Hi there!

My name is Lana, and I'm the writer and creator of The Joy Blog. So... what is The Joy Blog?  I'm glad you asked. To tell you, I have to explain myself.

In 2013, my mother, was diagnosed with an aggressive and terminal stage 4 brain tumor. I spent the entire year she fought the tumor in a state of internal chaos. I was mourning the loss of who she was while she was living, and mourning her death. After her death in 2014, I sunk into a deep, darkness. It was what some doctors call "complicated grief", as if grief isn't complicated naturally. I was sick and sad, and couldn't get a hold on it. I battled it for the next year and finally realized wallowing just wasn't doing it for me anymore. I decided, if I wanted to be happy, I needed to focus on happiness now instead of focusing on happiness being a destination. To quote the cliche, I needed to "find joy in the journey." Some might say pursuing happiness during grief was not accepting and allowing the healing process to happen.

But, what choice did I have? Grief was kicking my ass and holding me in it's gnarled clutches. I was in such misery that I couldn't stand it much longer. I had to essentially pull myself out of it, because only I could.

I chose to combine what I love, writing and blogging, with my self-project of healing my complicated grief. Thus, The Joy Blog was born.

The Joy Blog will be a way to bring joy to you, my dear readers, as well as me. I believe there is so much in this world that goes wrong, we should spend our time focusing our attentions on what goes right and what we can do to make things right.

Maybe, by doing this, we'll turn everything around. Even if the things that get turned around are just in our own lives, that is all that I could hope for.

Thanks for joining me here, and I hope you stick around. I'll be back with some good stuff very soon.

In the meantime, check out my favorite categories:

Real Life Stories - tales of people's own struggles and successes in finding and living with joy.
Words to Live By - advice and quotes by people who really know how to do life.
Happiness How-tos - because we can all use a little help making our lives a little happier.

Or, check out my own form of grief therapy, and read all about my forays into container gardening in my gardening posts

With love,


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