A Diary of Joy: Week 1


Hello everyone! I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving day celebration wherever you are.

I sure had a busy day yesterday cooking and just having fun with my family and friends. I feel truly blessed to be able to share these moments with the people I care about.


Okay. So the first week of my “Journey of Joy” challenge is over and I am excited to share with you how my first week went!

But before I get to that, I would like to thank my sister Jane Remolacio for participating in the first week’s challenge! Yehey!

Here are some of the photos of what she did this week:


It looks like she really had a great time! So I asked her a few questions and here’s what she’s got to say:

Jomay: What inspired you to join the challenge?

Jane: I want to be able to achieve a happy and meaningful life, and for me to be able to do that I must start doing small things that make me feel good inside and out. I am at the point of my life where I want to make good changes. I want to improve my health, my financial situation, and most importantly – my relationship with others, especially my loved ones. 

Jomay: How did you feel after accomplishing the challenges?

Jane: I felt awesome! I know that great things can be achieved by taking small steps!

Jomay: Would you do the next set of challenges?

Jane: I’m certainly into it. Challenge accepted!

Thank you, sister, for joining me in this worthwhile journey and I couldn’t wait to see more of what you can achieve in the next few weeks! Thumbs up!

Okay, so as for me, here’s how my week went:

DAY 1. Take a 15-minute walk

This challenge was super easy because I have been doing this for a while.


I regularly spend the other 30 minutes of my lunch break walking and just enjoying some fresh air.


I took a 15-minute walk twice on Monday and because it felt good, I did again for the rest of the week.

Do small things like this on a regular basis until it becomes a habit and part of your daily routine.

DAY 2. Donate 5 items

In the past four years, I have donated a lot of items to family, friends, and charities.

A few weeks ago, I was able to donate some of my unused office supplies to my nephew Jaron’s school. His teacher was so happy and it really made my day!


This week, I was able to find some more stuff that I will donate to Value Village, and I plan on donating some more.

DAY 3. Make a grocery list

On Saturday, my brother JR and I went to Young’s supermarket on McPhillips to buy groceries. As always, I really find my grocery list useful. The store was packed with people buying groceries for Thanksgiving celebrations. Despite that, we shopped with ease and we were out the door in no time.

Since I made the list on beforehand (Day 3, Wednesday), I was able to estimate how much I was going to spend. So I brought cash for my groceries and I was really happy that I spent within my budget, woohoo!

DAY 4. Take a funny selfie with your loved ones

So like I said, Steve was not a big fan of “selfies”. But a day before taking a selfie, I told him about the challenges and my very kind husband agreed to do it just before dropping me off to work.

I showed him some of the selfie stickers that we can use from Camera360, but he chose this one and it was hilarious:


DAY 5. Serve a veggie dish for dinner

So I was excited to make a veggie dish, but then I realized that our fridge was almost empty and I wouldn’t be able to buy groceries until the weekend.

Luckily, I found a bundle of spinach in the fridge, a jar of mung beans on the shelves and a cute little squash on the kitchen counter, which my sis Jane harvested from a friend’s farm.


With the help of my brother JR, we were able to make some hearty bowls of mung beans soup with squash and spinach! It was our Fri-yay dinner! Yummm!

DAY 6. Book a fun day

Steve, JR and I went to Landmark, Manitoba to spend the Thanksgiving dinner with Steve’s family.

My mother-in-law’s dishes have always been drool-worthy and unconscionably delicious. I enjoyed the warm, welcoming and intimate family dinners such as this and it was truly a fun and meaningful day for all of us.

DAY 7. Pamper yourself

It had been an extremely busy week for me doing a lot of things – keeping my fulltime job, managing a new blog, running errands, doing a huge amount of cooking, and more!

The only two things I craved for yesterday were:

(1) a good nap, and

(2) a sweet, warm crepe loaded with banana slices, hazelnut spread, and vanilla ice cream! Yay!

Simple things like this truly make my soul happy. That nap and crepe gave me a good boost to accomplish a lot more!

I am so happy with how my week turned out. I hope you had fun as much as I did! 

So which challenges did you take? Did you enjoy doing it? I’d love to hear from you!

Oh please don’t forget to check out our Week 2 challenge!

Have a great day,


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