With Passion

Work, with passion.

Love, with passion.

Give, with passion.

Make friends, with passion.

Run, with passion.

Write, with passion.

Talk, with passion.

Travel, with passion.

Draw with passion.

Read with passion.

Compose and play your music, with passion.

Eat, with passion.

Take photos, with passion.

Go hiking, swimming, or cycling, with passion.

Whatever you are doing for as long as you are alive every 1 day you wake up, do it with passion because…

No matter how irreplaceable You think you are,

Almost anybody can do All of the above, technically-right, with time, training, etc.

Yet,

It takes your heart, your soul, and your unique character to complete and present the exact same things, but the way that YOU do,

driven by your own experiences, your own insecurities, your strengths, and all lessons that shaped you.

All of these… well, they are translated in passion. And wherever there is passion, it touches others.

Humans’ primary distinctive feature is that they can feel, and passion.. it can only be felt every time, wherever it is put in.

When you reveal your passion, you customize what you present to others.

Whatever u have to offer and contribute becomes tailor-made to fit whoever human can and will relate to how you do

Things.

Passion is a piece of you that you live, and it does not await for appreciation from

Others.

Like

In evthng else in life, it’s always all about you first… when you are ok, all other things and people fall into place.

#pieceofthatbrain #morningmypeople

With all my love,

Joy

Oct.31,2017

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A British Visit

On Wednesday this week, my professor from the UK (Cardiff) got in touch.

I hadn’t seen him in 2 years.

He was in Lebanon and asked to meet.

He said he had a package for me.

We met.

  • No matter how small the box you are living in is, you expand it.
  • Take the initiative. whatever you have at hand, take it. Especially if your country doesn’t encourage it or makes it difficult to get by, aim to get by and go the extra mile.
  • YOU ARE SMART. Very smart. You are LOVABLE. People trust you. No, more so they Respect you, Those are a fatal beautiful mix.
  • Repeat this to yourself. You need to hear it. Louder.
  • Chase those dreams. You are 20? 28? 30? 45? 65?… You HAVE a LIFETIME AHEAD. The pressure you feel is society’s, not yours.
  • Pick your partner carefully. You need to be happy – for a lifetime.
  • Be with a partner thAt you not only love. Be with somebody who shares your ambition, drive, intellect.
  • Pick wisely. You’d want to Be with somebody who can be there growing with you as your brains grow too.
  • Read. For the potential of a brain and creativity. It becomes effortless.
  • Prepare a package to deliver. one that meets someone’s need(s). Do it, for free. You will fail, then learn, and try again to a different audience.
  • You will get it.
  • One decision changes a life.
  • Share your people. The worst thing one can do is withhold information.
  • Friendships like these…they are rare but last a lifetime, enjoy them.
  • Share your mailing address. People will know you have “room” for them in your life- perhaps literally and metaphorically 🙂
  • You look gorgeous. You are radiating, happy.
  • Just Take the compliment.
  • Live this life, but have a platform of a plan so you can catch the opportunity at the right time.

Thoughts.

Truly yours

Joy

Oct.27,2017 ; 11.03pm

Littlest Things

Very long week at work.

And i work tomorrow, a report is due.

Drove back home tonight exhausted, stressed, worried, and drained after 12 hours at the office.

i went into the kitchen only to find both my parents.

Mum had medical tests.. all had gone well thankfully.

Dad was teasing.

The atmosphere was light and discretely cheerful.

Work was suddenly not on my mind.

I caught myself smiling.

Sometimes, all you need is to see the littlest things.

#grateful #peace

Just Start

Sometimes we sit in our comfort zone, for long, longer than we had initially planned… that we forget people of other cultures in other countries are alive and kicking, living a life we knew nothing about:

A life rich in colours, flavours, and a kind of bustling in energy and peace simultaneously- to the extent that all of it can actually inspire us, enlighten entire hearts, and give us this needed “wake up” call to keep going and keep writing new pages of our book.

Sometimes, we get too comfortable, we slack, we slip, we tell ourselves, its ok- for the first time in your life you are slowing down, celebrate it, don’t get too ahead of yourself these few months, this year maybe even for a change.

Then, one day, a friend or family there, a gem running in your background.. invites you in- in conversation, in person, or into this sacred place, and u chat on.

Shortly after, You make that trip, You drive endlessly- to the north or to the extreme south of your country or head, you book that ticket to a journey of self-discovery,Or you grab that time chart, cease that focus, and wear your let’s-get-this ^^ done armour on.You then realise that:

1) you can find inspiration, drive, and motivation by still doing and prioritizing the things You love,

because that’s exactly how you’ll be inspired to complete the next phase of ur life: by just #starting. These are Not a distraction no matter what anybody says.

2) you are blessed to have these #gems in your life who themselves have been through a Lot, are going through a challenge or a start over, or are just about to step into an unknown future.

