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Joy: From the Ground Up

Writing my way to through Simple Abundance – Day One January 1, 2013

A new me in 2013? I hope so.Thirteen years ago Sarah Ban Breathnach had a simple idea that ended up changing her life forever. In Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, she set out to write an honest commentary on some of life’s most pressing questions.

“I knew I wasn’t the only woman hurtling through real life as if it were an out-of-body experience,” she writes in the foreword, “…But I also knew I certainly wasn’t the woman with the answers. I didn’t even know the questions.”

I will be the first to admit I laid out some pretty lofty goals for myself in 2013. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to find a practical way to hold myself accountable for how well I remember Christmas, love actively and live life backwards every day.

Reading the last few words of Breathnach’s foreward in Simple Abundance showed me how.

“Reading books changes lives. So does writing them. May Simple Abundance, through its gentle lessons of comfort and joy, help you find the authentic life you were born to live.”

And so begins my year-long journey to find the authentic life I was born to live…from my humble perspective. Joy, from the ground up.

Day one. New Year’s Day. “A Transformative Year of Delight and Discovery.” Today’s reading ironically challenges me to take time to dream. Take time to reflect on my most private of aspirations. All right Sarah, here you go.In deep thought

I want to be a writer. I want people to want to read what I have to say. Most importantly, I want my words to inspire people. I know its silly. I know people might not take me, a goofy four-year-old terrier mutt, seriously.

But I’m going to take the challenge to dream big. I am going to take a leap of faith and believe that this year I will post a blog entry every day. I’m going to believe in myself. Because sometimes, that is the hardest thing to do.


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    Revisiting inspiration.

  5. Sandy Says:

    Ah, so this is how it all got started??? Thanks for the flashbacks – I really appreciate them.

    • This is indeed how things got started….more than a year ago. Sometimes I can’t believe I still haven’t missed a day! It started out as a one-year commitment but now I can’t stop! Must be because I love my people like you so much.
      🙂 Wiles

  6. So happy I got to see your beginnings, Wiley. Mom LOVED that book. I will venture to say, “Mission accomplished.” You’re an amazing writer from the ground up and your words inspire us to be better.

    Love and licks,

    • My goodness gracious. You usually know just what to say, dear Cupcake, but today you took the cake. Pun intended. 😉 Thank you for your kind words and for being such a close pal in my endeavor to bring joy from the ground up to the world.
      Lots of love,

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