Weekend Coffee Share: Where is Your Joy?

May the God of hope fill you with all joy
If we were having coffee on this rainy Sunday, I would share that “Joy” is the theme of the third week of Advent. We are getting a nice winter blast of snow in the Sierras making it cold here in the valley, so be sure to get a nice, piping-hot beverage while we chat. I am now stocked with peppermint mocha-flavored creamer for coffee, so help yourself! I have lots of teas and cocoa, too.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I get the sense this year, that the Christmas race and count-down is on! Last year at this time, I was working at my full-time job with a few days left, finishing teaching my two courses and getting Christmas ready, all the while “worrying” about my impending retirement.

What a difference a year makes. Yet, why do I still feel so busy?

Do you feel slightly overwhelmed?

I am finishing up my two classes, with one more final exam to give on Monday (read: 75 blue book essays to read and grade—yay!). I am also in the process of getting 6 blog posts written and prepared over the next three weeks. In early 2015, once I retired, and was not teaching during the spring semester, I spent all my time growing my blog and learning about the world of blogging.

What is that saying? “Labor expands to fill the time allotted.”

Umm, yeah, a little bit.

With almost 800 followers now on this little blog, there is always some compulsion to write and create good content with great images. As a blogger, do you find yourself constantly asking or stating out loud to yourself or to anyone who would listen, “Oh that would make a good subject for my blog,” or “I need to take a photo of that for my blog.”

If I stopped blogging, I think my heart might stop, too!

As I said in an earlier post, I will likely blog fewer days and focus on writing my e-book over the next few months. I think I just added more work for myself—sheesh, I can never win!

But in all this hub-bub, mostly of my own making, I refuse to be robbed of my JOY!

Are the holidays and the season’s trappings robbing you of your joy?

I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters. Oprah Winfrey

I am packing for our three week trip to San Diego to spend Christmas with family, then head to Baja Sur Mexico for two weeks of windsurfing. This certainly brings a modicum of joy to my heart, but while I dislike packing, I am giddy with excitement to see family, then hop into a nice “warm” ocean.

A friend is going with us to Baja for his first time, and seeing our vacation spot through his eyes will bring copious amounts of joy to my heart.

Did you know that leisure brings us joy? I hope that during this crazy time of perfecting our Christmas and holiday experiences, that you take some time for yourself; whether it is just taking a walk, getting in a workout, buying yourself a bouquet of flowers or heading to the movies; DO something for yourself that brings you joy.

Because when your holiday celebration comes, you WILL be filled with joy!

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

WintercoffeeshareCome join us for coffee or tea at Part-Time Monster’s Weekend Coffee Share! 



45 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Where is Your Joy?

  1. dconnollyislandgmailcom

    There are such great pearls of wisdom in this post, Terri. Labor DOES expand to fill the time allotted. And If I stopped blogging, I agree that a big part of my heart would stop, too! Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a great holiday!

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  2. Wendy

    I love this — the busy keeps getting busier, and this year is no different, but I have made a conscious effort to let some things go this year to ensure the joy is bigger than the busy. 🙂 Thanks for entering this in #ThePinterestGame, and Merry Christmas!

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  4. You’ve been busy indeed but just as you enjoyed what you did and had so much joy with your blog, it all came out well and your passion shined through in every post.
    It has been a pleasure reading our posts.
    Talking about joy, while I have a lot of it when blogging, it has grown to a point of sometimes being overwhelming for the lack of time to read other bloggers and comment as well as to post regularly. This takes the joy away. But I will have a break after next week and take time to reflect on how to improve things.
    Thanks for the reflection.

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    1. I am right there with you, Lucile. You are such a faithful friend to read and comment on all my posts, and I am sure you engage as such with other bloggers! It is time consuming, but it would be hard to stop. Breaks are good and I have one coming up. I do so enjoy the rehab clinic you host, and I would miss it, but change is good and reflection on future blogging is important.


  5. sizzlesue15

    I’m actually enjoying a refreshing glass of water as I read your post Terri after a busy morning shopping with my 18 month old grandson! I have loved all of your posts this year and you certainly deserve the following. I wish you peace, happiness and joy today and for 2016. xx Thanks for linking up and supporting our OvertheMoon link up.

