JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 365 :: joy is a year of joy

31 Dec



What a year you have been. You have brought me a new job, new home, new town, and new adventures. You have filled our lives with laughter and love and appreciation for the people we love near and far, along with a heartbreaking goodbye to those that left us too soon, including Aunt Nancy and our dear #1 Pup.  

More than anything you have provided a clear path and a clearing space to move forward. And tonight you went out with a bang with fireworks over the Boston harbor!

After the fireworks, we tried to catch an UBER ride home but the surging cost was ridiculously expensive between $96 – $235. So we opted to take the FREE MBTA subway halfway home, then catch a cab the rest of the way. 

As we walked through the streets of Boston toward the train in the pouring rain I was pleasantly surprised to feel only warmth in my body. I was not cold or shivering even though I was dripping wet from the storm.

And I think that pretty much sums up my year of joy — sometimes you have to dance in the rain to feel fully alive. 

Because that is what we are here to do. To dance with joy. And, so we dance.

And yet, another year begins. I stand on the precipice of starting this blog all over again as I do every year on January 1st. It’s Decision Day, to blog or not to blog? To that, I say yes.

New Year’s Day marks the ninth year for this blog to live on and I graciously accept the challenge and the honor of being the conduit for these words and experiences to find a place to call home. 

You would think I would be out of words by now, and sometimes I think I am, or at least recycling them all too often. Or, as my dear Aunt DeAnne says with the care that only an Auntie can point out with full support and love, “sometimes you phone it in.”

And sometimes I do.

Because this blog isn’t about having the right words or the best stories or even the most things to say. It’s about showing up. It’s about evolving. It’s about moving forward and staying accountable to my dreams. Even if it rains. 

On the way home tonight in the pouring rain we passed a sign on the road that someone so beautifully painted in graffiti. It caught my eye because it spelled out the words, “Adventure Awaits.”

And so it does! The blog will reboot tomorrow with a new promise. Trust me.

As my fortune cookie says, “If you do not have a plan for your life someone else will.” But I say if you don’t trust in yourself, who else will?

Here’s to a year of joy. Thank you for 365 days of lessons and learnings that will always stay in my heart and guide me into the next adventure. 

What’s next? 
Find out tomorrow! 


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One Response to “JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 365 :: joy is a year of joy”

  1. Linda R Neff January 1, 2019 at 9:23 AM #

    Thank you for all of the beautiful joys you share here with us in this final day of year 8! How awesome you said “yes” to yourself Jamie. And!!! as a reader I’m thrilled you said yes and am looking forward to Year 9. Thank you for your sharing all of your words with the world. Happy New Year Jamie! xoxo

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