On this side of the world, we are getting ready for fall.
What does fall mean to you?
When I was a very young girl, one of my uncles bought me a year’s subscription to the kids’ version of National Geographic. I remember one issue in particular of a young blonde girl my age holding a huge pumpkin with golden and deep red hues of fall leaves all around her.
It was quite a sight for me to behold. It was visually very well done even though it was a very casual shot.
Some people may look at a fall picture like that and long to live in a place as such and even think it as an idyllic place to grow up in. Yet I knew life is not always so simple as it is pictured.
How? You might ask.
You see, right around those years where I was discovering the world, I came to be pen pals with a number of young girls my age. Through our correspondence, I came to know about what life is like for my pen pals in countries such as Norway, New Zealand, Turkey and the United States.
From my New Zealand pen pal, I learned how horse-riding was part of her education. It was sometimes fun but there were also many times when it was not so fun. My Turkish friend gave me a window into her Islamic way of life and personalized Kemal Atatürk’s impact on their society when I studied Turkish history in college. My memory of my American pen pal struck me in the most emotional way.
I could tell from her very own pumpkin pictures that life wasn’t always idyllic.
She was matter of fact about growing up in a divorced home. We didn’t know which emotions to use to name our feelings. I now can see that there was much pain and sadness, things I picked up because I was feeling those emotions too.
I have been working on my Simple Daily Joy store for slightly under a year. It all started with me capturing a short clip of birds chirping in the neighborhood. I uploaded it on Youtube and when asked to give my channel a name, I called it, “Simple Daily Joy”. Click here to find out more.
I love to learn and enjoy new challenges. I soon found myself opening an Etsy shop against my own self-defeating beliefs that I really am not much of an artist. For me, a truly creative is a Caravaggio, Degas, Botero or a Ho Chee Lick.
But here I am, a one person shop behind this brand concept called, Simple Daily Joy.
I returned to a few of my original roots lately. One of which is making handmade cards.
It is not very smart business. Unlike my other products in which I use a professional printer, these handmade cards are made out of my kitchen table and are truly one of a kind. But that is what simple daily joy is about. The willingness and determination to create simple joy in my everyday life, no matter what.
So this fall, not only am I reflecting,
I am also letting go and
falling into the beautiful
things that life has to offer.
Joy can be simple, no matter what, on a daily basis.
Go ahead, tend to something lovely. Create beautiful things. Share that joy of yours.
I hope this blog article gives you fresh ideas for simple daily joy.
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