Begin with Joy

Lessons learned

Travel Tips for Joy Filled Getaways

– Posted in: Connect to Joy

Have you ever gone on a trip that began with great expectations and ended in disappointment? To clarify, I am not asking about business travel. This is about travel for pleasure. Have you been on trips where pleasure seemed to oversleep and miss its flight? Yes, I’ve been there. But over the years I’ve learned [...]

Beyond New Year Resolutions

– Posted in: Connect to Joy

Not only a new year but a new decade is just a week or two away. I would encourage you to take a couple of minutes to reflect on your experiences of 2019. I recently review this year’s photos stored on my smart phone. Here are a few of my favorites. What I noticed was [...]

The Fabric of Memory

– Posted in: Connect to Joy

While attending a quilting retreat last month in Cody, Wyoming, I was introduced to the recently published book, The Fabric of Memory. It’s a great story. The Textile Artists of Greater Yellowstone decided to take on a design project featuring the experiences of Japanese-Americans interred at The Heart Mountain Relocation Center during 1942 – 1945. After [...]

Pilgrimages, Elvis and Inspiration

– Posted in: pilgrimage

Have you ever been on a pilgrimage? Traditionally, a pilgrimage is a journey that leads to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion. Examples include: • Travelling the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain (for Roman Catholics); • Making the Hajj to Mecca (for Muslims); and • Bathing in the Ganges River (for [...]

Finding a Pleasing Balance

– Posted in: Quilting

I am making a patchwork Christmas quilt. The pattern is “Piece by Piece”, designed by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr of Modern Quilt Studio located in Oak Park, Illinois. This project requires that I cut and stitch together 1084 pieces from 47 different printed fabrics. This will take a while – probably 60 hours or [...]