Tuesday, March 21, 2017

New Year Joy List Update

This is my New Year Joy List, meant to cover the period from the New Year till the end of March, when it becomes officially Spring.  Since today is the first day of Spring, I thought I'll do the update today. 


New Year Joy List:

1.  Greet the New Year with my daughter - Done!  We watched the count down on TV, toasted the New Year with sparkling apple cider, and I made the traditional milkrice. 
2.  Prayer and contemplation - Daily prayers and some contemplating and studying, as well.
3.  Continue to enjoy using the special china - I have continued to enjoy drinking my morning and evening tea in my special cups.
4.  Continue to chat daily with my daughter - Definitely one of the highlights of my day.
5.  Visit my neighbors for the New Year - Visited two of them.
6.  Do a craft project - I started some but didn't finish!  Seems like I am very good at starting projects but not at finishing them!
7.  Attend the monthly prayer gatherings - I attended some, but had to miss others due to health issues.
8.  Spend a little more time in the garden - Have been doing more gardening.  Planted new plants in the front garden.

The Newly Planted Aeoniums
 
9.  Continue to enjoy some candle light in the evenings - Not as often as I wanted to.
10. Continue to listen to music - Have been listening to a variety of music.
11. Play the piano more often - Not as often as I wanted to.
12. Sing more often - Not as often as I wanted to; my voice is still rather hoarse from my cough. 
13. Daughter's next visit home for her birthday (early March) - Had a lovely visit with her.
14. Go out to lunch or dinner at a favorite restaurant with daughter to celebrate her birthday - We ordered take out from our favorite Italian restaurant and ate at home.  Daughter did go out several days for brunch and dinner with friends, though.
15. Invite a friend out to lunch or dinner - Invited my friend, but she was unable to make it.  Was invited out to friends' homes to meals, instead, and other friends brought me meals! 


I didn't do some of the items as often as I wanted to, but I engaged in some joyful activities during this time.  I will be back with a new list for Spring. Did you, too, make a joy list?  If so, were you able to do some of the activities you planned to do?

16 comments:

  1. What a wonderful list to complete. I feel better when I make my joy list. It keeps me centered throughout the month.

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    1. Thank you, Anne. I haven't begun to make monthly lists, yet, but the seasonal ones work out well for me.

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  2. Making a joy list is a wonderful idea. Hoping you find joy everyday!

    Hugs
    Jane

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    1. Thank you, Jane. I do find joy in every day. Just being alive is a joy, especially after my cancer diagnosis. Each day is a gift and a blessing. :)

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  3. I didn't make a joy list, but I have been singing more and that makes me happy.

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    1. I am glad to hear that, Live and Learn.

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  4. I think you've managed an awful lot in that time. The year has gone quite quickly. It's so important to take time to enjoy the simple pleasures and I love how you make a record of them all. I wanted to make a list myself but got overwhelmed with some health issues at the start of the year which should get sorted, never to return, in a few weeks' time. Then I can hopefully partake in as many joyful activities a possible. X

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    1. Thank you, Jules. I'm sorry you had to deal with health issues, but glad to read that they will be behind you, shortly. I hope there will be many joy-filled days to come.

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  5. Your newly planted aeoniums look nice.

    What fun to read your new joy list and see how much you accomplished even though you have not been well. I loved the "drinking my morning and evening tea from my special cups" I enjoy that and my mum did as well. I find myself often thinking of her. I have never made an actual joy list but try and see the glass as half full rather than half empty.

    Have you decided which days to go into the office or does it hinge on how you feel?

    Sandy

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    1. Glad you enjoyed reading the list, Sandy. :) We have had a day of rain, here, so the plants are all getting a nice drink of water!

      I'm still taking it one day at a time with going to the office. I am hoping I'll be able to do my usual schedule by mid April, though.

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  6. What a wonderful idea, you have got me thinking. I list my blessings every day, but to write out a list to focus on is great, I think I would do a seasonal one like you. Have a joyful day.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon. I got the idea for a joy list from a couple of other bloggers who have monthly and/or seasonal lists. The idea is to spend a little time doing those things that bring you joy. Sometimes, we get so busy that we don't take time to enjoy ourselves.

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  7. Look at you crossing all those joyful goals! How wonderful!

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  8. You are such a good friend/neighbor, mom! Mother Teresa once said something about reaching out to others even if it is just saying hi. You certainly go above and beyond that. I like your empty-plate return (not to return empty) hospitality. I had an elderly neighbor and she always would return a plate of mine with some food on it! She said the same thing, that her mom (Ukranian mom) taught her to never return an empty plate. Andrea

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    1. Thank you, Andrea. I try. That's all I can do. :)

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