Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 204 :: bloom on

23 Jul

One day bloom….

This little flower bloomed today. It will be gone tomorrow.

More tomorrow.


{what beauty did you spot today?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 203 :: be fearless

22 Jul

I received this note today from a friend.

He wrote: “I found your candy wrapper”…

At first I thought it was some sort of spam email. Or game request from Facebook. But then I opened it and saw this:

And I had to smile. Thanks for the sweet reminder. Surgery in three days. But this is a lifetime commitment.

More tomorrow.


{how are you fearless?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 202 :: speaking of peak performance

21 Jul

There’s nothing like a surgery to get your peak performance in gear!  It’s Monday already and it feels like Friday will be here before I know it. I have my list and am checking it twice.

And that reminds me of something very valuable: deadlines.

Deadlines keep me focused. Just like writing this blog every single day keeps me focused.

Deadlines help me show up and deliver.

Deadlines are motivating.

Drop dead date? Deadline?

It’s just too bad they had to add the word “dead” inside. I mean, really, couldn’t we have a more positive word for channelled focus.

Have any good ideas?
If so, be sure to send them to me before tomorrow’s deadline.

More tomorrow.

{what’s your deadline?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 201:: hale to the kale

20 Jul

It’s Sunday night and all I have is a little bit of kale to share.

Okay, so it’s a LOT of bits of kale to share. My lunch of kale chips only put a minor dent in this latest harvest.

There’s something so great about eating kale — I feel like every cell of my body sucks in every nutrient a like a vacuum.

Kale has got to be some ancient secret, super power, magical kind of food. Even if it’s not, it makes me feel like I am a peak performer.

And sometimes all that matters is feeling good.

More tomorrow.

{what makes you feel good?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 200 :: watching over summer tomatoes

19 Jul

We are more than halfway through the year, and in the height of ONE HOT summer.

The 100-degree heat is good for sweating off some unwanted pounds and producing some beautiful vegetables. I swear you could grow anything here on the left coast — it’s so sunny and hot, just add water.

And just look at these tomatoes I picked today!

I mean honestly! I still have no idea what I’m doing in the garden. I have no idea what makes these things grow. We just water the ground and it sprouts.

The corn in the garden is now taller than me. The tomatoes have created their own kingdom of vines. The celery is turning into towers and the kale looks like its own radar tower shooting out of the ground floor.

I would love to take credit for any of it, but I cannot. Justin turns on the water at night. I wake up in the morning and look at the green jungle in awe. It is literally growing before my eyes.

It is Mother Nature’s Peak Performance.

I do nothing except pick and harvest and talk to the little flowering buds.

Sometimes I sing to them. It’s really a function of being a highly outgoing individual who is socially starved of the intellectual connections she once knew in a land called Boston.

There, in Beantown, I would discuss the fate of humanity, the economic crisis, politics, business and the outcome of every Red Sox game.

But, here, on this coast, it is just too hot to think intellectually. My mind is focused on how to cool down the house, when to open the windows and when to turn the air conditioner on for maximum ice box potential. P.S. On this coast nobody really cares about the Red Sox.

So I watch my tomatoes grow. And in some simply beautiful way, it seems there really is nothing more important in the world that making sure somebody watches over them, makes sure they are sung to, and picks them at just the right ripe moment.

And that makes me think, in some odd way, if everyone just took care of their own tomatoes there might be more than just fresh food in the world.

There might be a bit more singing. And salsa.

More tomorrow.

{who do you sing to?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 199 :: unveiling my new….

18 Jul

I have the privilege of working/dreaming/creating/marketing/building really cool things with amazing women. I like to think of it as Marketing From The Heart.

And today I was THRILLED to receive a little love in the mail from some women who are doing just that — creating from the heart by making yoga clothing the fits real women.

Here’s one of my new Ena Yoga Apparel outfits!

It was really hard to capture this selfie and get the Eva Tank Top and Maya bootie shorts all in one pic. But I did it, just to show that real women with real curves can wear yoga clothes too.

That’s right! I have real curves now — new “tatas” are on the way. One week and counting to my surgery/implant exchange which will officially cap off the mastectomy/reconstructive process. And while the girls don’t “look” that big in this photo, believe me, they are bigger than they have ever been.

They also feel hard as plastic right now. It’s the expanders. They are FULL and filled with saline, and thank goodness because they have created the space needed for the new implants.

But they are hard. So hard I woke up in a sleepy half dreaming/half awake state this week and felt a plastic dog toy in my bed. As I cupped my hand around the dog toy I thought, “How did this get into my bed?”

Then I woke up and realized it was my breast — or the expander currently playing the role of my left tata.

We had a good laugh over it — and thank goodness there is no squeaky toy included in this process.

