JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 148 :: sneaky joy

27 May
{let joy in}

We went on a joy ride today.  A random, fun, joy ride that led us from park to coast to brewery and back again. It was a “joy break” and a “joy ride” all wrapped into one adventure.

We passed the Ski to Sea Race along the way with so many other people on their own adventures. 

Our adventure got me thinking about random joy, and how sometimes, the best joy is the kind that sneaks up on you. Here’s to sneaky joy!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy rides}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 147 :: joyful creating

26 May
{day by day}

There are 218 days remaining in this year. I know, because I had to look up the day of the year just to make sure I was on track. For those of you counting…it is officially Day 147.

Counting the days is a useful process…sometimes. Other times, it just makes me feel behind schedule. Today it has me wondering what else JOY has up its sleeve for me this year. In the 218 days left that will unfold one day at a time.

And, in so many ways, that’s what makes these promises fun and fulfilling – never knowing where they will take me. It’s also what keeps me focused and fired up. So many surprises in store, so much JOY to create.

What joy are you creating?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{create}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 147 :: joyful breath

25 May
{stretching}

Every day I stretch. I wish I could report that I stretch my body, but I’m not very consistent with physical workouts. I am, however, very consistent with growing and expanding my heart and mind. It’s a daily training routine called Life.

But this year is teaching me to stretch in a new way — in all matters of JOY. I am learning that joy is about expanding and stretching in heart & mind, being open to possibilities and being aware of each and every moment.

Life can take your breath away if you let it.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{breathe}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 146 :: dancing joy

24 May
{music on}

Today, the Joy Breaks continue… and tonight it turned into joyful dancing. To the music of the Animal House soundtrack of all things….but, you should try it.

Get a little joy in.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy beaks}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 145 :: practicing joy

23 May
{joy breaks}

Today, the Joy Breaks continue… In fact, in the Joy Break department, I received a message from a dear friend wondering what I am doing for a Joy Break… as in, how do they work.

So here’s what I wrote back to her:
____

I’m using music for short bursts. Spotify is my friend.

I did a fast meditation yesterday where I saw a white light go through every cell of my body and fill it with joy (a little out there but it felt great).

I walked Pup outside, even though he is so delicate right now and really tried to ignore his skin and bones body and instead connect with him as he was soaking up the sunshine.

Then, when I looked at social media, I read everyone’s updates on my feed and smiled at each one, trying to be genuinely excited for each of them – because admittedly, sometimes social media just makes me jealous 😉

I might use this for my post tonight… it’s a good question.  

And I did use this for my post tonight!
So the question is… What is your Joy Break?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy beaks}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 144 :: breathing joy

22 May
{joy breaks}

For my Joy Break today, I went to the beach.

For just a few minutes, but they were well worth it. Feet in the sand (and butt in the sand) it was a good reminder to sit firmly on the ground and breathe in fresh air. 

When I finally left the hot sandy beach and put myself back into my car, I had a sudden urge. I wanted to call my mom. I almost reached for the phone to dial her up before I stopped myself and shook my head.

I haven’t felt that urge in so many years. I mean, of course, I think of my dear Mama Sling all the time. But I haven’t actually had a brain to muscle reaction to actually pick up the phone and dial her number in so, so long.

It was a familiar feeling. I used to call her at her office …like every single day. I’m sure my calls were annoying and interrupting, and yet, also eagerly anticipated. These days, I wouldn’t even know what number to call to reach her.

But today, I had a physical reaction to reach out to her. As if she was right there next to me and I just wanted to talk to her or hug her tightly.

I guess that is what happens when you breathe in fresh air. It goes straight to the brain. And then everything else falls away until you are only left with what matters most. What joy.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy breaks}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 143 :: joy breaks

21 May
{small wins}

I’ve decided to start taking Joy Breaks. Specifically, finding small, moments of joyfulness in my day. They can be tiny, minuscule and even invisible. Doesn’t matter. Because letting in joy is like letting sunshine into a dark room – it shines and expands at light speed.  

So, here’s to joy breaks…lots of joy breaks!
What’s your Joy Break?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy breaks}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 142 :: sandy beaches

20 May
{joy}

In thinking about joy today, I started making a mental list. It included all the things that bring me joy. There are so many items on the list but one came top of mind: bare feet and sandy beaches.  

Isn’t it always the simple joys that matter most?

Then I started to wonder, what if we only thought of joyful thoughts? All day, every day. What impact would that make on the world, our life, our family, our friends and our day?

Could simple joy turn the world around?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{simple joys}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 141 :: saturday joy

19 May
{weekend joy}

Today joy has me thinking about beautiful journeys. I travelled to Seattle and back again today, on an acupuncture adventure. Every time I go I have a total and complete sense of serenity. I also get visions.

They come to me as I am on the table. Popping into my head like pictures. Sometimes, they are familiar, like I have seen them before. Maybe a past memory or two. Other times they are foreign and delightful, like a glimpse of my future. 

The past and future are intertwined with a golden thread. I suppose that is what is most beautiful about all journeys. Remembering the past and seeing the future.

Thank you, joy, for the reminder.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy-full}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 140 :: step by step joy

18 May
{dream}

Change is not always easy. Usually, if you are human, it is the hardest transition to make. So today, when I walked myself over to the gym to do a little spring workout I could feel the change going on inside of me.

So, of course, I avoided it by procrastinating. Instead of walking to the gym I walked to the local labyrinth. The maze-like path that sits at the top of the hill of a local park is usually open with no one else there to compete for steps within it. Today I was the only one there as well, as if it were waiting for me. 

I took my steps slowly, walking up and around and back and forth until finally making my way to the middle. It’s quiet in the middle. It’s serene. It’s whole and complete. It’s where I find my best thoughts. Such as… “Why don’t I do this more often?”

Good question. Being in the middle of the labyrinth reminded me that joy is a step by step process bringing you closer to your joy one day, one moment and one dream at a time.

And that is what changes the future…one moment, one breath, one action at a time. Step by step.

What is joy teaching you?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy-full}
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