It took me until the last date of 2019 to accept what my word of the year 2020 was: joy. I realised that going back to joy was essential.

I also knew something else for certain: I had to make some big changes to do something with it., because, after a couple of big challenges, I was a grump, and not at all joyful as my nature is.

On January 2, I registered this URL and immediately after, all sorts of fears came. Would anyone be interested in seeing what a middle-aged woman does to bring joy back into her life?

Would anyone want to read the simple adventures of a woman who isn’t able to do a lot of physical things? Whose life is completely boring?

This and more played through my head. I decided for a while to ditch the blog until I lay down thinking about it.

I was in a lot of pain and wondered what I could do to make me feel better. And then I burst out laughing.

This is exactly why I need to blog about joy. This is exactly why I want to write about what brings me joy and what I can do to bring more into my life.

I need to remind myself in the lowest moments of my life that joy exists and what I can do to be more joyful.

This journey is going to be a personal one, but I also hope that I can inspire others who are in the same boat as I am, suffering from chronic conditions and desperate for more joy in their lives.

Starting tomorrow, I’m going to challenge myself to make some leaps this year.

Over the course of the rest of the year (and beyond) I’m going to explore things that brought me joy in the past. I am going to try new and scary things that I know will make me feel joyful in the end.

I intend to document my leaps in a post every week, maybe more when I’m extra inspired.

I’m going to post my first leap tomorrow, for the month of February!

I can’t wait to get started!