‘Crying Out’ | The Song, Music Video and Call

“Breaking news every day / could give you the blues / oh, the pain. Through it all, we must pray, keep the faith because love never fails, no / So many aching hearts / so many struggle with pain from the past, don’t you worry / It’s not gonna last / Only love will live […]

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10 Healthy Herbal Tea Tonics | Steep & Sip Ideas

I really enjoy hot drinks, at any time of day or night and it’s always a surprise when someone casually mentions that they don’t like or drink them at all. They could have a merciless stomach ache and rather try a costly man-made pill with a scroll of side effects than God-gifted ginger that grows […]

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The Art Of Roti-Making | Paratha Process With Pics 

It usually starts on an early morning; the art of roti making for me. In this post, we’re highlighting paratha in particular. Paratha is a flaky, layered kind of flatbread that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner and as a snack. It’s indigenous to Indian cuisine and usually accompanied by a combination of fillings […]

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Autumn Visit To Kew Gardens | London | Photo tour

Recently, I had the chance to visit Kew Gardens, home to the largest temperate greenhouse in the world – located in London. After a few peaceful yet stimulating hours of strolling through beautiful gardens, walking amidst huge and textured trees, birdwatching by a pond, visiting the Marianne North art exhibition, taking pics during purposeful pauses, […]

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5 Salad Ideas For Healthy and Light yet Filling Lunches

Anyone else have days when you want to eat something light, fresh, healthy and (mostly) un-cooked for lunch? Salads can make light yet filling lunches and be more than a miscellaneous colourful addition to a hot meal, tucked away at the side of a plate. With a little innovation, adding different combinations of flavours, textures, […]

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Growing and Storing Food At Home by: Julia Benn (Guest Post)

Today’s theme is fast-becoming a hot topic around the map. Gardening – growing and storing food, to be precise. Along with being a means of producing food in front of our very eyes and enhancing our physical and mental health, gardening can also lead to a lighter shopping bill at harvest time, provision at home […]

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Your Purpose, Priorities, Personality and Pace | Making The Connection

When you think about your purpose, priorities, personality and pace, what does the design of your day and rhythm of life look like? Are those areas harmonizing well or is there some friction or conflict in the mix? We’re all works in progress and this isn’t a quiz but if you’re like me, you do […]

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Family and Community Through The Eyes Of A Traveler by: Rachelle J. Gray (Guest Post)

Today’s guest in the ‘Celebrate A Sister‘ series is a beloved sistren of mine. We’ve shared the stage as part of a dance group in Barbados, lived in the same countryside parish for years, and had many deep conversations and creative collaborations. Through Rachelle’s gift for writing and photography she ushers us along her sojourn […]

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“Wake Up Call” | The Message, Song & Music Video

Have you ever had to or been asked to wake someone else up at a certain time? If it was a regular thing, was it easy or always effortless? Maybe you dodged some wild and sleepy punches or were met with a musty mood, a grumble, eye rolls or glaring eyes here and there. Well, […]

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Quality Of Life And Why Pace Matters

Sister, let’s talk about The Hustle. You know, that thing so many of us choose to do, or are compelled, bombarded, thrilled or inspired to do. The Hustle can make you feel a heady sense of exhilaration, purpose, control, accomplishment and drive. Your pace can impress some people who are a lot less impressed if […]

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There’s A Purpose For Your Life…(when you could do with a reminder)

Sometimes my heart just breaks for people…for the hungry, the orphaned, the homeless, the hope-less, the lonely, those who feel less than, belittled, oppressed, rejected…if you feel like any of the above right now, you aren’t forgotten and there is HOPE for you. You got breath in your lungs. You’re still here, gifted with another […]

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Why I Love Quiet Time In The Mornings So Much

The world is noisy. If it isn’t the news, it’s notifications or people voicing opinions and asking interview-style questions left, right and center. It’s not that it bothers me; more like it unappealing and can be more than a little unnerving – the noise of it all. It’s not that I don’t have thoughts or […]

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The Ultimate Guide To Composting | Guest Post by Elizabeth Shields

Composting offers an eco-friendly way to recycle food scraps and yard waste, ensuring you get a final use out of such household by-products.   It’s also a great way to teach ourselves about sustainability and nature.  In this blog, we’ll dig into the joys of compost:  how to get started on composting turn your food […]

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A SHORT TRIP To Wales | VIEWS FROM THE CLIFF

Recently, I saw someone’s comment on social media about ‘when fresh air was free.’ Fresh air is still free, and in these times when freedom of choice is suddenly up for debate while rights are selectively being granted to others, every opportunity to breathe clean air, stretch your legs and enjoy scenery or go for […]

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The Germany Journey – Singing In An Art Garden & A Visit To A Florist

