Thursday, September 17, 2009

My Joy

I'm very excited to begin The Next Chapter with Jamie Ridler as we dive into Martha Beck's The Joy Diet. I had such a wonderful time and met so many interesting & creative people with the last book, Keri Smith's Wreck this Journal. I have a feeling this adventure will be just as inspiring. I've also been a fan of Martha Beck's for quite some time. Anyone who makes me re-think my life while making me laugh out loud gets my vote.

It seems appropriate that I should be beginning this journey today. Thirteen years ago I gave birth to the greatest joy of my life - my daughter. She was a fabulous, unplanned surprise. I'd never thought of myself as at all maternal and POW!!! There has never been anything in my life that has been so right and filled me with such joy. Of course, now that she is thirteen she still needs me but in a different, less all consuming way (you know - be there but make sure none of my friends can see you). It's hard to admit but now as she grows older I feel a little melancholy. Don't get me wrong - I want her to grow, sprout her wings and fly and I have a very rich life of my own. But, I miss that little person & seeing the world through her eyes. I know it's time for me now to start finding my own joy as I go through this transition.

*Side note: I've been experiencing migraines on an almost daily basis and I've discovered that the computer is a big trigger. I'm going to do my best to get around to every one's blogs to meet you but it might take me a while.


Lawendula said...

Oh we have a thing in common, Kim, besides Wrecking and now "Joying":
I've got an unplanned daughter too, she is 7 now and she also is my big JOY.
I never saw myself in the mother role too, so I was so unhappy when I had become pregnant at first, but when this little girl looked at me with her big blue eyes, I fell in love and since then, I really am a happy mother.
You can see her here:
Glad, you're in the joy diet!
Hope, your headache gets better! Maybe you have to examine your eyes?!
xx Lawendula

sherry ♥ lee said...

Sorry about the son used to suffer with those a lot so I can feel for you!!

I love these photos of your daughter..they speak JOY in capital letters! :)

Looking forward to spending time finding our joy together over the next 10 weeks!

KathrynAntyr said...

Wow what a cool connection about your daughter's birthday and this kick off. My son is 13 and I know exactly how you feel. I've been playing it cool but he still has his moments (fortunately a lot of them) where he wants to cuddle up. I'm so sorry to hear about your migraines. This summer I took a diet from the computer. I still connected but I unplugged a lot and I've been focusing more on taking care of me -- getting out for walks, etc. The Joy Diet will add some soul food to my regime.

Thanks for sharing the journey!
{soul hugs}

Jean said...

I send you healing thoughts as a fellow migraine sufferer. Take care of yourself!

Embrace the JOY Diet! :)

Happy to see you again after the Wrecking!

Karen D said...

Looking forward to dieting with you.

The Other Laura said...

Looking forward to a JOY filled journey! And sending some blessings for your headaches...

Grammy said...

Just stopped by to say Hi! I look forward to our new adventure into Joy. Have a great week.

Jamie Ridler said...

I'm so excited to share another journey with you!

Take deliciously good care of yourself. Maybe the ingredients for joy will have a positive impact on migraines too :)

Lisa said...

Hello fellow dieter! I'm looking so forward to sharing this adventure with you!
Lisa, another smitten mom

Lawendula said...

Kim, thanks for your wonderful comment! :)
See you next Friday! (How is your Nothing going?)

Valli said...

I hope your daughter had a great birthday. I wish much joy on this journey and I'm so glad we are sharing it together.

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