WELCOME to the Take Joy Society. We are a group of ladies who first met because of our love of Tasha Tudor's art and lifestyle. We are broadening our focus to include other artists/writers/people of interest who embody Tasha's philosophy to Take Joy in all the good that life has to offer. Here you will find a record of our get-togethers and resources to help you see that the gloom of the world is but a shadow so that you, too, can Take Joy!



"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer. " ~Psalm 19:14

"It is never my custom to use words lightly.  If 27 years in prison have done anything to us, it was to use the silence of solitude to make us understand how precious words are, and how real speech is in its impact on the way people live and die." ~Nelson Mandela (quoted from Our Daily Bread)

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue." ~Proverbs 18:21


"Listen with the heart of Christ.  Listen with the lover's ear.  Listen for the voice of God.  Listen in your own heart for the sound of truth, the kind that comes when a piece of quality crystal is struck by a metal rod."  ~Joan Chittister, "Wisdom Distilled From the Daily"


"I practice daily what I believe; everything else is religious talk." ~Bill Britton, "Richer By Far"

"Perhaps we don't hear the whispers of authentic longing because we don't want to hear.  If we hear, we might have to acknowledge, even respond."  ~Sarah Ban Breathnach, "Simple Abundance"

"I found myself saying to myself . . . I can't live where I want to . . . I can't go where I want to . . . I can't do what I want to.  I can't even say what I want to.  I decided I was a very stupid fool not to at least paint as I wanted to . . . that seemed to be the only thing I could do that didn't concern anybody but myself." ~Georgia O'Keefe*

"Beneath it all, I think Tasha Tudor's primary message was to follow your own drummer and honor your inner creativity.  Tasha forged trends, she never followed them.  She found beauty and she created beauty.  Tasha could take a piece of paper and make something absolutely splendid from it.  She could look at a flower and see the world in its petals.  And she discovered that beauty daily with fresh eyes.  Certainly, she taught me to look and really see the zest all around us.  And she inspired me to seek the words to express my reverence for nature." ~Tovah Martin, interview

Authentic Success ~Sarah Ban Breathnach

"...the magic seeds of contentment are planted deep within us.  Happiness that the world cannot take away only flourishes in the secret garden of our souls.  By tending to our inner garden and uprooting the weeds of external expectations, we can nurture our authentic happiness the way we would nurture something that's beautiful and alive.  Happiness is a living emotion."  --Sarah Ban Breathnach, January 8, Simple Abundance


"Certain springs are tapped only when we are alone.  The artist knows he must be alone to create; the writer, to work out his thoughts; the musician to compose; the saint, to pray.  But women need solitude in order to find again the true essence of themselves.  The problem is not entirely in finding the room of one's own, the time alone, difficult and necessary as this is.  The problem is more how to still the soul in the midst of its activities.  In fact, the problem is how to feed the soul." ~Anne Morrow Lindbergh*


"Because our gifts carry us out into the world and make us participants in life, the uncovering of them is one of the most important tasks confronting anyone of us." ~Elizabeth O'Connor*

"There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all time this expression is unique.  And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost." ~Martha Graham*

"The gift turned inward, unable to be given, becomes a heavy burden, even sometimes a kind of poison.  It is an though the flow of life were backed up." ~May Sarton*

"When you stifle your passion, you become dispirited, irritable, and non-productive . . . Your real contribution to life is how you feel.  The better you feel the more you have to offer." ~Alan Cohen, "Enough Already"


"Joy often lies dormant, waiting to be unearthed and brought forth . . . Along the way, I realized that the Flair Challenge was a choice to find happiness, beauty, and spirituality every single day.  No matter how bored, how jealous, or how entitled I wanted to be, I could change the reality with a turn of the kaleidoscope.  I could choose to see the day differently.  I could seek out that one morsel to make the day great.  And I would do it every single day." ~Heather Holleman, "Live with Flair"

“God is the friend of silence. His language is silence. And he requires us to be silent to discover him. We need, therefore, silence to be alone with God, to speak to him, to listen to him and to ponder his words deep in our hearts. We need to be alone with God in silence to be renewed and to be transformed. For silence can give us a new outlook on life. In it we are filled with the grace of God, which makes us do all things with joy.” ~Mother Teresa

"Search for the Sacred in the ordinary with gratitude in your heart and you will surely find it."  --Sarah Ban Breathnach*

"Happiness lies at the intersection of pleasure and meaning."  -Harvard happiness expert Tal Ben Shahar


Ivy Baker Priest*:  "The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning."

Sarah Ban Breathnach*:  "Priorities are not written in granite.  They need to be flexible and change as we do.  I find it helpful to think of Priorities as the wooden frame upon which we stretch the canvas of our days so that we may apply color and form to the work of art we are creating without the entire painting collapsing in the middle."

John Milton:  "Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world."

*Quoted from "Simple Abundance"


  1. Beautiful, heartwarming, uplifting quotes. Thank you for all that you do! Love, Sis xoxo


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