Finding Your Joy

Shauna M. Ahern
A newsletter for people who want to find more joy in their lives and learn through storytelling.
Created 13 Jun 2019
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  • Profile in Joy — Tom
    03 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read • 6 2
    This is my friend Tom Conway. He’s such a good egg. Tom and I met….where did we meet? We might have met at a baking event. Or in the grocery store. Or through other friends? Honestly, I don’t know. Th...
  • His laughter opened my chest.
    30 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 6
    Everything in my life shifted after I met the Dalai Lama. photo from The Tibet Foundation It was the end of May, 1999. As the limo pulled up to the steps of the cathedral, I cringed a little. The idea...
  • Profile in Joy — Maarten
    23 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    Maarten shines with joy. I’m not sure now when I first met Maarten. When she was 5 or 6, maybe? She and my daughter Lucy have been friends for years now. And Danny and I adore her parents. Maarten’s m...
  • PROFILE IN JOY — VIOLET
    18 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 2
    This is my dear friend Violet, one of my role models for joy. Violet is 4. She’s about to turn 5! And if she were here, she’d stretch out her hand and spread all her fingers wide. FIVE! I first met Vi...
  • 8 complaints in fifteen minutes, plus popcorn
    14 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 1
    Hi there! Before we dive into today’s story, I want to take this moment to say thank you to everyone who is new here. It’s so good to see you. And I’d love to hear from you too. Also, if you haven’t s...
  • A PROFILE IN JOY — Maxcianna
    09 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 4 0
    This is Maxcianna, one of my favorite people in the world. This young woman knows how to laugh and how to learn. She just graduated high school in June. And oh, she loves life. Maxcianna was born in H...
  • That night, my body knew, even if I didn’t.
    07 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 0
    Time to put down your phone, I thought to myself. But I didn’t. Sure, if I had laid my phone face down on the bedside table, turned off the light, and took a lot of deep breaths, I would have probably...
  • Joy can only emerge after facing the hard stuff.
    02 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 2
    A puffy journal with a teddy bear on front — that was the only place I could put my feelings when I was 12. Not only did I grow up in a family where my feelings had to be squished up into a little bal...
  • Determined, devoted to her joy
    30 Aug 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 0
    The finest athlete I’ve ever known was a girl named Shanna. I’m not talking about myself, of course. I’m Shauna with a u. She was Shanna with two Ns. People on the field would call out “Shauna!” and w...
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