But it has been an interesting process, this DCIS diagnosis. There’s so much I have learned. For one — I now must order a size up! (Thus, my new Ena Yoga Apparel clothing.) For someone who has been a flat chested athlete most of her life, this is a new world.

But, for someone who has also been a breast cancer advocate for most of her adulthood (God Bless you Mama Sling!) I am learning something else.

I don’t want to fight. I don’t want to be a warrior. I don’t want to run from or against anything.

Instead, I choose to soak in Beauty and Love.

If you’ve been around her for a while you know my new mantra - Enjoy Simple Beauty, Pause Right Now.

It’s a both a reminder and a mantra. A way to make sense of the amazing accomplishments that come with peak performance as well as the surprises, or twists and turns that knock on the door in the middle of the night, and the things that happen while you are out making other plans (or in the middle of a fertility appointment where your doctor announces you have a lump in your breast).

So on this Friday Night I announce I am giving up the fight. Instead I embrace beauty and love because life is beautiful. We should live while we are alive, we should love while our hearts beat.

And while we are alive we should work/dream/create/market/build/share/do really cool things with amazing people that bring out our best strengths, celebrate our talents and inspire others to do the same.

(That might be worth a pause!)


More tomorrow.

{what strength can you celebrate?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 198 :: pretty purple petals and fleeting flowers

17 Jul

Just a little beauty from me to you tonight.

This little beauty bloomed today.

It’s neighbor, the yellow bloom I posted two days ago, is already shriveled up and gone. Just. Like. That.

So tonight, we clipped this little beauty and placed her in a vase (inside, away from the 100-degree heat).

It’s a simple reminder of sorts, to appreciate the beauty under your nose. Capture it, with your heart. Or a camera. Or a vase.

I suppose the most important part is to pause. Enjoy simple beauty pause right now.


More tomorrow.

P.S. Somehow my days are off and I have now officially corrected it. Today is the 198th day of the year.


{what did you capture today?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 199 :: it’s magic, a.k.a. justin gave me the recipe

16 Jul

Okay, so you asked for it! Well, maybe you didn’t ask for it, but tons of people have so….

I begged Justin for the recipe. He found a few online and then whipped together his version of it. Below. For you. A gift of sorts. Most definitely beautiful.

watermelon jalapeño mojito

1. Make simple sauce

  • 1/2 cup stevia
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 jalapeño slice

Boil in a sauce pan and simmer for 5 minutes or until it turns saucy. Refrigerate.

Justin’s note: take seeds out if you don’t want it to be spicy.

2. Mix drink

  • place 5-6 leaves in glass
  • add shot of lime
  • add rum of choice
  • add simple syrup
  • puree watermelon and pour over leaves
  • sparkling water
  • garnish with watermelon wedge and mint leaf

DRINK more, love more!


I am not the chef around here so if I missed anything let me know. Or just play with it. It’s fun. It’s cool. Refreshing. And beautiful!

More tomorrow.


{what do you have to share?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 198 :: more beautiful F words

15 Jul

The more I write this blog, the more I wind my way back to the F words I love so much:  Friends, Food, Fun, Flowers…

…and more flowers.

This popped up in the yard today:

I think part of the reason why I love flowers so much — and still feel like they are magic — is the fact that they are always there.  Below the surface. Just waiting to pop up, sprout, bloom.

It’s amazing to me. Every time a flower blooms I look at it with absolute wonder and awestruck confusion.

How did that happen? Underneath my nose? In plain daylight? Out in the elements?

I suppose like every story of success and peak performance the ideal environment is a combination of the right soil, good light, and a lot energy rippling beneath the surface.

And maybe a little magic too.

More tomorrow.

{what popped up for you today?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 197 :: beauty is in the eye of a watermelon jalapeno mojito

14 Jul

Tonight’s blog is easy. I mean, really, how hard is it to find something beautiful when you are served THIS:

It a Watermelon Jalapeño Mojito from Justin’s Test Kitchen — aka the man I live with, the love of my life, the boy who loves to cook. He always had. He once made me a dish of shrimp fettuccuni — at age seventeen — and boy, was I impressed.

I still am.

He brings me things to taste, sliding a spoon under my nose with the announcement of, “Try this!” They are like little gifts, each one. His form of cookery is like watching beauty unfold. He loves it, that’s all. He does it for the love of flavor and food — to create and to share with me.

Someone we grew up with recently posted this after seeing Justin’s latest creation, “I thought JJ was the lucky one … I guess I was wrong.”

Well, yes, Scott, you were wrong.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder… the beholder of a mojito, which is really a gift, that comes from a place of love, that ought to be shared.

Cheers to that.

More tomorrow.

{what did you taste today?}

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