Joy Filled Moments

Joy inspired phone cases with beautiful photography

Joy Inspired Phone Cases

I am very picky when it comes to phone cases.  I couldn’t find one that was just right for me, so I designed my own. Using my absolute favourite nature photographs and a top-quality case, I designed a phone case that I absolutely love… and you will too.

My iPhone on my desk, custom designed with the word joy on it

The “Joy Phone Case” is on my phone right now.  It has become my favourite case for daily use. It protects my phone, it doesn’t slip in my hands, and it brings a smile to my face every time I pick it up because it is so darn joyful!

About the case:

The Case Mate Tough is a premium case that is extremely durable and will protect your phone in every situation. The custom printing on these phone cases is exceptional! It wraps all around the phone to the sides, giving your phone a seamless sleek look.

I did the research and selected this case for my custom designs because it looks fantastic, but it also provides the protection I need. I like the bumper on this case because it is a bit higher than my other cases and offers more protection from scratches. It blends in beautifully with my phone and doesn’t make it look big and bulky. The back of the case is not slippery! This is very important to me. I am always taking pictures and holding my phone and I don’t want it to slip out of my hands. 

About my designs:

I love taking pictures.  My phone is always in my hand – on every beach walk, moon rise, sunset, paddle – I have thousands of photos.  

I post them on FB and Insta and sometimes people say “you should print and sell those.”  Hahaha, not little ole’ me I say in response.  But guess what… I have found a lovely use for my favourite photos now.  

My goal is to give you a phone case that brings you joy.  Our phones go everywhere with us and we need a good case to protect it, and now we don’t have to sacrifice style for function.   

An online shop is born

I have gone through several phone cases and I have to say this one really impresses me. It protects my iPhone XS and it looks and feels great.

And if I love it, I thought maybe others will too! That’s how joy-inspired phone cases came to be… and why I now have an online shop with my favourite things. Fun. 🙂

Check out my shop

Sun rising over the marsh in Lawrencetown, NS

Conditional Joy

I am having a great summer. Lots of beach time, fun surf, road trips, lovely food, campfires, paddle boarding, visits with loved ones. It is easy to be happy when I am doing all of these great things and laughing with friends and family. 

But am I happy when the “conditions” are not as exciting? I’m not talking about when I am going through one of life’s difficult times. For this discussion I am talking about life’s everyday moments…

When I am hanging out at home. Mowing the lawn. Doing the dishes. Cleaning the floors. Running errands. Working on projects.  

Like I said, it’s EASY to be happy when the sun is shining and you’re at the beach. But can we still be happy if the fog rolls in? Or when we wake up to a rainy day?

Unconditional happiness is a wonderful goal, but life happens and it’s not all sunshine and roses baby! So my thought today is… let’s pay close attention to the things in life that lift our mood, and do more of that.

It sounds simple. And it is.

Let’s do more of what makes us feel good.

And so while I am on the path to enlightenment and total unconditional bliss (smile), I will continue to create the kind of conditions that I know help me feel great in the meantime.

It can be as simple as making a great cup of coffee and sitting on the porch.  Going for a walk on the beach. Or picking up the phone and calling someone for a little chat instead of sending a text. We can use conditional happiness to jumpstart feelings of well-being. 

It’s a smart strategy. 🙂

I hope you are having a fun summer sprinkled with plenty of joy filled moments.  And for the moments in between, I wish us all feelings of contentment and ease. 

A photo of someone having a really good belly laugh

Laughter Really Is Contagious

You know those times. When you laugh and laugh, and after a bit you’re not sure what cracked you up in the first place… but you’re still laughing and feeling good?

I love those times. Those times are when memories are made. 

This week I said yes to dinner on a week night. I know, outrageous right?! We got together to celebrate a friend’s birthday.  It was low key, outside on a shaded patio, yummy food, just sitting around chatting about everything and nothing.  It was also planned last minute, and that usually feels extra special.

For me it was reminder that joy is best served simply.  

Don’t get me wrong, I love an evening in my PJ’s catching up on my favourite shows.  There is a time for that too.  In the wise words of Oprah, here is what I know for sure – I never regret going out and connecting with my friends. 

The evening was also a reminder that laughter really is the best medicine.  

We laughed and laughed, about nothing and about everything.  I love that laughter is contagious…  it can start with something small and turn into every single thing being funny (perhaps not to the table next to us, but to us we were all hilarious).  

