Brenda Nicholson

Everything Doesn’t Have to Give You Joy

I know; I wrote about putting joy into your life the other day.

But that doesn’t mean that you should be spending all day in a state of bliss. I’m not sure that’s possible or worthwhile. We all have things that need to be done daily.

No one is ever going to “spark joy” cleaning the toilet.

You can choose joy or quick and easy. For instance, weeknight dinners might be quick and easy. On the weekend, maybe you have time to cook a meal that brings joy.

The same with getting dressed each day. Most days should be quick and easy. I love a capsule wardrobe for this. On the days you want to take extra care, you can.

Picking and choosing where you want joy over easy makes your life less complicated and the pleasure that much sweeter.

Start finding ways to put routines in place and develop good habits. You want a good part of your everyday life on autopilot. Make decisions once and then stick to them.

Simplify your life as much as possible. Take a look at the bigger picture — a meal plan for a season instead of a week. Taco Tuesday can easily lead to Meatless Monday and Friday night pizza.

Develop a uniform for every day. Pants, shirt, cardigan. Done. You’ve still got variety without too much thought.

Start small with the things that make the most significant difference. And then start stacking. Add a new habit to an existing one.

Balance easy with joy.

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