JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 300 :: it’s day 300

29 Oct
The year is winding down and revving up all at the same time. Can you feel it?

Today is Day 300 for those of you keeping track. And today I hit another STRETCH goal. The back of my arms and hands touched the floor, while laying on my back. While this used to be just a normal, everyday occurrence for me, it’s been well out of range for a while, post surgery. I had recently touched down the tips of my fingers, but today I felt the floor upon my arms.

Little moves. Little steps. Little stretches. They all add up.
Plus a little resistance too.

I learned a little trick that AMAZES me. My pilates instructor who is helping me through this PT period had me place 30% resistance against my arms. By pushing forward against her hands and then releasing my arms back to the ground it allowed my range of motion to move backward and stretch further above my head. (It’s hard to describe, but trust me here, it worked. Like magic!)

We’ve been doing this little “trick” for my last two sessions and it is absolutely astounding to me that my range of motion it has increased — instantly. With just a little resistance.

I’m flabbergasted by it. And yet, I’m not surprised at all. Because sometimes resistance makes us stronger.

In work, in body, in life. And if not stronger, a little resistance can at the very least help stretch us to extend further, so that next time the extension is easier. More fluid. More in control. Until you touch the floor. THE FLOOR!

Magic. Pure magic.

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 {what stretches you?}
Thanksgiving Project Image

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 299 :: enjoy simple bounty

28 Oct
My mantra this year has been to enjoy simple beauty. But tonight I am in awe of the simple bounty coming out of our garden. Just a few seeds, some starter plants and voila! A veritable feast. In October!!!

It’s enough food to feed the two of us for a while, or for Justin to make another kickass batch of salsa.

So isn’t it ironic that today would be the day that a blog reader and friend would send me a link to this: The Thanksgiving Project.

Peak performance starts with a good base. Usually breakfast, but most of the time the proper ingredients for a healthy diet. So tonight, I can’t ignore the irony of this link popping into my life today.

Feel free to check out more. I’m doing my part by helping to promote this good cause: mothers who want to feed their families. And if this isn’t up your alley, just plant a seed. Any seed. One in the ground that can blossom and grow. Or one in the hearts of the children you know.

Because everyone deserves peak performance.

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {who can you help grow today?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 298 :: mother nature’s peak performance

27 Oct
Just when I thought the peak performances couldn’t get any bigger around here… we turned a corner on our way home and saw this today:

To which I exclaimed, “Holy Mount Shasta, Batman!”

After the last few weeks of seeing peak performances from the likes of Oprah, Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rob Bell, Iyanla, and then this weekend watching Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Florence and the Machine, and duets from Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, Neil Young, Tom Jones, Norah Jones, Lukas Nelson, Band of Horses, Brian Wilson, and more rock The Bridge School benefit you would think it couldn’t be outdone.

I didn’t think it could be outdone.

But then the snow capped tip of Mt. Shasta stepped up to remind me of the biggest performance of all.

Mother Nature’s.

Ah, yes. Good reminder my dear.
Thank you.

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {what is your definition of peak performance?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 297 :: follow your heart line

26 Oct
We just left the Bridge School concert and my cup runneth over. Just amazing.

For the photos and videos check out my Facebook page. It’s all there! Band of Horses, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Soundgarden, Beach Boys, Florence and The Machine, Pearl Jam, Neil Young.  Whew…..

And it was all for the children. 

I was overcome by the performances, I was brought to tears by the stories. More than anything I am amazed at the power of the heart when it’s put to good use for a good cause.

As we sat in the crowd I watched all walks of life pass by me. Hipsters, hunks, and hippies. From Silicon Valley’s finest to tattooed teeny boppers I witnessed the power of vibration. Of music. Everyone bounced to the beat of Tom Jones. Tom Jones! Everyone. No matter the walk or talk or level of hipness, everyone cheered. The crowd clapped in unison. Everyone was moved.

And it was all for the children.

When Florence and The Machine took the stage the crowds of grunged out Soundgarden and Pearl Jam fans hollored with approval. The man standing behind me admitted to his friend that he ran to Florence’s music that day because he was so impressed from her performance the night before.

As we sat there in a crowd being moved by the music, inside I was moved by the cause of the concert. The children on stage sat behind the musicians. The cameras followed the children throughout the entire show. The musicians took turns shaking the children’s hands.

It was a concert for the children of The Bridge School. And it was amazing.  More than an incredible collection of peak performances, I am moved by the incredible dream and the power of passion and peak performances. And it all starts with following the heart. As Florence + The Machine said: 

Just keep following the heartlines on your hand
Keep it up, I know you can
Just keep following the heartlines on your hand
Cause I am 

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {what does your heart say?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 296 :: amazing grace

26 Oct
Wow. What a concert. This blog post is late but better late than never.

The concert was amazing. The line up was spectacular. And the PERFORMANCES were peak.

Tonight I’m just sharing a little video from Florence and the Machine. There’s nothing like leaving your heart on the stage. Or underwear. Hello Tom Jones. Don’t even ask me about Hunger Strike by Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder. And Neil Young’s Heart of Gold.

Peak. Performance.

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {what moves you?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 295 :: hitting the road

24 Oct
It’s Friday! And that means we are hitting the road soon for a weekend celebration.

Mainly to celebrate Justin (who didn’t get a proper 40th birthday celebration because of my mastectomy). We are off to the Bridge School concert, something that is on Justin’s bucket list. Plus, if you haven’t already guessed, Pearl Jam will be playing. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Justin!

