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Julie Chan Lin of Instagram’s “Beyond the Book with Julie” on Career Pivots and Listening to Your Inner Voice

My good friend Julie Chan Lin is the force behind the popular Instagram Live series, “Beyond the Book with Julie.”  Her heartfelt and always entertaining conversations with well-known authors offer personal glimpses into how the books we love came to be, and the personal journey each writer has taken to make it happen.  Whether she…
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Top Self-Care Tips for Parents: Reduce Stress and Regain Life Balance

No one ever said that parenting is an easy gig! During my day job as a school psychologist, I often find myself in conversations with amazing parents who struggle to maintain a healthy balance in their personal lives.  Parents who give their all to their children, partners, homes and careers then find themselves fizzled out,…
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What Would You Like to Talk About in 2021?

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you had a good holiday. It’s my first work day of the year and I’m finding it a bit difficult to get back into the groove of post-holiday life. Give me my mug of caffeinated tea and I’ll be rearing to go here in a few minutes. I think…
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Welcome to Joy Worth Having...

I’m Rachel - a wife, mom and school psychologist turned blogger living it up in Southern California.

Over the years, I’ve discovered that joy can be found in the simple pleasures of life that make us happy and nourish the spirit. For me, those pleasures are found in family, relationships, travel, food, and creativity.

Please join me on my adventures, and in the process I hope you reconnect with the pleasures that bring you joy worth having.

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