JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 67 :: blissful watching

8 Mar
Our second Camila tree has blossomed. This one has blooms in a dark pink rosy red.

It’s hard not to feel a bit of bliss blossoming when these flowers are blooming in the yard.

It helps that we have more light at night now. And that the grass smells of freshly cut summer scents. The birds are chirping louder now. Green tips have returned to the brown branches all around.

I am blissfully watching Spring’s arrival. It’s like a ticker tape parade around here, between the scents, the smells and sights popping all around.

Watching nature form the sidelines makes me want to be on the lookout for that one moment each day that makes time stop.

Just long enough to count my blessings.
And bloom.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, do more.

  {what are you watching?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 66 :: going after what you love

7 Mar
First, I want to show you this photo.

It looks like an epic fail.

But, really, it was Brady in all of his excitement trying to be with his people. We were in the backyard trying to give Pup a chance to play with the ball while taking photos of our thirteen year old dog. Three-year-old Brady was in the house and not happy about being left out.

So in one fell swoop he jumped at what looked to be an open window.
It was not.

Out flew the screen and with it came Brady tumbling after.

I have to give Brady credit. He goes after what he loves. He loves food. He loves bones. He loves sticks. And he loves his people more than anything. Viszlas are called “velcro dogs” for that reason.

So of course we asked Brady to jump through the now screen-less door window until I could get the photo just right.

It’s funny to me how much this dog has taught us.

He taught Pup to run again, even after his back injury, he gave Pup a reason to chase after a ball in the yard. He has taught me to never leave my food unattended. He has taught us all how to be carefree ….even when getting in trouble but especially when giving cuddles and loves and hugs.

And he continues to teach all of us to go after what we love. To unabashedly go after what we love.
Such is Brady. Such is bliss?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, do more.

  {what are you going after?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 65 :: spring is springing

6 Mar
We have raspberry leaves growing. It’s almost a miracle, yet again, they return!
So on this Friday night I’m just sharing a little hope.

And a good sign that spring is coming.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, do more.

  {what’s your favorite season?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 64 :: templates and lists

5 Mar
I love a list.

It makes me feel put together. That’s why I love using Asana. But yesterday I discovered something new… Templana!  It’s an integration for Asana, but you can download all sorts of lists to do all sorts of things that you want to do in your life, or work, or for your family.

I’ve downloaded a few to test out, including the All-In-One-Pack. It’s like life management in one set of lists. It may not get me closer to bliss but it could keep my head together as I try.

In the end I know it’s what I DO on the list(s) that make the difference.

Maybe this quote should be changed… instead of it’s not in the stars to hold our destiny… it should say, it’s not in our lists to hold our destiny…

But in ourselves.

List on.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore, do more.

  {what’s your list of choice?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 63 :: bang bang pop pop

4 Mar
No strawberry pancakes this morning.

Justin actually woke up and asked, “Who is going to make me pancakes?” He was looking directly at me. I guess he had a point.

But, I did find a few “good” reasons to feel “good” today: I went back to Pilates — first time in over a month! My body is aching but it was worth it. Funny how so many things that hurt in the moment are best for the long run.

And I also found a new favorite song as I worked over my computer:
Bang Pop by Free Energy.
Overheard on my Spotify channel Ready For The Day.

Highly recommend. It’s catchy. Fun. Poppy. But it gets my head bouncing as I get ready to work… even without strawberry pancakes.

Bang. Bang. Pop. Pop.

More tomorrow.

  {what’s your song of choice?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 62 :: national pancake bliss!

3 Mar
Yesterday, I made a proclamation to stay positive. Or maybe it was to stay positively blissful. Which I tried to do today, but I must say it’s easier to stay sweet when you wake up with this!

Strawberry pancakes.

Who knew it was National Pancake Day?
Well, I guess Justin did, which is why he woke me up with this syrupy sweetness. I have to say, it was a great way to start the day.

Maybe even blissful.

More tomorrow.

  {what did you have for breakfast?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 61 :: blissed off

2 Mar
I’m trying an experiment. Being blissful.
But not in a annoying sort of way, over they top happiness, like this definition describes.

Not that anything is wrong with supreme bliss. But it feels a little hyper and I think I’d like a more gentle approach to life these days.

So bliss it is. In small bits. Gentle waves.

My experiment is to see if I can sustain a blissful state of mind even when that around me won’t provide it. Like tonight, while at the grocery store when a woman wouldn’t move out of my way …. I gently turned around and went in the other direction.

Maybe that is more like avoidance. But I’m wondering how long I can sustain a positive attitude, a blissful state if you will, while still having a grip on the real world.

We’ll see how long it lasts…. how blissed off can I possibly get?
It’s got to be worth a try.

More tomorrow.

  {what blisses you off?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 60 :: pup bliss

1 Mar
Well I now know what gets Pup happy.  You would think a mere tennis ball wouldn’t hold this much motivation. He’s almost fourteen.

I was using this tennis ball to rub out my arms after typing. Then I placed it on my desk next to my computer. The next thing I knew I had a dog nose staring me down from across my desk.

And it was Pup!

Brady pops up everywhere. We’ve come to expect it. We’ve even caught young Brady on top of the refrigerator. But Pup, well, he’s slowed down these days. Don’t get me wrong, he still has some kicks left in him, but he reserves it for when it really counts.

And apparently a round, yellow, tennis ball counts.

Pup bliss.
Seems so easy. Could it really be that simple?

More tomorrow.

  {what gives you a kick?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 59 :: just smile

28 Feb
I’m feeling the weight of my yoga class settling into my bones. So tonight is short and sweet before I go off to bed.

One thought on bliss tonight. Just a tiny, itty bitty one.
Just smile.

More tomorrow.

  {what makes you smile?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 58 :: exposing what’s broken

27 Feb
I made it to and through two yoga classes. Small feat. Two HOT yoga classes in one week. It’s not easy for me, mind you, these muscles are being stretched beyond their limits. I have yet to chataranga and I have never seen my legs shake so violently through yoga pants before, to the point of convulsion.

It’s tough to be this out of shape. It’s hard to look at my shaking thighs and try to remember what they used to look like, what they used to feel like, what they used to be able to do.

So tonight when the instructor said, “Pay attention to what hurts. It has to be exposed before you can fix it,” I had to take a pause.

It’s so true. I can’t fix what’s broken if I don’t know it has broke, or is tired, or out of shape, or shaking so hard the room thought there was a west coast earthquake hitting the gym floor.

Sometimes it feels so not very fair. Having spent so much time taking care of my head, heart, body and soul, getting in great shape only to have three surgeries bring me down. Sometimes it feels like looking up at a mountain, one where I almost made it to the top and then tumbled my way down to the bottom.

And then other times, someone says something that makes me take pause and feel again that I am exactly where I am supposed to be. Listening to my body.

“Pay attention to what hurts. It has to be exposed before you can fix it.”

More tomorrow.

  {what are you paying attention to?}

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