Do what you love….

I love waking up in the in-between time when its a bit chilly and the light is blue. I like napping in sunlight. I like when dogs press their noses on your leg and inhale deeply and how they have to circle around a bunch if times before they plop down. I love the simplicity of tomato sandwiches, especially in the summer when the tomatoes are fresh and ripe and warm from the sun. I love laughing with a friend at a play and seeing their eyes crinkled with delight. I love being enraptured by musicians or actors who can completely transform the atmosphere of a moment simply by arranging their bodies and mouths in a certain way. I love climbing up high and sensing a shift in my perspective. I love reading something which puts into words exactly how I’ve felt when I didn’t know how I was feeling. I love drinking tea, especially with a friend when they show you their collection and let you smell the different kinds and pick whichever suits your personality that moment. I love cuddling on a couch with a glass of wine and a movie and freshly popped cinnamon popcorn. I love magical, mystical things like crystals and astrology and knowing that God has placed His power into these things for a reason and has allowed us to delve deeper if we do choose. I love napping in parks when I travel. I love tourists who ask me the best places to eat in my town. I love well-made food. I love doing dishes. I love dancing in the kitchen. I love buying houseplants. I love walking and talking under the stars. I love burying my hands in the soft fur of sleeping cats. I love quick wit. I love ideas and curiosity and brainstorming. I love playing games with friends after dinner. I love Christmas lights. I love clean kitchens. I love soft blankets. I love sitting in a warm glow and having deep discussions and realizations. I love hiking. I love accomplishing things and having new adventures. I love random drives. I love when someone grabs my hand and holds onto it for awhile. I love tenderness. I love aesthetically pleasing and poetic and sensual things. I love sculpture. I love anatomy. I love the arches of feet and the curves of spines. I love the warmth and heaviness of heads. I love the vulnerability of bare arms and naked feet. I love the adorable sleepy faces of clients when they turn over on my table and sigh, contentedly. I love bird sounds. I love nature documentaries. I love beautiful handwriting. I love reconnecting. I love hearing Gods voice in the stillness. I love stretching my body in yoga. I love eating cereal. I love eating. Hardboiled eggs, warm chicken, tender steak, creamy salmon, soothing soups…. I love making people feel safe and knowing they trust me. I love encouraging and being encouraged. I love handwritten letters. I love untangling people’s muscles and making their bodies symmetrical. I love swaying to music in a calm and peaceful room. I love the orderliness and thoroughness of a long massage. I love stillness. 

What do you love? Are you doing it? Are you making room for it? 

PlanetJoy Massage Client Feedback 

Allison Sprouse, 45

I trust Joy because she does great work and truly cares about her clients’ health.

PlanetJoy is a total body relaxation experience. It’s quiet and soothing. Pressure is always perfect and if there are trouble areas, Joy focuses on them. 
Bonus: My migraines are gone!

A monthly massage gives me something to look forward to and it helps me stay on top of health concerns before they happen. 

Joy can tell when something is wrong with my body that I wasn’t aware of! True story. She discovered I needed adjusting when I never knew anything was wrong. I went to my chiro and she was spot-on!

Jacob Graham, 35

Highlights of a PlanetJoy massage: the attention she pays to my issues, the care she takes, the tenderness and responsiveness to my body. She reads it well.

I’ve had relatively extensive massage experience, but this is my favorite. Joy is not in any way overbearing. She is considerate, quiet, and I get the sense that it’s a deep practice for her.

What has pleasantly surprised me? Just how relaxed I feel when I leave.

Deb Kirtland, 52

Joy relieved some tension/knots/pain that my chiropractor could not – and the relief was quick and fairly permanent.  I say “fairly permanent” because it’s my life style that makes me have flare-ups. 

What concerns or worries have been taken care of?  Neck pain, shoulder and upper back tension is less overall.  Also, being able to sign up for packages and pay in installments creates less stress about affordablility.

