Choosing Joy

The Story Behind Choose Joy

From as early on as I can remember, I’ve always dreamed larger than what life seemed prepared to offer me. And perhaps my parents are to blame for that. After all, they did encourage me to read a lot of books with strong female leads and always told me that with Jesus, anything was possible. And they weren’t wrong…

But in some ways, life turned out to be a lot harder than I imagined it could be. And I know I’m not alone.

I launched Choose Joy to connect with other women who are looking to redefine their world. To maintain that child-like optimism to not only get through life’s toughest moments, but to inspire change through empowered choices.

Choosing Joy is about actively pursuing hope and daring to dream despite what life throws at you. Its about connecting with others to make the world a better place and to seek out our best life regardless of where we’ve started from.  Its about living well no matter the circumstance. Its about finding joy in our jobs, at our home and in our everyday living.

What Does it Mean to Choose Joy Daily?

When you choose to life a life of joy it means you’re always looking for the silver lining. It’s realizing that no matter what life throws your way, you will not let it sink you. It’s unlocking your capacity for compassion and envisioning a better world not just for you, but for others too. Choosing joy is  learning how to make empowered decisions and discovering how to co-exist with the crappy sides of life. Its asking what’s possible rather than focusing on whats’ not. Its the inner rumblings of hope, optimism and courage we feel inside our chests. It’s the compassion, power and peace we desperately desire.

Its the good feeling we sense in our inner-most being.

How does faith play into this?

The nod to Jesus above may have clued you in a bit on where my faith lies. Choosing joy for me is deeply intertwined with my faith in Jesus Christ.  In fact,  the above definition of choosing joy isn’t referring to just any sort of joy – its  referring to what I would call  Christian joy.

Rick Warren explains Christian Joy this way…

Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quite confidence that everything is going to be all right and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.

In some of life’s circumstances, we need supernatural joy – a joy that is bigger than what we can muster on our own – and I’m grateful to have that through my faith in Jesus Christ.

Nevertheless, regardless of what you believe, I hope you will join me in discovering ways to choose joy daily. Together, lets look for ways to discover our best lives and create a joyful space to celebrate what matters most to us.