The Joy of Change

It’s here! The New Year is upon us and according to the Statistic Brain Research Institute about 45% of us have made New Year’s resolutions, which is odd since about 80% of us resist change. Why is there such a dichotomy between being a gung ho change agent at the beginning of the year and then being a gung ho change resister throughout the rest of the year? It is for this reason that I picked the word “CHANGE” to be my focus this year. I want to discover how we can find the joy in being transformed rather than fearing it. I want to learn how we can be successful change agents not only the first 30 days of a brand new year, but the other 335 days of the year. Max Dupree once said “we cannot become what we are meant to be by remaining who we are.” So let’s let 2016 become a year where we become the best we can be by meeting change instead of running from...

The Joy Refueler

May 27, 2015 “I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.” That’s the words that are playing in my head as I gear up to travel out of the country for the next 26 days. Last night I felt like the kids from the Disneyworld commercial where they say “I am just too excited to sleep!” Four of us friends have been planning this great adventure for over a year and a half now and the day is finally here to hop on a plane and land across the pond on a different continent and into a different culture. Is there stress in our trip? Absolutely! Are we letting that stress steal our joy? Absolutely NOT! Yet when I talk with folks about going on vacation it seems to cause more stress than relieve it. I heard one person once say that he needs a vacation from his vacation. We need to learn how to travel happy because studies show that we need to get away, slow down and allow ourselves time to refuel. Here are just a few tips that I will be practicing on my trip. 1. Have a pre-departure conversation: Make sure everyone you are traveling with is on the same page in order to lessen some stress. Are we going on vacation to sightsee, relax by the pool, veg in our hotel room, etc? People define vacations differently and so it is important that if you are traveling with others you know what their expectations are. 2. Plan ahead: I am a planner by nature so this one comes easier...

Travel Happy

“I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again.” That’s the words that are playing in my head as I gear up to travel out of the country for the next 26 days. Last night I felt like the kids from the Disneyworld commercial where they say “I am just too excited to sleep!” Four of us friends have been planning this great adventure for over a year and a half now and the day is finally here to hop on a plane and land across the pond on a different continent and into a different culture. Is there stress in our trip? Absolutely! Are we letting that stress steal our joy? Absolutely NOT! Yet when I talk with folks about going on vacation it seems to cause more stress than relieve it. I heard one person once say that he needs a vacation from his vacation. We need to learn how to travel happy because studies show that we need to get away, slow down and allow ourselves time to refuel. Here are just a few tips that I will be practicing on my trip. 1. Have a pre-departure conversation: Make sure everyone you are traveling with is on the same page in order to lessen some stress. Are we going on vacation to sightsee, relax by the pool, veg in our hotel room, etc? People define vacations differently and so it is important that if you are traveling with others you know what their expectations are. 2. Plan ahead: I am a planner by nature so this one comes easier for me, but...

Why Joy?

For many years now I have practiced choosing a word at the beginning of the year, but in 2014 a word choose me. I actually started talking about joy on my Facebook posts in 2013 and somehow when the New Year rolled around, I felt this strong desire to dig deeper into what joy was, why it seemed to be missing and how I could find it again. From there this word has taken a life of it’s own. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about, write about or talk about joy. And now as I start my new speaking business as The Joy Refueler (www.dawnkaiser.com), I am excited to continue to study this positive and powerful word. I have come to realize that our joy doesn’t just impact our own lives, it impacts our relationships, our work, our service, our faith, our community and the world. That is why I feel joy needs to be a conversation at the dinner table, in the boardroom and in our coffee chats. Life is to short not to experience joy and so with this blog and with my business I am going to help others learn how to live a life of joy. I have no idea where this journey will take me, but I am focused on enjoying the ride wherever it may take me and I invite you to come with. Feel free to subscribe to this blog, like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter as we find joy in the ordinary moments of...
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