NATURE WALKS AND YOUR HEALTH | Benefits & Encouragement

When’s the last time you went on a slow nature walk, where you weren’t pressed to rush back home, meet anyone or do anything else right after?  Nature walks – especially ones lasting at least an hour, can be so therapeutic; nourishing to the soul and our state of mind. You don’t need to save […]

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A Good Read, A Hot Drink and Quiet Time

Quiet moments are becoming more rare and valuable in an ever-growing noisier-by-the-minute world where news is blaring, playlists are pumping, IG stories are baton-passing, gadgets are always going, and phones pinging in stereo.  Being comfortable in purposeful moments of quiet can overflow graciously into areas of life where others may lean more towards restlessness. Proactivity […]

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Stationery, Doodling, Handwriting & Your Blog

Every writer has a soft spot for stationery, and many creatively-inclined people have a habit of doodling. We’re made that way on purpose. I’ve been known to venture into bookshops, stationaries and art supply stores for ‘no particular reason’ only to come out with a couple new pens, a journal, paints, brushes and even – […]

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7 Steps To Being Refreshed After Enduring A Tough SeASON | ENCOURAGEMENT

Hi sis, how are you today? The answer isn’t really my business but i still care. By the way, guys who are subscribed to this blog and reading now, y’all are always welcome here. No offense intended when you see ‘sis’ ok? All of us have been through something – a challenge, encounter or storm […]

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Learning To Love Yourself For Yourself by Author, Korena Darnelle (Guest Post)

Today’s topic is love, and our featured guest is no stranger to Joywithin blog. The self-love wave has officially hit the shores of many parts of the western world, and though i’m not a fan of the ‘me-first’ or ‘me-most’ movements, we are all the fruit of LOVE and its true essence that springs from […]

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GENTLE AND QUIET | A Grandmother’s Love

See that beautiful woman? Well, that was my grandmother, whom everyone affectionately called “mum.” An indigenous Kalinago woman who helped raise me til she passed when i was 10. i’ve missed her so much since then but am so thankful to have had her in my life. At secondary school, we were told rough things […]

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Encouragement | A Right Now Word For the teary-eyed sister

So, sometime ago i shaved off one side of my hair. i thought i’d give this ‘artist-look’ to kick it up a notch…and so, i shaved half of my hair (then in locs) off. But check it – years and care after, without any conscious effort, both sides of my curls are even. Sweet sis, […]

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THINKING OUT LOUD | QUIET TIME MOMENT

i want to be sooo like Him that when sitting or standing next to somebody who looks, dresses, speaks, acts, perceives and believes different from me, they can see, know and feel nothin’ but pure love. we might think differently but that doesn’t mean i can’t love you the same as someone who’s similar to […]

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The Man In The Broken Chair | Encouragement

He was sitting on a broken chair in the middle of a roundabout on the outskirts of town. i walked over, handed him something and said, “God loves you” before crossing over to head to pay a bill. He looked at me surprised as said – kinda harsh in a way, “I KNOW!” Instead of […]

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SOME EARTHLY INTERRUPTIONS Are heaven-sent Invitations | Encouragement

She was standing there at the crossroads by a traffic light in town a few years ago – looking beautiful and all dolled-up. Waved, smiled and was gonna pass by since my mingling-days have been left behind (lovin’ it.) Then recognized something like sadness in her perfectly-lined eyes.S topped to speak for a bit. She […]

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A quiet Conversation In a Public Space | Food For Thought

So, i walked to de shop one day. 2 men were talking discreetly on the front step. As i approached, their voices lowered. At first, they looked over at me a bit suspiciously as if deciding if to cut the conversation short or not. i said, “mornin” or “afternoon” (don’t remember which one) – they […]

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Choosing Tenderness Over Roughness and Trends of Today

sis, what if in our personal quiet time we admitted our weaknesses and learned to lean on Him as our ever-able source of strength, which would then bring us joy unspeakable that can never be stolen or drained but replenished daily by mercy… what if we let the tenderness that once stood out so clearly […]

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Supermarket Stories | Kindness & A Test In Patience

I’ve missed y’all, but the little siesta from blogging was necessary on a personal level. Today’s post shares 2 supermarket stories that I hope will brighten your day or inspire a healthy thought while sharing a reminder that days that have ups and downs don’t need to end on a sour note. First, how are […]

