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JoyReturns 1st Annual Virtual Conference

How to chase the mid-winter blues bye-bye?

Attend a conference, your own conference. I wish I could say this was my idea but I stole it from Chris Brogan.   

Here are a compilation of my favorite Ted and Tedx Talks.

None pertain to joy but if you act upon the ideas in these talks you will find or create joy in your life or the lives of others. Every speech pertains to you no matter what age or what nasty life event you have or are experiencing.

There is a break after every session so you can review notes or rewind to rewatch part of a speech. So grab a pen and notebook and start the conference when your schedule permits.

One day we will all gather in a warm location, wearing bikini’s and speedo’s and sipping tropical drinks with umbrellas in them and listen to speakers live and not via Memorex (Does that even still exist?).

Hungry? Here are some recipes for your conference:

Cherry Cheesecake Tarts: How To Get Out Of The Doghouse

Easy Heath Bar Cookies

Feta, Beans and Champagne – Oh My!


Opening Prayer: How Great Thou Art by Elvis | Jordainaires | Imperials

How Great Leaders Inspire Action by Simon Sinek


Small Ripples Make Big Waves by Abby Kohut


The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown


5 Ways to Listen Better by Julian Treasure


Connected, but Alone by Sherry Turkle


The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain


How To Sleep by Jessa Gamble


Should you live for your resume…or your eulogy? by David Brooks


Closing Remarks: A Pep Talk by Kid President

Music by the BeeGee’sYou Should Be Dancing.  You will understand why I picked this song after you watch Kid President’s pep talk.


Recommended Reading: 

Start With Why, How Great Leaders Inspire Action – Simon Sinek

Daring Greatly – Brene Brown

Connected by Erin Davis (a nice compliment to Sherry Turkle’s speech.)

Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome – Robby Novak and Brad Montague

The Impact Equation, Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?  by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Official Conference Quote: 

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Theodore Roosevelt

(emphasis mine)

Official Conference Poem: The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Official Conference Scripture: 

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

I hope you enjoyed attending the JoyReturns 1st Annual Virtual Conference.

Please let me know what you thought about the speakers. Who would you like to see next year?

Disclaimer: None of these links are affiliate links, so I do not earn any money when you click on them. I have not been paid by anyone for posting links to the talks or the books.

Weekend Wisdom From Theodore

Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds. 

Theodore Roosevelt

A thorough knowledge of the Bible is worth more than a college education.

Theodore Roosevelt

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.

Theodore Roosevelt

Weekend Wisdom for Labor Day

Work is no disgrace; the disgrace is idleness.

– Greek Proverb
All wealth is the product of labor.

– John Locke

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.

– Martin Luther King Jr.
It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to better things.
– Theodore Roosevelt
Before the reward there must be labor. You plant before you harvest. You sow in tears before you reap joy.
– Ralph Ransom
Wishing you a joyful extra day of rest.

Another Joyful Suprise – Very Inspiring Blogger Award


Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:16-18

Thank you to Sherline from Sherline’s Watchu Thinkin’ Blog for the nomination.  I am overwhelmed to be considered an inspiration.  I have struggled with writing this part of the post because of my range of emotions.  My emotional state is not just because of the award but of what Sherline said in one of her comments to me:

“Your written work is really a beacon of hope for those who have struggles in their own walk. Keep up with the great work because I know it’s blessing people out there as much as it has blessed me.”

I am truly blessed to be able to write this blog.  Thank you God for giving me the ability to be a beacon of hope.


Now for the 7 bloggers I decided to nominate.  Each and every one is an inspiration in their own unique way.  Please explore their blogs.









The Reveal

Now it is time for me to bare all, well not really, but tell 7 things I love. Here we go and it is time to switch moods.

I loved taking French in high school. (The only other option was German and even though I am ¾ German, exploring my German heritage never appealed to me.)  However, bibliotheque is the only French word that seems to have stuck with me.  The only phrase I remember is “Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir” but that I learned from Lady Marmalade.  So to translate what I remember is “Will you come to bed with me tonight in the library?”

I love my weird, wicked sense of humor – See above. But I can also be very serious.

Like my nominator, I love pizza.  My current favorite is pepperoni, Italian sausage, and pineapple.  The sweetness of the pineapple compliments the pepperoni and Italian sausage.

I love Spring.  It is a time of rebirth with everything being new, clean, fresh and exciting.

I love Corvette’s.  My favorite color for a Corvette is white.  White ‘vette’s became my obsession when I saw a picture of David Cassidy standing next to his new one.

I love quotes.  Whether they are uplifting, inspirational or from scripture and it does not matter if the people are politicians, motivational speakers or the boy next door.  They bring a little bit of joy, hope, and bravado just when you need it.  They sometimes can cause you to re-think your views.  Today I came across this quote from GE on LinkedIn:

“It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

Theodore Roosevelt

I love comforters.  There is nothing like snuggling under a nice fluffy comforter in a big bed with lots of pillows.

So let’s put this all together – who is game for a pizza slumber party in the library sometime this spring?  If you are, don’t forget a nice big, fluffy comforter.  We will spend the night reading different books of quotations and keep record of our favorites.  Before the party we will go cruising in a white corvette with David Cassidy and The Partridge Family singing “I Think I Love You” on the 8-track cassette player.

Thank You

Thank you again Sherline.

Thank you to my readers, whom I consider my friends, for your continued support and wonderful comments.

May you have an amazing weekend filled with joyful adventures.

God bless,


“May the roof above us never fall in and may the friends gathered below us never fall out.” 

Irish Blessing

How To Amount To Anything

If an American is to amount to anything he must rely upon himself, and not upon the State; he must take pride in his own work, instead of sitting idle to envy the luck of others. He must face life with resolute courage, win victory if he can, and accept defeat if he must, without seeking to place on his fellow man a responsibility which is not theirs.

Theodore Roosevelt

Emerson, Ralph Waldo (2011-05-25). Self-Reliance (Kindle Locations 313-316). The Domino Project. Kindle Edition.


“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

Theodore Roosevelt

(October 27th, 1858 – January 6th, 1919)

26th President of the United States

The Book Of Positive Quotations, Second Edition, Compiled and Arranged by John Cook, Edited by Steve Deger & Leslie Ann Gibson