Oct 252017

Sometimes I take blogging breaks. It could be due to project deadlines or feeling that I don’t have much to say. Or that life has intervened in a most inconvenient manner. Sometimes, it’s because I feel as if I have too much to say. Maybe I should do a bumper sticker: I brake for joy.

These past few weeks may be a combination of all of the above. They must have stretched to hold all that has taken place. My son’s wedding to a wonderful woman, a trip to the northeast, a hurricane complete with evacuation and clean-up, the opportunity to get to get better acquainted with some friends, a special indie authors event, progress on a project with some author friends, a return to dog training, a road trip with my love…. and I’ve likely missed something.

And what I remember most are the overwhelming feelings of gratitude and joy. Here are some special moments… and some thoughts from others.


The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. ~Victor Hugo

The newly minted Mr. and Mrs.


Find out where joy resides, and give it a voice far beyond singing. For to miss the joy is to miss all. — Robert Louis Stevenson

It may sound silly, but the restoration of our classic post office warms my heart.


If you are confident something brings you joy, keep it. Click To Tweet

If you are confident that something brings you joy, keep it, regardless of what anyone else might say. Even if it isn’t perfect, no matter how mundane it might be when you use it with care and respect, you transform it into something priceless. —  Marie Kondo, Spark Joy

Our road trips are always full of surprises — small towns, unusual architecture, interesting people, political signs, spectacular views, and graffiti.

Our road trips are full of surprises. Click To Tweet


We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy. — Joseph Campbell

My indie author friends and I were grateful to have sustained minimal impact from Hurricane Irma. We attempted an Indie Author’s Day event to provide some support to schools around the state.


Sorrow prepares you for joy. Click To Tweet

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. — Rumi

Two of these women are longtime friends from my days as a child protection consultant. (I don’t believe I’ve met the other two.) This photo is from their fundraiser for the child advocacy center that started as an idea for an interview room when we worked together. It seems like yesterday. And a hundred years ago.


Joy that isn’t shared dies young Click To Tweet

Joy that isn’t shared dies young. — Anne Sexton

I hope you use the comments to share about something that has recently brought you joy.





  12 Responses to “I Brake for Joy”

  1. OMG Andrea, I kept thinking…I break for joy often too 😉 And youre right, sometimes it just seems more of a needed break too.
    The quotes in this post a treasure trove of wisdom. Thank you for sharing.
    xoxo, Z~

  2. Lovely Andrea,
    I look forward to reading your blog. It’s like stepping into a whole other piece of the world. I love your writing and attitude:-)

  3. Thank you for this thought provoking meditation. I often need a re-set and sometimes don’t notice the need until the reset is already underway. Travel almost always does the trick for me, but when travel is not on the agenda, I can also re-set with large doses of exercise, time in nature, and laughing (or crying) with friends.

    • I’m not sure all re-sets take place when we’re struggling… sometimes we feel good and the change of scene makes us even better. Congrats on the new book — that’s a re-set, too!

  4. I choose joy every day. I write it in my journal, claim it in my morning prayers, set the intention in my meditation. Sure, sometimes the wind blows in the opposite direction, but I know that eventually the wind will change, and that, too, is a reason to be joyful.

  5. I tend to find my joy in the simplest of things. The beach. A good song. A good book. A pleasant conversation with a stranger. A recent 30 minutes playing pool with my youngest brother. I feel extreme joy when his chemo treatments don’t trash him for days. I had professional accomplishments but they don’t bring near the joy of playing with a grandson. I ran very slowly for two miles today. Two miles of unmitigated joy. I find joy in the fact that I am easily amused.

  6. Thank you for the incredible quotes you used to highlight your post, Andrea! As a writer, I really related to your reasons for blogging breaks. The last few months I was so consumed with the issues our world was facing, that I couldn’t find the inspiration to sit down and write. And then Sedona happened! Being in nature, away, (to some degree) from the intensity of the 24/7 news, I came alive. I felt so in love with the natural world around me and grateful to have the opportunity to be there, if only for two weeks. The inspiration of the experiences I had, the people I met and the beauty around me, was just what I needed to sit down and write a new post which is live this week. I wonder in reading your post and relating to my own life, if these breaks are key for us to reconnect with the world around us, in ways we might not when we are focused so intently on writing something new. Thank you…

    • Your Sedona experience sounds magical — I can see why you go back. I’m fortunate to live in an area that makes connecting with nature fairly easy. Between the beach, gardening, a beautiful view from my office window, and adventures in dog training I’m grateful for the connection. Nevertheless, occasional changes of scene seem to function as a “reset” button for my brain. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  7. Andrea,
    I so enjoyed reading your adventure in JOY! And yes to getting that bumper sticker printed.

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