J is for Joy

Have you ever stopped and thought about what your name means? I did very recently.

Having been given the name “Joy” you would think that it was a given, and that part is, but what about the rest of my name?

I have to thank Rebecca Campbell, author of “Light is the New Black” for the inspiration for delving deeper into the meaning of my name.

Before I go any further I would like to include the names that I have been known by during my almost 60 years of life.

I grew up with the name Joy Elizabeth Gill.

When I married, I was reluctant to give up my maiden name, and so I became Joy-Elisabeth Rivett-Gill. So many hyphens, I almost wore it out on my keyboard.

Joy as I said is a given. Deep happiness that comes from within.

Elisabeth/Elizabeth This name has it’s roots in Hebrew, meaning God is my oath, or God’s promise

Gill, to my surprise is Hebrew again, a given name or byname, meaning Joy or Gladness

Wow so I had grown up with double Joy held together by God’s promise. How awesome was that?

At the grand old age of 49 ½ I married a Rivett, and went by the name of Joy-Elisabeth Rivett-Gill.

Now I had double Joy and God’s Promise Rivetted together, til death do us part.

I felt so blessed, after all the trials and tribulations that I had gone through in life, it was so reassuring that my name had always had my back. I had goosebumps and an inner joy.

But then I recalled that for 4 years, until I was adopted into the Gill family, I had been a Smith.

When I sat and contemplated that name, I didn’t think that things could get any better, but God’s promise just kept on flowing.

A smith is someone who works on an unrefined piece of metal, and turns it into something beautiful and/or useful. A blacksmith puts a piece of iron through the heat, to turn it into a horseshoe or a pair of gates. A goldsmith takes an un-furnaced piece of gold, applies heat and turns it into a piece of cherished jewellery.

Joysmith takes a broken, unrefined person who has lost the joy in their life, and puts them through the fire of life, and creates a beautiful soul, one aligned to joy.

I am in the process of writing a self-help book based on my experiences of working as a nurse and a Chiropractor. 40 years of working has shown me that so many physical signs and symptoms have trauma at it’s roots. Joy has developed a step-by-step process to help you overcome them, and return to a state of joy.

Are you ready to take the first step? Join Joy in the Aligned with Joy Community on facebook

Thank you for reading this post. Wishing you Love and Joy in your life.

Blessings and Joy, Joy

Hay House

In the early 1990’s I was introduced to a book that was going to revolutionise my view on health and healing. I had been a nurse for about 13 years and was now dipping my toe into the waters of alternative health. Growing up I had no experience of anything other than main stream medicine, although I was rarely ill other than the usual childhood complaints, chicken pox, measles, mumps and one ear infection that I can recall. I still cannot abide the taste of cherry or banana flavourings, the taste of anti-biotic medicine.

The book was Louise Hay’s “You Can Heal Your Life” and it introduced me to a whole way of thinking about the human body and how it reflects the areas in your life which require addressing for health and healing to occur.

It has influenced my practice in my chiropractic career for over 20 years now. I believe that when Louise first wrote it, she decided to publish it herself. Whether that was because she could not find a publishing house to take it on, or whether she was ahead of her time, maybe one of my readers can enlighten me. It is now a big concern with authors Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson and Wayne Dyer on their books.

When I tell people the story of my parents, how they met, drifted apart and then came back together again later in life, people often tell me I should write a book about it, that it has more thrill and complexity than a storyline from Eastenders. It is something that I have considered doing at some point. But where do you start? Well a very good place to start is with an online 7 day writer’s challenge run by Hay House back in July.

There was lots of helpful hints and tips on how to start to think as a writer and author. I would never have even thought about imagining my book on a bookshelf in a shop, and which 2 books would it be sandwiched between on a bookshelf. And as for hooks, I thought they were something you used to catch fish, not readers.

Those 7 hours, an hour a day bought me such joy, knowing that there is a process to book writing and if you follow it, then a book will appear after a lot of hard work and perseverance. It is now my intention to write a book or two in the next 6 to 12 months. I have even set my intention down in writing and hung it on my intention and gratitude tree.

This post is part of an A to Z Challenge, entitled Finding Joy in Lockdown.

I hope you enjoyed reading it. Please follow more to hear more about my self development during 2020 and beyond. If you would like to join the Aligned with Joy Community on facebook you can do here

Gardening Angels

OK admit it, who likes gardening and who couldn’t tell a daffodil from a dandelion? I will admit that I am able to tell the difference from those 2 plants, but there is where my gardening knowledge just about ends. I wish I did know more about gardening, but I am seriously lacking.

