What Brings You Real Joy?

March 7th

Emme Lou's sneak

I have a sign at my desk that reads: “What brings you real joy? Do that. Be that. Share that. Spend more time with that and get more joy!” I read this each morning as I’m writing out my priority list and ruminating my daily prayer. The sign is surrounded by photos of my friends’ kids and photos from my adventures around the world.Bec + AB

What gives you real joy?

One of the easiest answers for me is time with my girlfriends. While this once meant slumber parties, Taco Bell and gossiping about boys — today it means backyard potlucks, good wine and gossiping about parenting. I do a lot of baby holding and listening for that last part, but I have a smile on my face nonetheless.

Oh, we eat well.

Oh, we eat well.

Mini + AB

The Germans are so good with language, I’d guess they have a word for the feeling of happiness when you watch a friend become a parent. It is a specific flavor of happy that is so sweet and satisfying. I’ve watched with awe as more and more friends become even better versions of themselves when they have a child. It’s remarkable.

Me + AB

The Germans do have a word I think aptly describes my love for others:

schwarmerei (shver-muh-RY) noun

1. Extravagant enthusiasm

2. Excessive sentimentality

[From Schwrmerei (enthusiasm), from schwrmen (to swarm, to be wild or mad
about). Earliest documented use: 1845.]

If there was ever anything to be extravagant and excessive about, I’ve nailed it.


Posted in
Happy Hippie, Journal
Follow the comments.

4 Responses

  1. That is the feeling I have about you fulfilling your dreams of publishing a book and moving to Colorado!

  2. 🙂 (eeklittlehappydance!)

    By the way, AmazinGirl, just in case you’ve never noticed, babies look great on you…

  3. Wonderful! I followed your link from Twitter. This is a great theme and even the photos are joyful. Love the color of the food, and I think the German word is perfect. How funny the way things translate.

    Right now, this is what brings me joy. Would you take a moment to look and LIKE it if it brings you joy too? http://on.fb.me/dGNrjR Thank you!

    Blessings of bliss to you!

  4. I’ll second what Kat said about you and babies, so keep looking….. Being me and my husband only children, friends are our real family, no matter what, they’re always there, ever been and will be, forever.
    P.S. your earrings won lots of approval….