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Romance Novels and Joy

This year one of my major projects has been how to bring more joy into my life. I have implemented a few strategies to make this happen:

1) See more of my friends
    I am in two books clubs and I adore those meetings, so I try to see more of my friends from those groups even when we're not officially talking about a book we've read. Friends = laughter and joy.

2) Work less
    As I work and commute about 50 + hours to my day job every week, this goal can be challenging. But that is what driving while singing at the top of my lungs is for.

3) Do a little yoga
   I am inherently lazy, so this one is very hit and miss. But on the days when I actually get up a little early and
   stretch in front of my beautiful view, it always sets my day on a joy-filled course.

4) Eat chocolate
   Chocolate ALWAYS brings joy. Enough said.

5) Write Romance
There is never a day when working on one of my romance novels doesn't cheer me. My characters are always up to some kind of shenanigans that make me laugh out loud, and true love always triumphs. True love triumphant definitely equals joy.

Ever since Christy English picked up a fake sword in stage combat class at the age of fourteen, she has lived vicariously through the sword-wielding women of her imagination. Sometimes an actor, always a storyteller, Christy works happily with Sourcebooks Casablanca to bring the knife-throwing women of her novels to life. A banker by day and a writer by night, she loves to eat chocolate, drink too many soft drinks, and walk the mountain trails of her home in western North Carolina.


  1. Eat chocolate WITH friends! Double the fun!

  2. Great post! Thank you for the reminder to find joy in every day life.

    1. You're so welcome Kasey...I try to remember to find the joy wherever I can :)


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