JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 351 :: road trip

20 Dec

Peak performance moment of the day:  making it to our destination. 

Over the river and through the woods, we made it today. From pouring rain to a summit full of snow and back to pouring rain.

This girl is tired.

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {what is your destination?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 348 :: hope is a muscle, and a connection

19 Dec

Peak performance moment of the day:  Fa la la la la la la hot spot!

The great travel has begun, the journey home to that little spot in Idaho where I grew up. We made it to Portland tonight and I find myself searching for a connection. An internet connection.

That’s the funny thing about this blog. It has made me more connected to finding connections than ever before. Over four years, through hurricanes, vacations, Nor’easters, 30 foot waves taking off the front porch of our house, getting locked out of our vacation villa in Mexico, traveling to Paris, rafting down the Grand Canyon, surgery, after surgery, after another surgery …. I have been forced to find an internet connection to post this blog.

Somedays I have cheated and posted a short post. Somedays I have prescheduled the posts, because let’s face it, there’s no internet connection in the Grand Canyon or the surgery room. And other days, no matter where I find myself,  I have counted on my trusty iPhone for a hot spot connection.

Tonight I find myself sitting in a parked car, with laptop on my lap, heater on, hooked up to my iPhone. It’s the only connection around without trying to find a Starbucks.

I have become so trusting of having a connection that tonight when I couldn’t get my iPhone to work I almost panicked. But hope is a muscle. It’s one I have conditioned and strengthened into peak performance to perform over and over again, night after night, word after word on this blog.

Because we can always find a connection.
Even if it means hunkering down in a car with iPhone pointed in the right direction just slightly to the left sitting on the dashboard.

You can always find a connection.

Tomorrow I head to Idaho, hoping to find another kind of connection, back to my family, back to my hometown, back to my roots.

iPhone in hand. 
Fa la la la la la la la hot spot!

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {how are you connected?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 346 :: christmas pups

18 Dec
Peak performance moment of the day:  finding this.

If there is something that I love more than Christmas music it might just be puppies and Christmas.
Merry Christmas.  I mean… woof!

See more Christmas pups here.

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {Christmas is one week away?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 345 :: repeat the sounding joy

17 Dec

Peak performance moment of the day:  Listening to Christmas music as I work.

I love Christmas music. Almost all holidays tunes. I can even tolerate the really bad Christmas music. There’s something special about something that only happens once a year. The anticipation. The excitement. The preparation.

In a surprise turn of events I will be heading home to Idaho for a funeral this weekend. Seems ironic on many levels. I haven’t seen this side of my family around Christmas for so many years. And it is Christmas that practically defined this part of my family during my childhood.

Christmas was when all my cousins gathered under my Grandma Mary’s tree. It’s when we exchanged gifts with each other in our annual name-drawing-gift-giving escapade. (One year three cousins gave each other the same exact gift …not sure if our parents had anything to do with that one?).

I have so many memories of giggling with glee with my cousins, aunts and uncles all eating Grandma Mary’s secret recipe of lethal baked beans. Hard to forget that recipe even when we were relegated to the Kids Table.

As I wrap up work so that I can return home, I’m sad to be returning for a funeral. But it has me thinking that sometimes the worst of times brings back the best of times.

Soon it will be Christmas Day.
Repeat the sounding joy.

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {what Christmas memories do you have?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 346 :: eating ice cream

16 Dec

Last night I wrote about ice cream. Tonight I ate some.

Earlier this week one of my Aunt’s declared that sometimes I cheat on this blog…. meaning I don’t always write a long one. Some times I phone it in, paste a quote, keep it short, etc. She’s right. It’s true. And tonight is one of those nights.

But I promise to show up. And sometimes showing up is all that matters.

Want a replay from last night? 
“There is a joy in the actual taste of vanilla ice cream that does not come from knowing the chemical formula of vanilla. There is a joy, an inherent aliveness in the body that you can experience if you pay attention to your body. But if you live up in your head, in your words all the time, you don’t notice it.”
- Charles Tart

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {so what IS better than ice cream?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 345 :: better than ice cream

15 Dec

Peak performance moment of the day:  this quote below.
Received from a friend, and reader of The Promise Daily. Sharing with you now: 

“There is a joy in the actual taste of vanilla ice cream that does not come from knowing the chemical formula of vanilla. There is a joy, an inherent aliveness in the body that you can experience if you pay attention to your body. But if you live up in your head, in your words all the time, you don’t notice it.”

- Charles Tart

I have to be a fan of anything that compares life to ice cream.
Here’s to tasting more and thinking less.

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {what is better than ice cream?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 344 :: let’s not forget we’re alive

14 Dec

We lost my Aunt Denita today.

I love my Aunties. All of them. They were like a circle of fairy godmothers holding my up, watching me grow up, lifting me up through my teens.

As if each had a little magic wand to teach me something special.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.

They are so engrained inside of me. And today one died. As the phone calls came in and the news circled around the family, I felt a sadness circling me too. One of my fairy godmothers is gone.

As we wait to hear when the funeral will be, so we can make plans to gather up as families do, I am struck with a reminder of peak performance. It’s in the form of a song that came piping through my Spotify soundtrack tonight. Ironically it’s called Beautiful Day.

“When we all come together
this song will play
we’ll sing it’s a beautiful day
it’s gonna be a beautiful day. 

Oh, oh, my, my,
I’m learning to fly.
Hey, hey what’s that you say,
let’s not forget we’re alive.”

Peak Performance moment of the day:  Let’s not forget we’re alive.

Love you Aunt Denita.
Love you Aunties. All of you.
Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo.

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {dedicated to all my aunties}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 343 :: sleep, sweet dreams

13 Dec

Peak performance moment of the day: sleeping on it.

I literally woke up with the solution to a marketing problem I’ve been toying with for weeks. WEEKS. And then I woke up and there was the answer. Right before my eyes.

The secret? Sleeping in.

Someone once told me to write out the question you are trying to figure out the night before. And then sleep on it. Somehow the brain works on the problem while you sleep. I’m  not sure how the synapsis and brain functions actually work, but I do know this:

Last night I couldn’t figure it out. This morning I woke up with the answer.

Sweet dreams.

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {what do you need to sleep on?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 343 :: stretch goals

12 Dec

Peak performance moment of the day:  taking a step back. 

Today in my Pilates PT I could barely make it to one minute on my plank. I eventually caved at 90 seconds. Not my best. A full eleven seconds less than my new record and goal.

Regardless I feel stretched.

Just another reminder that strength is built everyday, day after day, one day at a time. And then there’s showing up …because tomorrow’s another day. 

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {how do you feel stretched?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 342 :: making better decisions

11 Dec

Peak performance moment of the day:  a video.
Like business? Want peak performance? You may love this from Tony Robbins.

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {what do you need to make better decisions?}
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