What has pleasantly surprised me?  How relaxed I am on the table.  I thought I would be uncomfortable with having someone massage me, but I don’t because of PlanetJoy’s environment and JOY!

Bevin Yowell, proudly almost 40!

Did you have any objections or skepticism about signing up for massage package? At first, yes. I was concerned about $ & Time. 

What are some highlights of the experience? Pricing options are awesome and Joy’s massage skills are the best that I’ve experienced. 

What concerns or worries have been taken care of? $ and time actually worked out well! 

What has pleasantly surprised me? I find it easy to make the time. 

What is most satisfying about the experience? I feel amazing and I’m more in tune with my body and how my body holds stress. 


Asechiah, age 42

Joy was recommended to me by several people. The experience has been great, and I absolutely trust her skills and knowledge.

It’s a very soothing experience. Joy is very easy to communicate with, taking in account the unique set of health issues I’ve had.

Joy has helped me make serious strides in the past year, I’m very thankful. Pain has been much more manageable. See the light at the end of the tunnel.

What has pleasantly surprised me? Sense of energy has been returning, overall body balance is much improved 
What is most satisfying about the experience? It’s good to have someone you can see eye to eye with regarding your health and the necessary steps it takes to get there. Joy is very encouraging.

PlanetJoy: Feedback

Here’s a round up of testimonials I’ve received over the years: 

PlanetJoy Massages: 




-Linda Tabor, healthy hippie badass 

-Suzanne Leahy, hospice care counselor


-Alison Jones Sprouse, teacher 

-Bevin Yowell, therapist

-Alyssa Grabinski, art therapy student 

-LeeAnn Monroe, elementary school principal

PlanetJoy Pregnancy Massage:

Savanna’s Experience

PlanetJoy Catalyst Collage Parties:

Year in Review: 2015


New Years Findells at Baja with Alyssa and Anne
Started breakfasts with Dawn
Saturn Return began

Allison started coming to my church
We ate bugs in Anne’s class

I completely organized my closet
Collage goal setting parties


Project Warm Heart #pwh with Anne and TJ
One of the first people to be told about Savanna’s pregnancy

Took pregnancy massage class so I could work on Savanna her whole pregnancy

Craig Snodgrass made Valentine’s for Laura and I
Figured out my signature style & wardrobe
Cooked salmon for the first time

Spent a snowy day at Molly’s with Caitlin

Played Quelf with Brigitte, Henry, Savanna, & Chad
TJ’s niece, Elise was born 03.04.15
Sent Brigitte off to Florida
Got my first pedicure with Caitlin
Found out I was allergic to MSG
Went to BANFF with Caitlin in Charlottesville

Made a birthday key lime pie for Laura on pie day 3.14.15


Had brunch at the Boars Head with mom and grandma
Started writing with Aubrey

Started using the Bible app



PWH Easter egg hunt with Anne Buzzelli


Lymphatic drainage class
LeeAnn came to visit
Spent a lot of time with Molly binge-watching Downton Abbey



Mowed the lawn for the first time
Pablo stuff



Glenn’s graduation
Molly moved to South Dakota


Had a memorial day picnic



Celebrated the life and work of my friend, Mary Echols


Got my hair cut


Met Erika
Went to Jack’s funeral
Molly came to visit


Started going for walks just for fun
Became gluten intolerant

My 29th birthday!


Dinner with Molly and church girls


Spent time with my Melissa



Waffle breakfast with friends at The Store
Did elimination diet
Read The Art of Asking


Brigitte came home from Florida for a massage & we all went out to dinner and played Cards Against Humanity at Byers Street

Went to a beautiful Hour Economy outdoor dinner
Met Kelly


Savanna’s baby shower
TJ&I took a break
Started getting acupuncture





Savanna’s baby, Scarlett was born 07.30.15


Watched Marx Brothers movies outside at By&By
Confirmed gluten intolerance



Caitlin moved to Alaska



Hiked humpback 2x


Started going to farmers market with Kat and Kirsten
Dinner and yoga at Erika’s
Shopped at Aldi
Collage party



Gave Scarlett a massage (full circle!)
Saw The Importance of Being Earnest@ the Blackfriars
Forgave Pablo


Dyed hair RED
Started going to Lisa Shelton

Addicted to sugar




Road trip to VT (survived near fatal incident)
Became good friends with Kat
Scary movies with Kat and Kirsten (Babadook!!)



