i choose joy…and sharlyn melons

so if you saw my last post here, you know i went pretty deep. sharing something so personal really put me in a vulnerable place but life is vulnerable and the more we open up the more we become connected to ourselves and others around us.

the beauty of life is that it’s an ebb and flow of emotions and experiences. i got a message yesterday from a woman who said to me that we don’t so much find but forge meaning from difficult experiences. this really spoke to me. the same can be said about the emotions we choose to hold on to. today i choose joy. today i cultivate joy in my life. just as much as there is sadness and suffering in the world, there is also a tremendous amount of joy. it’s the yin and yang, the balance of life. without suffering we would not appreciate joy and if we only experienced joy we would not be pushed to forge meaning, to grow.

speaking of joy. i have to tell you my story of meeting sharlyn. i was at my local farmers market the other day and i saw sharlyn from across the way. she was unique looking, a cracked outer surface, small but brave and bold at the same time. have you ever seen or tasted a sharlyn melon before? it’s a cross between a cantaloupe and a honeydew melon.

you know that feeling you get when you’re picking out a melon but you just never know if you’re going to get it home, slice it in half and have the disappointment of it not being ripe enough to actually enjoy the full flavor and deliciousness of it?

here’s the secret to picking out the perfect melon so you can enjoy it the minute you take it home. it’s all about the smell. the sweeter the smell of the melon, the riper and sweeter it will be. i love this part of picking out melons. who wouldn’t want to take time to smell the sweetness of each melon, carefully using your senses to find the one that’s just right for you. i can get swept away at the market by all of the smells, textures and flavors. it truly brings me to a feeling of being present and in the moment. to me, this is joy.


when i brought this sharlyn melon home i could’t wait to experience the flavor and sweetness of such a mysterious melon. the deliciousness and newness of this sweet flavor filled me up with joy and enjoyment.

i love sharlyn melons. here’s why you should love them too.

  • they’re a good source of potassium which can help control blood pressure
  • they support a healthy immune system
  • they’re high in vitamin c, a powerful antioxidant. vitamin c works to form collagen in your bones, cartilage, muscles and blood vessels
  • the’re high in vitamin a, which plays an important role in vision and bone growth


cultivate more joy in your life. take time to smell, taste, touch and experience. be present. be open. choose joy. enjoy.

much love, Shawnee

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