JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 47 :: heart joy

17 Feb
{heart based life}

I was thinking a lot about heart space today. And living from a shiny place in the center of my heart. Then I heard these words:

“There is no greater jewel than the spark in your heart.”  

And, I do love sparkly things!
They bring me joy. Here’s to the joy in your heart.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{sparkle and shine}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 46 :: feeling joyful

16 Feb
{snuggles}

It’s been a week. But tonight I am feeling joy. Joyful really with two pups at my side snuggling in while I type. And it has me thinking about the moments in life when joy persists. When it seeps into our soul and stands out in a larger than life sort of way.

Tonight I heard a little voice in my head whisper, “Be Alive! While you are living!” Like a little reminder from beyond.  It sounded a lot like my mother’s voice. And it’s just the sort of sage advice she would tell me.

So tonight, I’m thinking about being alive. 

It’s even more present with Pup these days. Today he walked around the lawn pulling me at the end of his leash with stubborn pride. As if to say, “See, Lady, I’m still in charge around here.”

And he most definitely is.

But he’s also teaching me that joy comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s the chase of a ball and the bark at a squirrel. Other days, it’s the sheer determination to go where you want to go when you want to go there.

And that is the kind of everyday joy that this boy is showing us. To truly be alive while you are living. It’s the fine print of life. And if you think about it, there is nothing more joyful.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 44 :: joyful day

15 Feb
{normal}

It was a good day. A normal day. And I’m finding there is much joy in that.

Pup returned to his own lovable, walkable, tail wagging, treat seeking self. Which was a joy to behold. 

Sometimes normal can be so good. So joyous. And so worth the wait.

Joy is teaching me to enjoy the everyday normalness that comes in between the moments we remember the most. Every day can be so out of this world if we let it. 

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{everday normal}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 43 :: a lesson in love

14 Feb
{loving}

I have to admit, it’s been a rough Valentine’s Day around here. What was to be our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple was starting to look like it could be the last day we would have Pup.

His back legs gave out last night right before bed. We watched him all night, and there were moments of touch and go.  Then, miraculously, he made a rebound around noon.

Ironically, it was right as the mailman arrived.

I was on a conference call watching Pup’s every move as he slept at my feet. Brady heard the familiar mail truck sounds outside the door and began to bark his dutiful warning sounds. Right then, Pup perked up and started barking too. Then he ran to the door.

Halalueleah. Bestill my aching heart. Pup has been fine ever since. But it’s a reminder to me about life and love.

Love can hurt so good.

Pup will be seventeen in a few months, and part of me thinks he’s been with us this long because we have loved him so hard. Someday it will come. And we will grieve. But not as much as we have all loved each other.

And that might just be the biggest message joy has to share with me. Love and Joy. Joy and Love. Such a fine pair.

A reflection of what we put into life and what returns to us in spades. 

And in the end, it was the best Valentine’s Day ever.
Happy Valentine’s Day – remember you are loved. 

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{loved}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 42 beauty

13 Feb
{blooming}

The flowers are starting to sprout and bloom outside my window. The leaves are poking through the ground and getting ready to shoot up and blossom.


Part of me feels like it might be too early. Part of me cannot wait to see those pops of color and meet my flower friends again.

It has me thinking about beauty. And SPRING! And of course, joy. I gain so much joy from the beauty of flowers. And their power to spring out of the ground right at the perfect time of year.

Sometimes the most beautiful things are right in front of my nose. Leaves sprouting. Birds chirping. Sunshine outside my window!! Now, that feels like the most beautiful thing I could imagine after a long rainy Pacific Northwest winter.

One more lesson of joy.
Beauty comes in many forms. The secret is to recognize it in front of you. 

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{beauty}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 41 :: clarity

12 Feb
{promises}

I have been thinking a lot about clarity lately. Ever since my mother whispered in my ear in the middle of a dream. She said, “The clearest one wins.” 

It has me thinking about clarity. What is clarity? What is it like to be super clear about everything that you want? What does it feel like to have a relentless focus on a singular sensation that leads to getting exactly what you want? Maybe even more!

Is that a stepping stone to joy?

I think it has something to do with it. Dream. Focus. Manifest. Joy!  It goes beyond goal setting. It’s an inside job.