Even if these gems are only 1 person that you really know is there for you, then you have that gem. So why only see how many you don’t have and why forget about the 1 or 2 you actually have to Fly through life?

3) you are never alone, unless u choose to walk blindfolded through ur life…

because if you look closely, your own Life (your little circle) is giving you all the signs; it has taken you on the way :

to meet your Confirmation when you sought Doubt;

to meet your Happy Person/ place when you insisted on Sadness;

To achieve your success after you had Failed;

To be your Lesson, when you were determined to call them fatal Errors or Failure;

To meet Trust, when you had been Let down countless times,

To meet your Peace, when your soul was Agitated, Tired, Worn out;

Doubt, sadness, failure, errors, being let down, tired, and worn out are all meant to be part of life.

They are the “less greener side” that makes it “greener” on the other end- or so we think, and then we seek them to keep feeling “alive”.

Your own Life, right now, is a beautiful paradox that keeps:

Giving and taking, Adding and subtracting,those things and people you have, to keep the equation of good stuff and bad stuff up and runningto balance out your Life.

Just #start somewhere anywhere,

the rest (as in the right people, influence, things, time, dreams, and relationships) will flow because we are genuinely built to aim for more or for something new, so u Will get off that couch, that confusion.Start;

Define it and measure your milestones through it as u “live” every 1 day of your life achieving 1 little accomplishment after the other on your own self-gratification scale.

PS:

We do not always take the right decisions in our life, and we don’t have to :

because we are only humans and expecting 100% precision is just driving yourself nuts,

hence missing out on all of life which happens in between those lines.Be with that someone or don’t, take that job or miss the opportunity to do so, invest in where you think the future lies or don’t, take that trip or postpone it, chase this, or the other, … Whatever is your crossroad🚦 right now, Decide to START, and move to the next one. Countless options, people, and experiments are on their way to you regardless.Life is bigger than us, but in a really good way, that makes all the odds in your favour if u are willing to accept #change.

My people, I miss you

All my love,

Joy Oct. 12,2017 at 8.20am

Life in the shoes of a 542-slicer

So,

542 is my running team.. for Beirut Marathon 2017; u’ve met some..

Every rum, changes our lives, like this:today’s goal was: 28km.

My lesson:

Everything seems so big and out of reach, until You break it down into pieces, and find people along the way to share it or your progress.

Maybe i was on runner’s high today. I was lucky, but these words are to remind you and me (when we miss that “high” whether to listen to our body, injury, or our coach), that:

Well, running 42km seemed like sthg entirely i m p o s s i b l e:

long, tiring, needs years of training, a no-injury history, and a dedication that we cannot afford to give in our busy daily lives.., the distance is too much even for someone fit, active, n all.

Today, maybe because i was on this high.. it felt like i “will” do it. I will do the 42km. I can and i will. So will You.

In our journey to-date, i never had that optimistic thought yet, probably u too (especially if you are now injured).

I had doubts, my knees , my health, my history… my will power, my physiology, my teammates, running buddies etc.

Yes, Everything seems so big on the outside..

But when u slice it open on the table of Life which u get to share with beautiful 542-ers eying the same goal, aim, fun, and life-changing experience, you suddenly realise:

“Look at where we are. When we had told our coaches: a 5k run? on the first day?! and for beginners like us,? is it not too much?, can we do less? We’re panicking …”

Today,

If we have 21km instead of 28km, we stand there like: 7km? piece of cake ,

Literally, right?

And when we are at 18km, we encourage our running buddy like: “we’re there!! just a 10k easy, Let’s have fun😎”

This #beirut542,

Well, it’s a bundle of life lessons as it turns out. One of which:

The next time you, like me, stand at ur own crossroads, in this Life,

Look at the intersection, the multiple exits there (we cross those multiple times on Corniche El Nahr area!), and

Pick something seemingly “big” to chase or change in ur life

(as we run, some of us pick a new pace, others pick new buddies along the way, some pick enjoyin it, smiling, an encouragement shout out, or a jump for the camera …).

Remember, nothing is out of your reach.

Evthng looks big, like 42k, but when you slice it open on the table of your current life and people surrounding you…

🙂

A 542-er, is a slicer.

He/she does not only #run,

they slice every seemingly “Big” dream into little bits of toast (like our Sundays) which make every 1 bite enjoyable,

topped with a “different” dressing,

until he/she eats their way through life, beautifully living in the “now”,

as they “run” yes, but rather slice right through, achieving 1 mini-victory after the other (like every extra 1km we run every Sunday)

PS: the toast bit is inspired by my #teamwalid who have so far shared a mad amount of foodie pics, mad i tell u, but by far most adorable, since our >10km runs .

Truly yours,

To every 542-er in Life:

We slice it! 😘🤸🏽‍♀️🍞🥇

#lifelessons #selfhelp #dreambig #commit #canDo #beirutmarathon #teamwork #buddies #marathoners #DreamersAndAchievers

Truly yours,

Joy

Oct.1,2017 at 5.05pm