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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 362 :: joy is tiny moments

28 Dec


{joy}  

As the year 2018 nears the end I am joyful to be surrounded by laughter, love and family. Is there any better way to celebrate the final turn of a year of joy?

Joy has taught me so much this year, more than what I could have ever imagined. But at the end of the day (and the year) it is the people we love and cherish that matter most. It comes in many forms, phone calls, text messages, hugs, laughter, tears, and moments that make up this thing called life. All of that feels like joy. 

Today is was Christmas presents, Chinese food and many card games. It reminds me that the tiny shared moments matter most. 


Every day has a moment of joy, it’s our job to find it, even the tiny ones. 

More tomorrow… 
Lovemore,
Jamie

{joyful}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 241 :: joy is a three-day weekend

1 Sep
{celebrate summer}

Joy is a three-day weekend! Here’s to the last hurrah of summer: the warm months, the hot sun, the cool beach. The best part of summer’s end is all the beginning’s to come. Including my love! Justin and Brady should arrive sometime tomorrow from their coast to coast drive. And it will be the icing on the cake of this three-day weekend which has been a month in the works. 

So, bring on the end of summer! and the beginning of new adventures.
Hello Fall!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joyful}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 222 joy is feng shui

10 Aug
{furnishings}

Last night was spa night…. tonight is feng shui night. My friend Amy flew up to Boston just to help me measure, feng shui, and plan furnishings for our new little townhouse. I love the concept of feng shui:

As Google says:  (in Chinese thought) a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.

I find it very joyful to plan and measure before furnishing and placing. But Amy is taking it to the next level, measuring every inch and creating a to-scale map. I’m more than impressed. I would have just walked off the space with my size ten feet and left the rest to chance. She is measuring and calculating and drawing a scale map. She’s precise and passionate about it.

There is joy in that.

And there is joy in this: Everything has a place and there is a place for everything.
With purpose, passion and intention.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy)
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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 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

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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 50 :: one step forward

20 Feb
{pushing joy}

It hit me today. I’ve spent my entire life pushing joy. Pushing it around in front of me. All the diagnoses, the doctors, and the surgeries. They have all been me pushing me forward, to find joy.

And I think that’s the payoff of persistence. Which I am, if nothing else.

I also realized something else today. Sometimes we don’t know where it’s all going — or what we are pushing toward. But it’s important to keep going.

Even when it feels like you can’t keep going, you can. Pick yourself up and take just one step forward. 

Keep pushing joy.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{be pushy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 49 :: joy of friends

19 Feb
{inside}

I’ve been thinking a lot about friends these days. The people in my life, who have come in and out at just exactly the right times. 

There are few words to describe it, but there is so much joy.

It has me thinking about the joy of friends. The lifelong joy and this very moment joy, and all the tiny turns in between.

A good friend is a mirror, holding you up to your greatest potential. And catching so you don’t fall to your lowest point. They are givers of good in so many ways.

I feel blessed in the friendship department. The sisterhood of the traveling friends. You know who you are!

Here’s to all the friends. New. Old. Silver. Gold.
Thank you for the joy. 

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{friendship}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 48 :: snow day

18 Feb
{joy}

We woke up to snow this morning. A slight dusting across the land leaving everything white capped and wintery. Even the flowers that are poking up out the ground outside my window.

They have delicate little yellow bulbs waiting to open. I worried about them today. But the truth is, Mother Nature knows best.

And those little delicate flowers probably know exactly what to do to survive a February snow and when to do it. Much like I think we all do. We all know what to do deep down in our heart of hearts. There is always that truth.  The heart truth.   

So I will keep watching those flowers out my window. And hope the sun will come out tomorrow to warm them back up.

And… In my heart, I already know it will.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{heart joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 46 :: feeling joyful

16 Feb
{snuggles}

It’s been a week. But tonight I am feeling joy. Joyful really with two pups at my side snuggling in while I type. And it has me thinking about the moments in life when joy persists. When it seeps into our soul and stands out in a larger than life sort of way.

Tonight I heard a little voice in my head whisper, “Be Alive! While you are living!” Like a little reminder from beyond.  It sounded a lot like my mother’s voice. And it’s just the sort of sage advice she would tell me.

So tonight, I’m thinking about being alive. 

It’s even more present with Pup these days. Today he walked around the lawn pulling me at the end of his leash with stubborn pride. As if to say, “See, Lady, I’m still in charge around here.”

And he most definitely is.

But he’s also teaching me that joy comes in many forms. Sometimes it’s the chase of a ball and the bark at a squirrel. Other days, it’s the sheer determination to go where you want to go when you want to go there.

And that is the kind of everyday joy that this boy is showing us. To truly be alive while you are living. It’s the fine print of life. And if you think about it, there is nothing more joyful.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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