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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Joy & Stuff

I'm doing a little joy dance over here! The Brave Girls Club is featuring my little birdie today!

Here's a little blurb (written by them) about what they do...

"If you are wondering what Brave Girls Club IS….it’s a community for women everywhere who want to do big things with their lives, who want to overcome difficult things, and who believe in doing all of this with love and kindness and as joyfully as possible. We have a worldwide tribe through the internet, and any woman anywhere is welcome and invited…and we also have fabulous retreats in the Idaho mountains, called BRAVE GIRL CAMP….and any woman anywhere is welcome and invited to join us there, too."

Man oh man do I love what these women are up to. Their words about joy (below) are so timely and such a comfort. Waiting for biopsy results can be a little unsettling.

Joy is untouched my circumstance.  I so know this to be true. What a comfort it is to know that our joy never needs to depend on what happens. The gifts are always always there, at any time, in any situation.  Right here.  Right now.

And now for the featured post...

'Little Birdie' Featured
Artist of the Day:
Julia Fehrenbacher
Corvallis, Oregon, USA

Dear Joyful Girl,

Joy is good. Did you know there is a difference between happiness and joy? This anonymous quote describes it perfectly:

"Joy is untouched by circumstance."

You see, happiness is sometimes fleeting. Joy is a state of mind -- that no matter what happens, no matter how much we had planned on a different outcome, that we will always center our lives on what is RIGHT rather than what is WRONG. We will trust the moment and the unexpected gifts that every moment holds -- even the scary, strange, and unexpectedly difficult moments. Especially those moments actually.

Even Oprah said it perfectly:

"What I know for sure is that you feel real JOY in direct proportion to how connect you are to living your truth" -- Oprah Winfrey

Living your truth means listening very closely to the very quiet voice that is constantly trying to get your attention. Living your truth means being very very still and seeking truth and beauty and goodness and small miracles all the days of your life. Living your truth means being exactly who YOU are, in spite of who and what others around you are. Living your truth is a joyful path -- a path that no circumstances can every rip you off of.

Joy can be felt anywhere, at any time, it any situation. This is the truth.

Go forward in JOY, brave girl!


"A little bird told me" - your Daily Truth from The Brave Girls Club


  1. congrats! what a wonderful gift for you today. i am a believer in joy, big-time!


  2. Congratulations! So sweet, and such a lovely bird to be appreciated by all. Holding you in love and bravery.

  3. i am visiting from DAILY TRUTHS. i went to brave girls camp and it was AMAZING. i love love love that your little birdie was featured and i am so tickled to see that you have my dear friend rachel awes on your sidebar. love that girl!
    happy tuesday.

  4. Oh congratulations Julia! This is so beautiful and perfect for you to be a part of. Sending you so much love.


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