#andsoichoosejoy

MOST RECENT

I am. I think I am always, all ways, learning to love those parts.
Today I am loving the part of me that isn’t always choosing joy; that part that doesn’t always have patience; that part that is messy and clumsy with her most vulnerable self; the part of me that lets her truth slip out at inappropriate times; the part that sits in therapy and has nothing to say and just needs a place to go to feel safe; the part that sits in the laundry basket to comfort her self; the part that sucks it up all day long because she’s conditioned to do so; the part of me that crumbles and comes undone in raw honesty; the part that is just so tired.
I am loving all the parts that are leveling up day after day. We keep going day after day.
I love you. I love me. I love us. I am praying you can love those parts of you that no one is clapping for.
#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #thisonelife #truth #thepartsthatnooneclapsfor #lovingmysacredself #vulnerability #wekeepgoing #warriorspirit #badassery #thisisgrace #lovingyourself #thisismystory #iloveus #weary #grieving #hopingitforward

Change is good.
We are trashing all things here. Dear Lord we had so much SHIT.
So many craft dreams. I actually had a box full of wine bottles that I was going to decorate AND a box of bourbon bottle I was going to do the same. I saw them and just thought, “Damn it, how in the hell did I think that was a fun idea?” Immediate toss.
Tubs and tubs of crap we hadn’t seen in 10 years! Um, probs don’t need it, right?! Some of it was hard to let go of but necessary. And some of it was an absolute yes; pieces of mine and Josh’s childhood; so many pieces of joy from Carter and Scarlett’s life and so on.
And sadly, this is not all. Miles to go. But first, a rest @target. The new Resting Station was much small and claustrophobic and yet, it worked. We are both Leveling Up. Going through necessary changes.
Out of the rubble, a newness is born. We just have to keep going. Day by day.
P.S. I tried something new with my hair and killed it! Badass. Just sayin’! #Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #thisonelife #trashingtheplace #perpetualhoarders #levelingup #andshit #restingstations #ohmyhell #needcoffee #greathairday #morecoffeeplease #changeishard #changeisnecessary #outwiththeold #wekeepgoing #backtoworkigo #choosejoy #findjoy #dusteverywhere #shameless #thepurge #andbreathe #gracefully #dumpit #lettingitgo #milestogo #warriorspirit #totalbadass

It’s 6:30pm and this is golden. No bra, pj’s, watching Bridesmaids and shit. Breathing. Seriously golden.
I love you. I love me. I love us!
#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #thisonlife #golden #pjstyle #saturdaynightfever #wekeepgoing #andcoffee #lifeisajourney #thisismystory #selfcare #sacredselflove #beinggoodtome #iloveus #justchillin #andshit

Just hanging out with my daughter and shirt or shot.
As much as I write “and shit” after most that I do because it makes me sound more like a badass (I am reading and shirt. I am doing laundry and shirt. Nope shit. Right?! Badass). AND YET, autocorrect.
Dear Autocorrect,
I am honestly getting really tired of all of your “shirt🙄, shit”. Sincerely,
Rosemary
#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #ohmyhell #andshit #comeonnow #autocorrectfail #laughterisgoodforthesoul #kindasorta #dearlord #badass #warriorspirit #iloveus #letterboard

Today, let’s think about all that we are instead of all that we are not...and shit.
Here I go-
I am a wife and a mom.
I am a writer.
I am an artist.
I am scared AND I am brave.
I am strong and weak.
I am extra feel-y and an empath.
I am kind.
I am a badass woman.
I am some kind of Wonder-full.
I am stubborn.
I am silly and funny and RIDONKULOUS!
I am a fighter.
I am tired.
I am Target’s number one fan (sorry Sisters, it’s true). I am 93% coffee.
I am a Joy Warrior AND a Warrior of many other things.
I am curious.
I am the gatekeeper of how this day will go.
I am a member of this tribe.
I am a daughter, a Little Girl.
I am a precious-redheaded-awkward-tryumphing-loving-runaway-come-home-again child of God.
I am human.
I am growing.
I am healing.
I am grieving.
I am a show-er upper and I hide.
I am enough.
I am worthy.
I am just me.
And I love you. I love me. And I love us. Go ahead and make a list of all that you are. Honestly, it was hard for me. And honestly, I am going to try to keep adding to it or at the very least keep reading it. Be good to YOU!
#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #makealist #allthatyouare #bestill #begoodtoyourself #choosingjoy #findingme #iamlight