Looking out on the garden where my clinic is, has been an embarassment in the past. I have a double layer of net curtains, mainly to keep prying eyes out, but it has helped to keep the view of the garden hidden from people who come to me for treatment from seeing the state that the garden is in. My husband keeps the grass mown, but apart from that, no gardening has been done for almost ten years. So when he came back one day from cutting the grass to say that the neighbour had offered to get the garden sorted out, it was an answer to a pray, my garden angel had come forward, with rippling muscles where others have wings. He had been furloughed from work, and like all good angels he likes to do good deeds.

Trees were taken down, chopped up, bits were burnt, bits were scavaged for wood burners and some bits went to the tip, once it opened.

During all of this I was spending a lot of time at home, away from the clinic, and thinking about where my business was going. I blogged about the redesign of my business image in Design and Rebrand and there was a lot of cross referencing in the words that I was using, both in the garden and in my business. It seemed like 2 parallel worlds were being created at the same time. Phrases such as “planting ideas” “sowing seeds” and in the whole lockdown fiasco I often found myself “digging deep” to find levels in my soul that I did not know existed. A sense of calm came over me as I learnt to let go of the whole process of life, and surrender to whatever it was that God had in store for me. Just as he had created the Garden of Eden, so he would create a life for me.

During this period of time, I also met in a virtual space, called the Sacred Garden, where I came together with my friends to pray, meditate, contemplate and generally support each other through unprecendented times. The Sacred Garden is a place I go to frequently in my mind when I am looking for inner peace or confirmation.

The garden looks heaps better than it did in March. My angelic neighbour has been called back to work, but I for one will be forever grateful for what he managed to achieve in the weeks that he was furloughed.

This is one of 26 posts entitled Finding Joy in Lockdown.

Did you find an angel coming to your rescue in 2020. I would love to hear your stories of people who went over and above board to help you.

Blessings and Joy, Joy

F is for Frozen Shoulder

Have you ever had a frozen shoulder? I can assure you they do not bring an awful lot of joy. They cause a lot of restriction in the affected shoulder, and the slightest movement can have you screaming out with the pain. The odd thing about them is that once you have triggered that pain, you know it will only get worse reaching a crescendo, before it subsides. Sleeping is a problem as getting into a comfortable position is not easy, they tend to be uncomfortable to lie on, leaving only the alternate side and the back as sleeping positions. Even getting dressed takes a lot of thought, as it is very painful to raise your arm above your head, so it’s blouses and shirts that button down the front. Raising both arms like this is only a memory with one.

Frozen Shoulders Restrict Movement Over the Head.

I had a frozen shoulder in my right one about 10 years ago, so when the early warning signs happened on the left side, I had a heads up as to what to expect. I saw a physiotherapist for my right shoulder, and remember her saying that you need to catch them early and stretch them, which is painful. If you catch them in the first six weeks, then you can stop them becoming a full blown frozen shoulder, and I was determined to nip this one in the bud.

Staying at home on my enforced Spring Retreat @ Home, enabled me to get into a good routine of meditating and stretching first thing in the morning. I discovered the lovely Adrienne on youtube and her Yoga with Adrienne channel. It helped me enormously to get into a daily routine. For years I have told anyone that came to me for treatment that an exercise regime is just something you had to do each day. Include it in with your early morning routine, shower, clean teeth, drink coffee, eat breakfast and


With lockdown I was unable to get out and have any treatment on it. Luckily I have a very caring husband who would massage my shoulder everyday after I had done my stretches. The old adage of “no pain, no gain” is very true where frozen shoulders are concerned.

I am now well on the road to recovery. It is my joy to report that I can now chose any item that I wish from my wardrobe, as I can get my arm over my head to put sweaters and t-shirts on.

This post is part of the A to Z challenge “Finding Joy in Lockdown”.

Thank you for reading and I hope you will read the other posts in this category.

Blessings and Joy, Joy

A is for Attitude

The way you approach things will have a tremendous effect on how they affect you. Take the most recent issue, that has virtually had the whole world staying at home under orders from their government, all for a silent invisible enemy, SARS-Cov-2, to give it it’s proper title.

When the UK government finally decreed that we must stay at home, on 23rd March 2020, the writing was already on the wall as far as my health business was concerned. My clients had already contacted me in their droves to tell me that they were staying at home, as they had been scared by the main stream media into not leaving their homes.

How many times have you said to yourself “I wish I had more time, then I would do x y or z” Now was the time to do all those things I had promised myself when I had more time.

Spring Retreat @ Home

And so began my Spring Retreat @ Home. That is how I chose to look at it, I was not locked-down, locked-up or locked-in. I made a conscious decision to call it a retreat and treat it as such. Over the coming month I will share with you how I discovered joy and myself in that time. During the month of September, I am going to write a post a day under the AtoZ challenge. This is A is for Attitude.

Thank you for reading. You can join the Aligned with Joy Community on facebook

Have a blessed, joyful day.


