Joy vs. the World – In Real Life #3

In Real Life Episode 3 http://MamaNatural.com
I heard the sweetest sound today, and the joy is contagious. See why in IRL episode 3!

Here’s the link to the treadmill giveaway mentioned in this video ;)

How about you?

When was the last time you had a big belly laugh? What was it about?

About Genevieve

After battling weight, digestive, and immune system issues for years, I know firsthand the harmful effects of conventional life. Through a long road of detox, I discovered the healing power of natural living. This transformation spread into every area of my life - physical, emotional & spiritual. Now I'm on a mission to help other mamas live happier, healthier lives.

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46 Comments

  1. Jessica Smith March 15 at 7:59 am

    Watched this today after waking up on the wrong side of the bed. Great reminder that I can CHOOSE to be joyful and change the rest of my day, even if it didn’t start out so great. Thanks for the encouragement! (And PTL for His perfect timing) ;)

  2. Michelle March 11 at 3:36 pm

    Thanks Genevieve and mike for this uplifting video and message – ahhhh feels so good to be reminded of this :)

  3. stephanie March 11 at 8:39 am

    awww. how sweet to share the dream with you. Thank for the grocery run look as well. my hubby is addicted to chili nachos, hot dogs, doritos, and pizza rolls. it has been a struggle ! plus its hard to have my kids watch papa eat doritios and want some:( so it helps when everyone is on the same page!
    as far as laughing… with my kids I have started a nighttime routine since they were lil’ before bed that they have always loved– as they are laying down after a story I make “sandwiches” I spread “butter” on their bodies and then put in broccoli, cheese, raspberries, etc. which each of those are specific tickles.. they love requesting new items and seeing what new tickles they get each night. they always dissolve into laughter by the end. after I finish the sandwich I end up “eating” with munches on their tummies. This evolved form my mom making me “toasty” at night by tucking me in.. :)

  4. Joan March 10 at 11:48 am

    Genevieve,

    I loved this so much. The message, the dream, the reminders. Ever laugh in your dreams? I do, rarely, and when I do it is so true, so happy, so real, so…close to the Source that I wish I felt that way all the time. Seeing the picture of Jesus made me think of that, and I didn’t know, but I really needed to see His picture of joy, laughter and delight. I totally think He thinks you’re funny! And I’m taking this dream as a literal message. Another reader did the coconut oil quote from your crunchy videos and I do the same thing! It’s just catchy and funny. I saw maple syrup the other day and thought “oh! $20 bucks!” even though it wasn’t. It just made me think of you.

    I often think, as my role as a parent, how much I’ve changed from my joyful self as a child to the too-serious and “labeled” person I am now. The example of who I used to be much more often is right in front of me, in my beautiful seven year old son. I seem to always run interference for him so he can be protected as much as possible from the world’s hurts-which of course I can’t do all of the time. B/C
    I’m afraid of how much it’ll change him. I want children to stay innocent-and happy, for as long as possible. It’s just too beautiful a time to mess with. So I try to lighten up, to meet my son where he is right now, to pay attention more in the moment and enjoy his joy and enthusiasm instead of tamping it down when we have bust a move to to get ready for school, bed etc. That’s when my patience often thins and I’m too serious. I wonder, am I not fun? Could I be doing this better? Yes, I could and I just want to remember, and act, before it’s too late, to be more joyful, to slow down and be present.

    Thanks for the reminder and for sharing.

  5. samantha March 8 at 5:45 am

    I love your blouse! So pretty!

  6. Michele March 7 at 10:39 am

    I go online and read some “autocorrect” text messages to get in a good bent over can’t breathe eyes tearing laugh. And of course dancing with my little boys to Pharrell’s “Happy”.

  7. Rachel March 7 at 8:54 am

    My kids are CERTAINLY a constant source of joy in my life–and a reminder to BE joyful through every circumstance. Hearing you talk about Jesus belly-laughing over your videos actually brought me to tears, because it is such a wonderful reminder that God is our Father, and he takes delight in his children! Becoming a parent opened my eyes to a whole new realization of His love for me. Bless your sweet friend for telling you about that dream so you could share it with us!