I’m just over here leveling up and shit.
Harder can sometimes mean that change is happening. Life is shaking things up. That’s what seems to be happening. My sails are being adjusted as I enter some uncharted territory.
I’m in this space of being still and listening. Sacred space. I’m in between here and there. I’m not going back and I’m not going forward. I’m not a time traveler or a travel agent. I’m just staying present. Honoring just today. Today is enough.
I think whether life is getting harder or not, we keep leveling up. We learn, we grow, we level up. Day by day.
I love you. I love me. I love us.
#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #thisonelife #truth #levelingup #wekeepgoing #andshit #changeishappening #unchartedwaters #sacredspace #todayisenough #daybyday #badassery #thisismystory #warriorspirit #choosejoy #grieving #theinbetween #timetraveler #bestill

If there ever ever was a reason to “ohmyhell”, this is it.
Choose Joy. Feel Joy. Spread Joy.
#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #ohmyhell #choosejoy #findjoy

A friendly Saturday night reminder for us all. I’m a badass even as I am curled up on the couch on a Saturday night. I’m watching the Disney channel with Scarlett and making silly videos and braiding her hair with tutorials on YouTube that I cannot follow at all. These are the best days of my life.
And I am a badass nesting in the valley of healing. Learning a new way. Hoping my life forward and dropping fbombs and ohmyhells. Living into and/both with the grace of a woman and the grief of a child.
And I am a badass.
No negotiation. EVER. NEVER. EVER.
I’m a badass. Repeat.
I love you. I love me. I love us.
#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #thisonelife #neverforgetit #sobadass #andshit #wekeepgoing #saturdaynightvibes #badassery #nomatterwhat #sisterhood #loveyourtribe #neverever #writeitdown #keepitclose #choosejoy #youareabadass #withoutquestion #thesearethebestdays

All roads are lined with endless grace, I think.
Four years ago today I heard the words #trigeminalneuralgia for the first time. It took me months to even learn how to pronounce it right. But only 5 months to have my first brain surgery in hopes to relieve me of such horrendous pain.
This is where my mind has been. In four years, I have had four brain surgeries and now battle four neuralgias; along with trigeminal, I have #glossopharyngealneuralgia, #genticulateneuralgia, and #occipitalneuralgia. And along the way had the most dreaded outcome after my third surgery leaving me with #anesthesiadolorosa.
A great deal has happened in four years. I’ve never had the outcomes from surgeries we always hoped for. And yet, in other ways, I have healed other parts of me.

So much has happened in four years. By the power of prayer, I am still here. And God’s grace has been the glue that has lined my every road. And it takes time to be okay.
#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #thisonelife #godsgrace #thepowerofprayer #itsoktonotbeok #wekeepgoing #theartofhealing #raredisease #chronicpainwarrior #warriorspirit #sacredspace

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I am not running or numbing but more like feeling and dealing with all that comes up.
Sometimes it’s hard to write about things in the moment. I have to let the dust settle. Let my self settle. Be still. Be angry. Be sad. Grieve. Repeat.
AND keep living and choosing joy in various ways and seeing those tiny spectaculars and filling my pockets with them.
I am being courageous right now. That’s exhausting. And it’s brave and shit.
I love you. I love me. I love us.
#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #thisonelife #feeling #nonumbing #havecourage #grieve #letthedustsettle #hopingitforward #bestill #bebravebeyou #findingjoy #badassery #takingcareofme #leftfootrightfoot #wecandohardthings #daybyday #justfortoday #godbewithme #thisismystory #thisiswhereiam #straightfromtheheart #warriorspirit #itsoknottobeok

