Monday, November 29, 2010

Project Joy 365 - The Back Story

“Everyone ends up somewhere, few people end up somewhere on purpose.” Craig Groeschel

This was the lead in to a message I heard at recently. A message that was very timely in my life. I have spent many hours in the last few months contemplating ‘what now God – where do I go from here’ and ‘what am I here for Lord? What is my purpose in all of this?’.

Almost eight years ago, I became a Mommy. We planned and worked and saved and dreamed for 10 years for that day. We arrived there on purpose, with a well executed plan and God’s blessings. Our home was paid for, giving us the financial freedom for me to be a stay at home mom. I left the working world behind and excitedly entered into this next ‘season’ of my life as a Mom.

 About three and a half years ago, I discovered digital scrapbooking and soon after purchased a DSLR camera and started exploring photography. In the time since then, I have fallen in love with these hobbies and have discovered creative gifts that stir great passion in me.  

I consider both of these things HUGE blessings in my life, each for unique reasons. The problem I've had is trying to find balance between the two. When I am being Mom and devoting myself to my family, I am constantly thinking about and longing for some time to myself to create. When I am spending time alone creating, I am burdened with guilt about what I ‘could’ be spending time on that would better benefit my family.

For the last three years, I feel like I have been riding a pendulum that is constantly swinging from one focus to the other. I have struggled to find a happy medium that allows me to live to my fullest potential in both areas of my life.

After hearing the message at LifeChurch about ‘arriving on purpose’, I set out in prayer about how to remedy my situation. I feel God has answered me and inspired me to embark on a journey for 2011. I am calling this journey ‘Project Joy 365’.

What is Project Joy 365? More details to come…tomorrow.


  1. This sound like a great idea!!! I can't wait to see what you have planned!

  2. You're a tease! And I'm not a patient person by nature! Thanks a lot! ;-)

  3. I'm thrilled... inspired... excited...

  4. I'm with Shari - you're making us wait?! :)

    Sounds exciting!

  5. looking forward to hearing more

  6. Sounds like a wonderful project, I
    am sure it'll sound even more wonderful with all the details! ;)

    Thank you for sharing your journey :)

  7. Curiouser & curiouser! Can hardly wait for tomorrow.

  8. Yeah!!!! I can't wait! I love the saying, "you're either making plans...or you're a part of someone else's plan!" Way to make it happen girl! Rock on! xoxo

  9. I can't wait, I can't wait, I can't wait!