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2016 – Finding Joy Everyday

A few years ago, I stopped making New Year’s Resolutions.  Instead, I began choosing one word to focus on throughout the year.  Last year, I also added a goal to help me focus on my one word.  My one word last year was “Joy” and my goal was “Finding Joy Everyday”.

Finding Joy Everyday was a great goal for me because I was in the middle of lots of transitions.  We were moving into our new house, I’d always lived in a city and our new house was in the country, also I was still adjusting to early retirement.  I needed to make sure I didn’t become overwhelmed with life.

I pledged to myself to post a photo on Instagram everyday that represented joy to me.  My tags were #joy, #findingjoyeveryday2016, and #projectjoy2016.  Eventually, I began to call my goal “Project Joy”.  Join me on Instagram @ldjames1.


These are my most liked Instagram photos for 2016. #2016bestnine   Some of these are certainly among my favorite photos from last year; but my favorite #joy photos include my family.



This is a photo of my hubby teaching our oldest Grand how to plant strawberries.

Bubbles_www.rainydayreflections.com__Blowing Bubbles

FJE-1-4-16_www.rainydayreflections.com_Skateboard Practice

Let's go fishing

Fishing at Fox Pond.

FJE-1-1-16_www.rainydayreflections.com_Popcorn Cart is Now Open


Windy_Ride_www.rainydayreflections.comMy Fur Babies

Project Joy was good for me.  It made me look at the world with different eyes.  I found myself taking a minute or two to appreciate things that in the past I would have just ignored.

My family kind of thought I was crazy and my daughter rolled her eyes a few times when she read my posts.  That’s okay because I didn’t do it for them; it was for me.

Did you choose a word for 2016?  How did it go?  What’s your one word for 2017?

You can read about how I chose my One Word for 2016 in my post Finding Joy Everyday.

You can read about my One Word for 2017 in my post 2017-Today  I Choose Joy.  (This post will go live on Friday (1-13-2017).


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