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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 144 :: breathing joy

22 May
{joy breaks}

For my Joy Break today, I went to the beach.

For just a few minutes, but they were well worth it. Feet in the sand (and butt in the sand) it was a good reminder to sit firmly on the ground and breathe in fresh air. 

When I finally left the hot sandy beach and put myself back into my car, I had a sudden urge. I wanted to call my mom. I almost reached for the phone to dial her up before I stopped myself and shook my head.

I haven’t felt that urge in so many years. I mean, of course, I think of my dear Mama Sling all the time. But I haven’t actually had a brain to muscle reaction to actually pick up the phone and dial her number in so, so long.

It was a familiar feeling. I used to call her at her office …like every single day. I’m sure my calls were annoying and interrupting, and yet, also eagerly anticipated. These days, I wouldn’t even know what number to call to reach her.

But today, I had a physical reaction to reach out to her. As if she was right there next to me and I just wanted to talk to her or hug her tightly.

I guess that is what happens when you breathe in fresh air. It goes straight to the brain. And then everything else falls away until you are only left with what matters most. What joy.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

More tomorrow…


{joy breaks}

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BLOG – GIFT DAY 147 :: 30 days of love: love where you are

27 May

It’s DAY 17 over here of the 30 Days of Love. We’ve already had two yummy recipes and a week-long Giveaway, some treats, a sneeze, some wise words to the Class of 2013, some news, a Pop Quiz, 3 things I love, a biopsy, a call to say what you need to say, a prayer, a choice, and now…
A reminder.It’s Memorial Day. The sun is out, the breeze is rolling by and people in towels and bathing suits are dotting the beach.Even though I’m not ready to jump into the freezing ocean water, I am taking it all in.We leave our little beach cottage by the ocean in a matter of days. We’re headed west. Moving to Oregon. We will be closer to mountains than this salty sea air.There’s so much to appreciate about both.

But, I for one, am grateful for this winter by the sea. 

This winter has, in its own unique way, been amazingly terrifying. 

We evacuated the house three times (on my insistance) before hurricanes and blizzards ravaged the beach, tore down our stairs, and left many houses down the street condemned.

On the inside, I have also been dealing with the perfect storm, a health matter, biopsy, and medical procedures relating to the cancer treatment I had 20 years ago.

But it has also been amazingly beautiful. 

I have a new appreciation for the ocean. The massive body of water that I am afraid of, has become like a friend. One I share mutual respect for its power, its energy and its life force.

The ocean is alive. A moving, ever-changing being.

From the baby seal that washed up in the fall.

To the lobster boats that fish off the rocky shore. I have newfound respect for  this massive body of water. It’s home to so many, and sustenance to us all.

As I have watched all the houses dotting the street rebuild and refurbish after the storm, I have also found deep respect for my own body: for its power, its energy and its life force to rebuild and renew.

And it reminds me that we can always begin again. Start over.

As we pack the car and start to move WEST, searching for our own little spot on this earth called “home” — I find deep solace and relief knowing that we are already there.

No matter where we plant our chair.

Home is all around us.

Love where you are, when you are there. 

Happy Memorial Day.

More tomorrow.

Lovemore {fearless}
{Live on.}
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