Hello to all my Light the Path friends! I’m so glad you are here! It’s Junell https://www.instagram.com/junell.kruzel/?hl=en and I’m here to share my March Light the Path project with you. I found this month’s exercises to be quite uplifting and pretty fun! So, let’s jump right in!
There are so many different directions you can go when thinking about the people, places, and things that bring you joy. I decided to start with the here and now when creating this project. I had a picture from Valentine’s Day that included my husband and also my home in the background, two very important components of my joy, so I went ahead and enlarged that picture to be my focal point.
I fussy cut out the floral print in this month’s digitals designed by Meagan Johnson. Her kit is so cheery and colorful! It definitely added joy to my scrappy time this week. I aligned them along the right edge to make them look like they were falling off the page and also to connect them to the rest of the layout on the right side. I also cut out the My Tribe banner and adhered that as well. Two people can be a tribe, right!
On the opposite side of the 6.75×8 layout I use a page protector with slots for 4 cards or pictures. I used one of the 3×4 cards included in the kit to stamp out my answers to the People, Places, and Things that bring me joy.
Cameron, obviously, is the person that brings me joy. He is my rock and my support. I’ve learned to let him know more often when I’m not feeling well emotionally. I used to keep it all bottled up inside so I wouldn’t worry him, but that didn’t benefit either of us. It’s better to let him know what’s happening in my head. Just having someone to listen and not try to fix things is a blessing. And, he’s pretty funny too! He knows how to make me laugh. Life would not be so joy filled without him.
The library is a place that brings me joy. I love to go in and spend an hour or so perusing the shelves, checking out the new releases and the stacks. I find it to be a very quiet and calming place where I can be by myself and think without interruption. I get a little thrill from bringing home a pile of books for free that will inspire me, enlighten me, and entertain me. Spending time reading those books with a cup of hot coffee brings me joy as well.
As far as the things that bring me joy, I just love tulips, especially bright pink ones! I can to get a bunch from the grocery store for $9.99 and place them on my kitchen table and it makes a huge difference in my mood. When the ground outside is white and the sky is gray, and everything just feels blah, seeing tulips on my table cheers me up and gives me hope for the coming spring.
I added 3×4 pictures of some tulips and a picture of my feet in front of some shelves at the library. I cut out the banners that say My Favorite Things and My Happy Place and adhered them to the pictures. I also fussy cut some leaves and added them to the pictures. They matched the ones from the left side of the layout unifying the entire spread. And then I rounded the corners of the pictures and cards. I haven’t done that in a while and I like the way it looks.
It was fun to brainstorm this month all the people, places, and things that bring me joy. As Theresa says, having a plan and a coping strategy for difficult days doesn’t just mean removing ourselves from situations, people, and places that cause pain. It also includes adding all the people, places, and things that bring joy into our lives! I encourage you do think about your joy and where it comes from, and to take time to document it! Thanks for reading!