Joy is… Honoring Yourself !

Cultivating Joy


One of my favorite topics.

Today my friend and bestselling publisher Linda Joy released Inspiration for a Woman’s Soul: Cultivating Joy

…featuring the soul-inspiring stories of 38 amazing women who share their intimate stories of transformation.

Cultivating Joy also includes Reflection Questions after each story which will empower you to integrate the vital lessons of each woman’s journey into your own life. For a limited time you can get over 50 transformational gifts with your copy of Cultivating Joy.

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In the sentiment of this amazing and powerful book I wanted to share with you today how honoring myself has brought me JOY. And the things I needed to do and realize to allow Joy back into my life.

1.) I had to make a decision about letting myself be a doormat to others.

With that decision I learned two things ~ how to set boundaries~ and the importance of givers setting boundaries because takers just won’t.

2.) I had to let go of my co-dependant tendencies.

I had to learn where I began and where I ended, what MY needs were and how to have them met.

3.) I had to become emotionally intelligent.

As a former group fitness studio owner withh co-dependant tendencies I had to learn to stop being confused by other people’s needs and feelings. I had to learn to deal with my own emotions of anger, sadness, fear, frustration, shame, and guilt to get to my truest and most authentic needs and feelings.

I did this with a tool called Emotional Brain Training. Did you know that according to brain science ‘Brain State 1’ is the one where we are at home in Joy?

There are 5 brain states all in all describing the human experience and our current set point.

4.) I had to mentally rewire belief systems about myself.

Emotional Brain Training also helped me to get to core beliefs I was holding against myself. Belief systems that were wired in my brain as stress circuits due to intense emotional experiences as a child , also called trauma.

5.) I had to stop to smell the roses along the way.

And most of all , as I honored myself back to joy, I had to learn to breathe deeply to connect to my body again. 6 deep conscious breaths every hour. Breathe. Relax. Allow. Enjoy.

‘In-Joy’ became my hourly mantra.

And when I caught myself stressing, hustling, back into ‘chasing things madness’…I reminded myself : ‘This will NOT bring you joy.’


These days I am firmly anchored in the experience of joy in my life. I have tools and practices in place that make me happy, help me feel secure, loved, loving, healthy, rested, relaxed, satisfied, grateful, and very proud of how far I have come.

I know many women today are waking up to smell the roses. But some also still hang out on the fence. Fear keeps them there.

This book will be an ingenious resource of inspiration, healing, and a powerful support for you.

It holds the potential of an activation. One with lots and lots of love, nourishment, and nurturing. In sisterhood. Allow yourself that!



I also invite you to share and celebrate those practices and tools you already have in place. Being appreciative of yourself, honoring and loving yourself in this way will give you instant joy points. I promise. Please share with us how you cultivate joy in the midst of everyday living in the comments below.

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  • Hi, Nadia! Thank you so much for writing this blog post – and for sharing the release of our book, Cultivating Joy! I love how you have honored yourself, especially the fifth way about stopping to smell the roses. So important! Much love to you!

    Jill CelesteOctober 13, 2015
  • Hi Nadia, I love that you share the steps you had to take in learning to honour yourself. Your words will resonate with every woman who reads this. Thank you so much for promoting the Cultivating Joy launch and sharing your wisdom at the same time.

    Stop. Breathe. Slow down. Listen. That does it for me every time! xo

    ShelleyOctober 14, 2015
  • I know we only know one another online, but it’s really hard to picture you as anything other than joyful. Now that energy is even more special because I know more about what you had to do to get there!

    AndreaOctober 14, 2015
  • Beautiful words of wisdom and a powerful way to stay connected to joy…”6 deep conscious breaths every hour. Breathe. Relax. Allow. Enjoy.” Thank you for supporting Cultivating Joy Nadia! xo

    PamelaOctober 14, 2015
  • I relate to your 5 things to make sure you maintain or bring the joy back into one’s life

    Suzie CheelOctober 14, 2015
  • it looks like a must read xxx thankyou

    cariOctober 15, 2015

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