JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 348 :: joy is a clearing a path

16 Dec

{clear}  

This year of JOY has been teaching me so much about adding joy to my life. New friends, new job, new home, new places, and new faces. But it is also teaching me about the art of clearing a path. 

You see, joy lives in each of us. It resides in the fabric of our being. Our job is just to clear a path for JOY to be set free.

So I’m learning it’s not so much about adding things to create joy, or buying things or eating things or creating things. It’s actually about removing the things that don’t allow joy to bubble up. 

Removing pain clears a path for joy to rise. THIS is the real discovery I have made in these twelve months of joy. Joy is all about clearing a path, letting go of pain and setting yourself free. 

Here’s to being clear. 

More tomorrow… 
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 347 :: joy is a holiday party with friends

15 Dec


{adding joy}  

We just returned from a holiday party with friends and it has us filled with joy. Mostly because it’s been so long since we have seen our friends and also because it’s so wonderful to reconnect and remember.

So tonight, as we shared hugs and smiles and a Yankee Swap with old friends I could feel the joy bubbling up in me. It wasn’t in the gifts or the food or the ugly sweater contest. It was in the joy of connection to our past and our future. 


And that is what the holidays do best, connecting us to each other, as well as, to the past and future.

More tomorrow… 
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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 346 joy is staying up late

14 Dec


{friday night} 

Oh, is it late on the east coast tonight! And I am just now sitting down to this blog post with an appreciation of it being Friday night. The only night where I can stay up late, into the wee hours of the morning and still feel joy.

Staying up late on Saturday just eats into Sunday, the most precious day of the weekend since it is the last one. But staying up on Friday night feels like a joyful way to kickoff the weekend, since it is the first one. 


So here’s to staying up late (and watching way too much TV!). 

More tomorrow… 
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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 345 :: joy is going to the dentist

13 Dec


{the right one} 

Okay, okay, so maybe going to the dentist isn’t very joyful. But today, I was overjoyed to see my dentist in Boston. Especially since the last dentist I went to on the west coast said I needed 10,000 dollars worth of dental work. I was overjoyed to hear that was NOT the recommendation from my Boston dentist. 

Just a cavity and a filling that fell out. Of course, he scolded me for not coming in sooner to have the cavity fixed but I’m glad I listened to my gut instincts and not the west coast dentist who wanted to put caps on all my front teeth. 

Sometimes joy feels so much more joyful when you are on the other side of pain or frustration. And sometimes going to the dentist is surprisingly a joyride. 


And that is something to smile about.

More tomorrow… 
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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 344 :: joy is dinner with family

12 Dec



{yum} 

Today my joy was dinner out with our cousin Adam.

I find it funny how many of my posts this year have to do with food or eating. The stomach seems to be a direct link to joy. The joy highway if you will. But to add friends and family to food, well, I think you’ve got a superhighway. 

Joy is dinner with family and a few laughs too. 

More tomorrow… 
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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 344 joy is a bowling party

11 Dec



{holiday} 

My joy tonight was a festive holiday party. This time, bowling. It’s a funny game really, throwing a large, heavy, round ball down a long corridor to hit a bunch of pins lined up so very far away. And, yet, somehow it is fun.   

Here’s to the games of the holidays and the joy that comes tumbling after. 

More tomorrow… 

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 343 :: joy is holiday cookies

10 Dec



{stuffed} 

I am stuffed. Tonight was another holiday dinner, yay! WIth cookies! Yay! It leaves me stuffed and overjoyed. ‘Tis the season for joy and cookies. 

Ho, ho, ho, holiday cookies! 

More tomorrow… Lovemore,
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 342 :: joy is being relaxed

9 Dec


{relax} 

I spent the weekend relaxing because that is what weekends are for.  A little fun, a little Christmas shopping, a little baking and a little sun.

Earlier this week, at the Massachusetts Conference for Women, Elizabeth Gilbert, spoke about her wish for women — it was that they were no longer longing to be fighters, warriors, tough and strong (because they already are) but that they would all be relaxed. 

That word has been reverberating in my mind ever since. Relaxed. Relaxed. Relaxed. I love being relaxed, although, at times, it makes me lazy. But I do think it brings me joy. 
 

So, here’s to being relaxed… whatever that may mean to you!

More tomorrow… 

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 341 :: joy is warm chocolate

8 Dec

{chip cookies} 

Yum. I am eating warm chocolate chip cookies and I have to say they bring me so much joy! It’s like seeing an old friend again every time I have a warm chocolate chip cookie. 

Speaking of old friends, I saw a few this week and gave them great big hugs. It felt so good. Even better than a chocolate chip cookie! That’s the difference between the west coast and the east coast for me. The west coast was our adventure, like stepping out of our comfort zone to try new things. Almost like eating flan or a coconut macaroon.  

But chocolate chip cookies, they are home. And so is the east coast. 
 

Joy is warm, chocolate chip cookies and home sweet home (even if it’s cold outside!). 

More tomorrow… 

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 341 :: joy is a good night’s sleep

7 Dec



{zzzz} 

It’s Friday and I’m ready to sleeeeeeeeep! In fact, I just woke up from falling asleep on the couch. SO this blog post is zzzzzzzzz
 

Joy is sleep sweet sleep!

More tomorrow… 

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Jamie

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