Joyous Joy 60: How Often is Too Often to Spread Joy?

Beautiful tulips on my kitchen table. They have been bringing me joy for days.

Beautiful tulips on my kitchen table. They have been bringing me joy for days.

Although blogging is such a joyful experience for me, it can also be stressful.

All the books I read on blogging, say to post at least twice a week and preferably everyday. I know there are a lot of successful blogs out there that follow this rule, but I have no desire to do this.

Here is why:

• I don’t want you guys to be overwhelmed by my posts. The easiest way to achieve my unsubscription to your mailing list is to bombard me with emails. I just end up glazing over and stop reading them.
• I don’t just come up with a post so I can get a star on my handy chart. It is important for me to be inspired by an experience

I want this blog to fulfill its purpose – to bring you (and me) joy! Continue reading

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Joyous Joy 59: Intentional Appreciation

This little flower is a beautiful mascot for the season

This little flower is a beautiful mascot for the season

I am finally a huge fan of Spring. Literally — as of Sunday.

Overall I am a very patient person. I can however be a little ridiculously impatient when waiting for things like subway trains to arrive. Truth be told – I have shared those same impatient feelings with Spring.

It’s like, “C’mon already! All I really want is SUMMER to be here! The only thing I like about you Spring is my birthday!”

I am simply far too happy in the sun to be bothered with the rest of the seasons. Continue reading

Joyous Joy 58: Leprechaun Brunch

Showing off these cool green glasses with my friend Fidel

Showing off these cool green glasses with my friend Fidel

No, I did not host a potluck brunch for a group of leprechauns yesterday, but I did for some of my very favorite people.

For years I have been waking up at the crack of dawn to go to St Patrick’s Day parades and later pushing my way through crowded, noisy bars filled with festive (read annoying) drunkards. It was fun and all in my 20s, but at 32 I have officially had enough of it! Continue reading

Joyous Joy 57: Karma’s Latest Payoff (Part 2)

And this beautiful story continues…

If you are just tuning in, please read my last post first unless it won’t make sense.

I sent my friend a link to my last post about her. She immediately called me with a heartfelt thank you and sent the email below the next day.

The lovely and loving, Lisa Krohn.

The lovely and loving, Lisa Krohn.

Dear Kate,

It was a pleasure meeting you the other night. I am deeply touched and flattered by the sentiments expressed in your blog. They were truthful and accurate. My father did pass away the next day and I was blessed to be in bed with him as I was with my mother when she passed away as well. Continue reading

Joyous Joy 56: Karma’s Latest Payoff

This is the radiant smile she was referring to - I love this pic!

This is the radiant smile she was referring to – I love this pic!

A couple weeks ago I received a message via LinkedIn from a woman I couldn’t place. She said that she wanted to continue our conversation about how we could help each other professionally. My mind was blank. Who was this woman?

She didn’t look familiar and her impressive professional background didn’t ring a bell. I tried and tried to remember where we met and I was stumped. I chalked it up to the backfiring of my excessive networking.

I scheduled a coffee date with her early last week and prayed that I’d remember who she was before then. Continue reading