JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 39 :: hard to say goodbye

8 Feb
Here I am, in another airport!
And I must admit, I’m having a hard time leaving this Texas sky: 

And this beautiful sun shiny February day:

But mostly it’s hard to leave these two, the bestest of friends and their total, unconditional love and support:

It makes me sad, being so far away from the people who feel like family. Where I am called “Gigi” and treated like an auntie by two little boys who make my heart melt with their little voices when they call my name.

“Gigi, come here!”
“Gigi, look at this!”
“Gigi, just read the directions.”  (when I asked how to play a game)
“Gigi, tell me that story again.”

It also makes me deeply appreciate the friendships I have from east to west. “My girls” and “my boys” — all of them, scattered throughout this world. I just want to pick them all up and stuff them in my suitcase.

I know, not very practical.

But somewhere in my heart I hang on to this fantastical dream that someday all of the people I love will somehow migrate to one place, where we can meet up at Starbucks, sit by the pool, sip margaritas, and watch the Super Bowl together.

I suppose that’s a state called “Florida” and a condition called “retirement” but alas…..

Until then I will sit in airports in between visits with the people I love. Friends and family both. Coworkers and college roomies. Nieces and nephews alike.

There’s soothing comfort in people knowing your name.
And there’s something very blissful about being called Gigi.
Even if it’s just for a weekend.

More tomorrow. 

  {do you have a nickname?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 38 :: gifts of bliss

7 Feb
Some gifts are thoughtful, some are expensive, and some are priceless.

Like this one, that was given to my by two little boys today:   

It’s enough to melt my heart. And bring me a moment of bliss. 

More tomorrow. 

  {what gift do you have to give?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 37 :: bliss movie alert

6 Feb
Only one update on BLISS today. Tonight we watched this:

Hector and The Search For Happiness. 

I rate it RECOMMEND. Especially if you want to up your happiness quotient. It’s somewhat predictable but mostly feel good moments with the depth that loss, love and life always bring.

Such is bliss?

It made me cry, reflect, laugh and think. A pretty good formula for a movie. And possibly life too. 

More tomorrow. 

  {what’s your happiness formula}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 36 :: bedtime stories

5 Feb
Bliss moment of the day: reading bedtime stories to my two favorite little boys. It was a little bit of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and a lot of giggles. 

For me it was pure bliss. Enough to put my head down on a pillow for sweet dreams. Ahhhh.

Sometimes bliss comes in a package with a big, fat, in your face bow. Other times, like tonight, it comes in the giggles of two little boys who already know the story, already know how it ends, but hang on to every word just for the sake of the moment. 


More tomorrow.

  {sweet dreams}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 35 :: it’s cold in texas

4 Feb
Welcome to Texas! It’s cold here tonight but it’s supposed to heat up this weekend. Which I will enjoy with a big scoop of bliss! Not for the warm weather but for spending time with friends. I can hardly wait … just to be a little silly and a lot relaxed.  

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s cold in Texas tonight but it’s all warm in my heart!

More tomorrow.

 {who do you love?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 34 :: and she posts!

3 Feb
OMG. I just got out of bed because I crawled into bed and then realized I snuggled up in my PJ’s and put my head on the pillows….without posting my blog.


This is what happens when I take the red-eye and fly through four different cities, through a blizzard, and spend more than 24 hours in an airport without sleeping ….I get tired.

And that’s okay, because I still show up!
Even if I have to crawl out of bed.


More tomorrow.

 {where can you show up}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 33 :: snow day!

2 Feb
So, I made it to Chicago. And all I have to say is… SNOW DAY!

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness. So much snow from east to midwest and back again. This is definitely bliss for someone out there who loves winter…. but it wasn’t bliss conditions for travel.

But I’m here! I made it. Snow falls but Bliss on.

More tomorrow.

 {winter or summer?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 32 :: what’s the score

1 Feb
I’ve been in an airport since this morning, before the sun rose. The Blizzard has rerouted and rearranged my plans, along with many others. But it’s good to know that the Super Bowl goes on… as evidenced by everyone huddled around TV’s throughout the airport.

Including me.
Until now.

I just realized I have less than an hour before my flight leaves and I need to post my blog (or I will miss the window for today, and I won’t let that stop this 5-year writing streak!).

So I had to pull myself away from the game. I have no idea what the score is while I’m over here in this corner of the airport writing, sucking up juice from an outlet to keep my computer running. I can hear the cheers and boos coming from afar but I have no idea what they mean. Of course I’m hoping it’s for the Pats good fortune but I am surrounded by Seahawks fans so…..

And then something hit me! As I pulled myself away from the crowd I see something beautiful. Further proof that we are all connected. We are all plugged into this game (well, most of us) one way or another. Whether it’s for the team, the commercials, or as my friend Laura said about her kids, they care more about the food!

Speaking of commercials. I am beyond moved by these Coke ads. The brand has taken the Big Game and turned it into a platform for a big message. One that we all know is true = what we say to each other matters so let’s talk about things we all want to hear.

And while Coke wants us to hear a message to crave more sugar, I know what we all really crave is love. I know this from my own trials and tests. When my body craves something sweet what I really want is some LOVE. Or something I can’t have, like a hug from my mom. Give me some sugar! As Kid President says.

We are all connected. But it’s being connected to our hearts that matters most. That’s the big game. So while I have no idea what the score is right now, I do know this:  when we all live from our heart, from a place of love, everybody wins.


More tomorrow. 

 {what is your sugar?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 31 :: dogged pursuits

31 Jan
Bliss moment of the day?  Well, it was eating brie.But that’s not my bliss moment of the day. It was Brady’s as he snuck up and snatched half of the block of brie from the sofa table. It was sort of an informal appetizer for us and become a formal contraband treat for Brady.

Admittedly, it made me mad. In one gulp he downed our brie, which I bought tonight as a special treat because it sounded so good. Whoosh! Just like that, it was gone.

But honestly there is something inside of that I respect. Brady knows what makes him happy. He is programmed to go after it no matter what anybody else thinks (or says … or yells).

He’s unashamed of his blissful pursuit. Food. Food. Food. Brady knows exactly where all of the food is in the house at all times. If I stand up from my desk and walk away leaving a bit of my lunch for TWO SECONDS Brady will be there licking his chops. Even if he was in another room. Even if he is outside. Somehow he knows where the food is and the direct coordinates of human arms to said food. He calculates his approach in a matter of seconds.

Then I turn around and my food is gone. GONE girl.

It makes me scream. The one word said over and over in this household is “Brady!” at all octaves and all levels of annoyance. But it doesn’t faze him. He keeps his focus. He knows what he wants.

We named Brady after Tom. After all, he is the most amazing quarterback in football history. Little did we know our Brady would have the same intense training regimen and winning instincts as #12… it just happens to be in the food department.

Regardless, I have to respect this tenacity. He is dogged in his blissful pursuit (pardon the pun). This dog’s got game and he schools us almost every single day.

Then he crawls up in my lap and pretends he’s sorry.

Yeah, he’s got my number. And my food. Pretty blissful life for this pup.

More tomorrow. 

 {what is your dogged pursuit?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 30 :: 2015 here we go!

30 Jan
January is almost over, and as it becomes time to turn the page on the virtual calendar it feels like a final moment to reflect on the New Year (before we are really IN it!).

So tonight, I give you this: 
A video message from Tony Robbins.

If you’re already giving up on your resolutions this is a must watch. Just soak in the pep talk if nothing else. Because the New Year is here and there’s no turning back.

Here’s to 2015!

More tomorrow. 

 {does 2015 feel real yet?}

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