I just love the words of @morganharpernichols and how they speak with such sincerity to my heart.
Bardie reminded me of these words today and everyday and she reminds me how far I’ve come. And I think about how far her and I have come together. And God keeps reminding us of His presence and how He’s been tagging along the whole time.
Keep going. Keep believing. Keep trusting. No matter what.
#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #wekeepgoing #keepbelieving #keeptrusting #wegotthis #thewaitingroom #godsgotus #godwinks #shesmyhero #leapsoffaith #hopingitforward #grief #intheduring #thisismystory #theartofhealing #iloveus #ilovemymommy

I am not running or numbing but more like feeling and dealing with all that comes up.
Sometimes it’s hard to write about things in the moment. I have to let the dust settle. Let my self settle. Be still. Be angry. Be sad. Grieve. Repeat.
AND keep living and choosing joy in various ways and seeing those tiny spectaculars and filling my pockets with them.
I am being courageous right now. That’s exhausting. And it’s brave and shit.
I love you. I love me. I love us.
#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #thisonelife #feeling #nonumbing #havecourage #grieve #letthedustsettle #hopingitforward #bestill #bebravebeyou #findingjoy #badassery #takingcareofme #leftfootrightfoot #wecandohardthings #daybyday #justfortoday #godbewithme #thisismystory #thisiswhereiam #straightfromtheheart #warriorspirit #itsoknottobeok

Shake it up. Even if you are choosing Joy horizontally, just change positions.
#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #riseup #feedyoursoul #shakeitup #choosejoy #findjoy #goodvibes #loveyourself

BE BRAVE. Be you. (Scarlett also spelled, “Hi”. And randomly we spelled “mood”- maybe it was not so random🤔) Be brave, be you.
ChooseJoy.FeelJoy.SpreadJoy.
Be brave and kind.
Be brave and breathe.
Be brave and just be.
Have a day. 💙

#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #thisonelife #bebravebeyou #choosejoy #graceupongrace #writeyourownwords #breathedeep #youareloved #youareheld #youareneeded #iloveus #letters #wednesdayvibes #haveaday

Real life. Before coffee. After coffee. Bedhead for days now because I #chosejoy and washing my hair hurts.
Practicing self love and self care. More coffee please. Then binge watching shows with hubby on his day off. I’m modeling these behaviors for him too. Today we are continuing to be students.
#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #thisonelife #learning #students #selflovejourney #selfcarewarrior #warriorspirit #needcoffee #morecoffeeplease #thisismystory #bedheadfordays

I used to look back and be ashamed of all of the roads I took to skip feelings, hide my pain, show up to life. I felt like I failed so many times.
And then I finally got to a place years ago where I could forgive my self. Forgive all of the me’s before me and how she chose to survive.
We did the best we could. I never failed. I’m still here trying. Day by day, doing the next right things.
I am the series of mistakes that had to happen to find me and I do love this me. 💙
#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #thisonelife #recoverymonth #forgiveness #anorexiarecovery #sober #tothineownselfbetrue #addictionrecovery #mentalhealth #depression #anxietywarrior #ptsd #brainsurgery #raredisease #warriorspirit #badassery #strengthinnumbers #loveyourtribe #thisismystory #bebravebeyou #hopingitforward #godsgrace #findingme #iloveus #wekeepgoing #choosejoy #loveyourselfmore #iamenough

And so it’s come to this.
Are we @target ? First the insides are so messy and all over the place. And now the outside doesn’t even recognize itself.
And yet, I love it. Change is hard. Transformation is hard. It’s day by day just doing the next right thing. And most times, when you keep doing the keep doing the hard things and you go from rock bottom to building the new, it turns out to be even better than before.
The waiting is hard. The adjusting and accepting is bat shit crazy.
@starbucks has been a consistent and loyal. Maybe they are changing the name all together to Tarbucks. That would make sense.
There were no more Resting Stations so I had to sit at a table. And instead of talls, I should have gotten a grande.
Change is hard. We can do hard things. We just keep going.
#Joywarrior #andsoichoosejoy #thisonelife #changeishard #wekeepgoing #assemblyrequired #myreallife #saturdayfeels #thisisit

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