Category Archives: Joyful Life

The Quiet Life

I know it has been quiet here on the blog lately, but I did not have anything to say.

My life is quiet, most of the time. There are occasional fires to be put out but it is mostly quiet.

The Crocus Strikes Back – 2021

Living a quiet life is not an aspiration it is just the way my life is right now.

9Now about brotherly love, you do not need anyone to write to you, because you yourselves have been taught by God to love one another. 10And you are indeed showing this love to all the brothers throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, brothers, to excel more and more 11and to aspire to live quietly, to attend to your own matters, and to work with your own hands, as we instructed you. 12Then you will behave properly toward outsiders, without being dependent on anyone.

1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
The Return of the Crocus – 2021

However, after watching a Youtube livestream, I decided to be more thankful for this quiet, mostly uneventful, drama-free life. I won’t get into the topic of the livestream but after crawling into bed, I thanked God for my quiet life.

The noisiest my life gets is when I say Alexa:

  • play disco
  • play classical music
  • fart – yes, she can fart.

Although the birds singing every morning is giving Alexa a run for her money. Also life got quite noisy the other day when I discovered the crocus’ had returned. Yes! Spring!

So if you are finding yourself wishing there was more excitement in your life, stop and think again. The quiet and uneventful life is a joy-filled blessing from God.

Give thanks for it.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently a virtual logistics contact center representative. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

An Irish Blessing For You

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In honor of the Kearns ancestors who came here from Ireland, here is the official Irish blessing of JoyReturns:

Please enjoy celebrating this day in moderation.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently a virtual logistics contact center representative. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the

New shelf in the Bookcase – Prepping Shelf

My vision has always been to provide you with inspiration and encouragement to move forward with your life; whether it comes from an adventure I’ve had, sharing a book I read or just my opinion.

Well the newest topic I’ve been learning about during the last 5 month’s is prepping. It is extremely fascinating learning about off-grid living (wells, solar panels), what foods to stockpile, and skills like learning how to tie knots. Remember, we all live in an area that is affected by some type of natural disaster so you need to be prepared for them. Then there is man-made SHTF like job loss.

The best way to share this information is by adding a new page titled Prepping Shelf. It contains books and YouTube channels if you are into or are interested in learning more about being prepared for any SHTF scenario – snow, hurricane, wildfire, blackout etc.. These books and channels are designed to educate you and not to scare you into thinking the world is ending. Although, I do believe there are some interesting times we will be living through in the next 4 years. What they are, I have no idea but this I do know – God will be with us.

Prepping shelf will eventually be relocated to the Bookshelves tab which is under the Resources tab. But for now you will find it visible on the menu.

Speaking of being prepared – time change is 1 1/2 weeks away so stock up on all the sleep and caffeine you can get as we will be springing forward – UGH! Love the extra hour of daylight but losing an hour’s sleep is a nightmare. I’m not a morning person, never have been and never will be.

Enjoy the Prepping Shelf page and get ready to spring into a new season season of joy.

God bless you.

Bio: Michele Kearns is the founder and HUG© (Hope Unites Globally) Award-Winner of JoyReturns. She shares her widowhood adventures hoping to inspire widows to move through grief and rebuild their lives. A graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications, she’s currently a virtual logistics contact center representative. She’s also managed call center teams, co-facilitated a grief support group, and helped small businesses with various writing assignments. Michele is a bookworm, and a lover of music, chocolate, red roses, and golden retrievers. She is also the amateur photographer behind the blog OgleOhio.com.

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