Joy is not a constant. It comes to us in moments~ often ordinary moments. Sometimes we miss out on the bursts of joy because we are too busy chasing down extraordinary moments~ Brene Brown
We've traveled quite a bit this Summer. We make it a point to travel as often as we can. I believe wholeheartedly that you should pour your money into experiences and not "things". Every year we try to provide some sort of adventure for our children to enjoy. We've done things like indoor skydiving, kayaking trips, parasailing, zip lining through the forest in Florida, air boat adventures, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, feeding alligators, surfing, fishing excursions, boat trips, hiking adventures, and more. As fun and extraordinary as these moments have been, it never ceases to amaze me how much joy I find in the simple ordinary moments (like the one above when Owen found a frog during our evening walk). Just walking with him brings me joy.
Joy is what makes life beautiful and fills our life with light, and if you can find joy in any situation you are in, you've got it made. There is an assumption that only extraordinary moments can fulfill us and bring us joy, but that's not true. Finding joy in the ordinary is the key to real happiness. You can choose to find happiness or you can choose not to. The choice is all yours. How do I find happiness? Through gratitude and being present. I choose to look for, be open to, and embrace joy~ not just while traveling, but every.single.day. I find joy by simply watching my children, listening to the birds (with my right ear), and feeling the sunshine on my face. Might sound corny to some, but it's true for me. Being present and mindful has opened doors of joy to me, and can do the same for anyone.