    • Genevieve March 7 at 9:39 am

      Aw, so glad you liked the story! I was a little nervous sharing it as it’s so about me (LOL!) but was hoping it was encouraging for some mamas out there :) :) :)

      Bless you Rachel! So glad you’re here :)

  8. kaye Herbert March 7 at 4:18 am

    always love the show, but this one was just great!! i became a mama around the same time you did (& started the blog) & have my 2nd one now too. im tracking with just about everything you are porting out there, its neat! my 3.5 year old loves to be silly in different ways & is always trying to draw me in to his zaniness because he loves seeing serious mama get silly & we enjoy laughing together. sometimes i have to remind myself to let loose & even instigate some laughter & surprise him. the same is true in marriage. when did we get so serious?? walls come down & or connection renewed when we laugh together, enjoy playful touch, & surprise one another. I’m thankful to be a mom because it provides many opportunities to enjoy simple pleasures, run/skip/jump around, sing & dance from the heart, & wrestle /tickle each day. these children are a blessing. & i bet the Lord LOVES your videos! :) He loves it when his children glorify him through the way he made them to be! thanks for sharing!

    • Genevieve March 7 at 9:38 am

      Aw, tears! So true, so true! Michael and I have been laughing more and it’s truly balm to the spirit!

      And God does want us to be who He created us to be… I think that was what was so touching about that girl sharing the dream with me. So precious that God is the way He is :) XOXO

  9. Brianna March 6 at 9:57 pm

    I’m reading a book called “All Joy and No Fun” after watching your video I think you should look no it.

    • Genevieve March 7 at 9:37 am

      Oooooo… sounds good! Gonna look it up. Thanks!

  10. Becky @ Rooted Blessings March 6 at 8:46 pm

    Loved this video. I need more laughter in my life too! I don’t even know when I had the last belly laugh. I think I need one!

  11. Amanda Nour March 6 at 8:25 pm

    Oh man. I love laughter! I really had a recent belly-jiggling laughter attack this afternoon. My son is 6-weeks old and recently had some terrible gas. Now I’m not saying I laugh at his pain or anything, but he farted so hard this afternoon in my arms I swear he was trying to take off for the moon. But it was so loud and so sudden that I jumped. And the face he made was a half-smile (he’s not quiet smiling yet) so he must of thought it was funny. I about died of laughter (mostly from the shock i think). And right after I got control of myself, the smell cloud hit me and I was literally crying from the smell in my eyes (you mama’s know what I mean, well anyone whose ever been around a male ever probably does too!) right when my husband came into the room and he started laughing at the faces I was making and our son was smiling really big like he was a master comedian. Laughter spread! Good memories abound! Totally worth it!

    • Genevieve March 7 at 9:36 am

      LOL! It *is* amazing the noise that can come out of such innocent young things :) The length of the fart is what shocks me the most…. like, “dang, sistah, you are letting it rip!”

  12. Alicia March 6 at 6:50 pm

    Recently, I described (for my husband) my elitist aversion to live recordings, especially by people who talk during the song. My pastor plays a track with a famous evangelist talking and “singing” over this choir and it makes my skin crawl. Eek! I explained to hubby how it drove me nuts and how the man “whispers like he’s IN BED with us”, which made my hubby lose it. He cackled so hard that it made me lose it too. So we had a long, hysterical giggle in our car. It was great. I even felt our baby moving some, as if they agreed. Prenatal participation.

    It’s good to laugh. Jesus loves to laugh and has a GREAT sense of humor.

    • Genevieve March 7 at 9:35 am

      LOL! Loved this! Thanks for sharing :)

  13. Anastasia @ eco-babyz March 6 at 3:26 pm

    LOVE the bubble pop! I seriously (pun intended) need to laugh more! :) I am way too serious with my kids and they are always extra silly and trying to make me laugh :)

  14. Jessica March 6 at 3:20 pm

    Love seeing the Kalona yogurt and milk – we live super close to Kalona!!! :)

  15. Jillian March 6 at 2:06 pm

    Yesterday my husband and I went with our three year old to our Ash Wednesday Service. Before we went I explained to our son about how we were all going to get the sign of the cross on our forehead with ashes. Well, he thought this was an AMAZING idea and was absolutely GIDDY with anticipation. The service was very quiet and somber, especially the sermon but my son kept grinning and “whispering” (as much as three year old can whisper!) to me, “I’m so happy Mama!! I’m so happy!” My husband and I and all the people sitting around us had a great laugh at the juxtaposition. Gotta love the joy of children!

    • Genevieve March 7 at 9:34 am

      Aw, that brings tears to my eyes! How beautiful! Beauty in ashes :) Joy in ashes :)

  16. Tina March 6 at 12:45 pm

    Great video! I too have daily belly laughs with my son (2 yrs old) during tickle time.