Scary movies and pumpkin carving with TJ
Clothing swap
SVAC art opening with art from Beverly Street, talked to Buddy
Became community group leader
Planted bulbs
Cheese allergy
Bev depressed
Went to vineyard with Erika
Started spending money, again (after 2.5 years of not shopping)
Mary’s 90th birthday
Ros got engaged
Said goodbye to Kelley

Memorized psalm 19:7-11 and recited in front of church
Helped mom konmari her clothes
Mom cleaned downstairs
Kat and I watched “”Feces of An Angel”” (actually called Faces of an Angel….but it was soooo terrible) and bonded
Konmaried all my papers
Started studying hormones
Started getting a different kind of bodywork almost every week
TJ went on a cruise
Mom let me borrow her car and I went on a shopping spree
James Bond at Visulite with Kat and co.


Terri came to visit
Read Wuthering Heights
Kat and mom and I went to see The Suffragette in Harrisonburg
Sparkles and Sweets
Compiled all my electronic gear and konmaried all my photos on my laptop

Gift shopping


Beth came to visit from England!
Sad news with Molly
Got everyone to take MBTI.
Spaghetti night with Kat
Raindrop session
Mom raised my rent
TJ and I had cocoa and movie night at my house
“Crafternoon” Cocktail party
Frank died



Designed my new logo
Breakfast with Suzanne (she decided to start a breakfast club)



Mom and I had a little Christmas by ourselves



Had Christmas with TJ and his family and his little niece, Elise.


Chose my word for the year: EXPAND


Spent a very introverted New Years walking around downtown

2014: My Year in Review

2014 was quietly wonderful. I stepped away from a lot of the things I was involved in during 2013 so life had a completely different texture.

Resolutions for 2014, part 1

Life-changing highlights: finding a counselor and paying off $11,000 of debt!!

Resolutions for 2014, part 2

Favorite memories:
Massage anniversary dinner party for clients
Marie Antoinette birthday party

Best shows/movies I watched:
American Horror Story
Guardians of the Galaxy
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Mr. Nobody
The Theory of Everything

Favorite quotes:

“Last year you were a super nova, this year you are capable of sustaining life.”

“You look like you’ve robbed the rainbow.”
-Leo Charre

Here are some more of the adventures I had!


I started doing collage parties and discovered that they can be a form of art therapy!



First soufflé!

Had a Valentine’s/Cold-Weather-Sucks Indian food party with my lovely friends
Moved across the street back into my old house for the month while petsitting Ollie, a crazy adorable dog (therefore fulfilling my goal of owning a dog for a month)


Trained said dog

Met Jena and Colin a cute couple from NYC and introduced them to Staunton

Hosted a fabulous dinner party with 11 guests (and took ZERO pictures….ugh!!)
Had brunch in Harrisonburg with Ros and Melissa at The Little Grill


Moved back home

Modeled for a Degas class

Was a tree for earth day. Got to hug everybody (“hug a tree”)

Held a successful cash mob for The Store


Went to Richmond to visit Vanessa for her son, Max’s first birthday!


Traveled to Colorado to see my whole family for my cousin, Will’s graduation

Took over HourEconomy Swaps and turned them into Staunton Swaps

Read all of the Harry Potter books

Watched all of the Harry Potter movies with Molly

Designed t-shirts for my business


Inspired work week for Hour Economy to promote exchanges. This prompted The Little Libraries to be built right in Jena and Colin’s backyard!!


