It occurred to me yesterday after I wrote my post that I have officially been at Joyful for one month!
My "joy" is to have made it ONE MONTH.
(I'm not going to lie...if I didn't create a new blog and force myself to public accountability, I would have likely given up. Not because the project feels unsuccessful, but because it requires me to do work, to write something every night when I'd rather go straight to bed. So, thank you to YOU for the motivation to keep going.)
And yesterday was also an interesting end to January because January 1st began with a snowstorm; January 31st sent us away with a snowstorm. They were bookends. It felt poetic. Today I woke up with the same feeling of a fresh start as I did on January 1st, the same way I did on the day my fast ended. It felt like a new beginning, full of hope. I was delighted when I woke up today, and that already put me in a mood to enjoy everything about the day.
There are so many things. The sun melting the snow. My morning readings. My dad supporting (or at least not rejecting) the idea of me doing a Global Scavenger Hunt. Texts from people I hadn't heard from in a long time. Being productive at work. Fun at Greek class. Being ASKED to take photos of my food as a means of helping a friend do a class project. But I think what I will note as the highlight came at the end of my day, when I attended my first writing workshop in Rhode Island.
It's been almost four years since I've been a part of a writing group (outside of Greece, which is a different ballgame.) There were six of us tonight, discussing writing, and everyone was friendly and welcoming. We had wine and cheese, and the woman who hosted us sounded just like a woman I grew up with, someone who had taught my middle school Sunday school class. That woman's name was Jodene, and she had always supported my adventures and loved hearing about them when I came home to visit. She passed away last year, but tonight I heard her voice.
In Greece, it is customary to start each new month with wishes of Kalo Mina (Καλό μήνα), a good month, and that's how I will begin and end today: with wishes of Καλό μήνα to all of my friends :)
Photo courtesy of The Honorable Charles Currier, aka "Daddio."