The Joy Trail. That’s my ultimate goal and sense of direction for this year. It’s a phrase I heard Buffy Sainte-Marie utter during a CBC interview and it resonated with me. It resonated with my sense of direction for this blog. Not so much a happiness “project” as a sense of direction. “Keep your nose on the joy trail,” she said. More precisely, “…life isn’t all about the struggle. Sometimes you just have to keep your nose on the Joy Trail.” So I vowed that I would.
Sometimes a few words can change your life
And with those few words my life changed direction. It somehow simplified. I didn’t do anything earth-shatteringly eat-pray-love like. But I did spend loads of time analyzing every corner of my life. Looking for the Joy. It was “Glass Half Full” kind of stuff. Stuff that made me move my feet firmly to the start of the trail. And since beginning, that trail has been magical. It has influenced my creative processes by including more of “life” and less “staging” that this blogging gig can sometimes spawn. The Joy Trail is reality and finding happiness in any circumstance. It requires you to simply change your lens to get perspective and frame the beauty all around you. And that beauty includes the messy stuff too…because there IS beauty in the chaos of life.
One great advantage of this perspective? The inclusion of my everyday style and not just the dressy blogger get-ups. I’ll still include those because I really do wear what I post and eat the food I make and sit at the tables I set, but I have generally feared posting the more casual side of me.
I believe I have only done that once here on the blog. I felt perhaps readers only wanted to see the more intricate, latest, and greatest styles. But the Joy Trail has shown me that there is value in “everyday” life. So from this day forward I will be including things you would catch me in for a walk on the beach, or a trip to the grocery store, or cooking in my kitchen, or for a casual lunch out. More reality and less orchestration. Because this is how I live, and I suspect others do too, so why not share?
Keep it Simple Sometimes
My new lens shall focus on simple things that really brighten my world. Things as simple as interesting seaweed, or vintage silver. And always flowers. I adore flowers. They are a form of cheap prozac, in my opinion. I will now also include more of what’s happening in the world right outside my door. Things that catch my eye, or the light, in just the right way; such that, they make me smile a little. Things that are a constant reminder of this trail I am on…
These are the things that I want to bring to this new phase of UrbanCountryStyle. My Joy Trail journey and all that it entails. Life on both sides of the camera lens. Creativity from birth to death and everything in between in the process.
And now that I have a clear vision, I can’t wait to get started. Are you with me on this journey? The Joy Trail is waiting…