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JOY ~ Journey of You October 15, 2010
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Open new doors.

Last week's Happiness Club ("Joy Luck Club") and the retreat group were absolute delights. So much good energy! At the close of such meetings, I feel rejuvenated and energized. Thank you!

As I often remind people, I never expected to be the person in front of a group talking about anything, so never say never. The more doors I venture through, the more COOL STUFF I find. People and adventures and knowledge and loving kindness.

Don't be afraid to try a few new doors. I bet you a million bucks, there is no fire-breathing dragon awaiting you. (I have million dollar bills at the ready.) You will discover that stepping out may just be .... what's the word?...... FUN! :)

If you are curious about ANYTHING, give it a whirl. If you are hesitant to try Happiness Club, show up. There are always new folks every month. If you don't crack a smile at least once, I will give you a million dollar bill. If you laugh, I'll give you one too.

What is tugging at you to try? What is holding you back? WHY not open that door?

A show of hands please: How many of you are glad that I no longer work at the IRS? My hand is held high.

When you do something that lights you up, you can't help but radiate that light out to others. Some of us are candles, some are flashlights, some are funky glow sticks, some are lighthouses, some are twisty light bulbs, some are sparklers, some are lamps ..... You get my drift. We all light up in different ways, and we need all those ways.

I had no idea that opening one door would lead me to here. I love it. I can't wait to see what the next doors bring.

Words to Ponder:

"The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live."
Flora Whittemore -

What brings me JOY lately....

* Reading, writing, no arithmetic
* Orchids
* Magazines
* Fabulous pedicure with toe bling
* Laughing
* Hot air popcorn
* Dental floss
* Loving kindness
* Pretty calendars
* Books&Music/Music&Books
* Paying the bills
* Swirlies
* Brand new lipstick in the tube
* Eiffel Tower
* Pumpkins
* Mums

Hearing from you brings me JOY. I've received emails from you about leaves - playing, raking, jumping. With kids, grandkids, and other adults. One comment added something about having to shake out as bits of leaves got stuck in the underwear. ;) (Pretty underwear, no doubt, as those who read my stuff know that wearing matching bra and panties leads to inner happiness as well.)

The JOY Journal holds your daily joy droppings, quotes that speak to you, books you want to read, movies you want see, songs that grab you, things you want to do, AND "Things I Like About Me."
The more you do it, the easier it gets.

What I like about me...

* I made my bed every day this week. I think.

* I dwell in possibility and positivity.

* I love life.

Beauty's where you find it

All ages out on the dance floor... (a few tiaras too)

THANK YOU Allen Penticoff for photo!

Birthday Love










AND to
ALL who are celebrating this week!

Da Beatles sing it for YOU
well, their heads do

(Send in your birthday. Each month a name is drawn for a JOY prize delivered via snail mail.)
Lyrics to love

Happy Birthday to You

I wish I had seen this video before the dance party so we could have done the dog's moves. :)

Sage Advice

When a great adventure is offered, you don't refuse it.
-Amelia Earhart

Kelly's newspaper column - World Peace, Pakistan, and Pumpkins

Kelly's blog for - Feel better RIGHT NOW

You Tube junkie

I love this so much, I have to give it rerun status. If anyone has a Kermit puppet I can borrow, give me a shout.
Give love, give love, give love, give love,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, UNDER PRESSURE


hobbledehoy \HOB-uhl-dee-hoy\, noun:

An awkward, gawky young fellow.

Years ago we happened to be at a restaurant on high school homecoming night. The girls all looked quite mature; the boys, hobbledehoys.

Now that my guys are of that age, they and all their pals are young fellows, but not an awkard gawky hobbledehoy in the bunch.

JOY Calendar
Oct 11 - Y's Men & Wise Wives, Stockholm Inn
Oct 16 - Alpha Delta Kappa Luncheon - Keynote
Oct 21 - Loves Park Machesney Park Chambers Annual Banquet - Keynote
Oct 27 - Northern Illinois Pain Resource Nurse Consortium Celebration - The Closer ;)

all a girl needs....

Howard Behrens artist

Il Lago Maggiore

Lago Maggiore, Italy May 4-12, 2011

The trip to Italy = amazing.
Even if you have no interest in joy workshops or creative writing,
this trip to Italy = amazing.
Even if you are interested in joy or writing, there will be LOTS of time to take in all the sensory pleasures of Italy. This trip will be AMAZING.
Picture yourself there loving every moment.
First we dream it, then it happens.

Check out our hotel HOTEL CANNERO .

Click here for Brochure .
Want a brochure in your hand? I can mail to you. Let me know.

Gift yourself or someone you love:
Register before December 31 and save $200.
Details at!

That's amore!

First Thursday every month
We have FUN!
November 4, 2010
6:30 - 8:00 pm
North Suburban Library, 6340 N. Second St., Loves Park
ALL are welcome. Free. Fun. Functional "life training."

Give Laughter a try too!
Laughter Club, Roni Golan, In Balance Hypnotherapy office, Saturdays, 10 am, 2222 E. State. St. Rockford, 815-979-1944.

Quote Junkie

People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.
~Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Q: What is Thrill the World?

A: Simultaneous dance of The Thriller, all across the world. Thousands of people. Many time zones. One dance. Setting a world record and raising some bucks for charity. (American Cancer Society.)

Dance studios across the nation give FREE LESSONS.
THE EVENT here in my locale:
October 23, 6 pm, Rockford College.
Spectators Welcome!
Zombie costume parade and other stuff going on before the 6 pm dance.

Find a place in your area by going to the Thrill the website
This is one of those quirky things that I find FUN!


Register at or PO Box 2324, Loves Park IL 61131.

**Joy: A Luncheon**
Thursday, December 2
11:30 am
Briggs Mansion, Rockford, IL
Gift yourself and a friend!

Festive, elegant, and joyful.
Experience joy in all senses- sight, sound, scent, taste, touch, and spirit.
Program: Love, Light, and Laughter (for every day, not just the holidays.)
Beautiful food, tour of the mansion, joy program, and love gifts.
A feast for your body, mind, and soul.
(We sold out last year. Space is limited.)
Your JOY ASSIGNMENT this week: Open some new doors.

xx kelly

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parting shot...

Joy is everywhere. When you start looking for it, you'll find it on every corner....

THANK YOU CINDY LODE for this shot!

When Life Stinks, It's Time to Wash the Gym Clothes
365 Days of Joy - How to be Happy Every Single Day
Kelly Epperson
Writer, Speaker, Listener
PO Box 2324 Loves Park IL 61131
Member AATH - Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor
Member AHA - American Happiness Association
Founder - Happiness Club of Loves Park, IL
Member NSNC - National Society of Newspaper Columnists