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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

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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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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 139 :: a path of joy

17 May
{future forward}

I’m all about promises. I love promises. I keep my promise all year long. And, the best part is I never know where it will take me. It is a path that winds out before me and I can never quite see around the corner. But I can always look back and know exactly where I’ve been.

Life is a lot like that. We see the path we’ve been down so clearly. The secret, it seems, is to have that same amount of clarity for the path ahead. And then follow it.

Maybe that’s why I make so many promises, year after year. It’s like blazing a trail, setting a vision, holding to a dream and then following the path — wherever it takes me, even though I can never see the destination. 

This year, joy is taking me on a ride. Down a path. Into the future!
We’ll see where it goes…

Where are you going?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy-full}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 138 :: living joy

16 May
{laughter and tears}

Just thinking about joy today. And it has moved me to both laughter and tears. Maybe that’s the point? To want and dream and desire and do and act and create all at the same time.

Joy is an inside job. 

Joy is also living from the inside out.
Here’s to living some joy.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy-full}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 137 :: surviving fake news

15 May
{clear}

I was thinking a lot today about how to avoid bad news, fake news, and any barrage of negativity. I decided the best course is always to keep to your vision, stay focused on the end game and stay clear — as we know, Mama Sling once told me, “the clearest one wins.”

Then, of course, there is always love, beauty, joy and …chocolate. It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day so by all means, go celebrate. I’ve always thought every restaurant should offer small, mini chocolate chip cookies as a dessert option. Warm. Right off the sheet. Why not? I would order it every single time. Maybe that’s the solution to a bad news cycle …a little bit of joy and a lot of chocolate chip cookies.  

So here’s to love, joy, beauty, and chocolate chip cookies.
More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{chocolate chip cookies}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 136 :: free joy

14 May
{bloom}

Okay so it’s not technically summer, but the last few days have felt like it.   And, it feels good. Flowers blooming, sunshine shining, bees buzzing. It’s as if the world has woken up.

I have literally watched the leaves grow on the tree outside my window. They were baby sprouts just a week ago, now they are full on leaves the size of my hand. And green. So green!

I love the color of green spring flipping into summer green. It’s that beautiful lime then full dark kale color. It’s like watching Mother Nature’s rainbow this burst of color all around me.

I love it. And it brings me joy. And, biggest bonus ever… it’s FREE!
More tomorrow…

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 135 today

13 May
{wonder-full}

Today was wonderful. Bright sun. Brilliant moments. The best kind of Mother’s Day. And, as we were driving to meet family, Justin said this: you have to make today so great yesterday is jealous.

I agree. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Each day is a gift, a moment to remember, an opportunity. And if it doesn’t go your way, well, that’s what tomorrow is for.  

So, here’s to tomorrow… make yesterday jealous!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy}
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