JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 184 :: fun

25 Jul

Kindness.

There is kindness in the pure joy of having fun. And today, I had a margarita in one of Chicago’s Mexican restaurants. It was pure fun.

There was also a sign above us that I thought said, Mexiful. Which I loved! What a brilliant word, I thought to myself. It’s like beautiful Mexico. It’s like the best of Mexican food meets beauty and grace. Mexiful!

And then we checked out and I walked around the corner to read the sign which actually said, MEXIFUN.

Aha… makes so much more sense. It was probably the margarita talking… but it was fun.
And Mexiful.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{mexiful?}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 183 :: kindness as a strategy

24 Jul

Thoughtful.

Someone said something today that perked up my ears… using kindness as a business strategy. 

I know I am a little bit inclined to listen these days when someone says the word kindness. And, I am a little biased on the power of kindness too… but still, kindness as a business strategy is brilliant in my book.

It was said in the context of being better by doing better.It was meant as a way to grow by helping others grow first. For all our clients and our guests, and clientele. I like that concept. I think it is pretty powerful – and good. And is there a better combination than that?

The Strategy of Kindness.
How can you implement it into your life?

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{being kind?}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 182 :: listening

23 Jul

Kindness.

I’m learning kindness is so much about listening. So, in this year of intentional acts of kindness – to myself and others – I am not surprised that the most powerful act of kindness is actually free.

It’s amazing what you hear when you Listen.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{listenting?}
#lovemore

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 JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 181 :: beauty rest

22 Jul

Kindness.

I’m doing a kind thing tonight… going to sleep. It seems so simple but it hasn’t been a very good two nights so far in Chicago sleep time.

I’m a bit time-zoned and haven’t been able to fall asleep… so tonight I am counting sheep, and my dreams, and looking forward to waking up to sunny Chicagoland tomorrow.

Afterall, you have to sleep to dream.
Night. Night. Kindness.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{beauty rest}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 180 :: 4-letter word friday

21 Jul

Singing in the RAIN.

It’s POURING rain in Chicago. Sideways rain. Intense flash flood rain.


Of course, it happened at the exact moment we needed to get INTO our taxi to go to dinner… and then again exactly as we needed to hop back into a taxi to return home. It was all worth it of course – great food, great friends, great memories and moments.

Rain is good.
Rain is vital.
But just like kindness, if you smother with too much, too fast, it can cause a flash flood.

Now, get an umbrella.
Cause everyone’s going to get wet!

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{rain}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 179 :: purple flowers 

20 Jul

Mama Sling.

Purple flowers always remind me of my mom. Mama Sling loved purple, and she really loved flowers. Every time I see purple flowers I hear a little whisper in my ear as if she is saying “remember me” or “hello James” or “brush your hair” or “come here and let me hug you.”  You know, the sort of things a mom says to her baby daughter.

Last night, this one motioned in my direction. It was delicate and strong. Waving in the wind and holding its own ground. Much like my Mama Sling.

And, as I think of kindness, I couldn’t think of a more KIND reminder to have of my mama. Blowin’ in the wind.

So unmistakably beautiful – and kind.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{purple}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 178 :: surprise 

19 Jul

Dinner.

Tonight Justin rushed me out the door. I thought it was pretty rude actually since I was trying to finish up a phone call. But he insisted. So I hung up abruptly and hopped into the car next to him.

Then he handed me a Bonzai Tree – the tree of life, and surprised me with our three-week wedding anniversary celebration dinner. It was all planned because I won’t be here on our first month anniversary next week. How sweet. How thoughtful. How kind.

We dined next to the docks and the bay at Anthony’s on the wharf. But all I could see were the flowers. Brilliant, beautiful, bold flowers waving at us in the wind as we sipped and ate our four-course meal.

It all reminded me that everything is in living color when you take the time to appreciate what it is you have. For me, it was the kindness of a meal, one that commemorates our three weeks together as officially married.

But, what it really showed me was this: the kindness of every little detail.
And I should know by now that this guy likes surprises!

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{noticing}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 177 :: glitter, sparkle, shine 

18 Jul

Be Kind.

Just this.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{be kind}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 176 :: the kindness of self-care 

17 Jul

Bed time.

Sometimes it is Monday, and you just have to give in to Monday. So to Monday I say, I’m going to bed early, I’m giving myself a special face mask, and I’m going to treat myself like it’s a spa night.

Monday night, Spa night. 
I like the sound of that…
Kindness, hear me roar!

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{spa night}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 175 :: recognizing kindness in the ones you love

16 Jul

Kind Moves.

I’ve been paying attention to kindness. And something very interesting is happening… I am begining to see the most kind behavior in those I love the most. Which makes sense since I spend the most time with these people.

And yet…I realize that sometimes we actually miss the point when we see people everyday. Like wallpaper. They are always there. It’s easy to miss or forget to appreciate or notice.

Like yesterday, when Justin demonstrated how to change bedsheets with someone in a bed. I was lying down for a nap. He needed to change the laundry. I whined that I didn’t want to get up from said bed. He told me not to worry, he could pull the sheets out from underneath me.

“What? ” I said back, sure that he was joking.
“Let me show you.” he smiled. “I had to do this all the time with my elderly patients.”

He then demonstrated with extreme kindness how he could roll a sheet up and out from underneath me while barely moving my body. As he worked the sheets around the bed he teased, “Okay, Ms. Eslinger, I’m just going to move your slightly to get this sheet out.”

As I watched him with awe I felt a tug at my side and a tug at my heart. He was so gentle and kind and thoughtful and funny all at the same time.

“I bet your patients loved you.” I said as I looked into his face with awe. As if I was seeing a side of him I have been forgetting to notice. His kindness happens so often I forget to see it. But like wallpaper, it’s always there.

So, here’s to noticing the wallpaper. And the people we love the most.
With kindness.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{wallpaper}
#lovemore

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