Joy's Origin Story

Joy's Origin Story

Joy actually didn’t start out as a toy otter at all.

In December of 2020, I was feeling down about lockdowns and not seeing people, including my family. My parents were missing me as well. 

When I was kid my parents would hide elves and a yellow butterfly in the Christmas decorations. Way before Elf on the Shelf was thing. 

Dad has kept up the tradition alive all these years. It has brought both of us so much joy.

Because of the lockdowns, I didn’t go inside my parents house once it got cold and the windows had to be shut. Meaning no elves to find. My Dad started to send me pictures with the elves in the them for me to find. 

 Elf sitting on a coffee cup

By this time I had a been given a few of the prized elves myself, so I started to take my own pictures of the elves and sending them to my Dad to find.

I realized other people might enjoy finding an elf in a picture too. I took the elf with me to a park and snapped some shots for social media. 

People enjoyed finding the elf. 

After Christmas, I knew I wanted to keeping it going, but had to find something else beside a Christmas elf. 

Otters by nature are playful, tenacious and know how to relax, everything that I wanted to show in these posts. 

And what better name could a toy otter have than “Joy”.  

Giving you the opportunity to, Find Joy! Yep, she is the pic below!

 

Tara with Joy sitting on her shoulder

 

Joy can found every Friday on Tara's LinkedIn profile and on Courageously Living's Pinterest page!

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