14 Days of Joy is an awesome project I started to help me get through the 2 weeks before the “anniversary” of Drew’s death. It’s a strange thing for me because I do not want to “celebrate” this date, but it’s part of our story and I need to own it. Over the last 4 years, I have found that doing this project is the only way I can get through the days till the worst day of my whole life.
People ask me what does 14 day of joy mean? What do we have to do? It’s going to be something different for everyone. That is the great thing about this project, there is no right or wrong way to do it. You may be just needing to remind yourself that joy can come from the small things like saying good morning to someone in line in front of you. Joy could be holding a door open for someone, especially if they are not right behind you. Joy can come from going for a walk and listening to the birds to clear your head.
I and my family try to do one thing everyday for the 14 Days of Joy. We get the whole family involved and everyone gets to help with our plans of joy.
Over the last 3 years we have….
- Passed out popsicles on a hot summer day.
- Taken flowers to strangers at a local nursing home.
- Passed out gift cards to people that were standing in line at a fast-food restaurant.
- Helped neighbors clean their yards.
- Send handwritten notes to people to show we care.
- Taken cookies to the fire station.
- Donated toys and art items to our local children’s ward at the hospital.
- And many more things!
The list is endless as to what you can do to bring joy to you and others. The important part is doing something from the heart. I ask when you do an act of joy post on social media with the hashtag #14daysofjoy2019, that way we can keep track of all the wonderful things that are happening for this project. It would make my heart so happy if we could get the hashtag #14daysofjoy2019 going viral.
One of our BIG joys this year will be a Painting in the Park. I will have tables and paint supplies set up so the kids that come to the park can have a fun afternoon of art! We will be doing this on July 27, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Swan Park in Santa Fe, NM. Please come on down and have fun with us.