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VLOG | Beach day in christ church & country drive through st. philip & st. john

Today, it’s another light video for you, sharing a bit of: Miami Beach (popular for swimming) Freights Bay (surf spot on the south coast) A Country Drive through St. Philip and St. John. If you’ve ever wanted to see a bit of the green side of Barbados, you’ll see some today. I’ve been enjoying vlogging […]

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5 Reasons To Enjoy Cooking At Home (More)

You don’t have to be the most exceptional cook in your friend group or a pro chef to enjoy cooking. It can seem a bit intimidating at first ; maneuvering around the stove, timing things in the oven, learning how to use those kitchen gadgets and making a meal from what may look like random […]

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Redecorating your Writing Room or Home Office | Inspiration

Do you have a writing room? If not, where do you write or blog most or best? Designating (and decorating) a clean quiet space with good lighting, decent ventilation, comfy seating and related supplies can enhance your overall writing experience.  On days when it’s challenging to focus on your writing or typing assignment, setting up […]

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The Differences between Journaling and Blogging | Key points to remember before Clicking Publish

From listing post ideas to writing, title-composing then proofreading, note-taking and typo-correcting, editing and blogging go hand in hand – ideally. Journaling and blogging – in some ways, sometimes, prepping a blog post might feel similar to when you’re in your room writing in your journal. But they’re not the same; each has its own impetus, objective , readers and eventual location. That’s essential to remember before we click publish.

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VLOG| A Day In The Garden, Making Provision CookUp & Outdoor Coaching Session

Hiya, hope you’re having a light day or evening. Today’s post is a video that I hope is both relaxing and encouraging for you. When you work from home, tending to the garden also serves as an outdoor activity that can help you be refreshed when you go inside again. It’s a change of scenery […]

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TENDING TO YOUR WELLNESS WHILE WORKING FROM HOME | THINGS TO CONSIDER FOR REFRESHMENT

When you enjoy what you do, it can be tough to press pause for a moment.  At first glance, the work-from-lifestyle can seem inviting, luxurious or totally relaxing. If you’re someone who’s driven by checking off boxes on a daily to-do list, exhilarated by constant movement and flashing faces, challenged about setting parameters for your […]

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What’s Your Beautiful Design? | Remembering your Essence | Encouragement

Have you ever had a moment or walked through a season when you knew what you were called to do – a time when you understood how you serve best, shine brightest and live lightest? What’s your beautiful design? What are some activities that harmonize with whom you’re made to be? Not necessarily who you […]

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Who are you becoming as you pursue your dream? | self-examination checklist

You know that dream you have of becoming a this or that or reaching here or there? What is pursuit of that goal producing in your character? It’s a gentle question with a light reminder that prolonged hunger can sometimes trigger things like irritability, frustration, despair, desperation and just plain stinky-personality syndrome. I’m a fan […]

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your business is not your bae | encouragement for the overworking woman

No matter what some say, your business is not your ‘bae.’
Bae – “before anyone else” – as in ‘top priority.’ i thought i was happy because i loved what i did and the people i worked with, but there were many moments when life was a frazzled fiasco even though on the outside, i was the ‘go-to’ girl in the industry for sonic services. i was genuinely energetic and enthusiastic but essentially working off of fumes. Any of this sound familiar to you? Let’s talk ’cause you’re meant for more than your career

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Re-setting the pace and volume of your life for the better | Personal growth

How busy is your life, and how loud is your space? Before this stay-home season, were you always on-the-go, and was the tv, radio, a podcast episode or playlist always on rotation? Not a quiz; just a gentle prompt asked by a former hot-footer. Your answers to those questions aren’t my business but your health […]

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A Fresh Look at Content Management

Content IS key. From content writing and content creating to content coordinating and curating, content is key…yet, we hardly hear about content living. Let’s talk a bit about that today…

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Using A Bullet Journal to Map your Blog Post Ideas

Are you a list maker? Mapping out or writing down goals, items, reasons to be thankful and project steps helps us keep get a clear picture of the paces between point A and point B. Not that we’re in control of time but when we picture time like a cake we get to portion out […]

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Recognizing Priorities (Amidst A Pandemic)

Yesterday evening, while getting some fresh air and taking a light walk to scout for dunks (seasonal fruit here in ‘Bim’) and moringa leaves, i saw something totally out of the ordinary.