Marie Antoinette dessert and tea birthday party. With so many of my favorite ladies.


July got a little harder after that because my moms health started REALLY going down….

Mom went to the hospital in Salem for a few days.

My bestie, LeeAnn moved away….

I met a cute guy named Keenan.

I dyed my hair red. For a second.

Went to the safari park with my mom.

Movie nights at By&By became a regular event with Savanna and Brigitte.

The Dixie closed and we all went to see a double: ET & Jaws


Got involved in fighting the pipeline

Went on a daaaaaate.

Got a raise @ Alls Well. Became Laura’s new partner in crime.

Dreaded my friend Yolo’s hair. New skill!
Started having breakfasts with Dawn every other Thursday

Started selling my shirts at Made;

Started meeting with my counselor, Suzanne.

Made my own hula hoop and learned how to use it :)

Full moon parties with Brittney



Brigitte and I got our portraits done!

Staunton Jams and my cutie pie CAITLIN CAME HOME FROM HONDURAS!!


More pipeline stuff: Free Not Fracked

Chair massages at Cranberry’s

Apple picking

DC Art trip– got to meet up with my best friends from when I was little. All grown up now!!

Gave a talk at the YMCA about the Hour Economy

Church Downtown turned 1 and I got to speak about it’s affect on me

I met TJs friend, Sayward



Apple picking

House sitting for Suzanne

Finally got my office all clean



Anne Buzzelli turned 40 and all of Staunton celebrated!

I was part of Art for Gifts for the 3rd year– packaging way improved this year :)

Sparkles and Sweets happened

Watched Cyrano at Blackfriars with Ros
Started accepting credit cards with my nifty Square!


We were in the Christmas parade

Christmas Carol at Blackfriars

12 Dates at Blackfriars

Stone Soup closed it’s doors :(

Surprise birthday party for Monika

Ugly sweater party

Helped Caitlin move

Church Downtown got to have Christmas Eve at Blackfriars and TJ came with me!

Went on vacation for 2 weeks.


Became a mermaid.

So, it was actually a pretty full year…. I’m ready to start fresh, though!

This will be The Year I Got Out Of Debt, Got Fit, and Started REALLY Living


Word for 2015: Moxie!!

PlanetJoy: Year of Massage {client feedback}



What do you personally get out of the Year of Massage?

I have something to look forward to each month. It’s a time set aside just for me. 

Why do you recommend YOM?

Awesome stress relief and relaxation. If you book in advance, you’re giving an amazing gift to yourself each month.

What would make YOM even better?

I’m thrilled with it as it is. The price is affordable and I love the friendship I’ve developed with you!

Absolute favorite part of YOM:

Flexible scheduling and willing to work around zany events in my life without batting an eye.



I like committing to a year& the payment plan.

I love coming for my monthly massage because I know I’m gonna get healing in many ways.

I would pay full price but grateful I don’t have to.

I love reading your articles& learning from you.

I love your pink hair!!



What do you personally get out of the Year of Massage? ((What is/are the main impact(s) it has on your life?))

Scheduling regular massages gives me a time each month devoted exclusively to making me feel AWESOME.

It reminds me that it’s important every once in a while to do things that aren’t goal-oriented, but are really just me-oriented.

I find that if I just schedule massages when I feel like I need one, I don’t have as many as I should, and it’s too easy to talk myself out of them.

Signing up for a whole year of massage bakes this important self-focused activity into my routine. 

Why do you recommend YOM? 

It’s important to have ME-time, and to intentionally show yourself some self-love. It’s a terrific self-present :). 

Absolute favorite part:

I love the heated table, the scented oils on the headrest, and the great company! 


