Shorts Set + 5 Ways to Keep Your Joy On

Joy is one of those feelings or experiences that everyone wants to have on an ongoing basis.  In my current circle of friends and at church, we always talk about “keeping your love on.”  Today I wanted to share 5 ways to increase or “Keep your joy on!”  Let me know what you think! xx

  • Be Thankful: Thankfulness keeps us grounded and causes you to take a step back and think about what you have.  Being thankful makes you contemplate and appreciate the way things were, the way things could be and helps you pay attention with gratitude in light of  those around you that are in much worse situations.
  • Simplify Your Life: Sometimes we need to take a step back and remove things from our life that are hindering us from enjoying the things that really matter.  The areas that we want to focus on often get neglected because we are too busy doing things we don’t necessarily want to do or feel obligated to do.  Simplifying your life will allow you to do simple things like enjoying your family and  taking time in a day to take a walk or even read.
  • Be Quick To Forgive: I believe the saying is true that when you harbor unforgiveness you are hurting yourself.  I have watched unforgiveness hinder individuals from moving forward in life.  They spend so much time and effort focused on hating a certain person that it stops them from making progress in all aspects of life.  I have realized that it is not worth it.
  • Do Not Live To Please Others: One thing that I have learned the hard way is that, you cannot please everyone.  You will always disappoint someone, make someone upset or fall short, no matter how hard you try.  You will be one miserable person if you live to make sure everyone around you is happy and pleased with you.
  • Embrace Nature + Exercise: I can’t think of many other ways to immediately lift my spirits than a nice hike or a good workout. Getting outside and breathing in that fresh air either early morning or late at night, instantly puts me in a good mood.  There is something about being outdoors that just awakens my soul!! Working out is essential for my joy.  Burning calories and breaking a sweat just makes me happy, especially when I am in the mood for it!!

As always, thank you for stopping by the blog and have an amazing rest of your week!! Much love,

Ruthie xo

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  • Comments ( 39 )

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    Laura-kim Le Roux (@laurakimleroux)

    ooohhh that short set is STUNNING!!!!

    And those are great ways to keep your joy 🙂

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    Alice Shiya

    What a lovely set; the pattern is so gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your tips on joy 😉

    xo, alice / T Y P E N U

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    Emily Woodard

    Love the short set and adore your tips for finding more joy! I agree that you should live to please yourself, first and foremost. Great post!

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    This outfit is sooo cute! Thanks for the tips.

    Headed to follow you on Insta to see more of your dope style 😀

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    Krista Williams

    Obsessed with this outfit. LOVE it. I love short and shirts combos just like this.

    So cute ma.

    Plus, this was my favorite part: Simplify Your Life.

    I definitely need to do more of that!


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    I have a similar short set and LOVE it. Looks so good on you!

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    The Cool Mom

    I love that concept, keeping your love/joy on! Thank you for sharing that with us and also, cute outfit!!

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    Clare Speer

    I love this stylish outfit and love your tips, too! Especially the one about keeping things simple and being thankful and grateful! Being grateful opens the door to happiness I believe! 🙂

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    Heather with WELLFITandFED

    I LOVE this outfit! I just love the power that exudes from all of your photos. You go girl!

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    Love this two piece! So sassy!

    Greta |

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    Maddy Marks

    I want to buy the shorts set’re working it!!

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    You are stunning! Great post! <3

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    I love this shorts set! The pattern is so pretty and it looks so fresh for summer. Loved your tips for keeping joy, too! – Trish

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    Lauren of An Explorer’s Heart

    What a great list – love #2 about simplifying. Also, what a cute short set – love it!!


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    I’m in love with this gorgeous set!! I’m also in love with this post- joy is something that takes effort- every feeling can be a choice, and I love these tips to actively create more joy in your life. Thanks for sharing lovely, xoxo.

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    such great tips Ruthie! It’s always important to live to please yourself, not others! Hope you and the fam. have a fabulous weekend!
    xx, LO {}

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    so stunning and I love what you wrote I’ll need to keep this around to always give and keep my joy around 🙂
    Kat | Delirium Style

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    I agree 100% with all 5 points!!! It’s totally our choices that we make that will help us to walk in JOY!! Love this, Ruthie ❤️ You look gorgeous. Love that two piece on you!!


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    Love the positive post & this shorts set is adorable!
    Have a great weekend.
    xO – Steph

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    Jessica Weinberg (@whatsfordinesq)

    Love the romper! And these photos are amazing! Also, everyone needs more joy in their life!
    xo Jessica

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    Carol Cassara (@ccassara)

    Ok. That set is so very cute! Love it. And you look great in it, as well. I agree with your post–choose wisely. And be quick to forgive.

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    YES! You always have the best life tips and I so LOVE your positivity through anything and everything that comes your way. xo Annie

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    Nicole Leffew

    Love the short set babe! These are amazing also! I need to learn how to forgive quicker! Have a good weekend xo

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    love love your outfit!
    living to not please others is so important and my lesson for the year!

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    I’ve been aiming this set for a while now, and it looks gorgeous on you!

    Laura |

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    Amanda | Glitter & Spice

    A) you look so stinking gorgeous OMG
    B) this post is so lovely – particularly on a day like today. Thanks for sharing babe 🙂
    XO Amanda |

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    Jennifer Frick

    Beautiful, Ruthie and I couldn’t agree more with this post! You truly are a light in this world and I continue to be inspired by YOU! xoxo

    Jen |

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    Ruthie, I love this!!! I live my life by these similar guidelines and it makes all the difference in how I interact with others and perceive the world around me. These are good reminders for all of us. Thank you for sharing! You are beautiful inside and out!

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    Stacy Weber

    I love this! The short set is stunning!!!

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    Karin Rambo

    Yes to simplifying! I’ve found that to be one of the greatest ways to increase my joy. In fact, I’ve really been feeling down lately so I’ve decided to do a year of no shopping just to take my mind off of adding stuff to my life.

    Karin |

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    OKAY I am obsessed with this outfit. You look so hot babe!
    XX-Samantha |

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    You look gorgeous with that outfit! I love this blog a lot! Your list of enjoying life are really true. Nature and exercise are my faves though. ? Keep spreading your lovely smile.

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    I think it can be easy to get lost in the “important” things in life, but sometimes we forget that it’s the simple things that can bring the most happiness. Great tips!


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    Life Lutzurious

    I LOVE these tips, and you look STUNNING per usual! Thanks for always being such an inspiration to us baby bloggers! 😉

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    You’re wearing such a beautiful outfit. Love the print on it. 🙂

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    I am obsessed with this look, so cute and perfect for the hot summer heat. You look like such as stunner, Have a great day lovely!

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    Caroline @ The Caro Diaries

    LOVE this outfit on you! Such the perfect summer outfit!

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    Julia Oleynykova

    Hi Ruthie, i love the rules you mention. they really make sense. I think the ability to forgive quick and move forward is a key to progress in life and be happy x
    Yukova Blog

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    Such a great two piece set! But I absolutely adore your tips on how to simplify your life. I am definitely a pleaser and often get myself over committed (and all cranky about that hehe)

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