Hi!Lady Joyful

Welcome to The Joyful Soul.

I am Lady Joyful, but you can call me Charlotte if you prefer. I’m a writer, blogger, cook, mum to two fur-babies, and wife to a wonderful man. I named this blog in honour of a quote from Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida –

Things won are done; joy’s soul lies in the doing.

Here at The Joyful Soul, life is about enjoying the little things that make living worthwhile, whether it’s tasty food, a good book, or a furry companion.

Writing has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. If I didn’t have my nose buried in a book, or a cat cuddled in my arms, I could often be found writing scenarios or daydreaming plots.

My plans to study Creative Writing at University changed when I fell in love and moved to Finland. I could never regret that decision as I am now married to a brilliant man, who offers me all the support I could ask for as I work towards my writing dreams.

I started this blog because I wanted a place where I could make practical use of my writing skills, and be able to receive feedback from a wide audience, whilst having an opportunity to talk about all the things that are important to me. The joys of my soul.

I’m a word lover at heart. My biggest challenge is being concise, and writing this blog is one way to help me in overcoming that hurdle. Another way that my love of words comes through is in reading. From time to time I will post reviews for books that I have read. I am always looking for my next biblio-fix, and will gladly make note of any and all recommendations made.

Other passions of mine that may trickle into my blogging are my cats and cooking – though not normally at the same time! I’ve always owned cats and they are a big part of my life. Cooking, on the other hand, is a more recent addition, and has only really come to the fore in the past few years. My particular favourite is baking. Sharing the sweet goodness of a great cake recipe makes me happy!

If all this sounds like your kind of blog, great! Take a look around and see if you can find something that catches your eye or tickles your taste buds.

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  3. Your blog is very positive – I came here through Katzenworld. I was particularly drawn to your statement about the challenges around being concise. For me that is CRAZY MAKING. In any English course or writing assignment I have had, and this is a problem I may need therapy for, I nearly went mad trying to narrow down what I thought were great ideas into “200 words or less”. A question like this “should a patient be culpable for his or her own health care treatment, if that patient is ill because of his or her own poor lifestyle choices?” deserves at LEAST 2000 words! The struggle is real. I am a very silly person. It is literally how I survive.

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  5. I’m looking forward to reading more in your blog when time permits, and as your blog progresses – so far, I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read here. A feeling of being challenged by being concise is something I share … I actually pride myself on this feeling, as it means I’ve not taken the habit of forcing my writing into anyone else’s box 🙂

    • Thanks for the lovely comment. I hope you continue to enjoy what you read 🙂 I try my best, of course! Conciseness is important, but I think consistency is my main challenging. It seems outside of NaBloPoMo I struggle to keep this blog going. But hearing that people enjoy what I write is always a great motivator 🙂

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