JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 158 :: happy anniversary

12 Jun
We gathered tonight to celebrate these two, married 50 years ago and still going strong, still laughing, still friends, still sharing their life and love with family far and wide.

Love is a muscle.
Blessings Dick and Judy. We love you.
What bliss!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, 

Jamie
  {what bliss}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 157 :: one minute fifty five seconds

11 Jun
The challenges continue over here. And we have officially made it to a plank just under 2 minutes! One minute and fifty five seconds to be exact. We almost gave up. Well, we did. Once we hit the 90 second mark we gave up planking the first time around. But we started again and have now set a personal best.

How?
I’ll tell you. It’s a very realistic secret called “small increments” or baby steps.

Our first attempt at the 3-minute plank was by the book. And when I say “book” I mean a website that gave us the exact seconds to plank each night until we reached the magical number of three minutes.

It all started out great. Easy. Add five seconds a night here and then ten seconds there and before you know it you are at one minute and thirty seconds. But then….

The rules jumped to 2 minutes. Out of nowhere! Adding a full 30 second increment to the plank. We were still halfway away from our goal of 3 minutes and that’s where we stopped, failed, ran out of steam, bonked.

So this time around we are taking baby steps. Only five more seconds a night. (It was Justin’s idea). It’s working. Tomorrow we hit two minutes. Shaky, gut wrenchingly difficult, yes. But we are doing it.

Baby steps. Or maybe it’s baby planks?
Still, the lesson is not lost on me. It’s better to do something than nothing. It’s easier to take small steps than giant leaps. And small movements always lead to big results. 

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, 

Jamie
  {small step?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 156 :: no complaints…again!

10 Jun

Officially starting over on the No Complaint Challenge and I have one day down. No complaints today…. and we even played tennis. Progress!!

This no complaining thing has me thinking and learning more about myself. And when it comes to my bliss promise I’m starting to figure out  a few new things. Like the power of being in the moment, truly in the moment without trying to change it or shape it or move it. Just accepting it.

And allowing good to come from it. 

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, 

Jamie
  {did you complain today?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 155 :: coooommmmplaints

9 Jun
I’m pretty sure I complained yesterday…and today. I can’t remember the exact words but I am truly failing at this 21-day no complaint challenge. It’s just so……well….hard. All complaints aside.

But I’m beginning to better understand where my complaints come from. It mostly boils down to fear (no surprise there!) and anxiety. As in spiders and bathing suits.

My first melt down was over some black widows. My second was over a bathing suit that didn’t fit. Both come with enough anxiety to keep me in the complaint department for the rest of the year.

So here I go again. Starting over.
This time with the promise to keep breathing.
More breathing, less complaining. 

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, 

Jamie
  {what makes you complain?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 154 :: summer camp bliss

8 Jun

I changed up my day today. Mostly because we are visiting family and “on the road” up here in the Northwest. I woke up to yoga. Worked a full day. Got sprayed with surprise sprinklers as I sat outside on a conference call. Played a set of late afternoon tennis. And enjoyed an outdoor picnic with fresh rhubarb crisp!

Tonight as we ate dinner outside under the cover of a summer cherry tree I said, “Today felt like summer camp.”

Then I thought in my head, “I wish everyday was like summer camp.” (And, that technically was not a complaint….it was a wish… right?).

Then I realized everyday can be like Summer Camp. Because Summer Camp is now. Summer Camp is present. Summer Camp in my mind is the total and sheer excitement of enjoying every single second, and anticipating every single next second with nothing but pure joy. (Minus a few bug bites.)

And that’s when I realized it.
Bliss!

It’s bliss. In it’s purest form. Hitting the tennis ball. Typing on my computer. Get sprayed with sprinklers. Biting into vanilla ice cream and rhubarb crisp. Soaking in every second for what it is. Allowing the next one to be even better.

It’s so simple even a child can spot it a campground away.
Summer. Presence. Right Now. Bliss.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, 

Jamie

  {what are you experiencing right now?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 153 :: phone a friend

7 Jun

It’s funny what we take for granted. Like the ability to fly across the country in a day. Or the ease of phoning a friend from the camera-computer-scheduler-phone thing tucked inside our pockets 24/7.

Instead of looking for something like this:

When we walked by this telephone booth today Justin actually picked up the receiver to check to see if it had a dial tone. Remember that? A dial tone!

(By the way, it did).

Technology is bliss.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, 
Jamie

  {technology bliss}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 152 :: blissful day

6 Jun
Hot beautiful day here in the Northwest. With a full day of bliss. Flowers, Tennis, and drawing with two little girls.

These are the precious souvenirs that we will take home. Drawn by the hands of little girls.

Blissful. Priceless. Keepsakes.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, 
Jamie

  {happy summer}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 151 :: i know it’s late….

5 Jun
Chicago! Phoenix! Seattle! And finally… Mount Vernon. It’s been a long day that started at about 2AM. So this girl is going to sleep…. ahhhh blissful sleep.
Night. Night!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, 
Jamie

  {how was your day?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 150 :: challenge!

4 Jun
I like a good healthy challenge. But tonight… man… this one got me.

I’m planking up to 1:25 on attempt number two at the 3 minute plank. It’s getting shakier and shakier…but I’m determined.

And for my next trick I will try getting up at 2am for 5am flight.
What’s your latest challenge?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, 
Jamie

  {healthy challenge?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 149 :: longest streak yet

3 Jun
A picture is worth a thousands words….

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, 

Jamie
  {did you complain today?}
#lovemoredomore
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