Sunday, 24 July 2016

Why Am I Creating The Joy Project?

Sunday 24th July

The Joy Project is happening and word is spreading  - official start date 15th August - tomorrow I will be on Midlands 103 at 10.30 am then will be on the Californian airwaves at 3 pm Pacific time - 11 pm here in Ireland. This is just the beginning as I've been busy the last few days contacting radio stations and newspapers.
To join The Joy Project  community go to
If you have any questions email or go to twitter or message me on face book at Hannah Lilly Motivation

I have an almost equal mix of excitement and fear, its that moment when you've started something and think " oh my goodness what have I started, will this live up to I crazy?" which is why I decided to take a moment away from getting things organised to write a blog about why I'm doing it again.

The idea first came to me a few weeks ago because I was feeling a bit stuck in my own situation, felt I was beginning to focus more on what I hadn't achieved than what I had and was starting to get a bit caught up in anxiety and stress about money and trying to make career decisions. So I decided to write a list of all I had done and all the good that had come into my life particularly since I began the experiment and also a list of my goals - the list included the ones so big that perhaps you would think I was crazy if I told you(if your dreaming you may as well dream big!) But it was one in particular that made me feel emotional and its been coming to my mind ever since.

* To make a positive difference to the world.

All that really matters is that in that moment before I die I know that I have done my best to be a good person. To be kind, loving and grateful, To live with empathy and forgiveness. I want my children to live in a world filled with love that means being a person filled with love.

Yes there are many ways to do that and I dream of doing it on a large scale but it has to start now. I hope I live for a lot more years but being the best person I can be starts right now, right here in this moment and that is what the experiment did it brought out the best person in me.

All those simple things like gratitude and kindness, giving up blaming and complaining they bring out the best in everyone and the positive energy ripples out.

When I looked at the list of all that had poured into my life since I began it was one of those light bulb moments and I knew that I had to ask other people to join me.
Who knows what will happen but it will be good. It can't be anything other than good because when people come together and choose to bring more joy into their lives its a powerful thing.

In the chaos that the world seems to be in now it is easy to feel overwhelmed and to be consumed by negativity. Hate and negativity are the easy stand on the side of love takes courage and some effort but now more than ever we need to be the change we want to see in the world ad that happens by starting small. By one person at a time being a little bit kinder, a little bit more grateful every day.

When I started the first time in Feb 2015 I was coming from a very different place months of anxiety, the realisation of an eating disorder, exhausted by the negative thoughts in my head I had been contemplating ending my life so I know how powerful this can be. It got me from there to here and that is phenomenal. Now I am beyond grateful for my life, I can look in the mirror and smile at the reflection I see, I have learnt ways to be in the moment and experience the joy that is in my life and I've turned dreams into reality. But like everyone there are still times that I get caught up in daily stresses and need to get back to basics.

For 3 months starting on 15th August we will follow 10 daily rules, none of which require anything except for you and a willingness to give it a go. I will post updates and motivation through twitter, Instagram and the private face book group which I am setting up today.
I'm trying to not pressure myself or the Joy Project to be perfect that is not what it's about. Its about being the change we want to see in the world and I really hope you'll join me.
This is for everyone its about creating a community of people with one common goal to bring more joy into their lives and the lives of others.

To join me and The Joy Project  community go to
If you have any questions email or go to twitter or message me on face book at Hannah Lilly Motivation

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