Choose Joy Every Day

Choose Joy Every Day

Hi, guys! I have had so much on my plate lately, I wasn’t sure if I was coming or going! I’m pretty sure all of you can relate, am I right? And this is so not the blog post I promised you, but I’ll be sure to start out 2019 with it and I’ll make it worth the wait! 😊

Nancy hot chocolate

What do you do to beat the stress of your everyday lives, especially during this busy time of year? I would love to hear any tips you may have.

Here’s what helps me chill out:

1. First, I always check my faith. I know it sounds cliche, but I count my blessings and put things into true perspective. Always works for me.

2. Then I do some helpful things for loved ones and/or strangers. Even giving a smile instead of a sour face is a big deal.

3. Next, I clean. Something. Anything. The bathroom, the dishes, or I make the bed. At the very least, I tidy up.

4. Then I take a walk and/or a shower or hot bath. Ahhhhhh, I’m feeling good just thinking about it! 😉💕(Here’s a great post on setting up a self-care bullet journal)

5. Finally, I do something creative. (if you’re looking for some fun & festive DIYs, check out my DIY Winter Gift Wraps, Tags & Garnish or 5 DIY Gift Tags…Fast, Fun & Festive posts) If I don’t have time to make something crafty, I take photos. This was breakfast this morning.

Nancy breakfastNancy breakfast 1

So, yeah. I chilled out and chose joy and had an awesome day. I hope your day and the rest of your December is wonderful too! ❤

See you next year!

Author Bio

Nancy Gaines is a photo stylist, graphic designer and storyteller, as well as a passionate food and product photographer. She loves all things paper, crafty, vintage-y and colorful. Her creative, seemingly bionic eye for cute has her shooting for her recently launched online clothing, shoes & accessories shop for women, men & kids with her daughter, Aisha. You can find her on the Poshmark buying/selling app at @shabbysheikha on Instagram at and at


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