Nothing can describe this journey I am on better than joy. The voyage of producing this podcast and working on writing a published work is a real “source or cause of keen pleasure and delight” in my life.
I have to admit, at times, I have struggled. Joy has not always shown up to help me along on parts of this journey. The first few interviews were terrifying. The act of sending out the first contact emails to authors I did not know was petrifying. Editing my first recorded podcasts stopped me in my tracks several times with the idea that I may have bitten off more than I could chew. I almost gave up on the project before it started—at least two times because I had misgivings.
I am grateful, after those nerve-racking milestones passed, that I pushed through and remain focused on this project. The return, more often than not--extended moments of joy.
I value this project so much that I now struggle with balancing my life around it. I have a tenuously to be a workaholic, so balance is always something I need to keep in check. When I am passionate about a project, balance tends to hide in the corner and wait for me to be extremely frustrated and exhausted before she pops her head up and reminds me to “balance your life and work!”
Joy—joy never hides for long with this journey. She bubbles up the moment I open my eyes each day. Joy is present when I jump out of bed and race to the gym to get my workout done before I write one sentence. Joy sings to me to sleep with new ideas. She opens my heart to dreams that inspire. Joy will not hide—when we are walking on the correct path.
I appreciate and cherish these moments with joy. I have known them all of my work life. I have always been a hardworking individual who values her roles. I have not had joy in some of those roles I have been in, mainly for reasons beyond my control. It has not taken me long to realize if joy is not present on a regular baisis—then I need to reevaluate what I am doing.
Now that joy has partnered with me on this particular project I cannot imagine living any other way.
How about you, do you have joy within your journey?