JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 179 :: feel good friday

3 Jul
It’s Feel Good Friday…and boy does that feel good to write.

In this year of BLISS I am learning a very important secret. Nothing is more important than feeling good. I’ve tried to give up complaining (still haven’t cracked the code of the 21-day no-complaint challenge) but I have learned SO much.

Mostly, I have learned what sets me off. What throws me off my game. What sends me through the roof. In most cases it is spiders. Not just any spiders, black widow spiders! And that takes away all the good feeling blissfulness that I have built up, in a matter of seconds.

So, for tonight, I share this — because these pups make me feel GOOD. And all that matters is feeling good right now. It’s all we’ve really got when you think about it.

So…..Once a week for 35 weeks this owner caught his pups racing for their food bowl. They literally grow up before your eyes on camera. It’s pretty darn ahh inducing cute.

Happy Friday!

More tomorrow. 

  {what made you feel good today?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 178 :: strawberry bliss forever

2 Jul
What was the question?  Oh yes, bliss.
That brings me to this!

I was just going to make strawberry shortcake tonight but then Justin kicked me out of the kitchen for his super secret takeover of the dessert tray.

His secret ingredient?  Mint!  And layers… two layers of whip cream and cake.
Oh bliss. Let the fireworks begin.

More tomorrow. 

  {what fireworks?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 177 :: purple haze

1 Jul
It’s late, so I have just a few pretty photos that bring me bliss tonight:

What started with this:

Turned into this:

And then morphed into this:

Because there’s an APP for that!

More tomorrow. 

  {what was the highlight of your day?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 176 :: the hamburglar

30 Jun
Brady strikes again.
What was going to be our dinner tonight quickly turned out to be Brady’s great heist.

I should have known. Pup tried to tell me. I was sitting in the living room watching a scene from one of Justin’s favorite movies (High Fidelity) when Pup began pawing at my leg.

I told him to stop.
He continued to paw.
I asked Pup if he wanted to go outside.
Nope. He continued to paw. 

The next thing I knew Justin asked me to follow him into the kitchen.

“You have to see something.”
“What?” I asked not knowing what there was to see. Of course my first reaction was “Bugs! Ants! Spiders!”

Nope. It wasn’t.
It was The Hamburglar.

Three hamburgers totally disappeared. There were four patties waiting nicely on a plate, to go out to the grill. We should not have left them on the counter, but we did. And Brady spotted them while we were watching a 60 second scene from a movie.

Sixty seconds flat! Hamburgers gone.

With no trace but a few pieces of onion on the counter in their place.  There was one left on the plate, noticeably the furtherest one from the edge of the counter, where it was clearly too far to reach.

I, personally, can only eat one hamburger. But three. This little doggie ate THREE! Raw ones too.

And we know for a fact that it was Brady. One look at the plate that I held up in front of his nose and he beelined it to his kennel. Which was exactly what Pup was trying to tell me. Pawing at my leg telling on his four-legged brother. I should have listened.

Instead I went to the grocery store for dinner goods …AGAIN. Asking myself...Where’s the beef?

In the end Brady had his own little moment of bliss.
And we learned (another) lesson.

More tomorrow. 

  {what lesson did you learn today?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 175 :: going rogue

29 Jun
Super awesome treat tonight! We had family in town. On the night before they take on the Rogue River.

It was fun to have family visit, sip drinks outside, celebrate a birthday, swim in a pool (we didn’t… they did) and toast them with a proper sendoff before they hit the rafts and rapids. 

And that reminds me…
Sometimes the best times last just for a moment. Because that’s the moment you remember to treasure.

Such is bliss if only for a fleeting second.

More tomorrow. 

  {what moment did you treasure today?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 174 :: what will happen this week

28 Jun
It’s Sunday night. I’m sitting here asking myself what feels good right now. What is bringing me just a little bit o’ bliss? 

And all I can think of is the clean sheets, fresh out the laundry that have just been placed on the bed. And my soon to be head hitting the pillow.

Oh what bliss it is….
Sweet dreams. Happy week ahead.
May it be better than you could ever expect, full of good things. And more!

More tomorrow. 

  {what will happen this week?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 173 :: triple chocolate ice cream

27 Jun
Holy hot sauce! It’s a scorcher. The car read 111 degrees today when I was out running errands. One hundred and eleven degrees!

Which was enough for me to take a nap…. sometimes it’s the only thing that makes unbearable heat in an air-conditioned room go away.

…until Brady decided to wake me up.

So now I’m eating ice cream. Triple chocolate ice cream. Cause a girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do.

And on a hot summer day, that’s bliss.

More tomorrow. 

  {what’s your summer bliss?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 172 :: love wins

26 Jun
Every night I have an automatic message that pops up on my computer at 11PM. It says…”3 Good Things at Night.”It’s meant to be a reminder for me to focus on the positive and find at least 3 good things that happened during the day. Even on my worst days. I do this because I have learned through writing this blog that what we focus on grows. Where we put our attention becomes our intention.

So tonight I am reflecting on three things.

1. Love Wins.
It was an historic day for love.

2. Love Wins.
Years from now I believe we will look back on this time and not even comprehend the reason why/how/when this all started. Much like how slavery and not granting women the right to vote seem so incomprehensible to me now.

3. Love Wins.
We just returned from a 50th Wedding Anniversary of Justin’s aunt and uncle. They were celebrating 50 years of marriage, of promises, of being there for each other and of family. And love. It was a beautiful thing to witness and help celebrate and be in the presence of two people who have carved out a place in this world where their love has prevailed. Inspiring really.

So tonight I say, may love win.
No matter who or what or where.

More tomorrow. 

  {what are your 3 things?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 171 :: 90’s at night

25 Jun
Just reporting the facts tonight. It’s hot. I’m not complaining…. I’m just telling it like it is….90 degrees at 10PM. 

108 degrees tomorrow. Not complaining, that is. Just reporting the facts. I like to be warm. It brings me bliss… but this is more like blisters!

More tomorrow. 

  {hot or not?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 170 :: sacred space

24 Jun
I ran across this article today. It seemed like the perfect find in this year of Bliss. It’s a great overview of Joseph Campbell’s take on bliss. But what struck me most was the idea of a Bliss Station. 

“[Sacred space] is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.

And that has me thinking… do I have a bliss station? Do I have a space to create my own form of bliss?

Do you?

More tomorrow.

  {where is your sacred space?}

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