What does it feel like to wake up every day, filled with joy? What does it look like to the people around you? Does this kind of happiness even exist?
What I can offer: Yes, this lifestyle DOES indeed exist. I’m proof. I found it! Like the lost fountain of youth, I searched through the jungle of my anxiety and depression and waded through therapy, books, courses and advice to find it.
I discovered that there were three paths to happiness, which the most blissful people in the world were walking. I wanted to be on those paths too, and when I finally step foot into those forests of self-acceptance, my whole world changed. It changed who I was, how I felt, how I mothered and how I treated my partner. It opened up doors of experience and pleasure I never thought possible.
I overcame doubt. I bypassed uncertainty. I discovered my reason for living.
It’s to help you.
“The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.” Benjamin Disrael
In healing my own cracked vessel, I can pour some cleansing water of wisdom into your cup. I can share with you not only my path to joy, but I can help you to find your own, unique journey toward self-discovery and bliss.
Janeen R. Brown “official bio”:
Janeen Brown is an author, speaker, and coach with a passion for helping women break down barriers to happiness and success.
She coaches using gentle, but firm methods to encourage personal growth, and unlock the inner wisdom of her clients. She provides strategies to find her client’s life purpose, and to encourage them to live lives of openness and clarity while building strong families, warm homes, and powerful businesses.
Janeen has led inspiring retreats and workshops since 2012. Her style of blending traditional timeless wisdom and mindfulness practices appeal to women of all faiths and backgrounds.
Her first book, Unleash Joy: 30 Days to Clarity, Peace, and Long-Awaited Happiness will be released fall of 2016. The book is already inspiring a movement of joy-seeking women all over the globe.
What I’m obsessed with:
My growing garden, and the process of plant propagation. This is our first year planting heirloom seed, and it feels amazing! I can brag on my husband’s trellises any day.
Physical therapy and taking control of my health. When a health professional tells me, there’s nothing I can do…I find another, and another until I find the one who gives me options. Don’t tell me what I “can’t” do…tell me what I CAN.
Watching children grow from an interest in being read to, to learning to read, and finally to reading for their own personal enjoyment. This must be one of the most fundamental joys of the universe.
What’s making me happy:
Birds using my feeder in front of my big picture window. Watching and identifying the different species throughout the year, with my own personal 9-year-old ornithologist.
Honey dos turning into honey dids.
Rediscovering the blogging experience. I used to love it; I should never have stopped.
Road noise on audio recordings, and the technological hurdles that come with podcasting, blogging, and writing in your 40’s.
Grasshoppers in my garden and aphid wrangling ants on my apple tree.
Drinking all the coffee and tea I can get my hands on, and enjoying every sip slowly.
My Spire’s gentle reminders to control my breathing. I’m in awe of this little device, and how it’s helping me to love myself in new ways. I’m learning that conversations about politics, surprise bathroom messes and the Avengers make me stressed.
Affirmation card deck collecting. That is all.
Letting go of things that no longer serve me joy has been incredibly rewarding. Thank you, Marie Kodo.
My current daily rituals:
The Miracle Morning, and more recently The Miracle Morning for Writers. I practice the daily S.A.V.E.R.S:
Silence – for me, this means meditation, usually using one of various iPhone apps.
Affirmations – My favorites are from Esther and Jerry Hicks
Visualizations – I have a nice long list representing everything from shaking hands with Jack Canfield, to appearing on TV with Oprah and Skydiving into Burning Man. No shame.
Exercise: Couch to 5k program on my treadmill and transverse abdominal exercises to combat the midline fatigue from diastasis recti.
Reading: Currently: The Girlfriend Effect by Jodi Harman
Scribing: The Freedom Journal
Three chores for a happy home, My torch running task(s) and a host of mindfulness practices. See Unleash Joy (available fall 2016) for details.
I use the Pomodoro method of time management.
I end my day with a routine designed to make the next day even better than the last: set out my workout clothing, alarm, glasses, etc., make a TO DO list, and shut off my screens and read for the last 30 minutes to an hour before bed.
Also, I hug, smile, and laugh as much as humanly possible.