Though it’s the third time I’ve been to Germany, this is the first toss staying in a forest. Amidst a humanly un-countable amount of trees (confirmed by the drone flown), deer, wild pigs and wolves nowhere (yet) in sight, there’s plenty of time for reflection and observation of the beauty of creation. What started out […]

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Time Staying In A German Forest | Nature Walks, Homecooking & Outdoor Adventures

Heya, did you get to read the posts on the benefits of nature walks and sharpening your outdoorsy ‘life’ skills yet? Well, today I’m inviting you for a virtual forest visit with pics sharing: homecooking moments forest flower bouquets a quad bike ride target practice nature walks all in a forest in east Germany where […]

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Quiet Observations and LIFE LESSONS

Money can’t buy Love Like academic education doesn’t guarantee common sense Like a high-paying job doesn’t generate compassion Like a full schedule doesn’t necessarily mean time well spent Like a state-of-the-art house doesn’t define a happy home Like a burst bank account might not belong to a grateful soul  Like big muscles don’t define a […]

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Choosing Gentleness In A Rough World | ENCOURAGEMENT

She hated my guts, at that point in time. With the receiver still perched in her hand, the woman who thought I wanted her job eeked out the exact words I’d just said to another caller, “You’re welcome. Hope you have a bright rest of the day,” and hung up with a cold smirk. Though […]

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Cosy Up Your Home In These 3 Areas | Ambience, Sound & Fragrance

cosy: (adjective) giving a feeling of comfort, warmth, and relaxation. Ideally, a home is a safe and cosy place to live in or consistently return to. It may not always look or feel that way depending on your circumstances or season, but whatever the case, there are some steps we can take to create a […]

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11 Reasons To Visit A Farm & PICK YOUR PRODUCE | Outdoor Shopping

Have you ever thought about the time it takes or the distance your food has travelled before it makes it to your plate? You’ve either heard or know about the benefits and rewarding feeling that comes with picking fruit, veggies and ground provisions grown in your garden or land. If you haven’t yet started growing […]

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The Best Juice Recipe To Replace A Meal

5 ingredients and 10 mins. is all it takes to make and enjoy a green juice that can enhance your health in a multitude of ways. The fact that it’s a juice and not a smoothie means it’s taking all the fiber out (separating it from the juice) so you’ll be taking in a concentrated […]

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Turning Your Hobby Into A Career | 12 Step Process

What could you do for hours on end without expectation of monetary payment? What would you do more of if money didn’t matter so much? While the word ‘hobby’ is described as an activity usually done for relaxation or pleasure in leisure time, many a thriving career has sprung from just that – a hobby. […]

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Blogging Is For You If…

Blogging is for you is… You have a pressing something to say, share, teach, show, sell You have a knack for words, an eye for images and access to wifi You’re an avid reader and enjoy other blogs You’re reasonably consistent with posting  You’re interested in or have a lot of helpful info on a […]

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Improve Your Quality of Life | Deep Breaths, Long Walks And healthy thoughts

Quality of life. More and more, it seems we’re all being reminded about what that is and how much it matters to each gifted day and our overall journey. In these odd times in this upside-down world, being proactive about our priorities, thought life, health habits, interactions, peace of mind, time, intricacies, stress level and […]

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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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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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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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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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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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3 Ways To Plan Your Blog Post Ideas

Are you experiencing a creative drought coming up with content for your blog? It can happen from time to time – don’t be hard on yourself, if so, okay? You may just need an inspiring ‘jump start’ or a refreshed perspective on the purpose of your blog. Coming up with ideas for blog posts can […]

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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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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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Tips To Working Well From Home

Hey there, do you work from home…or do you want to? First, let me say this (or entrepreneurship) isn’t for everybody so please don’t feel like this is the be-all-and-end-all of career formats…’cause it’s not. It’s a possibility. Today’s video shares some tips for anyone making the step from busy on the road to working quietly […]

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Setting The Scene For Your Writing Journey

Hi writers. Isn’t it funny (at times) how some think that because you have a creative career, there’s never any planning or method to the process? Though a lot of an artist’s life is free-flowing, knowing how and where we work best is important to maintaining a rhythm and growing a gift from hobby to […]

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A Day Pacing Household Duties With Freelance Work

Each of our lives has different components but since the question about keeping up with housework and a creative career comes in a lot when others share their aspiration and fears about starting their own business and scheduling, I thought to share on how this can look for you. Not every day is the same, […]

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Life Coach, Janelle encourages us to be honest with ourselves at all times

Yes, it’s time for another special feature from the “Celebrate A Sister” series. Taking a step towards overcoming an emotionally challenging pattern or season, and embarking on a journey to live a positive life can involve spending quiet time doing some honest and serious self-evaluation. There are times when we may be compelled to reach […]

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The Barbados I sea

There’s a reason the planet is made up of mostly water. Fresh air, the beach and seawater stimulate good health, inspire gratitude, more purposeful breathing, a lighter brighter attitude and serves as a reminder of the magnificence of Creation.

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