Joy does not simply happen to us.
We have to choose joy
and keep choosing it every day. 

– Henri Nouwen

I love new things and new beginnings!

As much as I adore vintage treasures, there's just something about a blank notebook, new socks, the first day of the month, a new project like this one… Aaah. Feels good! 

I’m excited about this opportunity to share with you some of the whimsy and wisdom that has enriched my life. We so often forget that it's possible to be both joyful and thoughtful at the same time. Life becomes meaningless if we put all our effort into pursuing frivolous pleasure, but it also becomes miserable if we're always grave. The last few years have been an adventure for me as I've pursued truth, beauty, and goodness, and I've been rewarded with extravagant joy and profound insights.

I hope to inspire you to embrace your own “seriously joyful” life through these weekly newsletters. Thank you for signing up!

P.S. Special thanks to my niece Alexis for designing the Whimsy & Wisdom logo and helping me set up this first issue! If you have trouble reading it, I probably goofed somewhere (so please let me know and I'll try to fix it for next week). 

Have you already broken your New Year’s resolutions? Try these goals instead:

1. Declutter (your heart and mind). Let go of attitudes and compulsive behaviours that hinder your personal development and your relationships with others. (See Colossians 3:5-10.)
2. Celebrate each day. Don’t wait for special occasions to break out the fancy dinnerware, blow out candles, or give cards. Make it a habit to find something special about each day to rejoice over. (See Psalm 118:24.)
3. Break up with your mirror. Certainly, use a mirror when getting ready in the morning but try not to spend hours in front of it and avoid checking it throughout the day. Remember: How you see is more important than how you look. (See 1 Peter 3:3-4.)
4. Talk less, listen more. Some people can be difficult to listen to. However, your relationships will become healthier when you listen to understand people  and not to simply respond. (See James 1:19.)
5. Bark less, wag more. Replace complaining and criticizing with thanking and praising. Don’t wait for your circumstances to change your feelings; instead, change your attitude and your circumstances will suddenly look different. (See Philippians 2:14 and 4:4.)
whimsy & wisdom from the world wide web

Fun Group Games to Play over Video Chat
Who ever thought we’d need a list like this?

How to Prevent Eyeglasses from Steaming
One of 97 century-old life hacks (scroll through the page to see them all), some cool and some strange. I need to try this one!  

Global statistics updated in real time. I’m not sure whether it’s fascinating or horrifying. Probably a bit of both!


(n) a confused, embarrassing situation

My pleasant Saturday afternoon trip to the grocery store turned into an imbroglio when I discovered I'd left the car key in the closed trunk... and the car was still locked. (Thankfully, I was only about 10 minutes from home and my sister was able to drive over with the spare key!)

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens. 

– Jimi Hendrix

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