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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 173 :: stand in your truth

22 Jun
{invite joy}

I’ve been thinking a lot of joy lately, this being a halfway mark of the year (already!). Joy is teaching me so many wise lessons.

One of clarity: The clearest one wins.
One of ease: Rainbow slide, cloud landing.
One of strength: Standing in your truth. 

They all invite more joy into your life. And, just like the secret of licking a Tootsie Pop, I am finding out how many licks it takes to get to the center of my Joy.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 168 :: fireside joy

17 Jun
{cheers}

We find ourselves in New Hampshire. From Massachusetts to Maine to New Hampshire. Three states in three days. It’s already been an adventure to remember.

Joy has me reflecting on the importance of gatherings. Brian said it best this weekend — “Life is about showing up.”  I think joy might be too. There is joy in showing up in your life and in the life of others too.

Tonight as we sat around the fire on a warm summer night and shared stories and photos and heartfelt memories I saw a new light. Not the light of cell phones reflecting on faces but the light of a fireplace. It is a primal connection, that of flame and fire and the connection we share when we gather together — and show up.

Here’s to showing up. For your life and your joy.
Cheers!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 165 :: joy flies

13 Jun
{wings}

If time flies why can’t joy?

Tomorrow we head to Maine and then on to a wedding and family gathering. It all has me thinking about the joy that comes with family and friends and feasts. It is the connection, really. The joy of connection.

It all reminds me that joy flies on the wings of love.


 

Here’s to joy connections.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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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

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 137 :: surviving fake news

15 May
{clear}

I was thinking a lot today about how to avoid bad news, fake news, and any barrage of negativity. I decided the best course is always to keep to your vision, stay focused on the end game and stay clear — as we know, Mama Sling once told me, “the clearest one wins.”

Then, of course, there is always love, beauty, joy and …chocolate. It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day so by all means, go celebrate. I’ve always thought every restaurant should offer small, mini chocolate chip cookies as a dessert option. Warm. Right off the sheet. Why not? I would order it every single time. Maybe that’s the solution to a bad news cycle …a little bit of joy and a lot of chocolate chip cookies.  

So here’s to love, joy, beauty, and chocolate chip cookies.
More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 134 :: you are loved

12 May
{mothers day}

Happy Mother’s Day.

As I sit here tonight reflecting on my dear Mama Sling, I know that no matter where she is, heaven, earth, universe or beyond, she is sending me her love. And I am sending it right back to her.

And that brings me so much joy.

We went on a whale watch today – something my mother loved – and even though it was not for her, I certainly felt her presence. I usually do, especially during key moments in time like the night before Mother’s Day.

I know not everyone has a sweet relationship with their mother in this lifetime. And I know what I had with my Mama Sling was very special. But I also know this – a mothers love lasts beyond space and time.

If Mama Sling were around today, we probably would have had more fights, and more eye rolls, and more conflict that comes in the human form of being a mother and daughter. We certainly would have racked up more hours on the phone, with more tears and more laughter too.

There would have been so much more. More joy I am sure.

Even still, I feel a deep sense of joy inside my soul that we will always have a connection. The older I get, the more it changes, morphs, and maneuver around. But it is always there.

Today we saw a humpback whale on our boat ride. It moved through the water with ease and grace, and each time right before it dove deep into the ocean and flipped its tail high into the air in slow motion, I felt my mother’s whisper over the waves of water below.

“You are loved. You are loved. You are loved.”

Happy Mother’s Day.
You are loved.  And always remembered.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 127 :: joyful one

6 May
{goodbye}

Joy can be so big and so bold, and it can also be so quiet and graceful too.

Tonight, we said goodbye to Aunt Nancy. It wasn’t expected that tonight would be the night. But it was. Like she somehow chose tonight to surprise us all, this, her last adventure.

Nancy had many adventures, like living in the middle of the Pacific Ocean on a small island. Then marrying and mothering and teaching — but always learning. She taught us all so much, even me, an “outlaw” as they say. She was by my side after my own surgeries. She visited us on our own little island once too. Because Nancy was always up for an adventure.

She was a teacher by trade. And, really, beyond the English and reading and writing, her mission in this life was to teach us so much more. She survived multiple cancers for over thirty years. But she never let it define her. Or stop her.

Even up to tonight. I have a sense that Nancy arranged her last adventure in just her own special way. Surrounded by people who love her, holding her hand, and whispering in her ear.

Thank you, Nancy. For showing us that joy is living life full of adventure, family, friends, good food and good times. And always holding the last card in your hand.

We love you – joyful one.  

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

 

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 119 :: the joy of love

28 Apr
{joyful}

I have been in bed sick since last night. All the while Justin has been taking care of me, making homemade chicken soup and grocery runs. It has me thinking about joy and love, and love and joy. 

The best joy comes from love. And the best love comes from joy.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 89 :: long lost friends

2 Apr
{flowers}

I’ve been thinking a lot about my friends lately — and how lucky I am to be connected to so many amazing people in this world. What a true gift, in so many ways that words cannot describe. Joy is one word, that can only sum it up.

I’ve also been thinking about the times that I have felt so very far away from my “people” — and in those times when I cannot reach a friend, it’s always been the flowers that give me support.

The flowers pop up, bloom, and remind me that there is still beauty in this world.  Sometimes I think the flowers are long lost friends because of the joy they bring to me.

And, those flowers have taught me so many valuable lessons.

  • To bloom no matter who is watching.
  • To remember there will always be another spring
  • To celebrate all the various colors and combinations this world has to offer
  • And to recognize beauty in every stage of life

Those flowers are just so full of wisdom, love, and joy, aren’t they?
Thank you, my friends.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 89 :: resurrecting joy

1 Apr
{soul power}

Happy Easter!

I wondered today… what would happen if we all resurrected joy in our hearts?
What do you think would happen?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy time}
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