Joy Is The Best Makeup

Joy is the best makeup – Anne Lamott

There are days when I feel drained (the summer heat, doesn’t help) – lethargic and moving from one task to another without any sense of purpose or enjoyment. Then I beat myself up for feeling that way, and it just drags me further into the fog.

I’m learning to stay in the fog without judging my feelings. Just letting things be as they are. I sleep when my body demands it and try to feel no guilt. I read fiction when my mind demands a rest and just enjoy it. I paint when I want to be ‘me’ and then start to feel joy. Like the Psalmist says ‘Joy cometh in the morning!’. And it does.

Joy, one of the most beautiful emotions one can feel. Often adults forget the pure, unadulterated joy that children experience. Can joy be cultivated? I think it can. I’m trying to find ways.

  • When I take a cool shower on a hot day.
  • When I spend ten minutes being silly with my dog.
  • When I talk silly and make Jose laugh or when he does the same.
  • When I paint without judgement.
  • When I write without editing and know it reflects my deepest thoughts.

Joy is the best makeup. I want to wear lots of it.

joy is the best makeup

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I’m linking in to The One Word Linkup hosted by Lisa of The Golden Spoons, Janine of Confessions of a Mommyholic, and Marcia of Blogitudes. This week’s prompt choices are: Joy or Fragile.

Also linking in to Write or Die Wednesdays hosted by Mia of The Chronicles of Chaos and Vashelle of Shelly’s Cabaret a weekly creative writing prompt. Today’s prompt is: Fog

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Author: Corinne Rodrigues

Lover of words | Self-acceptance blogger | Instructional designer| Book Reviewer| Blog Coach

3 thoughts

  1. This resonates, Corinne! My recent days (as in 2-3 years haha) have been pretty lackluster, and finding the joy in everyday has been a real conscious effort. Like you, painting and reading/writing help :).

    Thank you for sharing this! I’m sure so many can relate.


  2. Corinne, I love this post! I think most of the time people associate fog with something negative, but I love how you have turned it into something joyful. That’s awesome!! 🙂

    Writing without editing brings me joy as well. You can say whatever you want – not worry about making complete sentences or grammatical errors (Gasp! haha). It’s freeing. 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up with us! xo


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