Karin Joyce is a wife to a patient Englishman, mum to Ella (6) and Sam (2 1/2) and blogger & social media addict. 5 years ago she created Cafe Bebe to fill the void as her maternity leave ended and stay-at-home-mumhood began. Cafe Bebe quickly became more than just a hobby and led to other roles in social media for Karin including being the social media manager for BritMums.
Recently Karin began a new site called Embrace Happy where she helps to show others the good side to life. Not every day is good but there is good in every day. You can find Karin on social media and her blogs in between tending the home fires and thinking up new and exciting adventures!
What I adore about Karin is her positivity and the fact she has motivated so many people to appreciate the lives they have. She’s a wonder and has made so many people’s lives happier.
Here Karin shares her most beautiful things.
The most beautiful day I ever had ……I would love to say, the birth of my children but both experiences were quite traumatic. Instead I shall walk back in time to my wedding day, 8 years ago. March 18, 2006 was a bitterly cold day but I don’t remember feeling the cold at all. I was surrounded by my friends and family, most of whom had come miles and miles from America and Europe. I’ve never felt such love and warmth. It truly was the most special and beautiful days of my life.
The most beautiful thing I have ever seen …On our first visit back to America with Ella, then 6 months, on our last day before heading back to England, my Dad was rocking Ella to sleep. She was snuggled on his shoulder, lulled to sleep by his humming and rocking. I had never seen such a perfect and bittersweet moment. I knew it would be months if not more until “Grandpa” got to hold his first granddaughter again so I took a picture. It is still one of my favourite pictures.
The most beautiful thing I have ever owned … my dog Sinjin. I was there the day Sinjin was born and held him until he took his last laboured breath. Sinjin was my faithful companion for nearly 15 years. He crossed an ocean to be with us and always loved us unconditionally. I miss him terribly even after nearly 4 years.
The most beautiful song I have ever heard ….. For You sung by Eva Cassidy. I heard this song for the first time in America as cool down music in a fitness class. It had such a haunting quality to it. Later I found out that Eva Cassidy had died in her 30’s of melanoma before achieving much fame. It became a very special song to me for another reason entirely when we brought Ella home for the first time. As we sat in Ella’s nursery, Mark holding his baby girl and sitting in the rocking chair, I put the iPod in the speaker and pressed shuffle. The first song that came through was “For You” by Eva Cassidy. How utterly perfect!
The most beautiful person I know is…..my daughter Ella. Ella is a gorgeous little thing with a heart of gold. She will defend me to anyone and is very protective of me. Ella loves to please, is competitive and passionate and gives amazing hugs. At age 6 she still needs Mummy’s cuddles and I am eternally grateful for that.
The most beautiful thing about me is……my complete change to embrace happy. In the past I was a very negative person. I always saw the glass half empty and now, I’m just happy there is a glass! I love helping others to find the good in every day and I am so grateful that I was finally able to fully let the sunshine in to my life.
If you would like to share your ‘beautiful things’ then do email me for a questionnaire at Becky.Goddard@ntlworld.com with BEAUTIFUL in the subject matter.