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The Work From Home Lifestyle (encouragement)

Is working from home something new for you? It was an expected lifestyle for many before it grew into a trend and most recently, a nationally recommended and socially appealing option.

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5 Key Skills You Learn The Better You Blog

Blogging takes work. That doesn’t mean that it’s laborious, but there are some keys like discipline, planning, writing, editing, attention-to-presentation and promoting that are involved in maintaining a blog. There’s a reason some people contemplate starting a blog and then feel a bit overwhelmed by the how-to of it all. No need to be overwhelmed, […]

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A Visit to a Community Health Fair | Composting session at Recycle Haynesville

What do you do with your fruit peels? Over the weekend, I went to ‘Recycle Haynesville’ – a health-fair, coordinated by Barbados Red Cross, that brought the community together with a family-friendly event on a bright Saturday afternoon. At the dawn of a national drive for a “Plastic-free 2020” officially starting April 1st, Barbadians are […]

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10 Activities You Can Do At Home To Promote Patience & Proactivity

Our mindset makes a huge impact on our approach to what otherwise might seem mundane, but necessary. Think about your daily or weekly to-dos at home; which ones are the most frequent and which seem the most tedious (at the moment)? The contents of our lives may be different but there are some tasks that […]

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Bright Benefits To Working From Home

While a lot of people fantasize about this option (ditching their job for a home-based or online business), others have a tough time conceptualizing being driven, productive and enthusiastic at home…and I can understand both sides and have enjoyed having a home office/studio as well as working in businesses, in a group environment. That’s why I’ll say a trillion times if necessary – mindset is key! Let’s talk about some benefits here

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Freelancer WorkWeek – Blogging, Beach, Bridgetown & Music Biz Meeting

Hiya, it’s about that time – here’s a NEW Freelancer WorkWeek video for you. If you’re an aspiring entrepreneur, a creative business owner who’d like to click refresh on your work approach or a travel fan of Barbados, there’s something for you in today’s post. As I type this, the first raindrops on the west […]

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Sister To Sister – Choosing Encouragement Over Envy And Community Over Isolation

There isn’t a woman I know who doesn’t have a journey of bright highlights and heartbreaking challenges, beautiful smiles and oceans of tears, bestie memories and betrayal let-downs, wonderful surprises and painful trials, confidence-injections and insecurity battles, celebration moments and passing storms, things to look forward to, things to breathe past and things long gone. […]

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Help is on the way: a heavenly reminder from an earthly encounter

It was just before midday, on the way to the shop nearby, I heard a sound of a little someone in need – it was one of the same tiny adventurous dogs who were found by their loving owner just 9 days ago. At first I didn’t recognize that it was the little purse-sized puppy princess, […]

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A Seed of Kindness: tenderness in a tough world

Tenderness in a tough world.   Kindness is on my mind. Can you remember what it felt like when you were shown kindness when it was least expected or when you received it from an “unlikely” person…or at a time when you felt invisible? I’m sure you’ve been both the giver and receiver of this beautiful […]

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The priceless gift of encouragement; giving is receiving

Encouragement: the action of giving someone support, confidence, or hope: Criticism: the expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes Just some light thoughts on the topics shared with sisterly love. Everyone is going through, has gone through, or will go through something. When we become better listeners, from a place […]

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Cooking is creativity: become the artist of your kitchen.

There’s a kind of gratitude that’s stirred up when you prepare meals at home (for yourself or loved ones) with your own hands. Enjoying the gift of being served is sweet too, whether at a deli, restaurant, street food stall or friend’s house. Still, I’m also thankful for moments spent cooking, being involved in the […]

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Outdoor climbs and beautiful OCEAN views In Barbados (South EAST COAST)

Walking and climbing have become a natural part of my life; adventure-filled journeys across different terrain, in all kinds of weather, from as early as the first birds sound their voices and the sun ☀️ starts to peek through clouds on the vast eastern sky. Are you into walks or hikes? The slow discovery of […]

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