JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 151 :: joyful love

30 May
{grace}

I am so overwhelmed with love today. So many beautiful notes and messages from friends about saying goodbye to Pup. You don’t know how much it means to me…

….well maybe you do.

It seems that losing a cherished pet is a universal exercise in grief. And in so many ways a connection from the animal world straight to the heart of the matter.

There is so much in this world that is hard to agree on, but, not when it comes to saying goodbye to those we love. Especially our pets.

That is an exercise in love. And in joy, there is always love.
Thanks for the love. I will repay the favor when and if the day comes.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{love}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 150 :: joyful goodbyes

29 May
{Pup}

Joy has been kicking my butt this month. Forcing me to look life in the eyes. First, we said our goodbyes to Aunt Nancy, and today we said our final goodbye to our dear #1 Pup.

Saying goodbye is not joyful.

But it does make me reflect on the good times. And we had so many GOOD TIMES with our Number One Pup. His antics (running away, only to get stuck at the end of a pier with nowhere to go on an island), the cherished moments (road trips crisscrossing the country a few times), the funny stories (trying to lick me when Justin kissed me), his crazy acts of courage (chasing a skunk only to find out it was not a kitty).

Ah… there are so many Pup stories. And today was the grand finale of this chapter in our lives. It included a picnic with a pint of ice cream just for Pup on the beach and many, many treats along the way. There was music. There was his tennis ball. And there was our adorable 17-year-old Pup. 

He has been more than a Pup to us. He has been the glue of our little traveling unit. He has been alpha dog and best buddy and in many ways our first baby, He was the best snuggle in town, and the first one to bark if there was a mail carrier within fifty feet (you know, those intimidating mail carriers!).

Pup has been so much more than a dog. He has been mascot, nurse, big brother and babysitter. He has licked away our wounded tears through my surgical journeys. He was the biggest tattletale too – always running to me to report on Brady’s mischief (eating vegetables off the counter, redecorating the kitchen with tea towels, chewing up toys).

It’s hard to say goodbye to such a good dog. But he has brought us enough joy and so many stories to last for another lifetime to come.

It’s not ironic that joy is the highest vibration in the world and Pup had a #1 on his chest. Pup was the carrier of the message of joy. Whenever he went and however he wagged his tail. Even in his high fives.

There just aren’t enough words to say how much joy this little animal being shared with the world. But I do know this — we were the lucky ones to receive it.

We love you Pup.
Always, and forever.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{Pup}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 149 :: joyful being

28 May
{just be it}

Today was a good day. It was in all estimations a good day. There is nothing better than a life full of good days strung together. That is truly, joyful being.

Being in the joy.

It is the moments in our lives when we take a pause to honor that which is important, beautiful, industrious, inventive, inspiring, heroic, and peaceful that we find ourselves in that pause. The place where we can breathe freely. The place where we can close our eyes as we look up to the sun and feel the warmth of life. The place where we share laughter and joy with the ones we love.

The joyful pause.

This is being. And I am learning in this year of Joy that it is always found on the being side of human beings. Not the doing.  

Humans do great things. Human beings, when we are our most human, do the greatest of all things. We are present.

Today, of all days, is a good day to be present.
And, that, is the biggest gift of all.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{be}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 148 :: sneaky joy

27 May
{let joy in}

We went on a joy ride today.  A random, fun, joy ride that led us from park to coast to brewery and back again. It was a “joy break” and a “joy ride” all wrapped into one adventure.

We passed the Ski to Sea Race along the way with so many other people on their own adventures. 

Our adventure got me thinking about random joy, and how sometimes, the best joy is the kind that sneaks up on you. Here’s to sneaky joy!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy rides}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 147 :: joyful creating

26 May
{day by day}

There are 218 days remaining in this year. I know, because I had to look up the day of the year just to make sure I was on track. For those of you counting…it is officially Day 147.

Counting the days is a useful process…sometimes. Other times, it just makes me feel behind schedule. Today it has me wondering what else JOY has up its sleeve for me this year. In the 218 days left that will unfold one day at a time.

And, in so many ways, that’s what makes these promises fun and fulfilling – never knowing where they will take me. It’s also what keeps me focused and fired up. So many surprises in store, so much JOY to create.

What joy are you creating?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{create}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 147 :: joyful breath

25 May
{stretching}

Every day I stretch. I wish I could report that I stretch my body, but I’m not very consistent with physical workouts. I am, however, very consistent with growing and expanding my heart and mind. It’s a daily training routine called Life.

But this year is teaching me to stretch in a new way — in all matters of JOY. I am learning that joy is about expanding and stretching in heart & mind, being open to possibilities and being aware of each and every moment.

Life can take your breath away if you let it.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{breathe}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 146 :: dancing joy

24 May
{music on}

Today, the Joy Breaks continue… and tonight it turned into joyful dancing. To the music of the Animal House soundtrack of all things….but, you should try it.

Get a little joy in.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy beaks}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 145 :: practicing joy

23 May
{joy breaks}

Today, the Joy Breaks continue… In fact, in the Joy Break department, I received a message from a dear friend wondering what I am doing for a Joy Break… as in, how do they work.

So here’s what I wrote back to her:
____

I’m using music for short bursts. Spotify is my friend.

I did a fast meditation yesterday where I saw a white light go through every cell of my body and fill it with joy (a little out there but it felt great).

I walked Pup outside, even though he is so delicate right now and really tried to ignore his skin and bones body and instead connect with him as he was soaking up the sunshine.

Then, when I looked at social media, I read everyone’s updates on my feed and smiled at each one, trying to be genuinely excited for each of them – because admittedly, sometimes social media just makes me jealous 😉

I might use this for my post tonight… it’s a good question.  

And I did use this for my post tonight!
So the question is… What is your Joy Break?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy beaks}
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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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