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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 203 :: follow the lobster

21 Jul
{joy ride}

The joy ride is on!

Today, my friend Amy and I went on a New England adventure. In search of a lobster roll. We didn’t find one but we did find fish for lunch and a sunny beach to sit on with many other New England families. We also found the house that Justin and I spent a winter in on top of pylons on the beach. The house looks different in the summer…. as does everything. As if nature is coated with joy.

Then, of course, to top it all off, we found shopping.
It always comes back to shopping, doesn’t it?

I think this year is teaching me to have more adventures.
And, when it comes to joy, to follow the lobster!

Happy Friday!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{search for joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 202 :: joyful friday

20 Jul
{weekend}

It’s a joyful Friday night! Good food. Good friends. Good feels. Good Friday!

Why does Friday feel so joyful even if you stay at home in your pajamas? Maybe it’s the satisfaction of surviving. Making it through to the other side of the week. Perhaps it’s the anticipation of the weekend ahead. Or, maybe, it’s the good vibes of a good night’s sleep that awaits.

Friday nights might be the most joyful night of the week, with a full weekend ahead and a full week behind. It’s the fulcrum, the middle, the jumping off point for joy.

Happy Friday!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{jump for joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 200 :: joy is the small things

18 Jul
{joy}

Sometimes jot is big. And sometimes joy is small. Tonight my joy was a small glass of wine. Just a small thing, really. Joy is teaching me that sometimes it arrives in big boxes and sometimes it’s found in small glasses.

The most important thing is to recognize it every step of the way, big or small. Thank you, Joy.
Cheers!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{cheers}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 199 :: joy is getting caught in the rain

17 Jul
{joy}

Rain is so rainy. I have a love/hate relationship with it. I love to hear rain go pitter-patterer on the window while I am warm and cozy inside. But I hate to get soaking wet in it if I get caught outside.

Tonight, I got caught in a rainstorm on my way home from work.  I was in a car driving so I didn’t get wet but there were puddles and the rain was so hard that I had to pull over and stop at Starbucks to wait it out.

It made me pause. It made me stop. I think that’s what is joyful about rain. The heavens open us and pour water on the Earth and make everything else standstill, pay attention, observe and be present.

Getting caught in the rain might get you soaked but it can also suspend time.
What joy.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{suspend time}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 198 :: joy is new and old

16 Jul
{joyful}

Today I started anew. New job. New office. New coworkers. New experiences but all in my old stomping ground. Old and new. What a great combination.

It’s like meeting an old friend with a new facelift, it’s familiar and new. It’s a joyful combination, old +  new.

What joy.
More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{old and new}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 197 :: joy is jet blue mint

15 Jul
{fly}

Landed! I am officially in Massachusetts and on the other coast. But how I got here was the best joyride ever. Due to the number of bags I had to pack my travel agent suggested I upgrade to MINT on my Jet Blue flight.

Let me just say… it was ridiculously amazing. Lay flat seats, blanket, pillow, eye mask… and so much more! I slept the entire red-eye from Seattle to Boston.

And that made me very joyful.

Thank you, Joy, for showing me how much joyfulness is in the luxury of comfort. 

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{comfort & joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 196 :: joy is a hello

14 Jul
{new adventures}

Joy is saying hello because saying goodbye is too hard.

I am on my way to Boston, on to our next adventure, and my heart’s journey. This is what joy is bringing up and teaching me, to look forward and not look back.

Three years ago, I followed my bliss and it led us to Washington. And now, joy calls. You would think joy and bliss would be the same thing, or very, very close to it. It turns out, they live on different coasts. My bliss lives in Washington but my joy is calling me back to Boston.

It’s a return to the heart in so many ways. The truth is (and I know this after living in a myriad of different places) that “home” is a place that lives inside of us, inside our heart. But our heart’s desire sometimes needs us, in fact requires us, to go on a journey.

Joy is a matter of the heart.

My heart is grateful to all that Washington brought us. The family, the food, the fun. A little piece of us will always be in Washington too, the final resting place for our dear Pup after seventeen years of being man’s best friend. He will not be with us on this next journey but he will always be in our hearts.

And now, the future is calling us forward. On to new adventures!!

Goodbye, for now, Left Coast.
Hello, Right Coast.
Follow your bliss and create your joy!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 195 :: joy is a pool

13 Jul
{joy}

Today was hot. Which isn’t typical here in the Pacific Northwest. So the best option, among all the boxes I’ve been packing for our move for days now, was, of course, to take a break.

And go to the pool.

There is such a simple joy of sitting next to a pool of water. Especially on a hot day. Even if it was for just a small moment in time it felt like hitting the reset button inside of me. Maybe because it’s because a pool is refreshing? Or relaxing? Or maybe just rejuvenating.

No matter what it is, a small moment by the pool gave me a big mound of joy. Now… back to packing.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 193 :: a good meal

13 Jul
{joy}

We had a good meal tonight. I final hurrah before I jet off to the east coast. It was a good meal. With good family. And, that, made me very joy-full. Here’s to all the good meals. 

And to being very full of joy.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

 

{joy-full}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 192 :: ice cream joy

11 Jul
{waiting}

I didn’t eat ice cream tonight but I watched a whole group of little kids wait in line for an ice cream cone. It was pure joy.

They were overjoyed when I gave up my table for them to sit down. They were overjoyed when their numbers were called one by one. And they were overjoyed to dig into their ice cream cones.

It made me realize that half the fun of joy is the anticipation… the waiting with pure anticipation that something amazing is about to happen. I have had my share of waiting in life, and usually, it’s for bad news. But JOY is teaching me that anticipation is the best kind of waiting.

Here’s to the joy of waiting.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy}
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