6 months ago

If You’re Happy and You Know it, Write a Blog!


They say to do something that makes you nervous, everyday.  Well, this is my first blog post.  YAY… gulp.

I’ve felt for years now, that I was going to do something creative. I wasn’t sure if it was to write a book, or do a project of some sort. After many years of pondering, and trying to figure out what ‘it’ was I was drawn to, I felt an overwhelming nudge from the universe to start a blog. I love the fact that a blog is so dynamic. It made sense to me, that this was the ‘it’. This is what’s been brewing in me for all these years (this and babies… haha)!

I really have no business writing a blog. While I did take one year of English in University, my studies have been primarily in anatomy, physics, and medical imaging. I’m entering a new world. Blasting off into unchartered territory. Comfort zone breached (YAY… gulp).

As exciting as blogging is, and as natural as it feels to do it, it still gets a ‘gulp‘ because… well, putting yourself out there to be judged, can be intimidating! I want this blog to turn out how I envision it in my mind. I’ve been filling journals with post ideas, and outlines. My mind is like a kid at a carnival, overstimulated by all the things going on. I get so excited by every passing thought, it’s hard to commit to just one!

Today, for my FIRST post, I’ve put the journal outlines down. I’m at the café, sipping on my Americano and just writing. I’m sitting at a table by a window that is flooded with sunshine, and soaking it all in.

When telling people about my thoughts on starting a blog, I would get very excited, and feel butterflies in my stomach. One piece of feedback that really resonated with me, was that if I’m this excited about it, then it’s the right thing to do… it’s going to be, what it is supposed to be.

I’ve for the most part, been a lover of life. We all have ebb and flow. I’m most definitely guilty of lending too much focus on situations that I have no control over. When I’m creating joJOY, my focus is good. I feel alive. I feel like I’m in my natural state. Although my family is my world, there is a part of my being that needs this outlet, for me.

A few weekends ago, I had a mommy melt down. There was no joJOY in our house. Too much laundry, too much housework, and no blog time. I was feeling all the bad feels, and my new found inspiration was GONE. Thankfully, when I was able to pull myself together, I realised what the root of the problem was. When I let myself believe that I was not going to take this leap, I felt dead inside. I realised just how important this blog is to me.

“There comes a point in your life, when you need to stop reading other peoples books and write your own” -Albert Einstein

Since introducing joJOY through social media, you would be AMAZED at how many of YOU have told me in a quiet, giddy and almost child-like voice about your own ventures that you feel too nervous to take! Starting a Kanga gym (makes me wanna jump for joy!), sailing around North America while home schooling your children (I’M COMING!), and a young mother who has survived cancer and has thought about starting a blog… who most DEFINITELY has a story to tell (I think she’ll do it).

Ya’ll are walking around armed and loaded with the most FABULOUS ideas, and you don’t even realise their potential! You’re not wrong if you don’t try. You don’t have to climb Mt. Everest to make your life valid, but let me assure you that if you do take the plunge, one day you may be pretty proud that you did.

Quick story – The other day I was at the park with my younger 2 kids. They decided to play in the sand and not on the structure. We didn’t have a sand bucket. I went to the car thinking that out of all the stuff I have in there, there MUST be SOMETHING they can use in the sand. Nope. Only hockey bags, soccer balls and halloween costumes (in July). As I’m walking back to them, a big gust of wind picks up – and blows a kids green sand bucket off the roof of a building next to the structure. It lands at my feet. Weird. Creepy. Awesome.

Things like this have been happening to me lately. My days are far from perfect – but WEIRD stuff like this is happening. Maybe it’s always happened, and I have not noticed… but this whole idea of  just letting go and seeing where the wind takes me is pretty cool – and I’m going to fly with it.

So the kids have a sand bucket, and I have a blog, and we’re all creating something from nothing. I love it like this. It works.

Everyone needs a little joJOY.

What do you daydream about? What is it that you are naturally drawn to? What is that extra something that gives you a ‘YAY’, and a wee ‘gulp’ whenever you think of it? Promise me this – for one week, make a conscious effort to notice the thoughts that make you grin. They may be background ideas, so quiet… because they seem too silly to be any louder. Find that thought and force yourself to entertain it, for a moment, everyday. See where it leads you, and don’t be afraid of the ‘gulp‘. Be psyched for the ‘YAY’!  If you’re excited about it, then it’s the right thing to do. It’s going to be, what it is supposed to be.

So as I wrap up my first blog post (YAY!!!), I sit here in this sun filled café, loving the fact that everyone is looking at me wondering why I have this big smile on my face. It’s because I’m doing it. I’m going to follow all my inspired thought. I’m going to choose joy, I’m going to speak of my joys, and my wish is that it inspires you. I’ll leave you with another quote from my ol’ buddy, Al.

“A ship is always safe at shore, but that’s not what it’s built for.” -Albert Einstein

…and so my adventure begins.

When was the last time you did something for the first time?

xo jo

P.S. We’ve left the green bucket at the park, just in case you need one too.

Edited by Sarah Kistler


  1. Congratulations on your first blog post!! I was so happy when I finally took the leap to start my blog, and I will celebrate my 1-year blogiversary in September! 🙂

    I have been out of school for almost 7 years, but this summer I signed up to take a writing class at my local community college. I was nervous about going back to school, but once class started, I quickly remembered that I have always LOVED school!! Now, I’m thinking of taking another class next summer to keep my mind sharp.

    1. My very first comment! Thanks so much! It is a great feeling. I’m not sure if I’m more impressed that I’m writing or that I’m figuring out wordpress. Look forward to reading your stuff. Thanks again… so fun💓

      1. Yes…learning WordPress was and is definitely something else! I consider myself tech savvy, but I still had a learning curve when it came to building my blog. I can’t wait to see all the Joy you’re going to bring!


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