About

Thank you for stopping by! My name is Ray and JoyfulTurtle.com is a creative outlet for me to express my journey of life activities, spiritual study, and artistic projects.  I live in the Midwest and earn a living through graphic design and online affiliation. I’m a simple guy that loves photography, animals, biking, racing video games, movies, nature, music and AHA moments.

I’m an audiobook nut, a vegetarian, amateur photographer and doing my best(most days) to live healthily and live in and enjoy each moment. Since 2006 I have been on a path of spiritual growth. I’ve studied bits of the major religions and spiritual philosophies. I would not label myself as a follower of any religion but my current beliefs do resemble Eastern philosophies more than Western.

I live a simple philosophy of love, laugh and learn.

Love. If I had one personal goal it would be to experience pure love. Love of all. Everything changes with love. With love, there are no judgments, no negativity and no sense of separation. Yes, love IS the answer.

Laugh. It’s nearly impossible to feel sad while laughing. Laughing relieves stress and makes you feel happier. Laughter binds us together when shared and has been shown to have positive effects on the mind and body. Laughter makes us happy …and happy is GOOD.

Learn. To continue on a spiritual path I want and need to learn. I want to learn how to be a happier, more loving, more peaceful and complete spiritual being. Every day is an opportunity to learn!

When I can experience the positive in life I am better able to share it with others. I try to live simple and be aware of what truly matters.

In May 2011 I quit smoking after 20 years. Six months later I adopted a vegetarian lifestyle.

Professional: Along with the graphic design, I have several online shops I sell designs through. I’m passionate about animals and the environmentbeing a vegetarian and spiritual growth.

I also sell photography prints through Fine Art America.

My philosophy and my life are simple. I want to be a better human being and help make the world a better place.

– Live in Love,

Ray

aka the Joyful Turtle