Finding Joy in the Journey - The Mini-Series

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Life is wonderful. It is good, full of laughter, adventure, memories, friends, and family. But life is also really hard. 

I originally started this blog because I wanted to share my life experiences in the hope that maybe it would help someone. But overtime it has molded into me learning to find joy in the journey. Not an easy lesson, but an important one. I don't want to look back on life and realized I missed out because I was too busy focusing on how hard life is. President Thomas S. Monson is an expert on this topic. He says, 

"This is our one and only chance at mortal life—here and now. The longer we live, the greater is our realization that it is brief. Opportunities come, and then they are gone. I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now." (Read more here.)

So how do we do this? Let me tell you. Just kidding. I don't know. I'm on a life journey to find out. As Professor Harold Hill says in the Music Man, "You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you've collected a lot of empty yesterdays." I don't know about you but I sure do not want to pile up my tomorrows. I want to enjoy my life now. But again, how?! Wise President Monson goes on to say, 

"Let us relish life as we live it, find joy in the journey, and share our love with friends and family. One day each of us will run out of tomorrows." 

I love that word "relish". I think that is exactly what we need to do. Live in the present, relish what we do have instead of what we don't have, and "share our love with friends and family". I know I can't give you the exact recipe but the few things that help me is building my relationship with Jesus Christ, staying present, serving others, just being myself, and always always always be grateful! 

I've been through many rough patches in life, we all have. A lesson that took me a bit to learn, but that has made all the difference is my relationship with my Savior. Whenever I put him first it makes all the difference. And this also ties directly into staying present and serving others. 

"When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God". So not only do you get the joy from helping others, you also get the joy of serving your God. Double whammy!! And when you are forgetting yoruself and serving others it really helps you stay present. It helps you to not worry about the future and just trust Him. Isn't it so cool how these all tie together?!

Now a bit on being myself. My mom raised me with this motto, "You never have to grow up, you just have to learn how to behave in public." These words have changed my life. Taken me a few years to get the hang of but I can tell you now it is so freeing to just be a spontaneous kid sometimes. To not stress about what that person on the other side of the street that you don't even know, nor will you ever see again, thinks about you. If you want to frolic across that bridge, you do it. If you want to color in a coloring book, go for it!  

Now these are just a few tips of life practices that have helped me and because I'm not the expert, just a simple girl trying to figure it all out, I'm excited to share with you this new "mini-series" called "Finding Joy in the Journey". I have invited a few women who I admire to share with us how they have found joy through life and how they have learned to enjoy, not just endure. I hope you'll follow along because these women are amazing and they have some wise thoughts to share with us.

And final words from President Monson, 

"My sincere prayer is that we may adapt to the changes in our lives, that we may realize what is most important, that we may express our gratitude always and thus find joy in the journey"



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