Choosing Joy

Writing my post last night was very therapeutic for me, and it really put things into perspective. I am in control of my life and my happiness – no one can take that control away from me unless I allow them to. That is why I decided to do things a little differently today. Today, I chose joy.

Instead of working from home with Brooke and Bo, as I usually do, I decided to get us all out of the house for a change of scenery. I brought Bo to “school” (doggie day care) so that he could run around and play with his friends, and Brooke and I went to my grandma’s house to work and, in Brooke’s case, run the household!

Feet on the dinner table? GiGi says "Okay!"
Feet on the dinner table? GiGi says “Okay!”

Even though I was still working, it was a nice change of pace that I think we all enjoyed.

While Brooke hung out with her dad after work I went for a run, which I desperately needed. Before I actually left the house, I really didn’t feel like running. I would have much rather taken a nap, but I knew once I got going that I would be happy that I did. And as always, I was so happy that I took that time for myself. I didn’t set any time limits, pace goals or distance goals – I just put on my headphones and ran. It sure did feel good. And when I was done, I had a few minutes to spare to hang out with this guy:


He’s awesome. I can’t rave enough about how great Bo has been since they day Brooke was born, and with all of the new transitions we are in now. He may not always get the one on one attention that he deserves with everything going on, but he is the most forgiving being I have ever met. I learn a lot from this guy too when I take the time to look around in this always moving world every once in a while.

Pure love.
Pure love.

How do you “choose joy”?


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