JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 261 :: extraordinary love note #3, carpe diem

19 Sep

I remember the movie Dead Poets Society, mostly for two words. Carpe. Diem.

Those two words couldn’t have come at a better time in my life. They were like a gift really. As I believe words can be when given from the heart.

I also believe words can be medicine too.  And so it was that I was given “Carpe Diem” to help me through a teenage cancer diagnosis.

Seize the day. I have carried it with me ever since.

It seemed so profound at age seventeen when everything was on the line and high school came with high drama …SAT’s, college exams, choosing the right school, making the right decision, first dates, first kiss, first boyfriend, first leap into adulthood.

Seize the day.

It became a mantra and mandate when going through treatments, losing my hair, losing my teenage dreams, grasping for some assemblance of being “normal” in a sea of doctors, needles, nurses and radiation.

Seize the day.

It’s amazing that a phrase could mean even more at age forty, post mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Living with the realization that I am one of the lucky ones.

Seize the day.

It caught me off guard today. I woke up and watched Pup limp across the room. His normal gallop turned to a slow, drawn out slide with his right leg. He’s been babying it all day, sometimes moving with ease and sometimes limping along like an old man. He is 91 in human years.

There’s nothing like watching my aging companion, the dog that sits by my side, my co-worker during the day, my cuddle buddy at night while watching TV, take on a limp. It makes me appreciate seizing the day even more than any of my own reasons.

And that makes this woman think that maybe that’s why they call a dog “man’s best friend.” I know Pup will lick his wounds and trot into another day, probably by tomorrow, or maybe even tonight if there is a treat involved.

But it makes me hear very clearly that clock that is always ticking. The one I try to ignore, the one that won’t go away.

And all I can yell back is “Carpe! Diem!”
Because this is, afterall, a love note.

More tomorrow.


 {seize the day}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 261 :: oh la la! love note #2, you got this!

18 Sep

I can’t stop myself! It just feels good to write a love note. And this one is the note that stares at me from my office everyday.

In the middle of my surgeries Kim & Dave and Kyle & Veronica sent me a card that says “You Got This” on it. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I propped it up in my office as a reminder.

I look at it every single day. It sits on my turquoise chest across from my desk. When I am tired or frustrated or lost or confused or bored or belittled or just plain wrapped up in my own thoughts I look up and I see this message.

You Got This.

The surgeries are over now, but it’s still there, reflecting back to me. It’s more than a gentle nudge. More than a reminder. More than a kick in the pants.

It’s a love note. And I want to share it with you.
Because you got this, too.

More tomorrow.


 {you got this}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 260 :: just a little love note

17 Sep

Just a little love note tonight… in case you want one.

For some reason I labeled it #1, which means there may be more…

More tomorrow.


 {who do you want to send a love note to?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 259 :: winning a million dollars

16 Sep

In a rare quiet moment I am watching people compete for a million dollars. It’s America’s Got Talent and I am mesmerized by the peak performances.

They are amazing to say the least. Ahhhhhmazing.

It has me reflecting about passion and clarity and goals.  Having goals is one thing. Having the clarity about what it will take to go after your goals is another. But having a passion that leads to performances like these, well it’s just awe-inspiring.

I mean seriously, one contestant is twelve years old!!?

But I think more than anything each performance is a moment of hope. As one contestant just said, “dream do come true.”

And that’s worth a million dollars.

More tomorrow.


 {dream a little dream}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 258 :: monday silly monday

15 Sep

Ah Mondays…. feels silly to put so much weight on one day of the week. So instead, I’m looking for something silly.

And here you have it!

Happy Monday night.

More tomorrow.


 {how was your monday?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 257 :: spontaneous wild blackberries

14 Sep

Today we hopped in the car, in the middle of 103-degree heat, and headed for the river. On a spontaneous blackberry hunt.

Let me just say this:  THERE. WILL. BE. JAM.
Sweet spontaneity!

More tomorrow. 


 {want to be spontaneous?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 256 :: where the wild things go

13 Sep

Today I found out where the bears in this part of the country hibernate.

The Bear Hotel. 

The reason I went to The Bear Hotel was due to a special invite to the local AAUW Luncheon. I thought the luncheon was taking place at a HOTEL. You know, like a hotel restaurant, or dining room, or conference center.   But as I drove up the warehouse sort of space I was confused.

Was I lost?
Was in the right place?
Yes. According to the large sign that said… The Bear Hotel.

Which is a meeting center of sorts.  But it’s also the central resting place of The Bears. The ones that have dotted the streets here in Grants Pass all summer.

So this is where they are stored!
The Bear Hotel. 

They are HUGE bears too.
Just look at how much taller this one is (compared to my six foot frame in this fuzzy photo).

There are smaller ones… 

And Egyptian ones…

And footballs ones!

It made for a fun luncheon. Even though I missed the sign up sheet because I was walking around introducing myself to the bears.

Oh, and the Nutcracker Suite too…..

I’m not really sure how this relates to Peak Performance. But I will say this… The Bear Hotel is just further proof that big, hairy, audacious, goals are possible.

Even if it is building a hotel for some great, big bears.

More tomorrow. 


 {what is your big, hairy, audacious goal?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 255 :: the first sign of fall

12 Sep

Every night I write on this blog, and share some reflections or ideas or photos or something that seems so incredible profound. In the moment. For my current promise of peak performance.

Many times I wake up the next morning and what seemed so big and deep and profound is just yesterday’s news.

So today I share the profundity of the day.

A leaf.  A heart-shaped leaf. That fell from a tree.
And in this moment it seems like an incredible shift in the seasons.

Maybe. Fall is indeed coming.

But even more meaningful is the photo of the leaf that is shaped like a heart was sent to me with the note that said:  “Thinking of you.”

From Justin.
Sometimes it’s the little things that are greater than the big things.

More tomorrow.


 {what was profound for you today?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 254 :: tomats, tomato, tomatoes!

11 Sep

I thought growing season was over. I thought the tomatoes were done.

Clearly, I was wrong.

I’m taking a lesson here in Peak Performance: it’s easy to grow when the conditions are right … or ripe!

More tomorrow. 


 {what do you need to grow?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 253 :: to the underdogs and cinderella

10 Sep

I have always loved a good Cinderella story. Underdogs who win are just so amazing.

Although I think that theory could be totally off. Especially since I just read DAVID AND GOLIATH. It’s Malcolm Gladwell’s latest. And in true Gladwell style the story telling is captivating and intriguing. And it has my mind reeling about peak performance.

The bottomline is that the UNDERDOG is actually more powerful that we have been led to believe. The POWERFUL ones are also not sitting quite as pretty as we’ve been conditioned to think.

I won’t spoil the book –you can find out more here– but I will ask this:

Does that mean that Cinderella was in charge the entire time? Or did she have more wits about her than we thought? Or maybe she planned to lose that slipper all along?

It just makes me more convinced that no matter who we are we create our future.
And that’s not a fantasy! 

More tomorrow. 


 {what are you creating?}

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