I ended up doing a little more screen time than I planned yesterday. I was able to spend a lot of time interacting with people and that might have been part of the problem. Sometimes silence (on my part) can be as or more valuable than rest.

Dear Class of 2020,

gcapsI have had the honor of seeing so many of you navigate your way through celebrations of your degrees and diplomas. I admire the fact that you are moving through this pandemic with kindness toward those who share your community with you while you are still making responsible choices for yourselves. I hope your tenacity will continue to be a driving force in your lives and in all of the lives you touch.

I wish you the best of everything in the days, weeks, months and years ahead. Here are a few things I’d like to share that have helped me in the years since my high school and college graduations. Learn from the people you agree with and learn from the people you don’t agree with. Some people are in your life for a reason, some for a season and a few for a lifetime. Embrace them, but when the time comes, let them go without bitterness. Treat people with kindness and respect whenever you can because you have no idea what they are going through. That includes yourself. Work hard. Play hard.

All the best,

Still Joyful.


I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday Season. I had a nice time and I found myself needing the break more than I imagined. I ate a few too many sweets, but that is what holidays are for.

November 30 : Hope.

30daysMy November¬†blog posts are based on my 30 Days of Thankful journal.¬†I got the idea for from Cathy Zielske’s blog. Working on it has really kept things positive and balanced in the face of what was an extremely busy (and at times emotional) month. It will be interesting to see the impact of this shift in perspective through the end of the year and beyond. I will do my best to make time to do this again.