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 Post subject: What brings you joy?
PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:47 pm 
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After a seriously rough forking year I am trying very hard to reclaim my life and to make it joyful.

My list looks like this so far:
-my roomie/best friend
-the ridiculous (almost)cat I share a house with
-Your Rocky Spine by the Great Lake Swimmers
-brownies
-lying in the sun
-swimming in open water
-creating
-dresses
-my assorted, politically involved, empathetic friends
-my amazing, active, inspiring grandparents
-bike rides in the sun


What things/people/places fill your heart to bursting?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 11:58 pm 
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-My nephews
-The girl on whom I am crushin' hard
-The Todd Glass Show
-Citizen Radio
-Comedy Bang Bang
-Illmatic
-Inventing sandwiches


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 Post subject: Re: What brings you joy?
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Your Rocky Spine was the soundtrack for my grad school adventures in Vancouver.

Right now, I love walking around in an apple orchid just days before harvest, unashamedly eating unhealthy chips in my car, reading reading reading, taking a day off my day-job in order to write, and having fabulous/inspiring conversations with friends both close and far--keeping a sense of humour but also touching on the painful stuff. And sharing wonderful homemade meals with my partner.

BUT MOSTLY: Kitty cuddles. Puddy makes me feel so so so so so so happy.


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 Post subject: Re: What brings you joy?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:41 am 
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-being in love
-running
-learning new things about myself via endurance training (like finally figuring out that I hate to "work out" but I enjoy "training")
-the support I have from my family, friends and teammates
-Amos
-the natural beauty of the city I'm lucky to live in
-reading
-cooking/baking for other people
-little things that tickle me for no reason, like when the sun and the moon are out at the same time

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 Post subject: Re: What brings you joy?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:42 am 
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The last coupe years have been my best, so there are many things that are bringing me joy these days
Husband
Baby
Breastfeeding
Kittens
Bike rides (now that I am getting stronger)
Knitting
Tea
Cookies
Friends (seriously I have realized how many amazing friends I have. I am so lucky)
Family
I don't read as much as I wish I could, but I love books. Actually I don't get to do nearly enough of anything I love these days (besides baby related things)
Watching the leaves change
Fall
Having my favorite season start

Ok, I could go on and on but I should go to bed


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 Post subject: Re: What brings you joy?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:22 am 
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Translation (my job)
Bunnies (ya really.)
Bike rides
Watching good movies with friends
Lattes
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 Post subject: Re: What brings you joy?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 1:23 am 
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Boys. Omg boys. X 1,000,000,000.

Also girl-group music from the 60's, that just so happens to mostly have lyrics about boys.

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 Post subject: Re: What brings you joy?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:42 am 
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picking berries!! or picking anything, really, it's joyful.
anything i do with my dog Nacho, who is my role model.
getting my hands dirty in the garden.
cooking something amazing in a wok over a hellfire flame.
crocheting/knitting in the car, in stolen moments.
cold beer in a lukewarm shower.
speeding along with the windows down on a hot summer's day singing along with the grateful dead/david bowie/peter tosh/a million others at the top of my lungs.
opera.
translating something ridiculously complex/technical/nuanced and knowing that i did better than any of my competitors could. (translators' hi five, bun).

A few years ago I had a bit of a crisis (lost a kid and a parent and had cancer myself). Among the many life changes I made, I started moving towards meditation and reading about Zen (though I am a quaker, zen is really similar). Zen has helped me find a lot of these amazing joyful moments in everything- in my cup of tea, in driving to work, in faces, in everything. Sounds cheezy but it's led to lots of magical moments and experiences.

Glad you're feeling some happiness again, jdub.

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 Post subject: Re: What brings you joy?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:53 am 
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Sunshine
Kisses and hugs and holding hands and loving in general
Sex
Books, on my couch, with the rain outside
Friends and conversations
Living my life the way I choose it with no restrictions other than the ones I give myself

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 Post subject: Re: What brings you joy?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:02 am 
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Reading these lists brings me a decent amount of joy. Also:
-the kiddos at work
-running
-going to engaging classes that I really enjoy
-my fwiends
-cooking with produce from our lovely csa

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 Post subject: Re: What brings you joy?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 8:03 am 
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I'm having a rough go right now (despite the fact that I'm having the best few years), so I appreciate this thread:

- Planning trips / seeing the world
- the veganz
- Walking in my neighbourhood, I love it so much
- The farmer's market and supporting local farmers
- My catbabies. Especially Tristan. He is just an orange ball of enthusiasm and innocence and it's so endearing and ugh, I just love him.
- Baking
- Dresses, since I've discovered that being plus-sized doesn't have to be restrictive if you find the right [online] shops
- Hot cocoa
- The creative/arts/music community in my city, seeing live music put on by talented people I know
- Therapy and learning to navigate through the bullshiitake I was put through as a child
- Seeing squirrels pretty much everywhere I walk
- My husband, who is my everything and has been for so long, and we're more in love now than ever and it gets better all the time
- Book stores and record stores
- My job (graphic design), feeling like I'm skilled at what I do and being appreciated by people for it

and this:
Anek wrote:
Living my life the way I choose it with no restrictions other than the ones I give myself

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 Post subject: Re: What brings you joy?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:11 am 
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I love this!

