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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?}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 26 :: oh, joy, oh, birthday

26 Jan
{fun adventures}

Ah, birthdays. How I love thee. So much so I took the day off ….just to play!

Today was an adventure, a joy ride of sorts. After pampering myself at the salon I decided to go for a surprise adventure. Down a road, any road. And then Chuckanut Drive was right in front of me. So I took it.

With sweeping views of the bay.


And places to pull off the road to take photos and paths to walk.

Then I found myself in a little, tiny town called Edison. Oh, Edison, you are so quaint.

With yummy foods to eat!

The only problem was, after ordering my meal I was informed the cafe only took cash — or checks. Cash or checks? I usually have none of these things in my purse. Bank cards, yes. But cash? I had to check.

I scrounged through my wallet and pulled out six dollars. I was ten dollars short of a meal. And I was on my surprise adventure so I didn’t even think to bring my checkbook. It sat in my desk all the way back home.

“You can just mail us a check.” The beautiful young lady said to me with a smile.

“Mail?” I repeated. “Like …send you a check in the mail?”

“Yes!” She smiled and wrote the cafe’s address on the back of my receipt. “You’re good for it.”

Wow. What a birthday gift I thought to myself.
And then I thought… where am I?

This level of trust never happens in our modern world. Did Chuckanut Drive whisk me down a time machine portal and plant me back in the 1950’s? To a little town that still accepted cash and CHECKS. To a store clerk that just shrugged it off with an I.O.U. handshake for a future check to be sent via SNAIL MAIL?

As I ate my avocado toast (which tasted simply divine) I counted my lucky stars and the minutes on the clock before the cafe closed. I was the last customer they would serve on this day.

Then I popped across the street to another artful adventure. A yarn studio.

Actually, I’m not really sure what to call it — but it was artful and beautiful and all made of yarns and silks. With my newfound joy of crocheting, I asked the artist all about her yarns and was mesmerized by the process.

We compared notes on yarn and I told her about the “finger” crochet blanket I am attempting. We laughed about the insatiable, irresistible pull a skein of yarn can have on one’s heart. And the need to finish just …One. More. Row.

Then she hugged me goodbye. She hugged me. Physically hugged me. And I hugged her back. What a surprising little store and friend to make over the beauty of art.

She told me to stop at the bread store before leaving town. So I did. Afterall, she hugged me. I trusted her advice. And she said that this store had the best bread in the entire state of Washington.

The bread store was also a quaint throwback to a simpler time. Packed with cookies and pastries and loaves of bread with an open bakery to watch all the action behind it all. I picked up a gluten-free treat and headed to the counter to check out.

As I stood in line I saw a sign that said, “Cash or Check Only.”
Seriously? With all my cash gone and an I.O.U. already in my wallet, I put my cookie back on the shelf. Saving it for another day.

As I left the little town of Edison, I stumbled upon a Blueberry patch.

And a crop of birds!

But the best part of the day, and my adventure was coming home. To a dinner out with Justin and a surprise dessert tray delivered by our waiter.

It included a little white box and two cards.
The first card was from Pup and Brady (of course!)
And the second was from Justin.

The white box contained a jewelry box and these gorgeous, one-of-a-kind earrings. Which is the best complement to a flourless chocolate torte that a girl could ask for!

All in all, the day was more than a joy ride. It was a surprise joy ride.
And aren’t those the best kind?

Just like life is, really.
We may never know what’s around the next turn, but with a few hugs and maybe an I.O.U. here and there, we can make it through with flying colors.

And, of course, tons of joy.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy ride}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 15 so happy together

15 Jan
{joyful noise}

Joy has me asking lots of questions this year. Like what is joy vs. happiness? Is joy bigger and bolder? Is happiness sweeter and more kind?

I’m not sure what the answer is, to be honest, but it had me look up happy songs. Why not?

So here it is… the Top 20 ‘Happy’ Songs of All Time. Here are a few samples.

What are your happy songs?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{don’t worry, be happy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS DAY 169 :: kind kid 

10 Jul

Accidental typo.

I realized something tonight as I began typing (too fast) and made a typo.

The word KID is in KIND. How cool is that?
And, maybe at the heart of being a kid is being kind.

Something to ponder.
And, in the words of Bob Ross, that’s a happy accidental typo.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{happy}
#lovemore

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 JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 162 :: the best kind

3 Jul

Tuesday.

The best kind of Tuesdays are those that feel like Saturdays. I’m not sure that’s anywhere near the point or the meaning of Independence Day, but a free Tuesday in the middle of summer does feel like freedom.

And isn’t that what we are all after anyway?

Freedom of speech, opinion, time, resources, hassles. To live without limits, whether placed upon us or self-imposed. The best kind of freedom is the one that we appreciate.

How kind.

Happy Tuesday.
Happy Fourth.
Happy Freedom.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{free}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 85 :: spring is here

26 Mar

Day 85: Hop, hop.

Before I do some yoga I’m just happy to say:
Spring. Is. Officially. Here.

And we prepared for the Easter Bunny today with a few creative treats.

Using fingernail polish!

Happy Easter!

Hopping along?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{hoppy?}
#lovemoredomore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 80 :: happy monday

21 Mar

Day 80: Monday.

This is what Monday Yoga looks like to me.

(Found on Curvey Yoga)

And may you be happy too!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{happy?}
#lovemoredomore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 354 :: away in a manger

25 Dec

Today’s bliss…singing.

In church.

Merry Christmas!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{singing?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 256 :: happy list

19 Sep

Here’s a flashback, one that found me on Facebook tonight. A memory in a photograph.

It’s the ocean at night, with light overlooking Oak Bluffs, Martha’s Vineyard.

And, in this year of Bliss, I’m adding it to my happy list.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, 
Jamie
{what’s on your bliss list?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 97 :: f*ing friday

10 Apr

Happy Siblings Day! That’s a shout out to my sister, you know who you are. But it’s also Feel Good Friday!

So tonight I give you this: Babies and Kittens.

C’mon, babies laughing and kittens playing? Can anything be more feel good than that?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

  {feel good}
#lovemoredomore
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