Day 525 – Joyful Living Project

Joy Ambassador in Action Just over three months ago, I was in Chicago visiting my dear friends Ellen and Steven. One evening, we invited a special group of friends over to enjoy a five-course meal that I cooked. During dinner, we talked about joy and I shared stories from my travels. At the end of […]

Day 523 – Joyful Living Project

Generations of Joy This morning, I was invited to speak to an incredible group of students from Grades 1 through 5 about my journey. The school where I spoke was no ordinary school! If I could go back in time and become a child again, I would beg my parents to send me to this […]

Day 468 – Joyful Living Project

The Joy of Accomplishment Over the last two weeks, I’ve driven 2,900 miles from Washington, D.C. to Boston to Vermont to New Hampshire to Maine to Connecticut to Delaware to Tennessee to Missouri. That’s a LOT of time sitting in the car! It has also meant getting minimal exercise. All of those miles have taken […]

Day 462 – Joyful Living Project

The 4am Club If you had told me a few weeks ago that I would be getting up each morning at 5 a.m. to walk, run, and climb stairs, I would have said you were crazy. Over the last year of being on the road full-time, I’ve struggled to keep a fitness routine. It’s been […]

Day 446 – Joyful Living Project

The Joy of Restoration A week ago, if you had asked me where I would be for the last couple of days, I couldn’t have told you. All I knew was that I needed to drive from Salt Lake City, Utah to arrive in Washington, D.C. by the 27th. Since the distance between the two […]

Day 439 – Joyful Living Project

First Rock Concert After having arrived in America when I was seven years old, I learned English. That was in the early 80s. Back in the day, I remember MTV VJs like Kurt Loder and Martha Quinn. I would learn all of the words to songs like “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett […]

Day 436 – Joyful Living Project

Letting Go of the Plan Just over a year ago, I had planned a trip to visit Zion National Park. One of my friends had told me that it was absolutely breathtaking. Looking at photos of it, I was excited to go. But six days before I was going to head to Zion, I got […]

Day 415 – Joyful Living Project

The Joy of Community Connection If you’ve ever been to a sporting event, whether it was a football, baseball, soccer, or basketball game (or any other kind of game), you probably felt an electricity—a collective energy and excitement—in the air as everyone cheered for your team. Having grown up in Texas, I know that football […]

Day 368 – Joyful Living Project

The Joy of  Play When was the last time you just let loose and played like a child? This past weekend, my dear friend Jennifer Gibbings came to visit me in Sausalito, California. We went on an epic 12-mile hike up the mountain and down to the beach. On our way back, we saw a […]