I partnered with the brilliant Cortney Armitage on a photo series that represents Joy using the color bombs of Holi. Each of the women in the series gave their definition of Joy - and they were all equally as insightful and relatable. Check them out below!
"Joy to me is a deep sense of inter-connectedness, losing sense of time and space - but fully engaged in the moment."
Kristine Pregot - @kristinequeen
"There’s something about Joy, in comparison to the other breeds of happiness, that’s more immediate. The downside is that it’s more fleeting, but there some part of it that’s serendipitous and unexpected and keeps you on your feet because you never know when it’s going to turn an ordinary or terrible day around. It’s ancillary. It’s not necessary. It’s specific to you and it’s outside of the general things that make everyone happy like puppies and coupons. After you’ve taken care of your basic needs and let yourself be affected by pleasantries, what’s the one thing that brings you a feeling you didn’t realize you were missing? For me, it’s always been performing. I feel elevated. High. I can tangibly feel it (though, that might be the blazing, overbearing stage lights giving me a low-grade fever.) I think happiness is something you possess after getting your material items in order and taking care of yourself and doing all the things you need to do to live. Joy is the shit you live for."
Brittany Brave @brittanythebrave
"Harmony and balance in life brings me joy. Thinking about my friends and family and sharing laughs with them. And I love life's surprises!"
Eliis Keidong - @ellie_keidong
"As a free spirit, my joy is feeling lost. Lost in my thoughts, lost in music and dance, lost in nature or the city...My mother always said I was a daydreamer...and feeling lost makes room for more of my dreams..."
Camile Sardina - @camilesardina
"Basically, anything that has the elements of "silliness, sea, surf & friends" in it is Joy for me."
Katrin Haibi (She is a free spirit and has no instagram tag)
"For me, joy means an understanding that not everything may work out, but we should celebrate the little things as they do.
I think it's deeply entwined with hope, which requires that we embrace that few things are guaranteed but we can dare to love them anyway. "
Megan McCormick - @megwethersfield