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On A Mission of Joy: 10 Ways to a Wonderful Day!


“You are the world’s light – it is impossible to hide a town built on the top of a hill. Men do not light a lamp and put it under a bucket. They put it on a lamp stand and it gives light for everybody in the house.” – Mathew 5:15

We have to choose our mood daily.   Here are some ways to help set us up to be successful.

Joy Tip #1: A Morning Routine

Start your day off right! (NOT with electronics!)

Here are some suggestions for a morning routine:  —Review your vision, particularly your vision for the day.  —Spend time in prayer or contemplation/meditation.  —Journal.  —Do some type of movement/exercise.  Read or listen to affirmations/music.  Drink plenty of fluids (water!). Eat a healthy breakfast. Start a gratitude practice.

Joy Tip #2: A Vision

—Be clear on your vision and mission.

What’s your What? — What would you love?  Think about health, relationships, time & money freedom, and vocation/creativity.  —Take a step every day!

What’s your Why? — What can you give today?

Joy Tip #3: Awareness

Press the “PAUSE” Button!  What are you thinking? (Do you know?)  What is your attention on?  —Are you in a story?  —What kind of story do you want to tell?

Joy Tip #4: Remember Gratitude

—Ask yourself: What am I grateful for RIGHT NOW?  —Start a gratitude journal/collage/list.  Spend 10 minutes with memories of gratitude.  Make it a practice to be grateful throughout the day.  —Volunteer

Joy Tip #5: Take Care of Yourself

—Are you getting enough sleep? Brendon Burchard recommends that you ADD an extra hour of sleep every day.  Are you getting 3 meals a day? (And snacks?) Are you sitting down to eat?  Are you aware of your dietary needs? Not enough food, too much food, and problematic foods can all affect your mood! And every body is different.  Are you getting enough water? Don’t like the taste of water? Try adding fruit to your water, like limes, lemons, or strawberries!

Joy Tip #6: Fill Your Bucket

Are you getting enough play? You need to fill your “joy bucket” to help you get through those rough patches!  What do you do to fill your joy bucket? Some examples include: karaoke,   eating favorite foods, long, hot showers,  sitting in the sun; swimming,  dancing around the house; reading a favorite book, going out with friends/family, watching a favorite movie, and collaging.

Joy Tip #7: Put It “On a Shelf”

Is something bothering you? Do you need to do some further reflecting on it later? (Or never??) Put in on a “shelf.”  Some other images include: putting it in a “bubble,” in a “basket” (down the river) or (for the angels to take away for you).

Joy Tip #8: Get Moving

—Simply stand up!  Or, if you’ve been standing all day — sit down!  Stretch your legs. Sit in a different place/different chair.  —Wiggle or do the Hokey Pokey.  —Move around.  Dance around.

Joy Tip #9: Pick From Your Joy Box

—Pick: gratitude; inspirational quotes, speeches, or music; pick out your personal theme song and play it or hum it; get some fresh air; surround yourself with lovely things; do the happy memory, spin activity; dance!

—And . . .

Joy Tip #10: Laugh!

—Get some favorite memories together! (Real life or movies!)  Hold the memory in your mind until you begin to giggle. (Or if needed, let it all loose!)  Need some inspiration?  There are great clips on youtube.  Here is one of my favorites:

—Are you the director of your life, or just one of the actors?  Everyone has days that test them, but we get to decide what we want to do with it!

Much love, many blessings! ❤

This is based on the presentation “On A Mission of Joy: 10 Ways to a Wonderful Day!” that I designed for a Teacher Institute Day at the FranCenter last week in Darien, IL.  If your group/team would benefit from this content, “The Vision Workshop” (Living a “Vision-Driven Life”), or similar, please contact me at for more details.

What Brings You Joy?

Hello!  It’s wonderful to see you again.  This is Teri Karl, Life Mastery Consultant, and today I’d like to talk about what brings you joy. I’ve heard this said in a couple of ways in the last couple of days.  You could also say: “What gives you life?” “What would you love?”  There are many different ways to say this, and there are a couple of ways that it came up in the last couple days that I’d like to share with you.