Finding Joy in a Sea of Masks

For only the second time, I travelled up to Glasgow to take part in the gatherings on Glasgow Green to speak about the recent goings on, from my perspective. The first time, I didn’t speak up, but this time I did. I received a very warm welcome from the people of Glasgow who were very receptive to my 5 minute talk.

I met an amazing lady by the name of Christine, who is a homeopath, and as luck would have it, or the synchronicity of the Universe, we both travelled in by train, so we walked back to Glasgow Central Station together, both maskless of course.

GCS was an interesting venture. 99% of people were wearing masks, and those who weren’t walking stoood obediently on the marks on the floor, for social distancing, aka social compliance. I bet if I’d stopped and asked some people who were there, if they knew anybody who a) had tested positive or B) had actually died from this so called deadly disease, the number of affirmatives would be very very low, to either question. I still don’t know anyone personally who has tested positive, let alone died from it. And it’s supposed to be SOOOOOO contagious I would have expected to know someone, wouldn’t you?

Anyway, my new best friend and myself are walking through this sea of masks, and we spot a man walking towards us without one. We have eye contact, and then, by his side, he puts a very quiet, Thumbs up!

Oh how my heart sang at the sight of this little sign of solidarity, against this madness. A little bit of joy, in a very strange world that we find ourselves living in at the moment.

Gathering on Glasgow Green August 2020

Faithfulness in the Sacred Garden

The 7th quality of the Fruit of the Spirit, as described in Galatians 5 v 22-23 is faithfulness. What does the word mean to you? Here are the quotes we contemplated and meditated on.

All God’s giants have been weak men and women who have gotten hold of God’s faithfulness.

Hudson Taylor

Our world is obsessed with success. But how does God define success? Success in God’s eyes is faithfulness to His calling.

Billy Graham

Faithfulness in the performance of small duties gives us strength to adhere to difficult determinations that life will someday force us to make.

Paramahansa Yogamanda

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post which is one of a group writen on the Fruit of the Spirit. Tomorrow’s post will be on Gentleness. I hope you will come by and read more on the Fruit of the Spirit.

Please come and join us in the Aligend with Joy Community on facebook, where we share all things which brings us joy.

Blessings and Joy, Joy

Goodness in the Sacred Garden

As we work our way through the qualities of the Fruit of the Spirit, we come to the 6th, goodness.

Full of Goodness

To have an open self is to provide a free channel for the infinite goodness of God. To have an open self is to keep yourself aware, alert and sensitive to the beauty and wonder of life. God’s love will flow through you into the world, when you are open. You enlarge the dimensions of your life when you keep yourself open to the highest and best. The key to God’s infinite riches is within you-open yourself and you will receive.

Wilferd Peterson

An act of goodness is of itself and act of happiness.

Maurice Maeterlinck

In goodness there are all kinds of wisdom.


Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read this post which is one of a group writen on the Fruit of the Spirit. Tomorrow’s post will be on Faithfulness. I hope you will come by and read more on the Fruit of the Spirit.

Please come and join us in the Aligend with Joy Community on facebook, where we share all things which brings us joy.

Blessings and Joy, Joy

Patience in the Sacred Garden

This week we are looking at the Fruit of the Spirit, in the Sacred Garden. The fourth is Patience (or long-suffering in the New King James vesion), and these 3 quotes and passages were read aloud for meditation & contemplation.

Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.”

Joyce Meyer

Inner peace is impossible without patience. Wisdom requires patience. Spiritual growth implies the mastery of patience. Patience allows the unfolding of destiny to proceed at its won unhurried pace.

Brian Weiss

The keys to patience are acceptance and faith. Accept things as they are, and look realistically at the world around you. Have faith in yourself and in the direction you have chosen.

Ralph Marston

Do you have a favourite passage or quote on Patience? I would love to hear it.

Tomorrow we are looking at Kindness.

I hope you will come back and read my thoughts on that too.

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Blessings and Joy, Joy x

Peace in the Sacred Garden

This week we are looking at the Fruit of the Spirit, in the Sacred Garden. The third is Peace, and these 4 quotes and passages were read aloud for meditation & contemplation.

Hold the World in Your Thoughts and Pray for Peace

Inner peace does not come from getting what you want, but from remembering who we are.

Marianne Williamson

Those who love peace must learn to organize as effectively as those who love war.

Martin Luther King

If you want peace you don’t talk to your friends, you talk to your enemies.

Desmond Tutu

The simplification of life is one of the steps to inner peace.

Peace Pilgrim

Do you have a favourite passage or quote on Peace? I would love to hear it.

Tomorrow we are looking at Patience or as the New King James version of the Bible calls it Long-suffering .

I hope you will come back and read my thoughts on that too. Please join me in the Aligned with Joy Community on facebook.

Blessings and Joy, Joy x