"Girl, you be TRIPPIN'".
And because even an enthusiastic tripper like myself needs a break, here is a little picture I took of me (often referred to as a SELFIE) in the pool on my afternoon work break today. I LOVE MY OFFICE :-)
So, when I came up with TTs Trippin, I didn't realize it became all lower case letters when you type in the address in the search bar. So TT's Trippin' essentially became ttstrippin.com. I want to speak very clearly to my students (you, the reader) and I saw that this name could send off some confusing vibes. Some of you (you know who you are) may have read it and thought what it said was TT Strippin'.
TT is Strippin
wait...........I thought it said
TT is Trippin
I'm SO CONFUSED!!!!!!!
Let me clarify. I do NOT strip for anyone--not even my husband! There will be NO poles in this blog and you don't have to wave dollar bills at me either. I just want to trip and share those experiences with you.
So I decided I needed to change my name to something more suitable to my personality AND my mission. I also didn't want people to be blocked from my site at work because it sent off the "might be an inappropriate site based on the title" alarm. That is when my Boss (he is the Big Guy upstairs, and YES, he talks to me-EVERYDAY) recommended:
The JOYFUL JOURNEYIST.
I had already been calling myself this for awhile (combining words is a favorite activity of mine) and Joyful Journalist on a Journey became "Joyful Journeyist". I was a little concerned about changing the name and losing people that already know me as TT from TT's Trippin'.
PLUS, I had paid for that domain name for a year (back in February when I started this blog and website), and since I am extremely frugal, I didn't want to waste my money on a new name. Besides being cheap (oops, I meant frugal), I don't actually earn a traditional paycheck for this job. I only get paid in good vibrations (which I only get when you all actually TELL ME in a comment). Those vibrations are MORE than enough for me but sometimes I don't even get them. I often have NO IDEA if I am a good teacher or just some quack with a name tag that says "Joyful Journeyist Teresa, PhD LIFE".
Well, my Boss JC then told me to quit talking and LISTEN to him. This is what he said:
"Teresa, don't worry about the price tag. Money is JUST money. Think of it as an investment in OUR future and I will make sure your followers don't get lost."
By buying my name now, I start over with a brand new year and no one can take the name from me. I really didn't want to lose it to someone else who may have stumbled across my blog and liked it so much they had to STEAL it! I don't mind sharing..........Actually, I LOVE sharing........but stealing is just wrong.
My Boss has a sense of humor. HE is my censor and if he thinks something is not appropriate, HE tells me. You do not have to appoint yourself as my Midline Supervisor. GOD does not feel the need to micromanage me. He has trained me 50 years for this job and he trusts me as much as I trust him. We work great together.
So, I am trying to kick up my game at work and do more. Since I just got this "job title" promotion, I want to EARN it! I want to start sharing more on my LIFE adventure and less on actual Travel adventures. Travel is certainly a passion of mine, but I'm also passionate about life. As I begin to grow into my Purpose, I will be sharing more and more of my inner most thoughts. I will be making up new words too, so GET EXCITED! I gave myself a name shortly after I started blogging. I combined 4 words to make one. For those interested in my first word creation, here is a direct link: Hey, I'm a Traplophotant! I would just ask that you finish todays post before clicking over to it. I have enough trouble staying focused on one thing, I don't want to encourage that kind of behavior in YOU too!
We are all dying. We don't know when it will happen, just that it will. The only control we have over death is LIFE. I choose to EMBRACE every day and live it fully. My mission is to spread as much love, joy and happiness to as many people as I possibly can. I'm not always happy and joyful. It is HARD to be happy all the time in this day and age. But I do know that I am happiest when I am doing for others. For me, JOY =
JESUS (this means putting HIM first, ALWAYS)
OTHERS (after Jesus, we should think of others)
YOURSELF (if you put Jesus 1st, others 2nd, you WILL be joyful)
When I keep things in perspective and remember to prioritize this way, I am always a JOYFUL JOURNEYIST for JESUS!
I wake up every morning and say, "Lord, FILL ME WITH YOUR GOODNESS AND LOVE AND LET ME BE A LIGHT FOR YOU". Then I talk to HIM throughout the day because I find myself being beaten down and losing my inner sunshine. I ask HIM to put in my path the people that are supposed to be there (whether it is for THEM or for ME). When someone that is.............how shall I put this................"challenging" is put in front of me (or one of my children), instead of praying for strength for ME to deal with them, I pray for THEM to be BLESSED and for God to fill THEIR heart with joy. My gas tank is already overflowing with unleaded premium JOY, they are clearly running on empty. Maybe they simply can't afford to buy any gas till payday. Just ask GOD to fill their tank. YOU will be blessed for blessing them!
THANK YOU!!!!!!! Thank You for being here and sharing part of your day with ME!