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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 the little things – 9 days to go

22 Dec


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There are 9 days left of The Promise 365 and this year. 

If there is any time of year to practice joy, it is now. I am reminded of the year I practiced joy and learned the power of enjoying the little things.  

May the little things bring you big joy.

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 friday – 11 days to go

20 Dec


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There are 11 days left of The Promise 365 and only a few Friday’s left in the year.

Tonight I share the Fun of Friday with a Flashback to an old message from my year of joy.  Joy is Friday Night Fun. Tonight we watched Star Wars in order to prep for our Sunday matinee, but joy comes from many places. Mostly those that are invisible forces: love, kindness, fun, to name a few. 

Here’s to all the FUN you can have on the Fridays you have to share. They make the week worth it. May the force be with you.

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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16 Dec

JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9
finding the funny – 15 days to go
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There are 15 days left of The Promise 365!

Tonight, we laughed. I love to laugh even though at times I forget to laugh. When I am overwhelmed and overthinking and under stress and super focused, well, those are the times I forget to laugh even if I am smiling. 

Fortunately, I married a man that brings me laughter. I call him the Captain of Fun. He brings the funny and he always reminds me to lighten up. Justin has been my captain in many ways but over the last nine years, he has been the King of Laughter. He makes me watch funny things, he sends me stupid links to stupid jokes that make me laugh out loud. He makes funny faces. He makes me cringe until I cry with laughter.

He is on a mission to make me laugh (and find a brand of beer that I will actually drink – of which he has yet to be successful – however that’s another story for another day)… but back to the laughter. When my mood goes beyond the happy zone and into the hangry, sad, upset, frustrated, stressed to the max zone it wakes Justin up and puts him into pure mission mode: make Jamie laugh. And somehow he does. Every. Time. He is good at this job, one that he doesn’t take lightly. 

And I am grateful. 

Laughter is a gift and lightness is a joy. It’s even better when it’s exponentially shared. 
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 248 :: smile more

5 Sep

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Trust fact: smiles build trust. 

I read a bit about trust today and you know what came up? Smiles. According to an article on Psychology Today“Smiles are an integral part of human and primate communications. The bottom line: If you want others to trust you, smile at them genuinely.”

So I made a list of the things that make me smile. Topping the list are (no surprise) puppies, and babies, and the beach. Here’s a top 40 list (no surprise two of mine are on it).

It’s that easy to find joy and apparently build trust…then that gives me all the smiles. 
What’s on your list? 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 98 :: trust is believing in your dreams

9 Apr

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Trust is teaching me many lessons this year, including the power of holding tight to your dreams. There is joy in that, there is joy in believing in your dreams. 

Keep believing! 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 2 :: trust the timing

2 Jan


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Ah, trust. You are already screwing with me. Or at least playing games with my mind. Yesterday, I fell down a flight of stairs. Today, I missed an appointment, mostly because I was on my back all day yesterday and didn’t have time to prepare for the week ahead.

So that leaves me with this lesson of the day: trust the timing. It’s all I can do. My appointment was rescheduled out into the future and there it will wait for me. I am here in the present learning how to trust timing.

Maybe the future date will be better timing instead of today?
Maybe I will learn something or gain something before it arrives?
Maybe it’s just the universe testing my faith in trust?
Or, maybe it is all of the above…whatever it is I am focusing on trust. 

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 365 :: joy is a year of joy

31 Dec

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OH, JOY!

What a year you have been. You have brought me a new job, new home, new town, and new adventures. You have filled our lives with laughter and love and appreciation for the people we love near and far, along with a heartbreaking goodbye to those that left us too soon, including Aunt Nancy and our dear #1 Pup.  

More than anything you have provided a clear path and a clearing space to move forward. And tonight you went out with a bang with fireworks over the Boston harbor!

After the fireworks, we tried to catch an UBER ride home but the surging cost was ridiculously expensive between $96 – $235. So we opted to take the FREE MBTA subway halfway home, then catch a cab the rest of the way. 

As we walked through the streets of Boston toward the train in the pouring rain I was pleasantly surprised to feel only warmth in my body. I was not cold or shivering even though I was dripping wet from the storm.

And I think that pretty much sums up my year of joy — sometimes you have to dance in the rain to feel fully alive. 

Because that is what we are here to do. To dance with joy. And, so we dance.

And yet, another year begins. I stand on the precipice of starting this blog all over again as I do every year on January 1st. It’s Decision Day, to blog or not to blog? To that, I say yes.

New Year’s Day marks the ninth year for this blog to live on and I graciously accept the challenge and the honor of being the conduit for these words and experiences to find a place to call home. 

You would think I would be out of words by now, and sometimes I think I am, or at least recycling them all too often. Or, as my dear Aunt DeAnne says with the care that only an Auntie can point out with full support and love, “sometimes you phone it in.”

And sometimes I do.

Because this blog isn’t about having the right words or the best stories or even the most things to say. It’s about showing up. It’s about evolving. It’s about moving forward and staying accountable to my dreams. Even if it rains. 

On the way home tonight in the pouring rain we passed a sign on the road that someone so beautifully painted in graffiti. It caught my eye because it spelled out the words, “Adventure Awaits.”

And so it does! The blog will reboot tomorrow with a new promise. Trust me.

As my fortune cookie says, “If you do not have a plan for your life someone else will.” But I say if you don’t trust in yourself, who else will?


Here’s to a year of joy. Thank you for 365 days of lessons and learnings that will always stay in my heart and guide me into the next adventure. 

What’s next? 
Find out tomorrow! 
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 364 :: joy is preparing for a new year

30 Dec

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A new year is almost here, and I have to say I am joyful about preparing for a new year and a new promise. Joy has been a joyride this year, with new adventures and big moves which makes it hard to imagine a new year

But a new year is almost here and a new promise is on its way….. 


Here’s to as much joy to behold before the New Year arrives. 

More tomorrow… 

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Jamie

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

28 Dec


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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

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 361 :: joy is making gnocchi

27 Dec

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I drew a card today that said: “When was the last time you did something for the first time?” It’s a good question. I had to stop and think about it but I still drew a blank. 

When was the last time you did something new? 

The good thing about NEW is it usually brings me joy. The novelty and the adventure of newness mix with joyfulness to create the thrill of trying something for the first time. The moment gets seared into muscles and brain fibers to create a lasting memory. Like riding a bike, traveling to a new place, learning to surf, ski, or play anything, really.

But new doesn’t happen very often in our overscheduled lives. 

The good news is later tonight we all made gnocchi. From scratch. At the direction of Brian with step by step helpful instructions. It turned out great and tasted fantastic. And for me, it was something new.

Which brought me joy.  

As we sit on the edge of the precipice of the New Year I am thinking about what’s new that would be fun and adventurous to do. 


What’s something new that you want to do?

More tomorrow… 

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Jamie

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