I recently shared that my word for the year in 2019 is JOY. I wanted to update and let you know how I did my first month with joy as a focus.
The Aesthetics of Joy
One thing I did was read this awesome book, Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness by Ingrid Fetell Lee
It popped out at me one day. Funny how that works. Thanks, reticular activating system for doing your job! Ingrid Lee has a popular blog and her TED talk got a standing ovation. Her work has focused on the simple things that universally bring a smile to our faces, no matter who we are or where we live. Think bubbles, rainbows, bright colors, confetti, ice cream cones.
After reading the book, I looked around my home at things I didn’t like, and made some immediate changes. Hubby replaced the ugly, 90’s style ceiling fan/light combo in our living room with a cuter, modern white one. I hung fun bubble lights on my dark, rough fireplace.
I like the fireplace, but the dark stones suck all the light out of the room. I lived in a house with a white painted fireplace before and hated it – the bricks were always dirty and peeling. So I didn’t want to paint them, I just wanted to break up the darkness and heaviness.
I also rearranged my office (which resides in a corner of our large master bedroom) to be more joyful and attractive. I bought a small piece of graphic art that said “Joy” (of course!).
I bought several house plants, a consistently effective producer of good feelings that many, many experts have noted.
The book has an extensive “joy toolkit” in the back pages, so I’ll continue to use this.
Another thing I’m finding extremely helpful is meditation. It’s helping me overcome nervous habits I’ve struggled with since I was a child, as well as giving me a greater feeling of peacefulness.
I’ve also discovered that wearing a bit more color on my face (makeup) also increases my joy. This took me by surprise because I didn’t consider myself a “makeup person”. But it’s kind of fun! Also, let’s take a look at a before and after.
After : 2019
Turns out, putting a little more color on my face brings me joy. I wrote about my top 5 favorite makeup products here.
How are you doing with your word of the year or goals?