Here’s the lineup:

  • Neil Young
  • Pearl Jam
  • Florence + The Machine
  • Brian Wilson
  • Tom Jones
  • Soundgarden
  • Norah Jones and Puss N Boots
  • Band of Horses
  • Pegi Young & The Survivors

Who will you celebrate this weekend?

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {who can you celebrate?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 294 :: building stamina

23 Oct
Oh stamina! I am slowly building up my stamina.  And today was a good test of it and really a great day. (But not this kind.)

Today was great because I hosted a marketing webinar and then later a teleconference interview. Both required my undivided attention – not an easy thing to come by in these days of multi-tasking frenetic multi-screen work. 

But today was also a reminder to me of the power of personal energy and how, really, stamina is like a muscle. One that needs to constantly build up to get stronger and maintain strength.

So tonight is short and sweet, because today was long and wonderful — and full of good energy.  Another key component to peak performance. 

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {how do you build your stamina?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 293 :: an interview

22 Oct
Tomorrow night kicks off a new interview series over here, and well, you’re invited!

If you want to know more about how I made it through this year, this breast cancer diagnosis, this surprising turn of events with my head, heart, body and soul still intact, then you might want to tune in and find out more!

Tomorrow night, as part of my peak performance year I am interviewing the woman I turned to for help and healing ….my medicine woman! Yes, that’s right. Medicine. Woman. She is incredibly powerful and graceful and inspiring and if you are even just a little bit intrigued I hope you sign up to hear more.

Here’s a little note from my medicine woman to me:

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From Levity Laughing Star to Jamie’s spiritually adventurous posse:

Close your eyes, center, be still, be empty….ask “Will I benefit from this introduction??”
   If “yes” – be there or be square!!!!!
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Tomorrow I will share how I began working with a medicine woman, why I made the decision, what it was like and how it helped me. You will also hear directly from her on what it means to be a medicine woman and how her work began.

The big bonus is that if you sign up you will receive a recording of the event and a meditation you can take with you. If that sounds amazing, well, see you tomorrow night.

If that sounds just plain wacky, then no worries. I will be interviewing other amazing people in other lines of work in the near future. All in the name of peak performance!

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {who do you turn to for help?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 292 :: almost home milestones

21 Oct

Almost home! Milestones!

I’m on the plane, headed home. I will officially post this when I land. But for now, I’m writing on a plane, reflecting on some serious milestones from my two-week adventure from Portland to Chicago to Houston to Dallas to San Francisco and back again.

Whew.

It’s good to be on the home stretch. And speaking of stretching, I’m quite proud of my own personal milestones while I have been away. My STRETCH goals if you will.

You see I paid to check my big, heavy bag on this trip. PAID the airlines to pack my luggage for me. Today when I plopped the big bag on the scale at the United gate the digital reader flashed a red “50” back at me. Fifty pounds is the limit. Fifty pounds it is!

Not only did I pack my bag perfectly to the fifty-pound limit, I also lifted a fifty-pound bag.

See? Milestones. Here are some more from my big circular trip around the west.

  1. I have officially touched the floor with my arms. The reason I brought that big heavy bag with me on this trip was to drag my yoga mat along for the ride. My aim was to keep up my commitment to my Pilates stretching. And, I am happy to report I used it.
  2. I’m also thrilled to report I touched the floor with my arms. Laid out on my back with my arms spread wide I touched the back of my hands to the floor. This may seem like a common, normal, everyday sort of thing. And it used to be for me B.M. (before mastectomy).  But not now. These days touching the floor with my hands in an uber accomplishment. A celebration. A call for happy tears.
  3. I also ran on the treadmill. Ran. On. The. Treadmill. Also a first since B.M. Okay, so I only ran for like 30 seconds at a time, but did you read that I ran on a treadmill!!??

Small milestones add up.

And these small stretches are stretching and pulling my body back into peak performance. I’m still just a shadow of my former physique, but I can feel my muscles inching back. One itty, bitty, tiny, infinitely small move at a time.

And that’s a great reminder for me.
It only takes one move to create the next.

What’s your next move?

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {what’s your next move?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 291 :: this life changing moment

20 Oct

It kind of feels like Oprah week around here. My apologies if it’s getting old, but then again, I did see OPRAH in person! This week. Up close! 

As the days go on and I slowly move out of vacation mode and back into work/regular routine/ normal life mode, I am reflecting on the power of the weekend. 

Today, on my official day off, while Sara and I were enjoying (and wincing) over a seriously deep tissue massage pedicure, she asked me if the weekend was a life changing event. I believe she said something along the lines of, “You read and study this stuff all the time so I’m curious if anything was new to you?”

She’s my best friend. She knows me better than anyone. She can ask me that.

I didn’t’ have to pause to answer. But I did have to admit that while the content wasn’t new, the affirmation was. I’ve been at this long enough now to see the threads that run through all the advice, the deeply profound moments, the soul lifting techniques and the aha moments.


And I am truly aware of the fact that Miss O was putting on the show of her life. It was a peak performance, channeling more than the diva inside of her.

And why does that matter?
Because everything we do matters.

Whether it is showing up to work or working out. Pulling out a peak performance IS profound because it transforms everyone around us. Life changing moment or daily routine of life, it’s all the same. All the moments add up. Every single one. Each being a launching pad to the next.

So yes, it was a life changing moment. Just like this one is as I prepare to hit the “send” button on this post.

Every moment is a life-changing moment.  Because everything matters.
And I’m starting to think that THAT is really peak performance.

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {what is your next life-changing moment?}
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