Joy is a choice

Heart Rocks
Colorful Coneflowers: Watercolor Joy
a handful of violets
Spring Joy: Strawberries

Every day we're confronted with this choice: to choose joy... or not.

It's not an easy choice. I often struggle to see life's beauty and magic. Joy often feels very far away. The news headlines prove, day after day, that life is ugly and filled with greed and hate. And on a more personal scale, life itself regularly throws us challenges. I've had my fair share . My first leap for my creative dreams was a complete failure. At that point my marriage nearly fell apart; my relationship with my parents was strained nearly to breaking. That's when I first decided to choose joy. And life got better. 

It's still a constant struggle to battle life's challenges and ugliness with creativity, beauty and gratitude, but each and every day I choose joy. When the housing market in Cleveland plummeted and our house was suddenly worth a fraction of what we paid for it, I mourned and then I chose joy. When my husband was diagnosed with cancer, I grieved and then I chose joy...

I hope I can help you to choose it, too.

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My seasonal newsletters are designed to delight and inspire. You'll receive a free download of printable Joy Lists when you sign up.


Four times a year (with a few extras thrown in when I have something especially exciting to share) I'll send you a note in your email. Call it a newsletter, or better yet, call it a JOY Letter. These Joy Letters are filled with inspiration. I share the beauties and joys of the changing seasons. I share garden fresh recipes. I recommend inspiring books. I open the door to my studio and give you glimpses of my most recent art. I share simple tutorials. I recap My Giant Strawberry Blog posts that you might have missed. I link to inspiring websites, blogs and other delights out in the internet...

My Joy Letters are special and I don't share their content anywhere else.

They are an antidote to the ugliness and hate in the news. My intention is to inspire you to choose gratitude and joy, to embrace creative living in your own, beautiful way, to help me prove that life and our world is a magical place.

I do hope you'll join me in choosing joy.

With Love from Anne
Beauty in Imperfection
Tulip Watercolor
Rose Petals
Green Zebra Tomatoes

A note about my Joy Letters: I can't stand an overflowing inbox...

and neither can you. That's why I only send out my newsletters seasonally. If I have big news or an exciting project that I just can't wait to share, I may throw in an extra newsletter here or there, but don't worry, I won't be inundating you with email.

Interested in staying in touch on a more regular basis? Connect through my blog, published twice a week or Instagram where I share photos almost daily. And you can contact me anytime if you have a question, comment or want to talk about my art.

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