JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 21 :: tears of joy

21 Jan
{nail biter}

We woke up in the middle of the night to no power. No electricity, no lights, nothing but darkness.

There was a huge windstorm that blew all over town and blew down trees and then blew out all the power in our neighborhood. I took the dogs out in the darkness. I drove to Starbucks just to get my hands on hot water (for my prescribed morning tea).

On my way home I saw a dog walking down the street and noticed he was hopping along — on three legs. He was missing a leg but it didn’t stop him from hopping along after his owners. He looked as happy as could be. As if he had no clue that dogs usually come with four legs.

It may have been a sign.

The power came back on at  12:00 PM.  The Patriot’s game started at 12:05 PM.  Just. In. Time. But, the tension didn’t stop there.

The Patriots played the first three quarters like a dog with three legs. Hopping along but not quite hitting their stride. It wasn’t until the final two minutes OF THE ENTIRE GAME that we Patriot’s fans could breathe again. The Patriots came from behind for the AFC Championship win but a few of us almost had a heart attack in the process.

Justin, of course, was as cool of cucumber. But when the game was over, I cried. Tears of joy – and possibly some pent up, sitting on the edge of my seat pangs of panic and frustration.

Easy to say on this side of it all – winning in the final minutes. And I think that may be where tears of joy come from… the hope that everything will turn out the way you want.

Oh, Joy – on to the Superbowl!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy-full}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 20 :: joy ride

20 Jan
{en-joy}

We took the Blue Bug to Seattle today — for a little joy ride. I had my acupuncture appointment and then Jaynane and I headed to the Ballard neighborhood looking for a little joy – and I believe we found it!

In a few consignment stores, a yummy hamburger and a walk around the block. It reminds me that the journey is the adventure, and joy is found in shared moments.

Thank you, Seattle, for bringing us a little joy today.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy ride}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 19 :: the joy of sprouting

19 Jan
{winter joy}

It’s winter. And in the thick of January, I was surprised -and so very excited- to see these little sprouts today. They are pushing their way back up.

They are doing what they do best – finding their way back. It seems effortless. Just looking at the little sprouts take formation and rise up above it all. We don’t see all that goes on underneath the surface, below ground.

I wonder if that is how the inner working of JOY actually works? Simple. Easy. Effortless. Allowing.

Here’s to allowing!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{oh, joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 18 :: the joy of planning

18 Jan
{joyful}

My new planner is finally here – and it brings me great joy.

So much to do! So much to plan!
But this year will include more Joy Rides – I Promise.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{promise}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 17 :: joy ride

17 Jan
{action}

Oh, Joy. I’ve been thinking and pondering about the whole concept of joy (so far) this year. And even though we are only a few weeks into 2018, Joy has been whispering in my ear.

What it is saying is ….”DO SOMETHING!”

So I am listening. I think what it is saying is that to really experience joy we need to take action. Any sort of action. Anything at all. So I have decided to call these little forms of action a Joy Ride.

I’m thinking the Joy Ride can be any sort of action – a walk in the woods, a Sunday drive, a 15-minute yoga routine, a 17-second meditation.

Tonight, I’m in the mood for a 17-second meditation.
Let the Joy Ride begin!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy ride}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 16 :: oh, joy

17 Jan
{tired}

Joy has me a little tuckered out tonight. Too much fun, or staying up too late, actually. That’s the thing about joy — too much joy makes a girl too tired. And when you’re tired…. it’s really hard to feel joy.

There must be a ratio in there somewhere?
Joy = Rest + Love + Excitement. 

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{oh, joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 15 so happy together

15 Jan
{joyful noise}

Joy has me asking lots of questions this year. Like what is joy vs. happiness? Is joy bigger and bolder? Is happiness sweeter and more kind?

I’m not sure what the answer is, to be honest, but it had me look up happy songs. Why not?

So here it is… the Top 20 ‘Happy’ Songs of All Time. Here are a few samples.

What are your happy songs?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{don’t worry, be happy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 14 :: laughter and joy

14 Jan
{entertainment}

We watched the movie, The Money Pit tonight — a movie that made us all laugh.  Out loud. 

The slapstick comedy that plays on the fears of every homeowner just doesn’t seem to get old — even this many years later.

It has me thinking about joy — the joy of entertaining. The joy of going to the movies. The joy of laughing OUT loud. Which reminds me that there is truth in comedy. It’s like the string that pulls open the gates for the laughter to spill out.

And maybe that helps let the joy in?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{let joy in}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 13 :: oh, joy the verb?

13 Jan
{curious}

As the year moves forward and my promise to focus on JOY takes hold… I am wondering when joy is more of a verb and an action. It feels like such an emotional feeling sort of state of being… that the action part of joy isn’t quite clear to me. 

I know Joy is choice. But “finding joy” seems like a scavenger hunt (one that starts on the inside of course!). And maybe that is the action verb part after all.

Oh, joy!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joyous}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 12 :: taking a joy ride

12 Jan
{choosing}

Ah, the new year is underway! And so is my new promise: Joy. And like a little kid learning a new word I’m trying it on for size.

I am also realizing that joy is a personal statement, a choice, a collection of choices really. As I think about what brings me joy, and what brings me happiness, I’m wondering how I ever learned the difference and the meaning of these words.

  • Happiness
  • Glee
  • Bliss
  • Pleasure
  • Delight
  • Cheer
  • Joy

They are all so similar, yet so very different. I look forward to exploring more this year. Contrasting them and trying them on for size, and truly deciphering joy from the bunch. It will be a joy ride, I’m sure.

Speaking of…..
What brings you joy?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy ride}
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