.m. because John and I were having dinner with a friend that evening. However, my commute took three hours. Two of those three hours were spent with John driving the typically 10-minute drive from the metro to our home. The roads were jam packed, so we cancelled dinner with my friend. While this was a frustrating commute, I was so grateful I left at 4 p.m. so I could still have some sort of an evening that night. This was a tender mercy that brought joy.

Day 96: My dad picked me up from the metro after work on Thursday because John could not. I appreciated being able to spend a few minutes with my dad. As I walked up to my apartment, my heart felt full of joy for family and the opportunity I have to live so close to mine.

Day 97: I had the day off from work and was able to go to the Temple, go to the DMV to have my name officially changed, get the oil changed in my car, and do some grocery shopping. Attending the Temple brought joy because of the peace I felt while I in that sacred place. Going to the DMV and getting my oil changed didn’t necessarily bring joy, but made me really happy because those two things have been hanging over my head for quite some time. That evening, friends of ours texted to see if we wanted to have a double date that night. They ended up coming over to our apartment, and we ordered dinner from The Counter, an amazing burger place. Spending time with these friends was definitely joyful. They are so positive and always make me laugh when we’re around them.

Day 98: On Saturday night, we had dinner with my friend from high school that we were supposed to have dinner with on Wednesday evening. John had never met this friend. We went to Cafe Rio, and then came back to our apartment and just talked and laughed. Reuniting with old friends brings me joy.

Day 99: I love Sundays! Sunday is the most peaceful and joyful day of the week for me. Yesterday was no exception. We slept in, ate cinnamon rolls, eggs, and fruit for breakfast, went to church, came home and ate dinner, visited with some members of our church congregation, and then relaxed by watching a couple episodes of a show we like.

Day 100: I can’t believe today is Day 100, and this project is officially complete! Today also marks 100 days since John and I got married. I started this project a couple weeks before we got married and then took some time off when we got married and went on our honeymoon. John brings joy into my life every day. He is patient, funny, gentle, and kind.

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