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insidewink co-founders, Jean Trebek & Alison Martin, talk Joy!

 Hello sweet friends,

With Spring and Summer vibrating and infused in the moment, we started talking about JOY.

Some very interesting things came up for us:

What’s the difference between joy and happiness?

Here’s where we landed: 

Happiness are experiences or things in our outer world. Getting the job, Seeing a friend, watching a great movie, eating a home cooked meal, all that can bring us happiness. Happiness feels bright, light, giggly, ticklish, sometimes fleeting.

Joy is a state of being that we already possess within.  Joy is an innate, warm, deeper flow within our being. Changeless, unaffected, Joy resonates with the true valuing of yourself. Always present, Joy is the knowing that you are significant in the world.

Struggles with feeling Joy are so common

We realized there are times that we feel “blocked”.  For us, some of those blocks are:

  • when we compare ourselves to others
  • judgement
  • finding fault
  • taking things personally
  • blaming anything
  • expecting things to work out only the way we want without any room for the surprise of the unknown

We have found that when we’re not feeling Joy… we can come back to the truth that we are responsible for our own thoughts.

Our perception and perspective is the key, so it’s time to:

  • take a breath
  • take a time out
  • hone in on our feelings and trust our intuition
  • connect with others and embrace the fact that relationships nurture our soul
  • forgive and let go of any blame, shame and regret
  • live for today and stop worrying about the past or future

And finally, find one thing, small or large, silly or meaningful, to be truly grateful for and sink into that… that’s joy.

Here’s what’s happening on insidewink…

Learn to play a song on the guitar… no kidding! Guitarist Ben Tanner Gives us all a a great first lesson.

Alex Trebek loved the Musk Ox, so we feature a wonderful Alaskan Farm that serves to protect these majestic animals.

Bees are one of the most important communities on the planet. Lisa Marie Layman takes us behind tha scenes at her Fox Farm Apiary in Let’s Love The Bees... truly amazing!

And, of course, more of Jean’s wonderful Reliable Recipes and personal stories too. We have some wonderful new writers we know you will really enjoy reading.

We’ll talk again soon!

Much love,
Jean & Alison

In case you missed it …

Jean shares a recap of some of her favorite insidewink interviews of modern-day heroes and visionaries.

Feeling Weepy? That’s good! As Dove Rose explains in her article on the Benefits of Crying

Cheryl Farrell’s amazing article on Hope – The Noun that urges us to give deep to reveal that knowing that things will be alright.

We write about our  Thoughts On The Verdict and questions whether we can step up.

And, of course, more of Jean’s wonderful Reliable Recipes and personal stories too.


Jean is a Professional Religious Science Practitioner, Reiki Master and Sound Healer. She grew up on Long Island, NY, and now lives in Los Angeles. She has two wonderful adult children, Matthew and Emily, with her beloved late husband, Alex.  Jean enjoys taking long walks, watching movies, and traveling. She is very grateful for her family, friends, Luna (the dog) and good coffee.


Alison Martin -- wife, mom, Emmy-award winning actress, writer, chocoholic. Bronx Italian, daughter of Pultizer Prize winning reporters, who also identifies as L.A. Irish. Shout outs: Dan, Em, Brady, pooches - LuLu & Ted, friends, Mother Earth, serendipity, peace, VIPHS, living life like your socks feel real good.

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