My kids
Baking great yummies for other people
my weird little sisterhood of support that popped up out of nowhere and fills me with love
Vyapti
Fall (all of it. Love it)
The occasional cheesy pop song (Call me Maybe is currently at the top of the I can't be sad when I hear it list)
Making gifts for people.
A cheesy Bollywood dance number
tomato soup
the sound of rain at night through an open window.

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 Post subject: Re: What brings you joy?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:17 am 
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I kind of need this thread right now. I agree, it's been a crepe asparagus year. Finding it hard to find joy in anything. But...

Kittens
The fall weather
Anticipating a huge move across the country
Music
My husband

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Adding in Downton Abbey, cause I've finally found the time to start watching it and I love it. And my job is actually kind of exciting right now. We are growing in size, moving to a better office, and I now have two people to directly manage. Step up for me and the company!

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:54 am 
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Mumbles being a republican.

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 Post subject: Re: What brings you joy?
PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:55 am 
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I bought Oprah's 20th anniversary DVD's at a garage sale for 3 bucks, to watch on my kitchen TV when I'm cooking.
Yes, I know. But anyway, I have started a daily gratitude journal because of a segment on it, and it's something I look forward
to doing every night. It really changes your perspective when you're taking stock of everything you have to be grateful for every single day. Anyway, it seemed kind of apropos to this thread.

A few things that bring me joy are drinking coffee on my deck, coming in after a good run, being able to listen to an ipod for that run, relaxing in the PM with the canines sleeping to the right of me and the felines snuggled on my lap, and a clean, organized house. And being able to call my Mom when I have good news.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:08 am 
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Mars wrote:
Also girl-group music from the 60's, that just so happens to mostly have lyrics about boys.


You dig the Cults?

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My kid and my partner
The awesome September weather we've been having
A moment to myself with a cup of coffee
Seeing newborn babies snuggled up with their Mom or Dad
Good music
Making an awesome meal for people I care about


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I should really add the PPK to my list. Seriously. I'm 10 days shy of 5 years here! I love "knowing" smart, funny, compassionate, wise, silly, inspiring people from all corners. I learn new things, am exposed to ideas I might not encounter anywhere else, and find lots to laugh at most days. Not bad at all.

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I should really add the PPK to my list. Seriously. I'm 10 days shy of 5 years here! I love "knowing" smart, funny, compassionate, wise, silly, inspiring people from all corners. I learn new things, am exposed to ideas I might not encounter anywhere else, and find lots to laugh at most days. Not bad at all.

+1 Yummy!

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translating something ridiculously complex/technical/nuanced and knowing that i did better than any of my competitors could. (translators' hi five, bun).

High five!

I love reading everyone's lists. Happy times!


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Writing songs.
Cuddling guinea pigs.
Pumpkins.
Seeing dogs, but especially dachshunds.
Planning our trip to Japan.
Sleeping in late.
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GraciaKai wrote:
monkeytoes wrote:
I should really add the PPK to my list. Seriously. I'm 10 days shy of 5 years here! I love "knowing" smart, funny, compassionate, wise, silly, inspiring people from all corners. I learn new things, am exposed to ideas I might not encounter anywhere else, and find lots to laugh at most days. Not bad at all.

+1 Yummy!


OMG, this too. I love the PPK so, so much. It's amazing how a message board and its regular visitors can change a person's perspective on so many things.

Oh, and I also love the gym. It's my time to be good to my body and help it grow big and strong.

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Oh man, so many things bring me joy!
-baking and cooking for people I respect, admire, or like in any way
-having so much cute in my life right now (I have 4 baby friends less than 1 year old and several dogs and cats that I see often)
-all my wonderful friends
-the wonderful things that come with fall: hoodies, apple cider, tea, pumpkin, sweet potatoes and the glorious weather!
-kisses
-hugs
-being vegan (6 years!)
-giving gifts
-jigsaw puzzles!!
-my new favorite podcast: Good Job, Brain!
-Picnics
-lying in bed
-the gif thread
-CSA produce
-chocolate
-and most of all, the PPK. Sometimes my participation dwindles, but I'm always thinking about you all. <3 <3 <3


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Tennessee fall weather! And all the stuff that comes with it, like boots and jackets and long sleeves, Halloween, my birfday, and pumpkin and squash and pretty leaves and all that other good fall stuff.


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