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}
#lovemore

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

7 Feb
{everyday}

Ah, perseverance. I was thinking of you today. And how much joy I get from showing up here every night. It’s not like I always have something profound to say, but I do feel the power of perseverance in this promise. 

It is the power of showing up.

Joy.
I do not know where you will take me this year… but it’s already starting to get interesting.

Here’s to showing up!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{perservere}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 37:: joy of faith

6 Feb
{hope}

I’ve been thinking a lot about faith lately. And I think I found the key…  

Hope.
Faith is an act of hope. But hope is the key to faith. And the final result might be joy. The trick is to keep the faith… and that takes hope.

It’s a vicious and beautiful cycle. One I am certainly happy to ride this year. Here’s to faith!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{faith}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 36 :: happy choosing

5 Feb
{choices}

Joy has me thinking about choices. And happiness. And the difference between joy and happy? Happy and joy?

Either way, I do know this: Joy is a game of choice.  

What we think we become. And what we choose we create. There really are so many different choices we can make… and sometimes we take a different path but arrive at the same place, same conclusion, same difference.

Joy is teaching me that it really comes down to a choice. 
We can choose to be happy.
We can choose to be sad.
We can choose to think happy thoughts while we are sad.
It really is a choice.

Happy choosing.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{choosing?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 35 :: win and lose

4 Feb
{next year}

It’s always hard to lose. And that’s the hardest part of sports, sporting or being a sports fan. Someone always loses. “There’s always next year,” was coined for a night like this.

And yet, on the other side, there is a winner. A first-time victory and the joy of bringing home a trophy. History in the record books. So many elated sports fans. The first taste of victory.

It’s the light and the dark. The sun and the shade. One needs the other to exist. For that contrast.

Tonight I felt that contrast as my heart beat so fast inside of me I could barely breathe. I so wanted the Patriots to win. Not because the team has been there before. Not because it was Tom Brady, the GOAT in the game. Not because I have watch him play since his days at Michigan or because we spent most of our adult life in Boston. It was because Justin was at the game.

I just wanted them to win so that he could see it. Experience it. Take it all in.

Of course, this is where you say, “Oh, it’s just a game.” And it is. But it’s making me think about JOY — and what it takes to feel joyful — do we need the low to understand the high? Does the winner need the loser to feel victory? 

The answer is most likely, yes, in both instances.

And yet, it sucks to lose. In the whatever game you play. Always. But the point may be to find joy in the game. To honor the ability to play. Or to just be there. Win or lose.

Congratulations Philly – may you enjoy every moment of this joyous occasion.
And… for the rest of us…there’s always next year 😉

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 34 :: the joy of pats

3 Feb
{twas the night before}

‘Twas the night before the Super Bowl and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a Pats fan. And when I say Pats fan, I mean Justin. He is as giddy as a little boy on Christmas morning. In a few hours, Justin will board a plane for Minneapolis for a date with destiny. Thanks to a few cousins and some lucky last minute tickets.

The funny thing is, he has been waiting his entire life for this day. His favorite team and the Super Bowl all culminating into one big game in a brand, grand new stadium. It’s everything the little boy in him always dreamed of — especially when the Patriots were terrible. Like…. really terrible. For years. Decades. Yet, he has remained strong and steadfast. Always a believer.

It’s easy to forget those years now… the New England Patriots are a dynasty in the making. If not already a legend and a legacy. But there were days when the team was only this special in the hearts of little boys and a few grown men.

One of those little boys who is now a grown man, will be in a seat at the stadium that Minneapolis built. Rooting for his team. From the sidelines. Just like he always has… with passion in his soul and hope in his heart.

And that reminds me…this is what JOY is made of.

What a joy to see someone’s dream come true.
Priceless, really.

More tomorrow… (Go Pats!!)

Lovemore,
Jamie

{dreams}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 33 :: study joy

2 Feb
{good vibrations}

I find myself studying joy this year… in my promise of JOY. So how ironic that I would find myself getting so much joy out of the Study Vibes channel on Spotify.

In my heart of hearts, I am a student. Of Life. Marketing. Business. Health. Spirit. Love. Leadership. Goals. Miracles. Magic.

I have always been a student at heart. Maybe the sounds of Study Vibes are just what I need to fully experience this promise of joy. The vibration of joy is calling to me.

No matter what happens, I do know one thing — this year will teach me something. Who knows what yet? I’m sure I will soon find out.

Until then… I am listening with my study ears on.

What are you studying?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{study}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 32 :: clear joy

1 Feb
{heart}

In my nightly quest to watch fluffy, lighthearted and feel-good TV before I go to bed I find myself in the Hart of Dixie. I can’t handle horror movies and thrillers leave me too anxious to sleep, so fluffy romantic comedies are the only ones that make the grade.

Just like I can’t stand to watch horror movies, Justin can’t stand to watch Hart of Dixie. He walks into the room with a deep sigh of frustration and says, “You’re watching that again?”

Shakespeare would also be disappointed, but for me, it’s pure fluff and fun. And in some odd way, it brings me joy.

The other night, after watching my fill of Dixie I went to sleep and had a dream. In it, my mother came to me and whispered some advice in my ear. She said, “The clearest one wins.”

I’ve been thinking about that statement for days now. And every day it brings me more insight. It was a message from the heart.

In this year of Joy, I’m learning that one person’s joy may not be shared by another. And maybe that’s the point.

Afterall, the clearest one wins.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{clear}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 31 :: the joy of completion

31 Jan
{so crafty}

In the DIY category, I’ve always been more of a painter. A calligrapher. An ink on paper sort of girl. But this year, it seems that yarn is calling my name.

And do you know what is full of heaping amounts of JOY?

Finishing something.
Putting the last bit on a project.
Placing the final ribbon around it.
The pièce de résistance.

For me, on this night, it was this. My first blanket. Pup included!

This project is complete.

They say the journey is what we should enjoy most… enjoy the ride!
But I have to admit, I kind of like marveling at the finished product.

Oh, joy.
More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{enjoy}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 30 :: oh joyous everyday

30 Jan
{every single day}

I was thinking about everyday joy today. You know, the kind of joys that we take for granted. Or, at least I do.

Things like…

  • Spotify (seriously! Any kind of music I want at the touch of my fingertips)
  • Fun people to work with and kind friends to catch up with
  • Yummy dinners cooked by my sweet hubby
  • Puppies sleeping at my feet
  • Dark chocolate
  • Hot tea
  • Netflix
  • Yarn

It’s always about the little things.
Always.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy}
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