About The Joyful Hermit

I am a hermit, successful in living frugally yet with creativity and joy.  I provide can-do ideas for all aspects of daily life.  A single parent of three thriving, adult children and grandparent to three little ones, I also have a doctorate from USC and graduate coursework in clinical psychology.

But more, I live the up side of being down in any situation. How? Despite constant suffering and hardships from a disabling car accident over 26 years ago, I have positive, practical ideas to share for just about anything…

advocating, baking, bargaining, budgeting, building, celebrating, cleaning, consulting, cooking, creating, decorating, dreaming, dressing, dying, encouraging, exercising, gardening, gifting, grandparenting, harp-playing, hosting, laughing, learning, living, loving, motivating, painting, parenting, perceiving, playing, praying, presenting, reading, refurbishing, sculpting, sewing, shopping, spiritual counseling, suffering, teaching, traveling, writing.

Come along with me in this fascinating venture! The Joyful Hermit will ever surprise you with simple ideas and products that can infuse delight in all aspects of your life! Learn to live each day simply and joyfully. Benefit from practical tips and creative ideas with…The Joyful Hermit.


8 Responses to About The Joyful Hermit

  1. crazymomma says:

    this is AWESOME. i am sooooooo excited to read this!!!! sorry to hear about the sledding trip stella maris went on today……! ❤

    • Am still learning how to do the tech stuff, plus getting positive, constructive pointers from family. Edited today’s; I slither into too long of posts. I’ll figure it out, if I stay out of ditches. Thanks for reading and your comment. Am starting to bodily feel the after-effects of sledding….

  2. Nettie Rose says:

    I saw an ad in my diocesan newspaper today, with your products mentioned as “Best treats this side of heaven”. So I decided to check out your website. How many employees do you have? Where are you located? Do you franchise or is this all done from one location? Your products look wonderful but I’m on a very strict self-imposed diet…and buying gifts for others is usually in the form of books or very low-cal items…. But I think it’s just wonderful…your upbeat and positive website! You go Girl!

    • Thanks! I appreciate your encouragement and prayers. I am a hermit so do this on my own. It is not much, and I’m discerning God’s will in the treats, if or what. I do everything in my hermitage. Come spring I will be offering more herbal items, especially the Culinary Herbals. Plus, I might do a benefit for the Women’s Care Center by selling some perennial starts or rogue Japanese Maple trees that sometimes come up from their seeds. I’m right here in this diocese. I blend in, hopefully. That is something I discerned in what would a hermit be in this culture and time period so as to be relatively hidden in vocation yet among people. My spiritual director just yesterday in confession mentioned the “hermit in the heart.”

  3. Christopher Evans says:

    I want to thank you for your website, i found it very inspiring. I’m a new convert to Catholicism and am presently coming into the Catholic Church. However, I feel as though I’m under a major spiritual attack. I sincerely ask that you would please pray for my family and I at this time. I feel so utterly beaten down mentally, physical and spiritually. I truly need Gods strength and healing. Thank you so very much and God Bless!
    Christopher Evans

    • You and your family are now and will be specifically in my prayers. I totally know how and why you are being attacked at all levels. It is your conversion. I, too, had awful obstacles and demonic assaults when I converted. Most often it came as temporal issues and trials, but we know who is behind it. It seems I real that becoming a Catholic would stir the devil that much, but be prepared for all types of persecutions but also for many graces. You are entering am endless treasure chest. Satan also attacks from within the Church. That will be discouraging, but keep your faith and hang in. We converts are called into the Church for reasons we may only surmise and maybe find out at judgment time. Congrats, and hang in there. It is another world!

  4. I love that you live upside of down! Am a lay anchoress( not a canonical hermit) Would be pleased to be added to your subscribers, if you would so choose.
    Blessings for your life!

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