2018 – A Journey Filled With Milestones and Everyday Boldness

This year will be filled with several milestones, some joyous and others bittersweet.

Here is the rundown of the events. You will find a post about each one.


JoyReturns will be 7 years old on 1/13. I signed up with WordPress on 1/6 and published my first post on 1/13.

My photography blog – OgleOhio will be 6 years old this month.


A new baby arrives! (my niece and her husband)


3/28 – the 10th anniversary of Joe having a stroke at the base of his brain.

3/29 – the 10th anniversary of his passing.


Posts about the lessons learned and/or reinforced after 10 years of widowhood. I am aiming for ten posts.


One year anniversary of working as a Virtual Call Center Representative. To celebrate this achievement, I will write posts about working virtually and lessons learned while rebuilding my career.


6/19 – Our 25th wedding anniversary. It is still our anniversary because the wedding happened on this date. He is just not here to celebrate. The celebration will be me going to Dairy Queen and getting a Blizzard. He loved their cakes and since I do not need a whole one, I will just get a Blizzard. It will be quiet celebration/remembrance – and that is just fine.

In Addition


Besides posts about these events, there will be posts about my One Word for 2018 – Joy and whatever else I feel lead to write. Posts will be classified into the following categories – Joy, Grief, Faith, and Life. The Life category will include career posts as well as other odds and ends.

So join me as I take a journey through 2018,  a journey filled with numerous adventures but also a lot of boldness in showing up to do everyday life – work, dishes, laundry…etc.


Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to encourage widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s used those skills managing call center teams, facilitating a grief support group and helping small businesses with various writing and administrative assignments. Michele is a bookworm, lover of golden retrievers and an amateur photographer.