Hello! I’m Angela. Welcome to my exploration of one thousand shades of joy. I created this blog as a place to chronicle my adventures in heart-centered living. My desire is to celebrate and spark joy- through my writing, photography, and artwork- and to connect with like-minded (like-hearted) others.
In addition to blogging, photography, and my work as an artist, I also have a strong interest in mindfulness, meditation, and the use of the creative arts in healing- all practices I put to use in my work as a holistic psychotherapist.
What I believe (aka My Philosophy of Joy):
I wasn’t always so into joy. In fact, I used to be a Very Serious Person. My self of 20 years ago would be rolling her eyes at all this talk about joy. By nature, I am a deep feeler, which enriches my experience of life and helps me feel joy more keenly. For much of my life, however, my capacity for feeling deeply was combined with an obsessive focus on everything going wrong in the world and the result was anxiety, guilt, overwhelm, and a sense of powerlessness. I credit my discovery of meditation, particularly heart-focused meditation, in re-orienting me to joy, love, beauty, and a profound appreciation of life.