Starting with Friday, I’ve just been noticing lately, the energy level that I have and what’s happened to me that day that is related, or may be related.  And Friday I was feeling drained, and that evening I was at a SIR Meeting (Society for Intuitive Research Meeting), which is open to the public; it’s part of the School of Metaphysics, 501 (c)3, and I was listening to the report of a woman, and it was suggesting that — as far as organizing her house — that she take each object and ask herself: “Does this bring me joy?”  So, that’s one piece.  For example, with clothing: You know, you pick up a piece of clothing, you’re deciding whether to keep it or not — “Does this bring me joy?”  And what’s really neat — the sychronicities have been going like crazy lately — is yesterday I was at a smoothie workshop, and either my mom or my sister  —  I think it was my mom — mentioned this book that she was reading.  I wish I had the title.  And the woman suggested the exact same thing, using pretty much the exact same words.  So, we had the intuitive report, that’s from the inner levels of mind, subconscious mind — and we have this woman, who’s clearly very gifted in understanding as far as organization and life, and again, she was saying take objects and ask yourself: “Does this bring me joy?”

And so I took that back to what was happening to me on Friday, too, about my energy level, and I realized the way I had scheduled my day, I had not scheduled anything in that gave me joy. That does not mean I didn’t enjoy anything that happened that day. I had some very fulfilling experiences because I was at work and I was networking.  But I hadn’t scheduled anything that just tickles me pink and just lights me up like a firefly.  And the two most obvious things with that are swimming — just gives me tons of energy, makes me feel really good inside my body — and I just started a hip hop class.  Now, I actually even had to choose between a networking group event and a hip hop class that I hadn’t started yet, and I’d been waiting to take this class for months — and there will be more opportunities —  I chose the networking group, and I’m glad I did because it was a good experience for me.  It was actually the first time that I had mentioned that I’m a Life Mastery Consultant to the world.  It was like my coming out.  But I didn’t have anything to replace that missing hip hop class, and I felt it.

So, what I’ve come to realize — and something that someone also suggested at that same SIR meeting that Friday night was that it’s really, really important to schedule that joy for yourself.  Make some time for that joy because it’ll fuel the rest of your day, if you want to look at it just in a practical, logical sense.  You need it for the rest of what you’re doing, for all that “to do” stuff, all that stuff that has to be a part of your day.  This joy also needs to be a part of your day.

So, take stock.  Look at what you’re doing with your life.  And look at what lights you up inside like a firefly.   Where you’re just — Baaaah!  (Such joy!)  Is it dancing? Is it crafting?  Is it going for a walk?  Is it spending time with your grandchildren?  Whatever!  What is it that just makes your heart just expand and you’re just so full of life!?  And I encourage you to take some time — if not each day, which would be ideal, and I’m going to do this for myself — but throughout the week when you can, schedule those things that bring you joy and see what happens.

Much love to all of you.  Many blessings.  Take care. ❤

Choose Joy


This was the card I picked for myself yesterday.  It was so perfect and immediately resonated.  I think it may be my favorite card so far.  And then this morning I found an e-mail from Carol Tuttle with the subject “Remember to Choose Joy.”  It reads:

“In every moment, during every day of your life, you have choices. The choice to create more struggle or the choice to create more freedom and joy.  Choose thoughts that support you in feeling good more and more each day.”

And then on Facebook I got this from Louise Hay:

“I joyously let go of all the things that no longer serve me.”

I needed these badly.  Thank you, universe!  I have been struggling immensely with my judgements and my perfectionism:  my belief that things must be a certain way.  Today during Spiritual Ethics class a student said said “Don’t sweat it” is what his grandma used to say.  It felt great just hearing those words!  Yes!  Don’t sweat it.  Release anger.  Release worry.  Choose gratitude.  Choose joy!

Joy to all of you! ❤


I had an amazing National Teacher’s Conference weekend.  It lit my soul on fire!  I was inspired by so much of it, but particularly the lecture on Love.  I have a new ideal: to be joy and love.  I want to embody joy and love for myself and everyone I meet.  If you have not yet read Power vs. Force by David Hawkins, I highly recommend it.  He calibrates different aspects, and love is at 500, and joy is at 600.  Enlightenment is 700-1000!  Let’s raise our vibrations and that of the world with a continuous return to joy.  May we have gratitude for everything in our lives, including those challenging parts that help us grow the most.

Much love and joy to you all, always. ❤

Friday Fun: Poem — Duality

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Darkness, Sadness

Confusion, Misunderstanding

Fear, Judgement

Negativity, Despair

–H U M I L I T Y —

Hope, Positivity

Acceptance, Faith

Compassion, Clarity

Joy, Light!







You’ve Got Me Feelin’ Emotions

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Emotions of the Day: Fear/Paranoia and Anger

Disclaimer: These are not the only emotions I had today, thank goodness — they are just the ones that I would like to learn from!

