Joy!

For 2022 I have chosen the word Joy as my word to live by.

โ€œJoy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.โ€

Henri Nouwen

It seems to me that 2021 was a year filled with ups and downs and I struggled with that. Then I read a post by Psychologistmimi. She was choosing the word Joy for her word of 2022. This struck me as such a good idea. If I look for joy each day, if I choose joy, I will find joy in my life.

There is so much in my life to be joyful about. Our son joined us for two weeks over Christmas. We had not seen him for two years. It was a joy to spend time with him and find out who he is now. We shared the Christmas meal with our daughter and her husband and our Grandson. It was a joy to see our son and daughter together again.

After Christmas we drove down to Florida, a journey of 2,200 kilometers . It is a long and tiring drive but well worth it, What a joy it was to arrive in the sunshine and warmth. The first morning some of the locals passed by.

My friend Biasini had already arrived and was happily settled in to the beautiful barn where we will be riding and training with coach Belinda Trussell for the next three months. I have not been doing too much hard work with him yet. He had a 30 hour trip down here so he needs to acclimatize. Here we are walking down the driveway of the barn. We had been walking around the perimeter of the property.

He has a lovely stall with two windows. He enjoys looking out and seeing everything and he has two humans he knows, Super Groom Lexi and Therapy Person Lori, to look after him. If he knew the word joy I think he would tell us he has a lot of joy in his life at the moment.

So joy it is for 2022!

69 Comments Add yours

  1. Beautiful picture of Biasini! Have a new year full of joy!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and I wish you a year of joy too.

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  2. sundaewrites says:

    Joy- i love the word.. and I always connect it with gratItude.
    We always have an option to see the glass as half-full rather than half-empty. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you for this comment. I agree with the joy and gratitude connection!

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  3. What a beautiful post. Youโ€™re right, joy is all around. We just have to notice it and accept it into our lives.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and yes, we have to be aware that despite all the gloom and doom there is always joy there too.

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! Iโ€™m very glad! Joy it is then ๐Ÿด๐Ÿ’

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Ribana.

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  5. thebuffninja says:

    I loved every bit of this post. We really do find what we focus our minds on. Joyโ€ฆ seems to be the perfect word for this year. ๐Ÿ˜Œ

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  6. Happy New Year and Christmas from me.
    May this year be filled with joy.

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  7. Lovely. ๐Ÿ™‚ To joy!

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  8. Tanooki says:

    Happy New Year Anne! Hope you the best in 2022๐Ÿฅณ๐ŸŽ‰๐Ÿ’•โœจ

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you need best wishes for 2022 to you too โš˜๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŽ‰

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  9. David says:

    Three months … sounds like a serious campaign. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Joy sounds like a good word to have. Enjoy the warmer climes. Biasini is mighty forunate to have snagged the corner stall with two windows.

    PS – Is it fair to say Belinda will be doing her share of competing while in Florida???

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes she is planning on national competitions and at least one CDI.

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  10. rkrontheroad says:

    I’m inspired by your post and decision to seek joy in this new year! May the year be good to you and Biasini.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you . A happy and healthy New Year to you too!

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  11. Avery says:

    Happy JOY! I missed that Belinda is down there, fun! But I will miss Luis’ (is that his name?) visualizations!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Your memory serves you well! His name is Luis or Lou to his friends. He is a good coach but due to Covid and no Florida last winter I have been with Belinda for the last two years continuously and just don’t feel I can change ships mid-Atlantic if you get what I mean.

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      1. Avery says:

        Hey, I get it!

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  12. shankjoejoe says:

    Happy New Year, Anne!

    Joy is an excellent choice for the new year. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you and a Happy new Year to you too Joe.

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  13. Emma Cownie says:

    Ah, so many lovely things. What a relief to see your children after so long! Happy New Year

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Happy New Year Emma and spend it in good health!