I benefit from massage in the following ways: 

A. I am generally touch- deprived, so this gives me a chance to experience touch. 

B.  My muscles smile when I have massage– and for several days afterward.

C. It’s a time of complete disconnection from the frenzy of life.

D. I love Joy– her spirit lifts me up!!

I’d recommend it to anyone (and I have!) who likes to relax.



What do you personally get out of the Year of Massage? ((What is/are the main impact(s) it has on your life?))

My body is so much more relaxed and I’m more aware of my body tensing up throughout my days, especially during stressful moments.  It very well knows when it’s time to visit Planet Joy each month to rediscover, and once again release, my inner fluidity. 

The chronic pain I deal with from arthritis, fibro, etc. is lessened now, also. 

More purposeful relaxation and less pain.  Along with some of the best discussions ever. 


WHY do you recommend YOM?

I’ve not tried a wide variety of massage therapists, but from the few I have visited, Joy’s has been the most gentle, yet wholly effective for my body’s specific needs. 

There’s also a kindred spirit connection that makes it feel like I’ve known her forever, and peeps like that are definitely amongst of the cream of the crop, in my opinion.  :o)

What’s your favorite part of YOM?

You go above and beyond to accommodate, you are understanding when appts. need changed or cancelled, you send reminders, and then often remind us to check the reminders (lol), you nurture our bodies and spirits, you keep us laughing and creative, you provide such a warm and inviting space within your home that is so incredibly comfortable, AND you remind us to drink plenty of water.  :o) 

You take such good care of your space kittens and we appreciate you, big time!!!!

Thanks for all you do to help us maintain wellness and blissipline in our lives.  We love life on Planet Joy!!!



It is so nice to just take an hour a month for myself. I also just feel a lot better. I tend to have less upper back/neck/shoulder pain and fewer headaches.

I would definitely recommend this to friends. It is very affordable, much more so than many of our local spas, etc. While it is a bit of a financial investment I have found that it is so worth it.


Want to sign up to be a Year of Massage client, too? Find me on Facebook at and send me a message for more details!

The DO List


We all need to stop being so busy!!
Maybe it’s just me but I feel like I’m on a treadmill facing the wrong direction….scary, dangerous, and I’m not getting anywhere.

So, what can we DO when we feel overwhelmed? How can we take a moment to catch our breaths and appreciate where we are and how far we’ve come?


This is MY DO List, yours will look different, I’m sure. I would LOVE to hear what you DO.

* Take deep breaths

* Open a window

* Eat some fruit

* Put some essential oils on

* Take a shower

* Write in my journal

* Think of 5 things I’m grateful for

* Clear out some clutter

* Listen to a podcast (I love The Dinner Party Download and Freakonomics)

* Put on some music and dance (this is a good one)

* Text the word “hug” to all of my friends

* Ask people on facebook to text me a fun fact

* Get a mini-massage

* Take a walk

* Make a collage

* Eat some cereal

* Read

* Write a poem

* Give myself a foot massage

* Put on lotion

* Paint my toenails

* Hula hoop

* Watch a YouTube video (I love Jenna Marbles and Grace Helbig)

* Go lie in the grass or at least stand barefoot in the yard

* Nap



…..those are the ones I thought of off the top of my head. What are yours?

Thankful Thursday: Happy 2-Year Anniversary!!


I’m so excited that it’s our anniversary! I want to buy you all high-quality, free-trade, organic chocolate and make you bouquets of dandelions and sunflowers.

Thank you for following me and reading what I write. You rock my socks :) 

Debt-free by July 2014: progress report

I’m less than $1000 away from the halfway point!

At this point I’m starting to wonder what I’ll do to celebrate and how much it will change my life to be debt free.

My ultimate goal is to be debt free by my birthday in July. But I know that it’s more realistic to expect to make it happen by November.

If you’d like to help there are two ways to do so and there will be more ways coming soon!

1) If you live in Staunton, schedule a massage!

My current specials are: 20140305-122121.jpgcontact me at to schedule.