I had a mini-epiphany today and experienced a bit of euphoria.  I’d like to get it back!  I was feeling paranoid and fearful again today at work.  And I said to myself: “Ok.  Why is this coming up over and over again?  If emotions are the subconscious trying to tell us something , what is the lesson here?  One of the metaphysics lessons I was reviewing talked about recognizing negative affirmations and then directing the mind in a positive direction.  So, what did I want, then?  I imagined myself having a “Whatever” reaction to people I interacted with, in situations that were normally uncomfortable.  I realized this did not resonate with me.  It felt like I would be closing off.  What about loving myself?  And being happy with myself?  Sure, sure.  That sounds great.

Then, something clicked.  I’m not sure what it was, but I got it.  Loving myself, and accepting myself, while at the same time projecting that love out to whoever I was interacting with.  A “Self, I love you, just because you are” at the same time as a “Wow, hey, and I really love you!” to whoever had approached me.  Suddenly I felt like the my vision had expanded and I could see more of my surroundings.  Everything looked brighter, as if someone had turned the lights up a notch.  I think I had a taste of what enlightenment would feel like.  Gradually, it faded, but it gave me hope.  Maybe my insecure feelings are actually leading me right to my ideal (unconditional love for self and others) and my purpose (self empowerment).  I am exactly where I need to be.

Would love to stop there, but we humans can experience a lot of emotions in one day!  It can be hard to digest it all sometimes.  On the very same day as my euphoria, I experienced a bout of anger.  (I was angry earlier this week and tried the ice  suggestions from my lesson — ice packs are all I  actually had — the cold on my temples and the back of the head by the medulla oblongata, and that really works!)  I don’t feel like I had a big epiphany with this one, but I did acknowledge my emotion and recognize it as a need to express myself, and then eventually express it.  Pobrecito, Brian, but he is an excellent teacher for me!  The important thing is not to let the anger carry me, to take a step back, cool down, and work with the thoughts behind the emotions.    Also, I’m still working on addressing my anger sooner, when it’s still a little pocket of anger, as opposed to my jumbo-size garbage bag of  anger, that stretches and then explodes.

A lot of learning again today. I look forward to some great dreams tonight!

Simple Pleasures

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I’ve been struggling quite a bit with changes in my life and trying to visualize how I want things to be (even last night I was practically falling asleep during my visualization exercise).  In the meantime I’m trying to find enjoyment in the present moments as I can.  Here are  15 highlights from last week:

