What if I told you it was possible to have peace and joy in ALL of life’s circumstances? That you don’t have to feel stuck in “survival mode” anymore and can actually flourish, regardless.
Maybe you used to enjoy your life, but the daily stresses of living or a challenging circumstance has sucked your joy. Or perhaps you are mostly happy, but would like to learn new ways to increase the joy you already experience.
Regardless of where you are in your quest to enjoy life, you have come to the right place!
A Life Enjoyed is not a life free from trouble. Your life does not have to be perfect, with everything going as hoped, for you to find joy. When we talk about enjoying life, we mean that you can have joy even in the midst of life’s hardships.
A Life Enjoyed is a life filled to overflowing with happiness, peace, and hope. It’s finding contentment, beauty, and purpose, even in your present circumstances. It’s more than just surviving what life throws your way. A Life Enjoyed is learning how to thrive and make the most of this beautiful gift called life!
About Me (Lauren)
(Photograph by the amazing Dave Carney)
I know from experience how difficult life is at times.
You see, I have not always enjoyed life. In fact, only 12 years ago my life was anything but wonderful. A myriad of issues, related to my health, left me in a dark pit of hopeless despair. Living became excruciating.
A prescription medication for one issue came with a host of unsavory side effects, including chronic hypoglycemia. The hypoglycemia resulted in many physical symptoms, but also induced an almost constant mental haze and emotional depression. This made it difficult to get out of bed most days, and I’m still not sure how I made it through college and earned a degree in English!
It was here, when I felt so much pain that I couldn’t see a way forward to happiness, a miracle happened. Slowly, bit by bit, my life began to turn around because of some health and life practices I put into place. The practices that have resurrected my life from what felt worse than death, by themselves may seem small, but together have amazing power!
Then, in early 2014, an ulcerative colitis diagnosis put my acquired joy to the test. Since then I’ve been forced to radically change my diet and learn to deal with the stresses of life in new ways. But these life practices have continued to serve me well during this time, and allowed me to find joy and peace in the craziness.
Sometimes I am so overwhelmed with how much my life has changed for the better, I can hardly believe it. I knew I couldn’t keep these life-transforming practices to myself. I had to find a way to share them with as many people as possible. Welcome to that place!
I write most of the articles here on A Life Enjoyed, but my amazing husband Brance does contribute from time to time, and you’ll see him regularly in the comments.
About You (the reader)
This blog is not really about me. It’s for you! I’m convinced that the things that have helped me, can help you also.
I don’t think I’m that unusual. All of us struggle with difficulties and have to fight for joy. But I believe you can enjoy your life! And I want to help. I want this blog to be a place where we can talk, where you can find the tools you need to enjoy your life.
I’m going to share things that have helped me, but I want to learn from you as well. I want us to be friends, all of us. Jump in the comments, ask for help, give some help. Let’s work together and help each other experience the freedom to enjoy life.
I believe everyone has something of value to contribute and we all have more to learn. Let’s make this the best community on the internet!
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If you want to get a good sense of what this blog is all about, here are a few articles that would be a good place to start.
One more thing
I want you to know that everyone is welcome here, regardless of what you may believe about the big questions of life (How did we get here? Why are we here?). But I do want you to know that I am a Christian. And although this is not a Christian blog, many of the life practices I share are based on things I see in the bible. I believe these biblical practices are true, even for those who don’t follow Christ, but they will work at a deeper level if you do.
When I write about forgiveness, contentment, peace, love, or any number of other subjects, my ideas are deeply informed by the bible.
A good example of this can be found in this Valentine’s Day post (How to have an amazing Valentine’s Day regardless of your relationship status) which is based on 1 Corinthians 13.
If you are a Christian, or just interested, feel free to contact me and ask which bible passages formed the foundation for a certain post, and I’ll be happy to share.
If you’re not a Christian, but would like to know more about what it looks like to follow Jesus, then please reach out and we will be more than happy to talk with you about it.