It’s not too late to sign up for this either:20140305-122326.jpg

Or maybe a gift certificate?20140305-122347.jpg

2) The second thing you can do (especially if you aren’t local) is shop in my etsy shop!

I’ll be posting my March bath crystals soon! (Aromatherapy Epsom salts which are awesome for sore muscles and detoxifying your body!) I have new ones every month and specially crafted for every zodiac sign.

Financial Peace Cliffs Notes: My new savings plan

Just skimmed through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Revisited book. (A friend loaned it to me because I’m attempting to get out of debt by July of this year.)

The book was too wordy for me as I am a more “just do it” kinda gal.
I did like the Baby Steps section as it is an easy to follow action plan.

Here’s my new plan for my finances:

Step 1: save $500 in emergency fund (high interest account which I won’t tap into except for emergencies

Step 2: pay off all debt (in the book he talks about paying off the smallest debts first–I’ve been paying off huge chunks at a time to all of my loans:

I only have 4 loans left and I’ve been putting all of my income–after paying rent, setting aside $25 for emergency spending, and tithing 10% to charity (now I’ve started giving 15% instead of 10%, by the end of the year I want to be giving 25%)– into paying off my loans. I divide the money into 4 chunks — 2 large chunks for my high interest loans and 2 smaller chunks for my lower interest loans. (At this point I’m totally disregarding any payment amounts set by my loan lenders– I’m just hacking away as much as possible every single month) Once a loan gets hacked into a small enough piece where I can pay it all off, I do that and divide whatever is left over among the remaining loans.

I’m almost halfway done paying my loans off and I only started in November.

Step 3: once my debt is gone (hopefully by July, definitely by December) save 6 months worth of living expenses in high interest account

Step 4: open a Roth IRA and place 15% in the account every month

Step 5: get insurance–full coverage!!!!

Step 6: save for trip

Step 7: look for house

Step 8: give away everything else.
(In other words:
•I’ll have no more debt
•I’ll have a quietly growing emergency fund
•I’ll have 6+months of living expenses accumulating interest
•I’ll be actively saving 15% for my retirement every month
•paying a premium on insurance
•saving for travel every month
•paying rent
….and the rest can all be used to help other people: my loved ones, my community, and globally (at this point I want to give 10% to each)

It feels good to have a plan. Do you have any tips for saving money or spending it wisely?

Feb 26th Balsamic Moon: Reflection Questions

Reflection Questions

When you think back upon the last month what sticks out for you?

What were the most significant experiences, successes, challenges?

What would you like to create, or put your energy into, this coming month?

Did you write down your intentions for the year 2014? if so review them and see if these intentions are working for you. If not, it is not too late!

My Answers:

When you think back upon the last month what sticks out for you?
Nothing really went the way I intended it to go but organically it continued to flow together. Life will keep going regardless of my plans.

It was an emotional month and I learned how best to reach out and receive (as well as give) support.

What were the most significant experiences, successes, challenges?
*Client party with my friends (so much laughter!)
*Internet-free weekends
*Opening ceremony for the Olympics
*Found out about the Vida savings program
*Fabulous evening making seed-bombs at the HourEconomy potluck
*Was asked to house-sit for my old house for 5months
*Dinner with Caity’s family
*Moms birthday
*Amanda moved out
*Connecting with Katy
*Naked Lady swap

What would you like to create, or put your energy into, this coming month?
I want to go out and connect outwardly. Because it’s winter I’ve been staying in and connecting from home but I really want to be out and about.

I seriously want to MAKE things. I’m experiencing a blockage and need to just begin!

Did you write down your intentions for the year 2014? if so review them and see if these intentions are working for you. If not, it is not too late!

For March:
•Visit animals at SPCA
•Get crafty

•Give 15% of income to charity

•Set timer when working
•Make at least $1250/month (trying to be debt free by July)

•No phone Saturday, Sunday, and Wednesday
•Ask friends to come over and walk downtown with me

Reflection Questions for the Full Snow Moon, Feb 14th, 2014

Ask yourself these reflection questions under the light of this Full Snow Moon:

What am I creating?