  • I accidentally left my hair down at work because I left my ponytail holder in the car, forgetting to grab it after I meditated.  It actually turned out just fine.  My hair didn’t get in my way, and I gloried in my femininity, enjoying the movie star effect every time I walked by a big fan, as my hair swirled up behind me.
  • I got to ride in a warehouse cart.  Work was making some kind of system change and had us reapply for direct deposit.  One of the managers was rounding up people and taking them from the warehouse to the office, and since I was first, I got a quick buggy ride.  What a rush!  Same day as my hair being down, so again, I felt the swish of air in my hair.  If I’d been anywhere else but work I might have clapped my hands and giggled in my delight.
  • I shared about metaphysics.  I found out a few months back that one of my coworkers shared my enthusiasm for biking; later I discovered that he was spiritual, too.  He’s asked me about my class before, and last week he was asking some fairly detailed questions.  I found my excitement growing as I shared my knowledge and personal experience with spirituality.  I was getting so enthusiastic, I thought I might scare him!  However, we wants to talk about it more this week.
  • I chit-chatted in Spanish!  There are some really awesome people at the warehouse — they really are the best part of the job — and one of them asked me about my past, and I guess I’d mentioned that I taught Spanish last year.  He told one of the processors, and she struck up a conversation with me in the bathroom. 🙂  It felt so good to use it again and also to make a new friend.  Lesson 9 in metaphysics class was about meeting new people and making new friends, and I realized that there are SO many people in the warehouse!
  • I got to be a little teacher-y and left some cutsie sticky notes on some of the processors’ tables.  My job is frustrating sometimes because my job is to check-in the carts of the processors, and every processor is different, and many of them are new,  so many mistakes are made, and that really adds a lot of stress to my work.  One of the things that is helpful is if the processors fold over the ruined pages of books (ripped, water damaged, or full of writing), so I can see why they’ve put those books aside on the cart.  Instead of getting super upset when people didn’t fold over there book pages, I decided I was going to write mini-thank you notes to those who did it: “Thank you for folding over the pages of your No Values! 🙂 🙂 🙂 ”  And I got some positive responses from it.  I may try something similar next week. 🙂
  • Peace. One of my tutoring jobs is stressing me out a bit, but yesterday, in the midst of some of the stress, I had a mini-epiphany and felt complete peace.  I wish I could remember what is was because the stress came back in full force later!
  • I heard the sound of silence.  Silence has a sound!  Maybe it’s actually some specific sound that I wasn’t aware of before, but I heard it in the car when I meditated.  (I’ve discovered that I cannot meditate before bed, as suggested — I get sleepy and antsy!  But meditating in the car while I wait to punch in has been a great experience for me.  Compared to my upstairs bedroom with the noise of highway traffic coming from the windows, my car is like a sound vacuum.  And that’s where I first heard the sound of silence.  But tonight, when I meditated in that bedroom, I heard it again.  And then I heard it a bit during the candle activity, too!
  • Pumpkin pancakes! My eating has been all messed up since my jobs have been changing, and my new position is moderately physical, and I’ve lost a lot of weight and have been really hungry.  I’ve concluded that I need to spend more time with food, and for lunch today I made pumpkin pancakes from the Trader Joe mix, and Brian made some super scrumptious eggs and hash browns.  I was one, full, super-satisfied lady. 🙂
  • Play.  In the middle of a math game with one of my students on Saturday I realized: “Hey!  I’m playing at work!”  I tried a new multiplication math board game, and she loved it and wanted to do it again next week.  And the best part is we both had fun!
  • Faced my Fears. As mentioned in my previous post, I pushed through some uncomfortableness this past week and learned how to ask for what I needed — and it wasn’t bad!
  • 1771 — Got this twice at the exact same time from my two different odometers (107701 and 177.1)!  According to Joanne Sacred Scribes, these numbers mean I’m on the right track and thinking good thoughts.  This is great news from my angels!  It also reminds me to be grateful to the universe.  Will do!
  • Dreaming about ghosts.  I’m dreaming more again, which is a good sign that I’m reconnecting with my subconscious.  I get frustrated, though, when I can’t figure out what the symbols mean or how they fit together.  I had a pretty wacky dream this weekend with ghosts in it, and though I didn’t understand it, my School of Metaphysics dream dictionary said it has something to do with the inner levels of consciousness and that I may want to study out-of-body experiences and astral projection to gain conscious knowledge of my whole self.  Cool!!
  • Danced with my sister. I keep wanting to dance, but I don’t make some time for it.  I keep telling myself to just put some music on and dance around the house, or else work out to Zumba.  Finally, I got some dancing in at my cousin’s wedding last Friday.  My sister and I were the first ones to arrive at the reception, and some alternating Sinatra and Buble were playing on the speakers in the incredibly gorgeous Crystal Gardens of Navy Pier.  My sister and I took advantage of the privacy and twirled away, her royal blue skirt, and my echnicolored-Joseph-y skirt swishing, as we flitted about the floor, jumping fountains splishing and splashing around us.
  • Heard my all-time favorite reading. 1 Corinthians 13 — amazing reading.  If you’ve been to many weddings, and you’re a feminist like me, I’m sure you’ve heard that particular reading or two that has made you either cringe or want to punch through a wall.  Thankfully, my cousin did not pick those particular readings for her wedding. Instead, I found myself extremely moved, wiping at my eyes with my hands and my shawl, when I heard the entirety of my favorite Bible chapter read aloud in that enormous cathedral.  I still have not completely made peace with my Catholic upbringing, but this experience certainly helped.  I decided right there that I was going to type up that passage and post it on my wall next to my dream board.  I was truly inspired.
  • Understood why I cry every time I read The Giving Tree.  That is my absolute favorite book, and taking a Childrens Multicultural Literature class for my masters nearly ruined it for me. (Some critic related the story to the plight of women and society’s demand that they give and give without receiving in return.)  Today I understood why the story is so enchanting for me.  Because this has been my struggle and my focus: giving and receiving.  I have trouble giving; I have trouble receiving; and my intuitive report added a further dimension to this realization when it revealed my resentment of forced giving or unappreciated giving.  Here, in this story, the tree epitomizes the perfect giver.  She is a Jesus figure, ready to give everything she has, even parts of herself, without expecting a thing in return.  And she is happy, just to be able to do this.  This is something I have yet to understand or be able to do, but I recognize how powerful and beautiful it is.  This is something I know I must aspire to if I hope to reach enlightenment.

I’m looking forward to my discoveries for next week!

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