A New Website Look and A Chance to Win a Copy of My New Memoir “Wisdom Found in the Pause – Joie’s Gift”

A New Look and A Chance to Win a Copy of My New Memoir "Wisdom Found in the Pause - Joie's Gift"

I’ve had a vision inside my heart for quite some time now—a vision of how I was going to evolve and expand from the many wonderful teachings I’ve received from the dog’s in my life:  Cassie Jo, Frankie, Joie, Kylie and Gidget.

Each one instrumental in bringing me to this space I stand in today – standing tall in the woman I now am – proud of who I am, what I’ve accomplished and excited about where I am heading.

First let me say that Joyful Paws will always be a big piece of who I am and I have no intentions of leaving behind the sharing of what I continue to learn from my dogs. But here are the ways in which I want to expand and explore:

  • Sharing the wisdom of all animals.
  • Sharing the beauty of nature and how it helps to ground and center us.
  • Encouraging others to find their authentic voices by opening to their intuition.
  • Encouraging others to find what is meaningful and what will bring more joy to their everyday lives.
  • And lastly, I leave some white space….as a way to honor new exploration and bring what I learn here to my blog in hopes of more inspiration and encouragement for others.

While I believe my blog/website has been doing just that, writing about the many different topics I’ve written about the last few years, the look to my website, especially my banner, didn’t really reflect that. While I love sharing photos of my dear, sweet dogs (as my old banner reflected), it’s because of everything I’ve learned from them, that I’m now much more confident and comfortable in my own skin (woo hoo!).

As many of you know, my Zen writing cottage is an extension of who I am also (as seen in my new banner!) – my sacred space that wraps its loving walls around me each morning when I enter through the old fashioned screen door. I knew I had to have that part of my banner as it is the place I continue to test my wings when they want to expand and try new things.

It’s the place I come to, to pause often, listen deeply, and capture what matters most to me… and what is my greatest wish in helping others to do the same.

I still have some “behind the scenes” tweaking to my website, but it was the banner I wanted to share with you today. I hope you will like it as much as I do!  A very special thank you to my web gal, Caryn Newton of Lantern Glow Design for helping me put this together.

And one last thing, I’m also excited about is that my website is now mobile friendly and you can read my posts very easy from your phone. Me thinks I’m finally “with it!” 

And now to celebrate with a giveaway, because I love to give gifts!

Win a copy of my new book (plus a customized journal)!  If you’ve already purchased a copy(and thank you if you have!) you can still enter and give it as a gift or donate to your local library.  That would be cool!  Just leave a comment in the comment section below and your name will be entered for a chance to win. (open to US residents only). Entries must be submitted by Thursday, Oct. 27th at midnight cst. I’ll notify winner on Friday, Oct. 28th.

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Have Van Will Travel Journal: First a Name & Now Mascots – PLUS a GIVEAWAY!

Have Van Will Travel Journal: First a Name & Now Mascots - PLUS a GIVEAWAY!
Second Chance Van Mascots

9/20/16 UPDATE:  Winners are Marilyn who posted her comment on Facebook and Jean who posted her comment here on the blog post.  Congratulations!  Jean, please contact me with your mailing address so I can mail you one of the birdies! And thank you Marilyn for providing your address – your birdie will go out in the mail this week. Enjoy!

My mom traveled first by boat and then by RV with her late husband, David for many years. She had many adventures and it’s always fun to hear about them. When John and I began our van conversion about two months ago my mom said we’d have to have a mascot that traveled with us. David and my mom had a little monkey that went everywhere with them when they traveled. They even lost him at one time on a trip, but backtracked their route and luckily found him.

I sure hope she does not mind me sharing this story, but I find it so endearing.  David could be a tough cookie on the outside, but we knew better, and he absolutely had the biggest, softest heart when it came to animals. When David passed away almost two years ago, my mom put the monkey in with David in his casket. That touched a place deep in my heart. This trip would be solo and I’m sure my mom didn’t want David to feel alone as he made his way to the other side.

And now our Van Camper or Camper Van (or what John has now dubbed, “The Vamper” to make it easier), also called Second Chance, now has her mascots!  I’m thinking those of you that have followed me for quite some time would have been hoping it would be a dachshund and/or Labrador. While I wouldn’t have minded that, I wanted our mascots to be something that John and I both shared in common. Not that we don’t both love dogs, because we do.

But you might recall in a previous post, I wrote about a song that John and I identify with and have called “our song” since we first began dating when I was 15 1/2 and he was 19.  The song is by Tanya Tucker, Two Sparrows in a Hurricane. Thinking about this, I just knew we had to have two little birdies to accompany us on road trips.

So meet our little feathered traveling mascots – John on the left and me on the right.  I think they are perfect for us and my whole insides fill up with love when I look at them. And as my mom says, John and I are two peas in a pod, and we are two little birdies also that enjoy exploring and taking flight together on many things.

And now for a giveaway!  Our little birdie mascots came in a set of four – and being we only need two, I want to pass on the birdie love! So I’m giving away two of the birds. There will be two winners chosen. So just leave a comment in the comment section of this post or on Facebook as I know many of you catch my posts there and tell me your favorite place you’ve traveled to or would like to travel. Enter by midnight cst Monday, Sept. 19th. I’ll notify winners on Sept. 20th (open to US residents only).


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Past posts for Have Van Will Travel Journal

The Adventure Has Begun. New Home on Wheels. Who’d of Thunk?

The Conversion Begins

Inspector Approves of Phase One Conversion

She Gets a Name

Another Day in the Life of…

another day in the life of...

Another day in the life of Miss Gidget who I think is wondering, why oh why, I insist on taking so many photos of her. Especially since she seems to still be working on her beauty sleep this morning. Oh bother, please do let me nestle back in for a few hours longer is what I’m sensing from her. Wish granted my little one, wish granted.

Just a reminder about my post yesterday – your chance to win a copy of She Sheds- A Treasure Trove of Women’s Creative Spaces!! My writing cottage featured on pages 42-46. And I’ll sign the copy for the winner!  Stop on by the post before Friday midnight cst, by Sunday, June 12th at midnight cst leave a comment on why you’d like a she shed or if you have one what do you love about it, and wa la! that’s it, you are entered! And oh, I have a cool bookmark you can print out too! Just click here or on the book cover to be taken to the post.