I haven’t posted here for a while, although that doesn’t mean I haven’t been out there finding joy 🙂
Last night, for example, a friend and I went to a Paint Nite, an event where a group of people spend a couple of hours painting, guided by an artist. We all work on the same picture although we have our own canvases. It was a lot of fun.
I used to paint with watercolours but I’ve never tried other media. We worked with acrylics which, to my delight, are far more forgiving and easy to work with than watercolours!
And here’s my “masterpiece”.
What matters to me most is that we had fun – no pressure and lots of laughter. Definitely a night to remember!
If you’re open to it, each day is full of surprises and moments of joy. Today, for example, on a bitterly cold winter’s morning, we suddenly noticed a flock of birds flitting back and forth among the trees.
Curious, we took out the binoculars to get a closer look.
Robins, a bird we normally identify with the return of spring, were happily flying about the snow-laden trees.
A surprise that brought a smile, as well as a shake of the head. Did they miss the memo about flying south for the winter?
After a day and night of heavy snow outside, I was greeted by the promise of spring in the glorious blossoms of my bougainvillea.
Isn’t life grand?
When it’s cold outside, and the winter wind is blowing snow around, it helps me to remember that it’s always summer somewhere!
Perhaps this photo, taken as I walked on a long sun-drenched beach in Australia, will bring warmth and sunshine into your day.
One of the joys of travel is experiencing new and unexpected delight.
For example, birds that would be considered “exotic” (and only found in zoos in Canada) are commonplace in Australia.
This rainbow lorikeet is one of many that regularly come to the trees and veranda railings asking to be fed. In fact, there is a pair that have become so comfortable with me that they follow me around everywhere I go, landing right beside me, chirring and chatting.
Just one of my many feathered friends!
I love sunsets, and sunrises (although I’m not often up early enough to see sunrises!)
Each one is unique. Each holds a surreal beauty, subtly shifting from moment to moment, ushering in a sense of peace and serenity. A feeling that all’s well with the world.
Is there anything more beautiful?
This weekend in Canada, we celebrated Thanksgiving.
There are so many things to be thankful for…family, friends, good health, the beauty that surrounds us, walks in nature, a country at peace.
And this weekend’s weather: picture perfect!
What does joy mean to you?
Is it a feeling? How do you know when you’re experiencing it?
For me, joy is often a quiet inner knowing; a feeling that bubbles up from deep within and expands until it bursts out all around me. The whole world seems brighter and lighter in that moment and I feel like I’m being carried on the wind.
Sometimes I experience joy in certain places, or with specific people. Other times, it comes upon me unexpectedly. I find it’s elusive, hard to define, yet unmistakable when it arrives.
What brings you joy?
One my my many joys is driving my Mini. I smile every time I see it. It makes me feel happy inside. Plus it’s so much fun to drive (especially on roundabouts)!
Another joy is having matching black and white accessories 😉
Mirror covers and car by Mini Canada; capris and clutch by escherly design. Such joy!