Our guest poster for today is a joyful, passionate lady. She does beautiful things with a camera and makes me yearn to return to the Pacific Northwest. She is thoughtful and peaceful, and always reminds me to savor life. She loves her family, her garden, her life, and tea - to name just a few. Meet Marilyn.
Someone recently told me I was a happy person. That took me by surprise, as I don't always see it that way. Then after a pause I realized for the most part I am a happy person, but I wondered why. When I retired 5 years ago after a 25 year career as an apparel pattern-maker I realized being home more often I could become depressed quite easily. With intention I started evaluating what I could do to avoid this. What was I passionate about? Beside surrounding myself with people I love, I loved Tea, the Outdoors, and Surrounding myself with Beauty. I seek these things out and as part of living intentionally I started blogging at Delights of the Heart.
A friend uses the term "notice what you notice" and I decided to take that to heart. I notice with my camera and my heart opportunities to laugh, play, and be delighted. I have found that choosing to celebrate makes my heart sing. If we don't choose intentionally we won't ever arrive at JOY.
Each decade birthday I have celebrated with JOY because of intentional choices. When I approached my 40th birthday I knew I needed to choose a career path that I had only dreamed of; so off to design school I went. For my 60th birthday I chose to start a small online business, Marmalady's. The business involves the tea I love and sewing patterns for tea lovers. I was really dreading my 70th a few months ago and knew I needed something to look forward to. A personal journey to San Francisco did the trick and I thoroughly enjoyed turning 70.
When Relyn asked me to share my passion I hadn't realized that it came because of intentional choices. I choose to laugh, play, dance in the sunshine, and delight because if I don't choose to live this way no one else is going to do it for me.