Hi everyone. I like to support local authors, artists and creative types and invited Joy Resor to be interviewed here on the Front Porch. I don’t know Joy personally, but from what I can tell she is dedicated to putting positive vibes out into the world and being true to herself. I admire anybody who has the courage to pursue what they believe is their calling.

Please give Joy Resor a warm welcome here on the Front Porch.

Tell us a little about yourself. Perhaps what do you do for a living and where you live?



I live in the mountains of Brevard, North Carolina, where my soul’s work has evolved after my marriage ended.  Through Joy on Your Shoulders, I offer wares of Batik cotton with positive messages, serve clients as their spiritual mentor, facilitate journaling to joy classes, create a free newsletter and last year published Go In Joy!  An Alphabetical Adventure, a book of essays and poems inspiring joy.

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Tell us about your creative process…

When I awaken from sleep, in the shower, on a walk in the forest, talking with like-hearted friends – during relaxed, contemplative states, creative ideas arrive for me to live into.

Share a favorite quote:

I cannot believe that the inscrutable universe turns on an axis of suffering; surely the strange beauty of the world must somewhere rest on pure joy.  – Louise Bogan

What creative project are you working on now…

I’m reading a book on tools for better speaking, fuel for the journey I feel inside to become an inspirational speaker and I received inspiration today (!) in a class I facilitate to create a journaling companion to my recently published book.

Share a photo of something you find beautiful:


Name one or more of your favorite books…

I love the book Callings by Gregg Levoy for its beautiful writing and inspiring energy, and I suspect this rare and wonderful book worked within me, encouraging me onward into the joy I offer today.

I love the raw truth, vulnerability and humor in Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton.

I love everything I’ve read by Martha Beck, Elizabeth Gilbert and Jan Phillips, too.

Books and I commune daily and often…how I LOVE reading!

Name one or more music…

All versions of Hallelujah and Morning Has Broken cause me to become still, close my eyes and deeply breathe, touching my soul with power and awe.

Name one or more art…

Lily, Lily Rose by John Singer Sargent crazily wowed me when we saw the enormous original in a Boston exhibit.  I treasure a poster rendering in my home office.


The David in Florence…so magnificent, exacting and ethereal at once….love.

Each Monet I breathed into at the Musee d-Orsay when we visited Paris.

What were you like as a child?

Sensitive, lanky and a tomboy playing outside until dark mixed in with climbing the flowering crabapple trees in our side yard where I communed with God and the birds on lazy summer afternoons.  How I loved playing jacks, freeze tag, jump rope, hop scotch and riding bikes in warm breezes and coloring and board games on rainy days…monopoly, Careers, Operation, The Dating Game, Twister…

Favorite place to be in nature…


On our sun-splashed porch any afternoon, near an abundantly streaming waterfall, walking through a cool, fragrant forest…

What are you grateful for…


I’m grateful to daily write in a gratitude journal and to be as awake as I am to the gifts of this life…to feel breezes, gaze upon Lilies, marvel at drifting cloud shapes.  I’m grateful for friends, laughter and serving others in all the ways I’m called.

From James Lipton…
favorite word — inspiration
least favorite word — terrible
sound I love   –   harp
sound I hate  –  loud televisions with violent programming
Currently reading…
Diana, Herself by Martha Beck, TED Talks by Chris Anderson, The Master Speaks by Joel S. Goldsmith and The Surrender Experiment by Michael A. Singer.
Joy Resor lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina, inspiring joy through her being and offerings, loving life in ways she didn’t when she lived inside her head. She’s in awe of her grown sons, one in the Peace Corps in Namibia and the other enjoying life and work in Germany.
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A big thank you to Joy Resor for being on the Front Porch today. Don’t you feel just a little more joyful having read that interview? Please feel free to leave comments and ask Joy questions or tell her what you thought of her interview! xo


Susan Gabriel is an acclaimed southern author who lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Her novels, The Secret Sense of Wildflower (a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012) and Temple Secrets (2015) are Amazon and Nook #1 bestsellers.

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