How am I expressing my love and appreciation to the people in my life?

Am I receiving love and appreciation from the people in my life?

What is the light of the full moon illuminating?

What new insights have I gained during the last phase of the moon while taking action on my intentions?

Am I having any strong emotional experiences, joy, sadness, depression or inspiration?

Am I having trouble sleeping?
My answers:

What am I creating?
A business of helping others (especially women) reach their full potential: physically, mentally, and emotionally.

How am I expressing my love and appreciation to the people in my life?
Service (cleaning), notes of encouragement, cooking, spending time

Am I receiving love and appreciation from the people in my life?
Yes. Not a necessarily equal amount but, yes. Everyone shows love in different ways.

What is the light of the full moon illuminating?
How I can love myself and others and give fully and enjoy myself while helping others.

What new insights have I gained during the last phase of the moon while taking action on my intentions?
God will provide miracles, love is the most important thing, a clean home refreshes the mind.

Am I having any strong emotional experiences, joy, sadness, depression or inspiration?
I was very depressed and extremely tired at the beginning of the week but since then I’ve been peaceful and content and appreciating what I have. I’ve even been inspired to cook again.

Am I having trouble sleeping?
Because of my cats, yes. They still wake me up a couple times a night. But I’ve also been sleeping a LOT so maybe that makes up for it.

Joy Boardman

Massage Therapist and Collage Art Therapist

Planet Joy: Otherworldly Massages for Women, Planet-Friendly Collages for Everyone

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So much MORE than a collage party!

“I know I said it a bunch of times, but I still want to say ‘thank you’ once again for the collage party and for your insightful prompts on the making of the collages. As I said, I’ve not done anything that was free-flowingingly (I make up words sometimes) creative in many years. It was a great experience for me on so many levels.

So again, THANK YOU! And I do plan to attend more sessions to continue learning to allow myself to expand into more spontaneity and creativity.”


20140108-202338.jpgJen with one of the wonderful collages she created.

Saturday was kind of life-changing for me when I saw how much these collage sessions can mean to other people.

What an incredible blessing it was to discover that I can do these fun collage parties and actually HELP people.

Here I’d initially thought they would just be good fun….I cannot express how excited I am to be entering the realm of art therapy.

Of course, it is still whole bunches of pure fun, too.

I just feel in my bones that this is going to become an integral part of what I do.

I’d been trying and trying to fit massages and collages together (delighted at first to simply discover that they rhyme!)

Then the other night TJ said that my art “makes people feel good in their brains and their hearts” which made me realize that every part of my business touches people on some therapeutic level.

Even my squishy, awkward animals! They are therapeutically squishy to hold.

My fizzies make baths and showers therapeutic, too….

It’s so exciting to be continuously discovering my life path and how EVERYTHING fits together!!

20140108-202353.jpgI really hope you can come to one of the parties.

In January we are setting our intentions for the coming year.

It’s a very powerful thing to make your goals visual!

I will provide all of the materials (*if you want to bring extra magazines, you’re welcome to!)

It’s totally relaxed: no-stress!

Find out more all about the collage parties here.
20140108-202400.jpgStay tuned on Facebook for February dates!
The prompts for February will be:

Self-esteem, radical self-love& acceptance, what love means to you, and love for others.

I’ll give the option to make valentines for the women’s shelter in Staunton, the senior citizens center, etc.

((All collages above, except Jen's of course, were made by me: Joy Boardman))
20140108-203249.jpgJoy Boardman is "soul" owner of PlanetJoy: Otherworldly Massages for Women and Planet-Friendly Collages for Everyone. She has been doing collage since she was old enough to hold the lefty scissors. Follow her on Facebook at

Heck Yeah! Saying Farewell to 2013

2013: What a year!!