  17. Gwen March 6 at 12:39 pm

    LOVE that you brought back the week’s meal pictures. Just that bit of inspiration helps me so much when I get into a rut making them! Where are your plates from? They’re pretty! (And they seem smaller than my current HUGE plates, something I’m looking for!)

    My last big belly laugh was this morning. My husband makes me laugh every single day. It’s one of the reasons I fell for him!

    • Genevieve March 7 at 9:33 am

      Those plates I got YEARS ago from Crate and Barrell. They are made by JARS of France. LOVE EM!

  18. Zahydie March 6 at 12:26 pm

    When the little girl I care for said “crazy mommy!!!” It was just the funniest thing ever!

  19. Samantha March 6 at 12:24 pm

    Mama!!! I totaly agree with you We need to walk in much more joy!! He gives us joy for our mourning !!!

    Quick question: can you pleeeeeeease share your personal hair regim?!?!

    Thank you so much!! Bless you and your sweet and beautiful and JOYFUL family!

    • Megan March 6 at 12:46 pm

      Samantha I am with you on the hair regime I am always just amazed at how gorgeous, shiny, long, and full Genevieve’s hair looks. Mine is far from that and recently I had to cut it all off because no matter what I did it just kept looking worse. I would love to hear what she does with those beautiful locks of hers

      • Rose March 6 at 3:09 pm

        Ditto! I’ve been meaning to ask that as well!

        • Beth March 7 at 2:17 am

          Yes, please share the hair routine! Your hair is gorgeous!

  20. Sara H. March 6 at 11:43 am

    We really enjoy all the Ezekiel breads and English muffins! Hade one this morning w/grass fed butter and raw local honey! mmmmm. :) Glad you are trying them. :)
    I watch IRL with my 2yr old and he calls you “Ma-ma-no-no!” Lol (I think we all feel like Ma-ma-no-nos sometimes. Hahaha!) Love being a natural fan!
    Sara

    • Genevieve March 7 at 9:32 am

      Hahahaha!!! Love this :) Yes, the English muffins are really hearty! I’m thrilled that Griffin likes them :)

  21. Tracy March 6 at 11:35 am

    Thank you so much for showing some of the meals you’ve had. I have been struggling and only seem to have room for dark chocolate lately. Seriously the thought of veggies and fruit is just turning my stomach. Meat, cheese and wheat products are going down smoothly…maybe too smoothly but seeing your meals had made me realize that I have not been eating any colour. I know if I just put some on my plate I would feel so much better, just can’t figure out why its so hard to keep eating healthy when I know how healthy and energized it makes me feel?

    • Genevieve March 7 at 9:31 am

      It *can* be hard! Be easy on yourself. I sometimes resist veggies. Michael is actually the one who is always like “where’s the veggies in this meal :) ?” I find if I have them easy to access it helps. I like easy veggies like peppers and tomatoes and carrots. Also, a great way to get lots of veggies in is through soup! I love making a good broth and putting in tons of veggies like broccoli, onion, celery, zucchini, and then pureeing the soup. I add a little sea salt and sometimes olive oil. YUMMY!!! Give it a try. It’s really gentle on the tummy.

  22. Shay March 6 at 11:29 am

    Love the message on this video!!! My last really good laugh was just last night when my little Cyrus (11 months old) and I were playing together and as you mentioned our children’s laughs are really contagious!!! Thanks for the reminder to be joyful :)

  23. Laura March 6 at 11:28 am

    Laughter is just a fun thing that humans enjoy doing and since we are made in God’s imagine, I think he loves to laugh as well :) I love that dream she had. Really neat! I agree with you about becoming serious over the years. I’ve had some bad things happen to me (probably everyone can say the same), but I consciously have to choose to not to dwell on it and choose joy! Isn’t joy a fruit of the spirit?!

    • Alicia March 6 at 6:53 pm

      <3

    • Genevieve March 7 at 9:28 am

      Yes it is sistah! Didn’t even think of that.

  24. jessica March 6 at 11:26 am

    Belly laughs are good for the soul :-)

  25. cate March 6 at 10:38 am

    YES! I so think Jesus loves your fun & humor!! :D I know we do! My kids still go around the grocery store saying things like: ‘coconut oil, where’s the coconut oil’ or if wearing sunglasses will lower than and say: ‘Got the stuff?’

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