JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 88 :: the lens of joy

31 Mar
{see it}

People ask me how I keep blogging, every single day, for eight years now. I usually answer that it’s because I made a promise to myself. So I don’t miss a day. And now I have the research to back it up.  This article is an excerpt from The Motivation Myth by Jeff Haden. And it explains the power of two words.

I can’t.
vs.
I don’t.

If you have a goal in mind, something you want to do, or a promise you want to keep, you should take a quick read. Replacing one word in your vocabulary can make all the difference.

Which is why I DON’T miss a day on this blog. It’s in the words I use with myself. It is the lens that I see the world through.

I believe that words are powerful medicine. Now I know they are guideposts too.
Change your words. Change your life.
And find your joy!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{what’s your word?}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 87 :: prime time friday

30 Mar
{millions}

Oh, joy! Tonight we watched women’s basketball on prime time. The games were amazing. Overtime to boot! The little girl inside me that never understood why women’s basketball didn’t get fans full of stands was thrilled.

Actually, over the moon. 

It made me think about joy — and how there are SO many ways, millions of ways, to find something joyful. So why not just pick one a day?

Just one. That’s all it takes to fully feel joyful.
Even if it’s watching a great game.
On prime time.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{what’s your prime?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 86 :: relaxing

29 Mar
{into joy}

I was given some good advice today… relax.
As in, relax into your joy. Let it happen. 

It can be hard to relax, can’t it?
But joy should be just that…. an easy, relaxing, graceful way of life.
Thank you, JOY, for the reminder!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{relax}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 85 :: taking joy time outs

28 Mar
{joy}

Today we took a timeout. A JOY timeout, that is!

It was a quick jaunt tot he golf course to hit a bucket of balls… because, why not?

Timeouts can be so good (so good! so good! as every Red Sox fan knows 😉
it’s always a good time to stop and stretch it out. So I wonder why I don’t do it more often?

Maybe, just maybe, that’s what JOY is trying to teach me.
When did you take your last timeout?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{it’s time}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 84 :: watching flowers bloom

27 Mar
{joyufl}

Spring is starting to peek through the rain, and along with it are also the flowers. I love seeing the flowers begin to bloom. They bring with them so much joy!

Which brings me to tonight’s thoughts on joy…

Joy, truly is, watching the flowers bloom.
Bloom, flowers, bloom! The world needs your joy.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{bloom}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 83 :: advice on joy

26 Mar
{neghbors}

I had a great conversation with my neighbor, Carol, today. She’s in her 80’s and you never would know it. You might think she was in her 70’s, maybe, by her laugh and her quick wit.

I thought she would be the perfect person to ask about JOY — and, specifically, what brings her joy… This is what she said:

What is joy?
“Joy is not reading your name in the obituaries. Any day is a good day when you wake up and don’t see your name in the obits.”

Then she laughed out loud with that joyful laugh of hers.

So, there you have it! Needless to say, my neighbor brought me much joy today.
What brings you joy?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{wake up}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 82 :: the joy of ice cream

25 Mar
{sunday}

It’s Sunday Night… and what’s better than a sundae? Eating ice cream right out of the tub. Which we did. Why not?!

Joy has me thinking about all the ways to play, and have fun, and experience more. So why not say yes to ice cream — straight from the tub? 

What can you say yes to?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joyride}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 81 :: be sparkly

24 Mar
{joyful}

Tonight we watched a few games, played some games too and enjoyed a little barbeque (and Jaynane’s famous potato salad!).  All very fun, and all very joyful.

It has me thinking that joy makes us sparkle and shine on the inside. 

And shouldn’t we be as sparkly as we want to be?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{shine on}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 80 :: believe

23 Mar
{be clear, be loud}

As JOY continues to take me down this road, and this year, I keep running up against the message to be clear. I also keep hearing the message that we live in a world where we can be anything… and do anything. So why not be clear? And loud. And above all else… believe that you can. 

Thanks, Joy. I got (and shared!) the message.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{believe}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 79 :: hold on

22 Mar
{to your joy}

There was a little more bad news today in the world. Reports. Updates. News Flash. Maybe some fake news, I don’t know. Really, it’s hard to tell the difference sometimes.

But, I do know this: it takes more courage to hold onto your joy than to let bad news take it away from you. 

It may be the most courageous act we ever make.
Hold onto your joy.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{hold on}
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