What a fabulous year this was. I made SO MANY new friends and consequently more than tripled my business. My word for the year was Outward and hallelujah it was a success. Here are some of the adventures I had in 2013.20131223-112132.jpg❄Survived being stranded on New Years Eve (spent night at Turtle Lane)

❄Said farewell to my favorite restaurant: Mockingbird

❄Decided to take my business in a new direction and created the Year of Massage (went from 3 clients to over 20!!)

❄Set my intention word for the year: "Outward" I wanted to be more connected and outwardly focused and WOAH, it so happened.

Also: organized and revamped the entire shop Turtle Lane in little over a month.
20131223-112139.jpg💗Made a lovely Carrot cake for my moms birthday

💗Made my first magnets

💗Created my first posters (and my lovely customer was so impressed that she framed hers and sent me photos)

💗Awkward bunnies were born!
20131223-112146.jpg🌟I joined Hour economy and started doing marketing on the steering committee for them

🌟I received my Associates Degree (finally)

🌟Wonder Woman became the mascot for Planet Joy

🌟I started making journals

Also: made friends with Tony and Ros, went to the planetarium with my mom
20131223-121930.jpg🙌😍Vanessa gave birth to a magical baby boy child with some killer good looks.😍🙌
20131223-112154.jpg🌈Started making crayons

🌈Cut my hair and dyed it blue

🌈Photoshoot with Josh Kamikaze

🌈Helped celebrate Dawns birthday

Also: worked at the Verona farmers market20131223-112202.jpg🎉⭐Sparkly 27th birthday party!! A lovely day and evening with wonderful friends. Many thanks especially to Melissa Dieterly who helped me so much with preparations. ⭐🎉
20131223-112208.jpg☀We grew a giant tomato

☀Church Downtown started in a movie theatre and I made a bunch of fabulous new friends

☀I became a magical woodland creature thanks to David Hanlon

☀Fun packaging ventures finally happened

Also: kissed an Argentinian and relearned how to ride a bike!
20131223-112215.jpg😎Amazing road trip with my Italian Rainbow, Nada. We went from San Francisco down to San Diego. I even got my first tattoo!! And a legit tan!!!!😎20131223-112224.jpg🍎🍏Many apple picking adventures with Amanda, Tj, Meghan, LeeAnn& her daughters. 🍏🍎
🎉Also celebrated Mary Echols' 88th birthday!20131223-112230.jpg👻I was Delirium for Halloween. I got to cover my arm in fake tattoos, too.

🎃Tj and I carved pumpkins and I made a kitty pumpkin I actually loved!

👻Amanda and I painted our faces as Sugar Skulls!!20131223-112237.jpg👾My family came to visit for Veterans Day. Even my cousin Eric!

👾I made my first mini-books!!

👾I designed Shakespeare magnets. (Coming in January....)

👾Created YOM 201420131223-112243.jpg🍙Melissa and i made giant rolls of rice! i mean sushi.

🍣Space rocks became a thing

🍙I decided this Christmas would be a lighter affair

🍣I chose the word "Improvement" for 201420131223-112251.jpg🍥Pastel holiday decorations this year

🍥New Grinch posters

🍥Gift certificates became available

🍥Mom and I made pretty beautiful gingerbread cookies20131223-112320.jpg
Also: I paid off one of my loans (only 5 to go!) and my mom lost over 100 lbs this year!! I'm SO proud of her.

See my crazy 2013 as a 30-second video.

Happy new year!!

Year in Review: Favorite Posts, Part 3

Here are some of my favorite posts from 2013. Click the links to check out the posts!


(click) Unfinished Goals 2013

(click) Completed Goals

(click) Why I don't date

(click) Mottos

(click) 20 Questions


(click) Disconnect

(click) Breaking Down

(click) Moon Reflected on the Ocean

(click) The gravity of inertia

(click) Find part one here!
(click) Part two!