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What are you focusing on? Here is something positive to start your day with.Joy stones

How to increase number of followers on Twitter

My answer might surprise you.

Have a last name like Hemp. Cannabis and Hemp supporters will follow you. Just because of a last name. I post Positive Thoughts for the day in Twitter and there is no relationship to “hemp” so obviously these people aren’t reading my posts but just jumping on the band wagon due to my last name.

Latest follower: Oregon Hemp Works

Some other followers include: Knotty & Nice Hemp, Cannabis Freedom, Top Cannabis, Idaho Hemp Network & hemp, hemp hooray!

And there you are.

Joy Hemp

By |March 22nd, 2013|Affirmations, Inspirational, motivational, positive thinking|Comments Off on How to increase number of followers on Twitter|

Next set of cards

Is now in production. I am…excited. I started creating these cards last spring so having them finally in production is exciting.

I got a FedEx envelope Friday with proof of each card and a sample light green organza bag. Had a girl friend look at the bag today and she said the color is celery. This set of cards will be dark green to represent heart chakra energy. I continue to use the seed of life on each card. The seed of life symbolizes change and my cards give one the opportunity to take a deep breath, pull a card and be open to new possibilities.

These cards were created to support the grieving process. Whether your loss is a job, someone close to you and or a pet my hope is these cards help you experience life with ease and grace. Here is an example:

I honor my loss.

I am…Joy

And I have a “Joy” corner in my house. Do you have a place that reminds you of “Joy”?Joy Corner

2012 in Review

2012 was exciting, inspiring year with a focus on friendship


January: I gave a tea party where we each declared our word or focus for the year. My word was friendship. Which I was demonstrating by having friends and family over for a tea party.

February: Find a new assisted living facility for mom.

March: I learned to use WordPress and started blogging on a daily basis. Lots of opportunity to look at my affirmations. I volunteered at All Stars Helping Kids event with Darius Rucker at SF Fairmont. Fun working with friends and seeing Darius perform.

April: Take friends out for dinner as I received a gift certificate to a local restaurant.

May: Enjoyed being invited to a friend’s birthday party celebration at SFMOMA. Party included opportunity to get my first tattoo.

June: Summer concerts start in downtown Redwood City. Time with friends and good music.

July: 4th of July parade and then took mom to her cabin in Sierras. Had mom’s friends over to visit.

August: My youngest son got married. Lots of time with family and friends. My older son flew in for the wedding and stayed with me.

September: Tall Club of Sacramento Member Appreciation Party. Stay with a girl friend. Planted three trees on my property. Now I have a total of seven.

October: Start taking a class through Rodan Foundation that has led to some introspection. Ache moments and doing more meditation.

November: Treated to Lion King with aisle seat in 5th row. I took a friend to share this fantastic production. I found a new graphic artist so I can get grieving cards produced.

December: Solstice celebration at Stillheart Institute. Connected with friends including some I hadn’t seen in years. Plus I got to use my new drum.

2013 looks to be an exciting year with my becoming a grandmother in June. My set third set of affirmation cards will be released this year. Need step finish reading “One Word that will change your life” and find my one word for 2013

My Last Daily Blog

At least for awhile. After 10 months of writing a daily blog I am going to change my routine. Being the last day of year it felt like the appropriate date to make a change. I think I will write once a week. This gives me more time to work on my next sets of affirmation cards. I am about to produce a set of “Grieving” cards. I got my bar code two weeks ago. Need to get it to my graphic artist to complete cards and send to printer. Then I will work on finishing a set of “Forgiveness” cards. I another set in development as well.

I am…changing. What change are you going to make in 2013?

Quotes on change:

•“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

•“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” – Reinhold Niebuhr

•“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Mahatma Gandhi

•“When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves.” – Viktor E. Frankl


I let go of the need to say ‘Yes’

Letting go of the need to say ‘Yes’ was part of yesterday’s positive thought.

I think about things I should do and/or I think I should want to do. There are the things I guess other people might expect me to do. And there are the things I just don’t want to do but agreed to. In reality sometimes we put this pressure on ourselves. One simple yet powerful word ‘No’ instead of ‘yes’ can relieve this pressure. Plus realizing that the world around us won’t fall apart if we say No. We have choice and maybe we just need to remember that.

Quotes on Yes:

“Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.” ~Josh Billings

“A ‘No’ uttered from the deepest conviction is better than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or worse, to avoid trouble.” – Mahatma Gahndi

“Learn to say ‘no’ to the good so you can say ‘yes’ to the best.” – John C. Maxwell

“The oldest, shortest words – ‘yes’ and “no’ – are those which require the most thought.” – Pythagoras

“The art of leadership is saying no, not saying yes. It is very easy to say yes.” – Tony Bair

Last weekend in 2012

I am…reflecting on blogging this year

Are you spending time reflecting on this year? Or making plans for next year? I am considering writing a weekly blog instead of daily. I have writing one each day for 10 months.  I am working on creating another set of affirmation cards and writing a blog less often would give me more time to devote to card production. Making that change will mean I need to rename my blog from Joy’s Daily Musings. Maybe I will just call it Joy’s Musings.

Quotes on reflecting:

“The people we are in relationships with are always a mirror, reflecting our own beliefs, and simultaneously we are mirrors, reflecting their beliefs.” – Shakti Gawain

“I think that when you’re writing fiction what you’re doing is reflecting life as you see it.” – Helen Fielding

“Usually, when the distractions of daily life deplete our energy, the first thing we eliminate is the thing we eliminate is the thing we need the most: quiet, reflective time. Time to dream, time to contemplate what’s working and what’s not, so that we can make changes for the better.” – Sarah Breathnach

“Friends are the mirror reflecting the truth of who we are.” – Author unknown

“A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives-of approving of some and disapproving of others.” – Charles Dickens

I let go of Need to Impress Others

I let go of need to impress others. That’s Today’s Positive Thought. Doesn’t that sound like life just got easier. Relax. Take a deep breath and just be myself.

Quotes on impressing others:

•“Believe in yourself and stop trying to convince others” – James De La Vega

•“Never try to impress a woman, because if you do she’ll expect you to keep up the standard for the rest of your life.” – W.C. Fields

•“I’ve reached a point in life where it’s no longer necessary to try to impress. If they like me the way I am, that’s good. If they don’t, that’s too bad.” – Corazon Aquino

•“The most common trouble with advertising is that it tries too hard to impress people.” – James Randolph Adams

•“Too many people spend money they haven’t earned, to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like.” – Will Smith


I am…taking good care of my body

I am…taking good care of my body. This affirmation was yesterday’s A Positive Thought for the day. Felt like an appropriate focus for the day after Christmas. A holiday that can stress the body due to intake of more food and drink than we normally eat. Plus all the activities that lead up to this day like shopping for the perfect gift.

Time to get back to basics.7 -8 hours sleep, 20-30 minutes exercise each day (my favorite is a nice walk), drink plenty of water, eat more vegetables, and  meditate.

Quotes on body:

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” – Jim Rohn

“When everyone takes care of himself, care is taken of all. ~ English Proverb

A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools. ~ Spanish Proverb

“The..patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life. Don’t take your body to the doctor as if he were a repair shop.”- Quentin Regestein

“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha