Jamie’s Life Lesson

I’ve been reading a lot lately. That’s what happens when you move across country and don’t have the time (nor the personality) to jump out there and make a bunch of friends.  In reality, although I admit to being highly introverted, few people do have the personality to jump out there and make new connections […]

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Jamie’s Inspiring Lecture

I went to an interesting lecture this week on dealing with cultural issues in therapy.  It was extremely interesting to me, considering that I’ve been exploring a few new cultures myself in the past month.  I would like to pass on one of the exercises to you all. “Take a quiet moment with me,” said […]

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After making the move to New Jersey, I have learned that while there are many differences from Oklahoma, there are also many similarities. People in New Jersey still go to work, go home, spend time with family, go to the beach, have farmers markets and barbecues. It seems like the obvious differences are more wrapped […]

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Jamie’s John Green Moment

John Green once said “nerds like us are allowed to be un-ironically enthusiastic about stuff. Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like, jump-up-and-down-in-your-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. When people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff’. Which is not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of […]

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Jamie’s Missing Roadmap

Leaving home is hard. First of all, you have to move. As in, “pack up all of your possessions, stuff them into some sort of vehicle, ship them hundreds of miles, unpack them all, pray nothing got lost/broken, all while watching your bank account dwindle and attempting to maintain your sanity” kind of move. You […]

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Jamie’s Jumpin’ Jersey Journey

I come from the land of milk and honey.

We also have drought, earthquakes, flash flooding, hail, lightning, heat waves, and tornadoes.

Lots of tornadoes.

And I love it.

They say that home is where the heart is, but I’ve never been quite sure how the heart decides where it wants to stay.  I can tell you all the wonderful things about my home state;  about smelling fresh rain when the thunderstorms hit and witnessing the indomitable power of hope, friendship, optimism, and love when a tornado comes, but that wouldn’t inspire you to move.

You see, I’ve learned that there is beauty in everything, if we take the time to see it.  As cliché as that might sound, it really is true.  The problem is that we are often biased against the beauty in one place, due to our loyalty to another.

So, as I set out on this new adventure, I make this pledge.

I will not compare, I will not judge.

I will not make assumptions.

Although I will never be anything but an Okie, I want to view each new place as if it were home.

Maybe, just maybe, I’ll find a way to take home with me.