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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 53 :: joyous snow

23 Feb
{joy time}

It snowed today. A tiny bit. So little, I could still see green grass outside my window. But apparently, it was a big deal. Everyone was nervous about the roads, and schools closing early, and doctors offices closed due to the storm.

I was surprised. Especially after surviving so many Boston winters of the past. Part of me was like… “Seriously!!! I drove to work, uphill, both ways in two feet of snow!”

Of course, the weather will always change (as do our memories!). The challenge is to find joy in the moment right now, wherever it finds you. Rain or shine.

Maybe joy is all about staying flexible?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{flex}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 51 :: inner peace

21 Feb
{true joy}

I’ve been thinking a lot about tough skin this week. It’s come up a couple times. As a sensitive soul, I have been told more than once in my life that I need to have thicker skin.

But now I know, it’s the sensitive ones that change the world. It’s the sensitive ones that feel so deeply they have to speak up. It’s the sensitive ones that make a difference.

I’ve been watching these young teenagers speak up over the last week. About their truth. About their anger. About what they think needs to change. And it’s so reassuring to me.  

Being sensitive is a direct connection from heart to soul. It’s a filter that doesn’t allow anything else in but the truth to come out. It also requires a sense of inner peace, to be strong enough to feel what’s real.

You don’t need tough skin when you have inner peace.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{peace}
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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 47 :: heart joy

17 Feb
{heart based life}

I was thinking a lot about heart space today. And living from a shiny place in the center of my heart. Then I heard these words:

“There is no greater jewel than the spark in your heart.”  

And, I do love sparkly things!
They bring me joy. Here’s to the joy in your heart.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{sparkle and shine}
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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

{joy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 44 :: joyful day

15 Feb
{normal}

It was a good day. A normal day. And I’m finding there is much joy in that.

Pup returned to his own lovable, walkable, tail wagging, treat seeking self. Which was a joy to behold. 

Sometimes normal can be so good. So joyous. And so worth the wait.

Joy is teaching me to enjoy the everyday normalness that comes in between the moments we remember the most. Every day can be so out of this world if we let it. 

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{everday normal}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 43 :: a lesson in love

14 Feb
{loving}

I have to admit, it’s been a rough Valentine’s Day around here. What was to be our first Valentine’s Day as a married couple was starting to look like it could be the last day we would have Pup.

His back legs gave out last night right before bed. We watched him all night, and there were moments of touch and go.  Then, miraculously, he made a rebound around noon.

Ironically, it was right as the mailman arrived.

I was on a conference call watching Pup’s every move as he slept at my feet. Brady heard the familiar mail truck sounds outside the door and began to bark his dutiful warning sounds. Right then, Pup perked up and started barking too. Then he ran to the door.

Halalueleah. Bestill my aching heart. Pup has been fine ever since. But it’s a reminder to me about life and love.

Love can hurt so good.

Pup will be seventeen in a few months, and part of me thinks he’s been with us this long because we have loved him so hard. Someday it will come. And we will grieve. But not as much as we have all loved each other.

And that might just be the biggest message joy has to share with me. Love and Joy. Joy and Love. Such a fine pair.

A reflection of what we put into life and what returns to us in spades. 

And in the end, it was the best Valentine’s Day ever.
Happy Valentine’s Day – remember you are loved. 

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{loved}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 42 beauty

13 Feb
{blooming}

The flowers are starting to sprout and bloom outside my window. The leaves are poking through the ground and getting ready to shoot up and blossom.


Part of me feels like it might be too early. Part of me cannot wait to see those pops of color and meet my flower friends again.

It has me thinking about beauty. And SPRING! And of course, joy. I gain so much joy from the beauty of flowers. And their power to spring out of the ground right at the perfect time of year.

Sometimes the most beautiful things are right in front of my nose. Leaves sprouting. Birds chirping. Sunshine outside my window!! Now, that feels like the most beautiful thing I could imagine after a long rainy Pacific Northwest winter.

One more lesson of joy.
Beauty comes in many forms. The secret is to recognize it in front of you. 

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{beauty}
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