Jump into Joy

Are you in the search for happiness? Jump and you may find your joy.

“Jump and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall.” This is a new quote to me. I am not familiar with the quote or the author  Ray Bradbury, but the quote has inspired me. Thanks to Seven Cherubs Blog for sharing it. Naomi Ellis describes how she has overcome her fear of the BIG jump.

To me, the quote is saying “go ahead and make a move–take the leap of faith. While learning how to unfold your wings –you can learn to trust yourself”. I’ve been stuck for awhile—not wanted to jump in to anything new/or to trust myself.    Life Coach Andrew Long asks his clients to just stand up and jump. He continues to share words of happiness, and compassion, while asking  the child inside jump in to joy. He supports making connections with others, and taking action steps—like jumping, or swinging our arms, which promotes the connection to our body.

Gretchen Rubin,bestselling author of “The Happiness Project” agrees with the jump concept.  She encourages us to jump and it will boost our happiness. I‘ve come to realize how important it is for me to jump in, and fall into surrender. When the action steps are taken, a wonderful surprise happens — the ability to learn to trust oneself. Fall and trust that your wings will help you float. I am not completely there yet, but I feel closer to
a positive outcome.  Now, that summer time is here— it’s time for me to jump.

Thank you for stopping by the Reflective Journey.

Art happens when you let go and jump.

2009 Highlights


He Is Our Savior

I experienced several fun art events in 2009. My painting “Day Two” was juried into the Texas Watercolor Society exhibit at the Witte Museum in San Antonio; a painting was displayed at the ABIA Airport; a painting was juried into the Corridor of Art; and a painting was displayed at North Hills Gallery in Austin,Texas. My husband delighted me with a trip to Albuquerque, New Mexico for a visit with my sister’s family, a stop in Las Cruces, a visit to the petroglyphs, a local art fair in Corrales, and some sweet time in Santa Fe. I enjoyed a wonderful day taking a print making workshop presented to me in Albuquerque at New Grounds Print Shop — a great day learning about mono type prints with Regina Held. To end the trip we drove to Oklahoma City to watch some Big 12 baseball.

One of my big art lighlights this year was an opportunity to work with my grand daughter to create her very own “He’s our Savior” painting for her bedroom. Thank you, Chelsey for spending time to learn a few painting tricks and sharing time with me. We had so much fun!

2009 was a good year, and I am looking forward to 2010. Happy New Year!

Art happens!