Opportunity knocks at your door.   You are seeking excitement and pleasure.   Which do you choose: a vacation or a shopping spree? If you have the opportunity for an experience rather than stuff I might re consider your need for more stuff.  On the Oprah show a few weeks ago, she spent the show focusing on happiness.  A happiness Consultant reported that “stuff” can bring you happiness for up to 9 months; an amazing experience can bring you happiness for a lifetime.  Telling and re- telling of your adventures, showing pictures, re-living the experience continues to fill your being with joy.  Though my months of living in Honduras was over 15 years ago, I am consumed with joy and excitement when I tell those stories of adventure.  ( got an hour? ok maybe 2, I don’t want to leave out the good details!)  My kid gets a bike and he is thrilled.  He has stopped talking about it after a few weeks.  He still remembers every moment of our family vacation to the Dominican Republic last year.

Set up a Joy Fund, just like a Vacation Fund and a Rainy Day Fund but a Joy Fund is for experiences that you choose for a more joyful being.  You are worth it.  You are deserving.  Yes You!!!

In one of my favorite, definitely worth reading books called Flow by M. Csikszentmihalyi, he explains the following;

“One of the most ironic paradoxes of our time is this great availability of leisure that somehow fails to be translated into enjoyment.  Compared to people living only a few generations ago, we have enormously greater opportunities to have a good time, yet there is no indication that we actually enjoy life more than our ancestors did.  Opportunities alone are not enough.  We also need the skills to make use of them.  Surrounded by an astounding panoply of recreational gadgets and leisure choices, most of us go one being bored and vaguely frustrated.”

Get excited!  Seek the experience!  Grab a friend and go snowshoeing deep within the woods.  Go skiing and stop to breathe in the scenery.  Book a last-minute vacation anywhere outside your comfort zone (and maybe your time zone too).  Talk about it. Re-live it.  Show pictures.  Carry the thoughts, the memories in your heart and let them resonate within your soul.

Need a slower pace experience?  Only 2 rooms left at the Women’s Retreat of Rest and Renewal.  Come renew your self and nourish your spirit.  March 12 and 13th.  Grab the last room! We are waiting for you.

Seek the Experience.  Leave the stuff behind.

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Dream big dreams, change directions, travel, meet new people, get excited, seek silence, nourish your soul daily, find passion, intimacy, happiness, be joyful, work out regularly, have faith, give thanks, read more, replenish, renew your spirit, go for a walk in nature, love, forgive, let past issues go and be free, be joyful, spend time on you, get to know yourself, step outside your comfort zone, take risks, grow, laugh….set up a Joy Fund that will give you the opportunity to take part in activities that will do all of the above.  A New Year, a great time to start a little fund for you, a savings account for all your joy needs.  Start your own Joy Fund!

Join me for a weekend of Rest and Renewal in March, registration is now open and space is limited, check out the details on my website www.thejoysource.com 

 The Joy Course starts in 2 weeks!  What a wonderful time to focus on YOU and JOY!!  A 6 week course for women held in Salem, MA. that focuses on living a joyful life!  details on my website www.thejoysource.com

The inspiration and positive energy you can feel from attending an uplifting event can change your life.  Attending a conference for women focusing on setting your dreams and goals in motion might be just what you need right now.  Are you in need of some creative inspiration?   Are you stuck?  Do you want to be surrounded by amazing women? 

I have been planning the September 12th conference for women “A Women’s Day of Inspiration and Joy”, for the past year with hopes it will be an amazing event.  Over the past 5 years, I have traveled to the West Coast to attend these types of trainings and I have always left inspired, confident and ready to take on the world.  The only problem was , you  my friends, were not there to take part and celebrate with me.  So here I am on the East Coast, planning the event so we can all be inspired together!

Georgianna Melendez, a life coach and motivational speaker , will be speaking about confidence and how Confidence is Sexy.   Why, you ask?  Well, because it is.   I can tell if I am speaking to a confident woman by the way she speaks, interacts with others and how she dresses.   Come listen to Georgianna speak about this topic, you will be inspired!

Dr. Julie McCullough will be speaking about Stress reduction and Healthy living.  YES!  We are too stressed!  She has an excellent presentation that will combine the medical implications of stress on the body as well as stress reduction techniques.  Dr. Julie will lower your stress and you will feel better after hearing her speak!  Come join us!

Our Key Note  Speaker, Kim Todd, Executive Director of Dress for Success in Boston will be speaking about “The Power of Compassion”.  Dress for Success is an orginization that I have happily donated my professional clothing for years.  My thinking as I bring the clothing to their really cool office in Boston is that maybe a woman who is entering the work force might choose to wear it, enjoy it and  feel confident to ace an interview.  Listening to Kim will feed your passion about compassion.  Come celebrate her inspiring words!

As for me, I will be speaking about one of my favorite topics…RISK TO GROW.  I wrote about this topic in my last blog and will talk about it at any time for any reason, I always encourage you to grow, step out of your comfort zone and grow!   There will be wonderful raffles throughout the day, the Enchanted Cottage Bakery will be there providing us with sweet treats to sample and buy, my hand-made “Joy jewelry” and note  cards will be available to purchase as well.  Oh what a fun day!  Won’t you join me and these amazing women I mentioned above? 

Registration is happening now.  If you go to my website and print out the registration form you will be one step closer to attending this exciting day.  You can also register via Paypal.

Let’s get inspired together!!