Sister Time

Hey lovelies,

I am excited to share that my sister Grace is joining my naked adventures! Over the past four years she has been exploring a naturist lifestyle. When I asked her what nudism has done for her, she expressed the following:

“As a woman and a mother, incorporating nudism into my daily life has elevated my self esteem, improved my positive body image, and increased my confidence. In addition, naturism has helped me tap into my inner feminine being.

Having my sister, Joy on this path with me has expanded the depths of my journey. Working together on this endeavour with my sister has brought fire and passion into my life. I captured this candid photo of Joy when I first arrived this morning. She later captured one of me gazing over her willow pond.

If this is “work”, I’m in. Lol.”

From our hearts to yours,

Grace and Joy

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Rainy Sunday Morning

Happy Sunday lovely people!

I hope you are having a beautiful Sunday and an empowering new year! As for my life, the past year totally kicked my ass. However, other than a few emotional adjustments to my new life, I think so far I am kicking ass in 2018! I moved into my little cottage a few days ago, I launched this blog, I have been invited to Spain to teach “Rewilding” and I have my sister Grace in my life again (I moved to the US for just under 5 years and recently returned). Being close to my sister again makes my heart sing. She is one of the strongest, most courageous, beautiful women I am honoured to know.

Life is bliss; that is my mantra. I am feeling truly optimistic. In the moments that are intense, I remind myself to calm my mind, connect with my heart, and allow my breath to wash over my body. It is an excellent practice, especially when you are facing a lot of change. I woke this morning to the sound of rain. For some people, rain is a nuisance. For me, it is a breath of fresh air. Rain reminds me that change facilitates growth.

I have often wondered if I am Pluviophile:

“A pluviophile is a lover of rain; someone who finds joy and peace of mind during rainy days.”

This morning I found the rain particularly therapeutic. It feels refreshing. Calming. Grounding. Rejuvenating. On the topic of rain, a story came to mind. A young male journalist who was interested in learning about longevity from centenarians:

“A centenarian is person who lives to or beyond the age of 100 years.”

So this young journalist began interviewing centenarians from around the world. The question he asked each of them was this,

“What lifestyle choices do you feel attributed to your longevity?”

There were a variety of intriguing answers from these beautiful wise souls, but one answer is particularly relevant to the topic of rain. The answer from a man who was 113 years old was:

“It’s simple. When it rains, I let it.”

That life lesson from a man who lived to be well over 100 years of age resonates with this phase of my life. I accept and embrace the process and challenge of change and when it rains and when it pours, I let it…

I hope you enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

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Yurt Living With Joy

When I first landed here on on the eclectic island of Salt Spring in beautiful BC Canada, I was blessed to be fortunate enough to have my sister Grace’s lovely property to call home. Down the hill from her quaint home, tucked away in a sweet little meadow is an authentic Mongolian yurt. If you aren’t familiar with what a it is, a yurt – called Ger by the Mongols – is the traditional dwelling of nomadic families in Mongolia.

There is something deeply humbling about living in a yurt. You are sheltered from the elements, yet at one with mother nature. When the trees creak, it feels like you are in the forest the middle of a forest. When the wind blows, you can feel the yurt standing its ground while gently shifting. When it rains, the droplets of water hitting the surface of the yurt sound like tiny beating drums. I stayed in the yurt over the past couple of months, but on Jan 3rd I moved into a lovely 2-bedroom cottage near the ocean.

Below is a picture of the exterior of the yurt, me walking down the pathway from my sister, Grace’s home to the yurt, and one of me in the yurt:

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Wild Woman

If you have been following my social media accounts or reading this blog (which I launched on New Year’s Day in 2018) you have likely seen a variety of nude or partially nude photos of me.  It is not my intention to influence others through my photos or my words, I simply enjoy sharing my “Get Naked With Joy” adventures. From what I understand, different groups of people use different terms to describe naturism and related activities.

According to Wikipedia:

“Naturism, or nudism, is a cultural and political movement practising, advocating, and defending personal and social nudity, most but not all of which takes place on private property. The term may also refer to a lifestyle based on personal, family, or social nudism. Naturism may take a number of forms. It may be practiced individually, within a family, socially, or in public.”

Some people are very particular about the term used to describe their lifestyle. There are a variety of terms used to describe personal, situational and social nudity. For me, the term does not matter. Because I love being outdoors, the word naturism resonates with me, but nudism is also a term I embrace.

I grew up with a dad who was a social and situational nudist, so I have always felt comfortable being naked. At the same time, I have avoided sharing naked photos of myself publicly until this year. I suppose I was afraid of the reactions of friends, family and strangers.

On a personal level, my life changed dramatically in 2017. One of the aspects of me that shifted throughout the process I went through is that I somehow evolved into a woman who refuses to allow the conservative, limiting, or shameful thoughts of others to shape my life.

So here I am baring my soul and my body to you.

From my heart to yours,

Joy

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Joy

Winter Rewilding With Joy

For those of you who read my blog, Tantrachick, I am truly excited to share my new adventures with you! Today, my brother-in-law, drove to Mount Maxwell to take photos of my beautiful sister, Grace, with the gorgeous backdrop of Mount Maxwell.

While they were on their adventure, I explored the wilderness of the Salt Spring Conservancy with a local photographer to have my own rewilding adventure! It has been an absolutely stunning day! I hope you have had an equally beautiful day!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

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New Beginnings

Taken at: Madrona Woods, which is a Mongolian yurt tucked away on my sister Grace’s property here on beautiful Salt Spring Island, BC…

On November 8th, 2017 I arrived on the beautiful island of Salt Spring in British Columbia, Canada. I am starting an entirely new chapter of my life, which is why I finally shut down my blog, Tantrachick, which has received over 3 million views since I started it in 2009.

I am going on a naked adventure and I am excited to share the adventure with you!

From my heart to yours,

Joy

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