Recent Moments of Joy

April 24, 2017 in About Me / College

You know those moments where your heart feels like it’s going to explode out of your chest just because you’re feeling alllll the happies in the world. Yeah- those are the best moments ever. Where your soul is feeling alive and the world is just on your side.

Here are some of those moments I’ve had in my life lately. These moments just make me see how beautiful life is even when I am extremely stressed, cranky, and frustrated. This world gives me pain yet this world gives me immense joy. For that, I am eternally grateful.


This note from my mom before I left for school last week. This lady puts up with all my mood swings. She gives me the encouragement I need. She lets me rant on and on about how I want to change the world one day; about how I want to end all of these injustices that have been tugging at my heart. She listens to my complaints, she loves me unconditionally, and she is my best friend. What else could I ask for in a mom?


Getting to have breakfast at one of my all time fav place’s with amazing friends. You know those people who just kinda get you? Yeah, these gals are those kinda peeps. I <3 them and the conversations we have. And I love their love for endless cups of coffee and cute little cafe’s.


Thankful for friends who let me borrow their dresses and help me feel put together for fun charity events. And thankful for those times I do decide to throw on real people clothes instead of leggings.


I had the privilege of going to Project Heal’s GALA on Friday night. Project Heal is an organization that raises money for those who cannot afford eating disorder treatment. I was so happy to meet one of the founders of this organization and spend time with the girls in the Boston Chapter. Seeing the power of community and the hard work that everyone in this chapter puts in really just left me smiling from ear to ear and motivated to keep on doing more to make a difference in this field. I say it a lot, and I’ll continue to say it: there is no greater feeling in the world than positively impacting someone’s life. And in this life of mine I will continue to work to positively impact someone else’s life and spread the joy I have within me outwards into this world.

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My BFF Krista captured this moment. Looking back on it just made me smile. This week did kinda suck and I felt overwhelmed, but these moments make it all worth it. I’m always one to remind myself that life’s challenges are not meant to be defeating, but they are meant to teach us something. Finding joy in the littlest moment’s like laughing with your friends on a Saturday night can go a long way.


My friend from my mission trip put this dreadlock in my hair. I’ve been wanting it for a while so I figured why the heck not. And she did an awesomeeee job. Super happy with how it came out!!

“That’s what makes life fun. That you can make these decisions. That you can create the world that you want.”

Tell me some moments of joy. I would love to hear them! Happy Monday friends. 🙂 

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  • Reply Stephanie April 24, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Thanks my dear. My moments of joy when both my children are happy and well. So this post left me with a moment of joy! Thanks!!!!!

  • Reply Emily April 24, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    There are so many sweet moments of joy here; I love the picture of you laughing with so much ZEST! Literally Lyss, you make me smile so much every time I see pictures, get a short message from you, see you share something on Instagram. You are shining life. I can Jesus’ new life in you; and it’s absolutely awesome to see.

    What gave me joy last week was so many things… I loved going snowboarding with my sisters, constant reminders that God loves me and that He has forgiven me because of Jesus no matter what, that He always takes me in my brokenness back to Himself and binds up my wounds, and that friendship is just such a gift; I can’t even express it. <3
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  • Reply kat April 24, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Love this post!! No matter how crumby a week or day I am having I always try to focus on SOMETHING good. There’s always much more than we think 🙂
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    • Reply Alyssa May 7, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      There is!! so true in that statement girl!

  • Reply Caroline April 25, 2017 at 12:36 am

    Moments of joy include finding out that my body and soul love some challenging workouts with weights and my friends stepping in and doing what they could for me on a really low day when the depression hit a lot harder and reassuring me of how much I was loved. I’m glad you’ve been filled with joy lately. I’ve been MIA a lot lately and I miss you 🙂
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    • Reply Alyssa May 7, 2017 at 1:04 pm

      aw I love that 🙂 I miss you too!!

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot April 25, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Yes! I always have to remind myself to think about something happy/positive! Moments of joy…baby movement, friends and family throwing me an amazing baby shower, and eating a delicious cookie this afternoon 😀
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    • Reply Alyssa May 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      All of those are great reasons to smile 🙂

  • Reply Melanie April 27, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    That pic of you laughing made me smile so big!! I love looking back at little moments of joy. Things that have been making me joyful lately are things like going for runs, trips to Whole Foods, church, blasting music in the car… 😀 sometimes the simple things bring the most joy! Hope you’re having a great week.

    • Reply Alyssa May 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      ah trips to whole foods are the best!

  • Reply Megan April 29, 2017 at 3:05 am

    You look like you have so much JOY! Glad to see so many good things happening lately!!

  • Reply Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves April 29, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    So happy to see you enjoying life ♥︎ The simple joys are what make even the biggest trials in life worth it.
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    • Reply Alyssa May 7, 2017 at 1:05 pm

      amen to that girl!

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