Through Joy-Day 1,462 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,462 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Thursday – 11/4/2021

It was 4-years ago today, that I flew from Houston to California for a 16-day trip, just days after my mom passed away.  It was on that flight; I had the idea to create “Finding Joy in the Journey” to document my trip and commit to finding joy each day in my life.  What was planned as 16 days has turned into 1462 days later. 

During this time, I have changed because I have chosen to find the joy in each day.  Even the days that have been hard.  It is through joy, that I have come to better appreciate life, have more gratitude, find my purpose, and live a life where I choose happiness.

Thank you for taking this journey with me over the past 4-years.  I appreciate all of your comments, likes, love and support during my journey.

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Through Joy

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

Vacation Life-Day 1,461 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,461 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Wednesday – 11/3/2021

Vacation Life

No shoes required. Vacation life!

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Vacation Life

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

Bags Are Packed-Day 1,460 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,460 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Tuesday – 11/2/2021

My bags are packed, and I am ready to go

My bags are packed, and I am ready to go!  Steve and I are heading out on our first golf vacation.  This should be a fun time with our country club.  I love that we now have both diving and golfing as our hobbies.

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My bags are packed, and I am ready to go!  Steve and I are heading out on our first golf vacation.  This should be a fun time with our country club.  I love that we now have both diving and golfing as our hobbies.

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

My Mission Control Houston-Day 1,459 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,459 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Monday – 11/1/2021

My Mission Control Houston

My mission control Houston.  This is where I spend the majority of my time on Mondays.  I love what is happening with Greener Still and SendOutCards.  We launched our Bulk Card orders today and what an awesome product to offer our customers and affiliates.  Want a group of cards mailed to you, well you can order them right off the SendOutCards website now.  What a great way to kickoff our holiday season and create new opportunities for our affiliates.  I love being a part of this company and helping people act on their promptings on a daily basis.

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 Mission Control Houston

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

Halloween-Day 1,458 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,458 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Sunday – 10/31/2021

Halloween was always fun as a kid. 

Halloween was always fun as a kid.  Though for many years as an adult, I always thought it was a lot of work and dressing up wasn’t really my thing.  Over the past few years, a new tradition has started with my friends Jill and Dennis.  We carve/decorate pumpkins, we sometimes dress up and we hang out on Halloween and pass out candy.  I love that this now our Halloween tradition.

Plus, we always make the trick or treaters vote on the pumpkins before handing out candy.  So I am curious – which pumpkin in our favorite – 1, 2, 3 or 4.  1 is the one on the far left!

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 Halloween was always fun as a kid. 

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

College Football And Halloween-Day 1,457 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,457 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Saturday – 10/30/2021

College Football And Halloween

We are definitely ready for a weekend of college football and Halloween.  Looking forward to hanging out with our friends!  Let the fun begin.

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We are definitely ready for a weekend of college football and Halloween. 

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

Work Work Work PLAY-Day 1,456 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,456 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Friday- 10/29/2021

Work Work Work PLAY

Starting the weekend off right.  Work, work, work, PLAY!  I’ve always been a believer of work hard, play hard and then relax!  Life is meant to be enjoyed which for me is a combination of working, playing and taking time for me.

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Work Work Work PLAY

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

Date Night at Home-Day 1,455 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,455 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Thursday- 10/28/2021

Date Night at Home

Date night at home! Being in a stretch of travel – three trips in four weeks, we decided it would be nice to do date night at home this week. Take out and a Netflix binge. Outside of sports, we watch very little TV, so a binge night was truly a treat for both of us!

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Date Night

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

Bracelet-Day 1,454 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,454 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Wednesday – 10/27/2021

I Fell in Love With This Bracelet

I fell in love with this bracelet when I found it in a jewelry store in Bali during our 4-month adventure in 2019.   I had to have it and wore it every day until it broke.  It’s been sitting in my drawer for over a year now.  Yesterday, I asked Steve if he could get it fixed for me.  And today, voila!  It’s now back on my wrist and bringing me joy.  Thank you Steve, for all that you do for me!  I love you!

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 I fell in love with this bracelet

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.

Do You Save The Good Dishes-Day 1,453 – Finding Joy in the Journey

Day 1,453 – Finding Joy in the Journey – Tuesday – 10/26/2021

Do You Save The Good Dishes

Do you save the good dishes and the special bottle of wine for just the right occasion?

Tonight, Steve and I took out one of the best wines from the wine cooler and toasted my mom.  It was four years ago today, that her heart let out and she passed away.  She was here one moment, full of life, laughing, entertaining others and the next she was gone.  It was so unexpected which is why I believe you can’t wait to use or drink the good stuff until the perfect time. There are times in life when you never know it was the right moment, until after the fact.

Three days before my mom died, she came to my house, and we celebrated my dad’s birthday.  I pulled out a 1998 Joseph Phelps Insignia to celebrate.  My mom told me to save it for a special occasion.  I’m so glad I didn’t listen to her and instead said “this is a special occasion” and opened the bottle of wine.

As I look back, it was a very special evening as it was the last time, I would have wine and dinner with my mom.  I didn’t know it would be our last though I’m glad I listened to the prompting to open the bottle of Insignia instead of her insistence to save it.

So, cheers to you Mumsy!!  I will drink a good bottle of wine on this day in honor of you, the lives you touched and to remember not to wait on a special occasion to use the good stuff, though create your own special occasion, as you never when it will be your last.

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Do you save the good dishes and the special bottle of wine for just the right occasion?

About “Finding Joy”

And I’m off…. the 16-day adventure begins. The timing of this trip is interesting so I’m naming it “Finding Joy in the Journey.” I’ll be doing one dedicated post each day (at the end of the day or next morning). Since I typically post more than once a day, you’ll find it as a black and white photo. I’ll share the joy of the journey (on the trip or through this season), where I’m finding it and what I’m learning. I hope to inspire myself along the way. And if I can inspire others too, that would be a gift. So let the journey begin…

It was November 2017 and I was ready to head off on a sixteen-day trip.  Nine days before leaving, my mom unexpectedly passed away from a heart attack. It shook me to my core.  I had always been told the 40’s are the best years of your life.  And in a matter of three years, since turning the age of 40, I had gone through a divorce and lost both parents. 

I contemplated canceling the trip though I knew my mom would not be happy with that decision. She would want me to continue living my life.  My parents did not raise me to sit back and watch life; instead to fully participate in every moment. So I promised my parents to find joy in the journey everyday on my sixteen-day trip and share my experience with others. 

Little did I know what “Finding the Joy in the Journey” would turn into when I acted on the prompting to share my experience on a daily basis.  It helped me see life differently and my wish is that it will inspire others find joy in their journey.