Say yes to those last minute outings.  Warning: it may result in belly laughs and feelings of well-being.  🙂

I had the pleasure of spending time with Colleen O’Dea, Halifax Entrepreneur and Author of Curtains Are Open.  She is pictured in the photo above… in a big belly laugh session that quickly turned silly.  Good times.  

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One of the beautiful coves at Carters Beach, Nova Scotia

Toes in the sand

If you know me, you know I absolutely love the beach.  If my toes are in the sand it is definitely a Joy Filled Moment.

Yesterday I spent the day with friends, doing a lot of nothing and a bit of something all day long. It was a typical summer day of frolicking, the kind of day that is easy and carefree.  

A little drive, a garden centre (because I can’t pass one), a bakery (because my friend can’t pass one), lunch at a favourite spot next to the ocean, beach walks, braving the cold ocean water of Nova Scotia and sitting around laughing with friends.  

And country classics on the radio for the drive home.  

I have had days like that hundreds of times and it never gets old.  

I love big vacations and special outings that come along once in awhile, but yesterday reminded me how much I treasure a little day trip.

Do you have a simple summer excursion in your future?

A photo of a blooming quince tree with the words "What Brings You Joy?"

A Moment of Joy Each Day

Remember when Oprah told us about keeping a gratitude journal? For me, finding a moment of joy each and every day is kind of like that. It helps me feel good. I focus on that moment and I feel grateful for it. In that moment I am happy, even if I am profoundly sad too.

I grew into a little nugget of wisdom that perhaps comes with age. Or maybe I was just slow with this particular lesson – it’s okay for us to feel sad and to feel happy at the same time. In fact, when we’re going through difficult times I would go as far as to say it is crucial to seek out things that help us feel joy.

Kinda like laughing at a funeral. We gather together to grieve, and yet the most helpful part of the day is having a little laugh with people who also cared about our loved one.

Have you ever gone through an entire Monday to Friday and wondered where the time went? Do you save your fun for weekends only? Or worse… do you wait for big plans or vacations before unleashing the good times?

A few years ago I started paying attention to when I was feeling joyful. Guess what? It wasn’t often enough. So I started doing something each day that brought me joy.

At first I exhausted myself looking for big things – a fabulous meal, taking a new adventure – but then I relaxed into a different understanding. Making my morning coffee in my absolute favourite mug and sitting down to watch the changing colours of dawn brought me joy. Going for my daily walk at sunset brought me joy. Taking a nice bath and settling in to watch Netflix brought me joy.

The trick is to notice the joy as it is happening. To savour it. To feel grateful for it.

And that my friends, is how I embraced my very own form of daily meditation.

My Instagram page is called JoyFilledMoments and I post my favourite moments on there. Not each daily coffee, but I will say there are a lot of sunset photos! I’ll also confess that it takes every ounce of self-control to stop myself from posting all the joy filled moments when my cats make me laugh. Perhaps a separate page for them is needed?

One glance at my IG and you’d think I somehow drew the magic straw that makes my life nothing but wonderful. I’m not a unicorn. I go through the same struggles that all of us do in life, but my Joy Filled Moments are a daily reminder of what’s good, and what I am grateful for.

Do you like this idea? Perhaps you want to post and reflect on your moments as well? On Instagram I follow the hashtag #joyfilledmoments and would love to see what makes you smile each day.

On Facebook I created a page called Joy Filled Moments as well, and you can post directly on there. A Facebook page filled with positivity is my kind of page these days. 

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View of a fresh spring snowfall from my desk window

What steals your joy?

It’s Spring in Nova Scotia. An earlier blog post reflected on the optimistic feelings this season brings & how nice it is to open the windows and put out patio furniture. Guess what? It snowed last night… AND those things are still true.

There was a time in my life when I would have complained loudly on a day like today. Can you believe it snowed! I can’t believe I have to shovel AGAIN. I’m moving south next year, I’ve had enough of this!

I may not know a lot in this life, but I do know there is zero benefit to suffering over something that cannot be changed, like the weather. What is that cliche? It is what it is. 🙂

So instead of a late snowfall in Spring stealing my joy, I pretty calm and relaxed this morning. It’s Spring, the snow isn’t going to last. It actually feels a bit whimsical to me. If you had to drive somewhere this morning on messy dangerous roads, I understand that it may not feel quite like that. But try not to let it steal joy from your entire day, or week.

A very helpful teacher in my life taught me a profound lesson about how I was creating my own suffering. I wanted to yell at him – “It’s not me, it’s them / it’s that / it’s not my fault.” I eventually understood – I may not have the ability to control what is happening around me, but I am 100% able to control my response to it. Thanks Michael.