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  14. Diana says:

    Hi Anne! Happy New Year and I love your post and Joy is a great word to start the new year. I’m so joyful for you and Biasini making it safely on that long drive South. I agree with you with the somberness around, but we can find joy in so many things. I can see the joy with Biasini too!
    Your photos are so beautiful and I love the windows Biasini can look out and see around. It is so FUN to hear and see your rides and can’t wait to see your Florida adventures! Chloe, Murphy and I send warm hugs to you and Biasini! โค๏ธ๐Ÿด

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Hugs to you all from Biasini and me to wish you a happy and healthy New Year!

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  15. J.W.S. says:

    Biasini is a lucky horse with windows in his stall and a caring person in his barn.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes he is lucky! He has two people he knows and trusts as well as seeing me each day. He loves looking out the windows.

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  16. Marsha says:

    Hi Ann, how lovely all the joyful things in your life! It sounds like you are going to have a wonderful year. Best you are going to enjoy a few months in the warm weather. We woke up to 14 degrees outside this morning, but fortunately, we were inside. We are looking forward to a great new year, too. Talk to you soon! ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy trails.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes I am going to focus on joy instead of all the somber news that is around now. We are looking forward to seeing Manny. I sent you an email with a few questions about his trip.

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      1. Marsha says:

        Oh great. Iโ€™ll check. I didnโ€™t see it earlier. He canโ€™t wait!

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  17. You & Biasini look so joyously chilled out. That was a long trip, where you are looks stunning. So look forward to reading more of your adventures over the new year. Much joy to you & yours & tell Biasini this whooman wishes him joy too.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I will give Biasini your message. Thank you!

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  18. Judy says:

    What a joy to read this! Biasini has a lovely home. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes he does. Thanks for commenting. Best wishes to you for a healthy and happy new year.

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      1. Judy says:

        Thank you. God bless.

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  19. Laleh Chini says:

    Happy new year.๐Ÿ’•

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Happy and healthy New Year to you Laleh!

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      1. Laleh Chini says:

        ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜˜

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  20. Maureen Finnegan says:

    Enjoy the next few months ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I will it is so good to be out of the cold.

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  21. misifusa says:

    Love the word JOY for 2022! May you have an abundance of it!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much. I think we all need joy in this world. Best wishes to you for a joyful new year!

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  22. Amy says:

    Joyful! I love the photo of Biasini! Hope to see more this year.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Amy! You will be seeing more of Biasini I am sure.

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  23. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Wonderful news Anne! Wishing you and sweet Biasini a year filled with joy! ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿด๐Ÿฅ• xxx

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much Xenia. Happy and healthy New Year to you too from all of us here.๐Ÿด๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

        Thank you Anne! ๐Ÿ’— xxx

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  24. Happy new year! ๐ŸŽ†

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    1. anne leueen says:

      And a happy new year to you too James!

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  25. Laura Wodar says:

    It looks like Biasini has a fancy corner officeโ€ฆ.canโ€™t wait to see you!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      HaHa! Yes he does! Are you living in Wellington now ?

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  26. doar nicole says:

    Happy new year, wishing you much joy and beauty in the year to come!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you amd I wish the same for you Nicole.

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  27. I am so joyful that you made it down here ๐Ÿโค๏ธ๐Ÿด

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Susie!

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  28. Paula Light says:

    Great idea to prioritize joy! Good stuff abounds if we look for it ๐Ÿ’–

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I felt like I needed to focus on joy Paula. There is too much news that is devoid of joy so I decided to find joy. Thanks for your comment.

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  29. I love this word for the New Year. Much joy to you and Biasini in the New Year.

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  30. Yes I too believe Biasini will do that, definitely a joyful read. Love the second picture so much lovely to watch those trees.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      The trees are lovely and especially for me coming down from Canada where the leaves are all gone off the trees. Best wishes to you for a Happy New Year.

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  31. Vicky Earle says:

    What a lucky horse!!

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