Welcome to Share the Joy!
I’m writing this post on a Sunday morning in my little office nook and I’m taking the opportunity to write in peace for 5 minutes. The kids are out of the house with Jon, the sun is streaming through the window onto my face and for the first time this week I’m in the moment. Relaxed, present and mindful of the moment I am in, right here, right now.
We are fortunate to live in a house we were able to extend, so Harry’s old nursery is now my office. It’s a box room really and it’s all mine. A place to retreat to and work in peace and quiet. Sometimes I sit in here and just look over the fields, the horses grazing and I feel a wave of gratitude wash over me as once again I thank God that we live in such a beautiful county.
I can’t lie, I’ve been allowing the stresses and strains of the season to take over of late. None of the things stressing me out have been important in the scheme of things. Perfectionism has no idea about that though. It just takes the failures and mistakes and magnifies them. It’s the little mistakes I make that irk me the most, the silly things I do because my mind is on other things. And if someone else has noticed that silly mistake? My triggers go off. My natural tendency is to beat myself up AND become defensive. Do you do that too?
Not very helpful.
It’s really important I think, especially at this time of year, to be really super kind to ourselves and others. There is no point in striving to make christmas so wonderful for everyone and then ruining for everyone by being a stressed out /shouty mama. I’m pretty sure that’s not what Christmas is about.
Do you wait until the last minute to get presents bought and wrapped like me? Or are you super organised with that kind of thing? I’d love to know. I’m going to check out Michelle’s post about expectations killing our joy I want to enjoy, not just endure, this time of year. I’m going to be asking for help and lowering my expectations.
Right, on to the link up!
Share the Joy is the happiness-focused linky created by Michelle Reeves from Michelle Reeves Coaching, formerly known as The Joy Chaser.
Michelle has asked me to step in and host for her while she creates some exciting new courses and free resources for busy mamas and bloggers – including working 121 with them to create exciting goals and actionable plans to make 2017 their Best Year Yet! (Find out more here Best Year Yet!).
I’m really excited to be hosting and can’t wait to read all your fabulous posts!
Bloggers, writers, artists, poets, if creating something made you laugh out loud, opened your heart, raised your spirits or just made you smile – you’re welcome here.
Link up and share your creations with a wider audience. All genres are welcome – new or old favourites and as many links as you like.
Each week, I’ll pick a favorite post and feature it on the following week’s Share the Joy link up (I’ll be adding my picks to Michelle’s Pinterest Board where you’ll find all our favorites in one place). Last week I loved: Xmas at 101 California Street by Adventures in Westland. I love it when businesses make an effort decorating at Christmas time.
Today I’m sharing my Selected interview I would love your comments. Ok, let’s Share the Joy!
Here’s a reminder of the 3 really simple rules…
1) Link up a creation that has brought you JOY – all genres are welcome, new or old favourites and as many links as you like!
2) Link back either by including the Share the Joy badge (below) or a text link back to this Share the Joy linky page in your own post.
3) Please comment on one of your hosts’ posts and a few others. Let’s Share the JOY through commenting as well as through our posts!
Share the Joy will run for a whole week until the following week’s linky is open, so you’ll never be too late. And don’t forget to tweet me (@lizzie_roles) and Michelle (@MReevesCoaching) the URL to your post using the hashtag #sharethejoylinky so we can retweet it.
Feel free to invite your friends to join in – JOY is always better when it’s shared!
Have a great week!