I’ve wanted to start a blog for many years. In fact, I’ve started two in the last 5 years but, I could never really figure out the direction I was going. Last July, my husband and I decided that we were going to do whatever it took for me to stay home with our two kids instead of teaching full time. We knew it would take one more school year to get there, but we started brainstorming right away. Blogging was one of the first things I talked about doing to try to bring in some extra money. So I began playing with names for a blog.
The name Joy Goals came from a play on Squad Goals. I thought about what my goals in life were and came to the conclusion that my ultimate goal is be joyful. I want to feel joy, share joy, make joy, and most of all be grateful to my Almighty Savior for the joy in my life. Coming to the conclusion that I should write about my goals for finding joy was well…. Joyful! But for some reason I couldn’t get the nerve to start writing yet.
I started my 5th year of teaching in August 2017. This was my first time teaching 2 grade levels AND my first time teaching 4th or 5th grade. What a challenge I had ahead of me! I reminded myself the God never gives me more than I can handle and that every challenge He lays in front of me is for His greater purpose. The school year started off with a massive flood in our very own city and a week of cancelled school. One more challenge, one more way to find God’s purpose in a troubled time.
While my family was spared from the devastation of the flood waters, we were dealing with our own challenges. My Rheumatoid Arthritis was at the worst I had experienced since my diagnosis 3 years before and I was struggling greatly. One more challenge, one more way to find God’s purpose in a troubled time. Except, this time I couldn’t find His purpose or hear his words. Physically I felt broken, mentally I felt overwhelmed, and emotionally I couldn’t handle it all. I began to breakdown. My challenges were consuming me and I couldn’t see the plan God had for me.
As time went by, God’s hand in my life seemed farther and farther away. The next 5 months were followed by a nonstop sinus infection, rounds and rounds of new medications and antibiotics, handicaps because of my physical limitations, challenges at work, and a very pricey dental surgery as the result of my disease and medications. I went from taking a few pills a day to taking 6 pills a day, 2 shots a week, and 2 “as needed” medications, and yet physically and mentally I felt the worst I could ever remember. Needless to say, I never got around to starting a blog about being joyful.
Finally, in December my life began to change. I met a new friend and she introduced me to Mary Kay Cosmetics. Of course I already knew about the company and I knew that I could sell the products from home, but I wasn’t ready to take on a new challenge in my life. Well it turns out that God was ready for me to listen to His plan. Within a month I began to see His signs in my life telling me that this is what He has planned for me. I began to pray that He would tell me what I should do next in life and He quickly began to show me that Mary Kay was it. In fact he showed me over and over and over again. To the point where I was ready to shout from the rooftops “I LOVE MARY KAY!!!”
Now, how did I go from signing up to sell Mary Kay to writing a blog called Joy Goals? Well, one night I was washing my face and putting on my fabulous new Mary Kay products when I looked to my husband and said, “I have been waiting all this time to start a blog about the good things in my life, but why don’t I start the blog and let that BE the good thing in my life.” You see, when the new year came around I had made a promise to God that I would continue to stay positive no matter what challenges he had in store for me and what do you know, since I started doing that I have been rewarded with blessing after blessing.
Joy Goal accomplished.