I see it every day with Justin. There is a short list of things that he loves:

  • The New England Patriots
  • Pearl Jam
  • Star Wars
  • Our Puppies
  • His Family
  • Me

Maybe not exactly in that order but he is relentlessly committed to that short list of items. He has extreme clarity. And each one brings him extreme joy. (Okay, maybe with one exception of me on the days when I’m no joy to be around… I promise there are only a few…really.)

Anyway, my point is this. Or rather, Mama Sling’s point.
“The clearest one wins.”

I believe words are medicine. And I believe I just received some in my sleep. I love it when I have a Mama Sling dream. I love it, even more, when she visits me in my sleep and I remember it the next day. And, that, definitely goes on my short list.

May the clearest one win.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{clarity}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 40 :: en-joy

11 Feb
{the journey}

My dear friend Diane wrote me and asked me to look up the definition of “enjoy” — so I did.

en·joy
take delight or pleasure in (an activity or occasion).

I like it. It fits so nicely with my promise this year. And it has me thinking about the importance of enjoying the little moments and the big moments — as well as the crazy, stressful, terrorizing ones too.

What if we could enjoy every moment. Every. Single. Moment. I suppose that would be living in the present. The right now.
This moment.

Justin once told me, a long time ago, that life was just the two of us in a car and the rest was scenery. He meant we would get through it…. and get through so much we have, together.

As we bought a new car yesterday and we drove it off the lot and into our life I thought about that saying again.

“It’s you and me in a car and everything else is just scenery.”

I rather enjoy our new car’s heated leather seats but I know what matters most is the scenery, the person you’re driving with, and enjoying every moment that goes by.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{enjoy the scenery}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 39 :: oh joy

10 Feb
{breathing}

I am laughing at myself tonight.

It seems that my promise of “joy” has me experiencing the opposite. Well, maybe not the opposite… wherever you would place stress on the joy scale – that’s where I was today. Mostly because I was not in control.

Control is a funny thing. In some ways, I think total control over all circumstances is very joyful. And then, in so many other ways, I know that total control is my blind spot. The place where I don’t see what’s best because I’m trying to see only what I want to see.

And that’s when I have to remember to breathe.  

Sometimes the best choice is just to breathe. In and out. And if I can remember to do that, I think I can stay in that joyful place where I want to be.

This is coming from the woman who was voted “most likely to be happy in a nuclear holocaust.” True story. It was college. And that’s the award I won. Label bestowed upon me by my peers of course.

In general, and on most days, I live up to that label. That’s how I have survived cancer three times with a smile on my face. I have racked up a lot of life lessons that way. I am the queen of positive perseverance.

So, why is it that sometimes the little, every day, minutia of things can throw me into a tailspin? I don’t know. But I think it has something to do with control — and expectations.

I expect to control my everyday events. I don’t expect to control major life-altering situations. Those, I leave up to God, The Goddess, The Universe and all her magic combined.

But, you know…The last roll of toilet paper! …The car breaking down! …The dog getting up at 4 am to use the bathroom! Well…. those things still have my number. They get my goat. They ring my bell.

Ah, joy. I know you have a lesson in here for me. It’s coming. I can feel it. Bring it on.

Until then…
I breathe.
In. And out.
And, I admit – there is joy in that.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{breathe}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 38 :: the joy of dreaming

9 Feb
{dream on}

As this year takes off I am thinking about dreams. Where dreams come from and how they find us. And the joy that comes from making our dreams come true.

I have also been thinking about the inspiration I find in words. I believe that words are medicine. Truly medicine. Words hold a vibration. And that vibration carries through our soul.

So this year, as I think about JOY… creating joy and sharing joy…I have decided to share more words. Here is tonight’s addition: 

Dreams are the gift of our nights and the adventure of our days.

Here’s to your dreams and your joy!
More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{dreams}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 37 :: the joy of living

8 Feb
{and loving}

My promise is giving me a bit of a joyride so far this year. Joy….has me thinking about joyousness, if that’s a word! And what it means to create joyfulness every day.

Today, I found myself puppy sitting a total Angel. She is eleven weeks of puppyness, high energy and cat naps included. We played fetch. And pooped. We ate treats. And pooped. We sat. And pooped. And then napped. And then pooped some more.

It’s a marvel really, to be a puppy. So little and so big at the same time. Above all, it was marvelous to witness the pure energy of being new to this life. The light coming in the window! The smell of new shoes! The absolute and total delight of pooping!

It made me reflect on joy — and the act of both loving and being totally alive. It is truly loving and living at the same time. 

Another lesson in joy.
(and pooping.)

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy}
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