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  6. This is a wonderful article Terri. And I appreciate the fact that you take the time to reply and express gratitude on each and every comment. I have taken up blogging recently and reading articles from blogs like yours is an inspiration.
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  7. Dale

    Thank you for a wonderful coffee share. Here in Montreal we’ve still not had a real snowfall (I don’t count the light dusting we had a few weeks ago). Just like ddr_74 above, we’ve had record-breaking warm weather. Totally nuts. Not looking like a White Christmas at this time 😦
    Good for you on the writing! Oh! And to be able to visit San Diego and Baja Sur Mexico… nice!
    Why do I blog? In the beginning it was to see if I had anything of worth to say that people would want to read; then it became a way of improving my writing skills (apparently working as I’ve been asked to guest blog – gulp!!). In the past year it has been very cathartic and I simply love it. I cannot imagine NOT blogging now. I don’t write as often as I would like but figure my time will come.

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  8. You go, Girl. And have a great trip.
    I’d love to pop into San Diego, visit my grandson and granddaughter-in-law, but quite frankly, it gives me greater joy to stay home. We are going to the farm for four days next weekend… does that count as an adventure? 🙂

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  9. My joy is definitely present this holiday season. As a family, we went through a lot over the past two years, things I don’t (and won’t) write about on my blog. But I am proud to say that we weathered the storm and life has smoothed out again, and I can enjoy this Christmas season the way it should be enjoyed–with an open heart. I blog as an accompaniment to my novel writing, but if I’m being honest with myself, I do it out of pleasure because I love to tell stories. In eleven days it will be Christmas eve, and I will read the Christmas story aloud to my family from my father’s bible. It doesn’t get any better than that. A most sincere Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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    1. Oh, Nooce, this makes me so happy to read that you share the Christmas story with your family. We do that too, I print all the passages out then cut them into small paragraphs, and have everyone read. Merry Christmas to you and thank you for your wonderful comment!


  10. Sounds like you’ve got a lot going on, but it all sounds like good stuff. Hope that the writing goes well, and that you’re able to fit in time for working on the book and blogging. 🙂 The trip sounds amazing—would love to visit that area someday!

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  11. Joy can come from so many sources… we just need to be open to it. My Christmas will probably be pretty quiet but that’s just fine. My husband and I spent part of the day yesterday at the beach watching the waves crash over the pier. So much better than being at the mall. El Nino should be interesting…

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  12. My joy is just to be healthy and quietly content over the holidays. They evoke a mixture of nostalgia, regret, love and poignancy. This year I am volunteering on Christmas Day and will wear my furry antlers. Hope you have a wonderful time in Baha – I certainly did!

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  13. ddr_74

    Glad your weather is catching up! We still haven’t had any snow here in Ontario, which is strange for us. The temps have been between 5-12 degrees Celcius. I am more than okay with this weather until March 😀

    Leisure definitely DOES bring joy! I am looking forward to having 4 days off with my family, despite my son thinking he’s skipping out on us for two of those days! LOL!

    I wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season! 🙂

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  14. I nejoyed having coffee with you Terri. I am always thinking about things that will make a good blog post, or telling my friends and family about things I have learned from other bloggers about different things.
    Enjoy your holidays, and I hope that they are indeed filled with joy. 🙂

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  15. Good points, Terri.

    My primary reason for blogging is to amuse myself and if anyone decides to come along for the ride, all the better. I do acknowledge that some of my posts are much better than others and like you, I’m always keeping my eyes and ears open for a topic. After six years, blogging is part of who I am and I cannot image not doing it. I have become friends, . . . real friends, with people all over the world. Some I have met, some I probably never will. One really needs to experience it to appreciate it.

    I wish I could be somewhere where it snows in December…it was 81 yesterday in South Carolina. Of course, Baja “ain’t so bad either”.

    I need to learn your lesson about leisure bringing joy and I just mentioned it a few minutes ago at https://villageundertaker.wordpress.com/2015/12/13/status-update/

    Regards and have a great vacation……Ray

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