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…

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 topic and could talk about […]

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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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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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7 brain-boosting Activities To Sharpen The Mind | #phonefreeweekend Challenge

Our minds are like precious real estate. The brain is like the headquarters or main office of a company. Most of us would like our minds to be prime property. Brain health, re-training, mindset, attention deficit and positive thinking have become pressing topics recently, to address trauma, loss, dementia, challenges with social behaviour and some […]

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VLOG: Quiet Mornings Reading & Journaling | Let’s Make Corn SOup

What first comes to your mind when you think of “quiet mornings?” It’s no secret I enjoy them. Anyone who knows me well knows this. Do you? If so, what’s your favourite thing about them – and yes, you can totally mention the amazing blessing of being gifted with a new day, a fresh breath […]

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5 Healthy Habits For A Refreshed ATTITUDE

Have you ever been in a slump or just felt kinda ‘off’ for more than a day? It could spring from up from a few things: irregular sleeping pattern, disoriented sense of purpose, burnout, the current times, a disappointing something, eating junk, stress somewhere, feeling ‘ugh‘ about the job/workspace/career choice or an attack by the […]

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Thank You! Blogging To 75 Destinations | Encouragement For Aspiring Bloggers

Every new blogger hopes their online writing will connect with people interested or invested in what they have to share. If we didn’t, we’d all still be journaling only and not posting anywhere publicly. Did I know this blog would grow? Yes. But if you ask if I had a sweet clue that while I […]

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What Calm and Quiet Mornings Can Do For your Mind | Benefits

What time do you usually wake up? What makes someone a ‘morning person’ and what are some benefits to enjoying early, calm and quiet mornings.  How can doing this can influence our default attitude during the rest of the day?  Our lives have different variables, components, responsibilities and rhythms, so the time that works best […]

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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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OVERCOMING FEAR & BECOMING THE FACE OF YOUR BUSINESS | JEWELRY DESIGNER, NISHA DOUGHLIN SHARES ENCOURAGEMENT WITH ASPIRING ENTREPRENEURS (PART 2) | VIDEO

Here’s Part 2 from an interview with Nisha Doughlin – Jewelry Designer and creative entrepreneur of Metah Designs from Trinidad & Tobago. In Part 1, Nisha shared about her inspiration and the journey of overcoming the awkwardness of introducing yourself as the face behind your business. You can watch it here. Today, in Part 2 […]

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Overcoming Fear & Becoming The Face Of Your business | Jewelry Designer, Nisha Doughlin Shares Encouragement With Aspiring Entrepreneurs (Part 1) | Video

Meet Nisha Doughlin, jewelry designer and entrepreneur behind Metah Designs, a rising jewelry line in Trinidad & Tobago. Listen in as she shares openly about overcoming the awkwardness of introducing yourself as the face behind your business, and be sure to get a notebook to jot down motivational steps and encouraging tips for aspiring entrepreneurs. […]

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GREETING THE DAY GRATEFUL: A LESSON FROM AN EARLY WAKE-UP CALL

How do you wake up in the morning? Are you an early riser or more of a mid-morning or almost-midday person in this season? Our work schedule and daily duties often influence our sleep pattern and wake-up routine. Our lives may have different variables. A night guard, fire service operator, auditor or gas station attendant […]

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Don’t Let Shyness Get In The Way Of Your Business | Encouragement

Where does shyness come from? Is there a remedy or does it have an expiration date? I’m not sure where it came from, but i do remember the kinds of situations or circumstances that jumpstarted it for me. It’s a conversation new clients and I have a lot, mostly when it comes to them prepping […]

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5 Calming & Brain Boosting Things About Handwriting | Lettering

Quiet time with pen, paper and possibility. When’s the last time you wrote a page-full of words or filled a page with one or a few designed in your favourite homemade font? Maybe you’re more of a typing fan and haven’t written much by hand in a while. This might be more of a reading […]

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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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Weaning off plastic | Kitchen Organization & Dry Goods Storage with Glass Bottles

Plastic is a problem…and glass is an option, in some cases. How do you store your cupboard goods? Things like flour, oats, peas, spices, oils, seeds. In Barbados, where pretty-much anything in a container or jar has a starting price of about BBD. $10. (USD. $5.) and plastic Tupperware roughly BBD. $3. or a little […]

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Refreshing your Morning Routine for a Productive WorkDay At Home

Hi there, what mood do you usually wake up in each morning? If you (like I) have either grown up around or lived amidst anyone who can quarrel at full volume before even saying “morning” you know how absolutely precious calm morning-moments can be for your mind and the attitude you approach the rest of […]

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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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7 Peaceful Things To Do On A Tropical Rainy Day | Barbados

Rainy days can be so relaxing. Find so too? Not those power-washing, tree-grabbing showers that come with stormy weather, but the light yet present rain that cools an otherwise baking day. You know – the one with a breeze that makes you get up and go close the windows on one side of the house. […]

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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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remote work 101 | what your employer is concerned about & how you can reassure them

A recent post on Fortune.com shares some stats on employers’ thoughts about the work environment post-pandemic. 26% of business leaders believe employees will be working from home, and 25% define their biggest challenge is productivity and motivation. So, let’s address that one-time, not from a prove-them-wrong point of view; more from an awareness of your […]

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Planning Your Blog Content | A Look At My Content Calendar

How’s your online writing journey so far? Excited to start the blogging journey but feeling a bit overwhelmed at the idea of keeping up with content? Please don’t be. Yes, being and staying consistent with anything can be challenging in seasons, but you can set and maintain a writing and posting rhythm that works well […]

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Working From Home After Traveling Constantly (Encouragement)

Passport in purse. Bills and coins from different countries tucked in one drawer, just in case. Adapters and converters to suit any socket – pre-packed. A fluid calendar and easy-to-reach bright pink mini suitcase, with a larger matching option depending on the trip. This was how life looked for me, not so long ago. Just […]

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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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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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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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