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Finding Joy, Staying Connected & Keeping Your Sh*t Together

The Struggle to Stay Happy & Healthy is Gettin' Realer Daily


You probably didn't notice, but I skipped a month of blog post writing. No big deal, really. It's just that time is standing still yet simultaneously whizzing by. It's srsly dislodging my sense of what and when. Know what I mean?


This year has mucked up my brainz!
This year has mucked up my brainz!

Anyway, this past week has recombobulated me a bit.

  • Last Friday was the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, and this Sunday evening kicks off Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. These high holidays are always a natural time for me to take stock, reflect and plan.

  • Plus, the autumnal equinox was on the 22nd. Changes of season are another obvious point at which to hit the pause button. I think that for the shift from summer to fall this is even more so because you're transitioning from long, light, warm days of fancy-freeness to shorter, cooler, darker days of back to school/work. We kind of revert from expansion and outwardliness back into our little cocoons of contraction and inwardliness.

My gist here is that these two nodes of introspection crammed into one tiny (ok, normal-sized) week really caught my attention. And throttled me a wee tad.


So I figured it'd be a nice time to dedicate some attention to what I'd like more of or to be better at.

  • Prioritizing the important stuff.

  • Focusing on positive (though, let's face it, probably still spiked with snarkiness) approaches and constructive uses of energy.

This pic doesn't have much to do with this post. I just like it. Joy.
This pic doesn't have much to do with this post. I just like it. Joy. Plus, it does sort of look like this kid is being pensive....

Finding Joy


Ya, no, I'm not talking about binge watching Marie Kondo here. I'm referring to discovering or tapping into real, deep-seated joie de vivre.


I'm trying to let the sh*t slide away, like I'm coated with eco-friendly Teflon. When it works, it's bliss! But, in all honesty, the struggle really is real.


Anyway, when I'm not bogged down or distracted by things that I can't do