finding your joy


It's no secret that finding your joy in the midst of chaos and disarray can be really difficult. We're in the midst of yet another Army move (and a cross-country one at that), Ryan's still TDY until the end of May, and I'm working, raising the boys, attempting to keep a house...you name it. Chaos. Add in the fact that I've been dissatisfied at my job for a while now, and I've been seeking new options, and there are days (read: weeks) where I just want crawl back in bed and say "nope."

It's not really an option though. Life keeps moving along. So does work, my two fantastic little men, my house, moving, all of it. It keeps moving, and I need to move, too. I've been focusing a lot on self-care and self-improvement lately, and one of the biggest things I've learned about being intentional is that you have to choose joy. Moreso, you have to find your joy - even in the chaos. So, today, I want to reflect on six things bringing me joy this week - even in the midst of all the chaos.

1 // My little men. They're such a handful, but gosh, if they aren't the sweetest, too. Yesterday when I got them up in the morning, Spencer was pretending to serve me ice cream. He was so proud of himself, too. How can you be frustrated with a morning greeting like that?


2 // Freelance opportunities. I know I've mentioned it before, but I'm a copywriter with an emphasis on content marketing. I've been freelancing for a while through Upwork, but I haven't really found my niche until this week. I'm the newest staff writer for Tasteaholics and SoNourished - two amazing keto lifestyle and news outlets. And, as you know, keto is totally my jam.

3 // Friends who get me out. It's easy to focus on the crazy things like the fact that we have to pay $1,000 to remove three trees from the last windstorm, or that we still have a laundry list of household stuff to take care of before we move. I have sweet friends who bring me coffee pick-me-ups, take me on dinner dates even when I'm reluctant, and love on me when I'm less than loveable.

4 // Our home & soon-to-be home. We were so lucky, you guys. We're moving clear across the country, and finding a home unseen is never easy. While I was down for the count from my knee surgery, I stumbled across a listing for a home available at the beginning of June. We spoke with the owners, and within a couple weeks, we had a house lined up. And while we're at it, let me say that as crazy as homeownership is, our current home brings me joy, too - especially when I see spring flowers start to bloom...finally!


5 // Ryan. Honey, I know you'll read this, so yes, you bring me joy, too. Even when I'm really mad at the Army, slightly resentful of your lazy weekend mornings, and sad that you're not home to laugh with me, you keep me going. Love you.

If you made it through all of that, well done! I know I've been waxing nostalgic and sentimental lately, but I'm tired of surface-level posts. I want this place to be a real reflection of myself, my family, my brand, if you will. Bear with me, please, because changes are coming here, and I can't wait to share.

15 comments

  1. Always focusing on what you have is the best way to weather a storm. Those tulips are so pretty! Have a great weekend!

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  2. Can't wait to see the changes you have in store and to follow your experiences in Washington. It's hard but I love that you're focusing on the joy!

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  3. You are so beautiful inside and out. I’m off blog land today as having a big garage sale but I wanted to tell you to have a very Happy Mother’s Day!!! xo

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  4. I love the honesty of this. I cannot imagine being an Army wife. THANK YOU for serving because it is a sacrifice. I love your attitude and think it resonates with all of us as we often need to remember and find our own joy in various situations.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  5. This is just sooo sweet. I love all the things that bring you joy as they bring me joy (my kids and husband)! Have a great Mother's Day weekend!

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  6. You are such an amazing mama and such a strong woman! I give you so much credit because I'm sure doing a lot of this on your own is no joke. Shoot, I barely made it a weekend without my husband so I can't say anything. I hope you have an amazing Mother's Day!! Sierra~Beautifully Candid

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  7. Those are great things to focus on! I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!

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  8. You inspire me little missy...See what I did. HA! I'm so easily entertained. You really do though. I just know you must cringe when you read my blog since you are a pro writer. My apologies. I can't wait to hear what's new on the horizon for you. I can't imagine getting a home sight unseen. I am such a spoiled lady. We lived in a condo that Kent already owned after we married and then we've built 3 homes. Can you even believe what a brat I am? Honestly, it's just worked out that way. Every time we've looked for a pre-existing home and can't find one to fit our list. You are precious and I wish you the Happiest of Mother's Days sweet girl. XOXO

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  9. Good luck on your move.
    Your boy looks so cute and happy in that pic.
    I can't think of a without my husband
    because he's the one who usually do some of the house chores
    so I can feel what you are going through.
    But focus on the things that you are grateful for like your
    beautiful family and you can cope up with anything.

    Ann♥
    https://roomsofinspiration.blogspot.com/

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  10. You, my dear, make me want to do better as a husband, father and Soldier. I’ll owe you for the rest of my life. Xoxo

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  11. I love this! It's so important to focus on the joys in life because there are truly so many!

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  12. Love your mindset - when life throws a lot of sh*t our way, it's definitely important to remember to find our joy and be grateful for all the good in our lives!

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  13. I love your attitude towards this. I am always harping on Jesse to find joy in every situation - particularly hard and hectic and difficult ones. Life’s better when you realise there’s always something to be thankful for - even if that something is just the fact that you’re breathing!

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  14. Love your writing, love your heart, your honesty, your realistic perspective, and your constant search for goodness and positivity. I can't wait to see what life holds in WA!

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  15. YUP a million times. I let the crazy and chaos get to me so much that it's hard to see the joy in life sometimes. Great reminder!

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