TP365/Year10 – Connections: Ocean Waves

26 Oct

Today’s connection is dedicated to the weather and those that report on it.

It’s a rainy, rainy day here in New England, or as they like to say, a Nor’easter kind of storm.

On my way back from Scituate I caught the beginnings of “the show” — and if you have ever lived in Scituate (on the edge of the Earth) then you know what I mean. The waves rock and roll all the way up to the shore, under the houses on pylons, and everywhere in between.

As I drove past the lighthouse I spotted those who always rush into the storm. The local weather crew was out to capture everything. It made me think about all they do to make sure everyone in the comfort of their homes stay connected to the eye of the storm.

All I can say is…rain, rain, go away!

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year10 – Connections: Sara’s Kitchen

25 Oct

Today’s post is dedicated to Sara and her kitchen.

I recently met Sara through my friend Amy and we all Facetimed this week.

While we talked, Sara showed me the cake she just baked for their book club. It looked so scrumptious I wanted to reach right through my phone to try it.

I soon learned that Sara isn’t just a baker she is a magician in the kitchen. A kitchen witch, if you will, as she mixes together both love and song into what she bakes.

Whereas I follow a recipe to a “T” Sara told me about how she just knows what ingredients to add to her baked goods. A little more honey for sweetness or cinnamon for spice or whatever the cake (or recipient) needs more of in that moment.

I was so impressed with her ability to bake from the heart that it reminded me of my own Mama Sling. How we used to sing in the kitchen and dance with spatulas in our hands. No wonder her cooking always tasted so good. It was all made with love.

Could there be a more powerful connection?

More tomorrow,
Jamie

P.S. So nice to meet you Sara, I can’t wait to taste what you’re baking!

TP365/Year10 – Connections: Pam

24 Oct

Today’s post is dedicated to Pam.

Pam and I worked together in Chicago and it was so good to Re-Connect with her today. The last time I saw Pam was at her wedding, in the pre-Covid years. Both of our lives have changed and evolved since then but so much has stayed the same.

Including her sharp wit, infectious laugh and beautiful smile.

Pam reported to me back in the day and I have absolutely enjoyed watching her career unfold. I often tell my teammates that they will always have me in their lives for support or mentorship — and I mean it. But today, Pam proved it.

It’s nice to know that while the world has changed around us in so many unfathomable ways that we are still connected to those who have touched our lives forever. Sometimes I wonder if the working world brings people into our lives for the moment in order to impact us for eternity.

Thank you, Pam, for being part of my life. You are and always have been a rockstar!
And, I am always rooting for you.

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year10 – Connections: Big Blue

23 Oct

Today’s post is dedicated to Big Blue.

If you knew me back in high school then you probably saw me driving Big Blue around town. She looked much like this photo below:

Big Blue is a 1976 Ford Supercab according to my dad but to me she was my independence.

Big Blue was already “old” when I was in high school but she was always the extra vehicle that I could drive without fighting with my sister over our shared car. I could pack all my friends into the large “supercab” to go to games or the Drive-In. She saw many date nights and ran out of gas a few times too (my fault). But Big Blue was always there for me.

Tonight my dad confirmed that Big Blue is in the shop getting a bit of fix up, a new heat sender. I am actually impressed that Big Blue can still run with the best of them.

Just the memories of Big Blue bring me back to being in high school, gaining the independence to drive, and spending endless summer night with friends. What a connection.

It also reminds me that time can go by but some things will always remain timeless.
Go Big Blue! You will always be a classic.

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year10 – Connections: Vincent

22 Oct

Today’s blog is dedicated to Vincent… as in Van Gogh.

Tonight we visited the Van Gogh Exhibition: The Immersive Experience in Boston. It was even more amazing than I imagined it would be. In fact, it was absolutely incredible.

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The immersive experience felt like a walk back in time and a stroll into the paintings of the artist, while also listening to the words from his letters and writing.

I have never experienced an art display that felt so, well, immersive. It’s the only word to describe all the paintings coming to life all around you.

My favorite was the Virtual Reality exhibit that took you right into Van Gogh’s studio in the one bedroom apartment, then down the stairs and into the house where you walked right out the front door into the yellow drenched countryside that he painted. From there you walked into the town and down to the water of Starry Night fame.

It literally came to life. Both his paintings and his life.

What a Connection.

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year10 – Connections: BWG Connect

21 Oct

Today’s Post is dedicated to digital, as in a digital conference I attended today called BWG Connect. How perfectly timed for my Year of Connections!

I was a guest speaker on the panel dedicated to “Balancing Emerging Social Marketing Channels” and I was happy to connect on this topic with these other speakers in the space.

In this year of connections I am finding there are so many ways to connect … there are reconnections, there new connections and then there are human connections.

Even though it was a virtual conference, it was a great way to share, learn and exchange ideas, wins, and the brutal fast pace change that we all have to manage these days in the digital marketplace. It certainly reminded me that the best way to grow is to not go at it alone.

Then best part of all this, after the panel, I “reconnected” with an amazing past coworker on text messaging. Pam texted me to say she listened in on the panel presentation. I texted back that I miss her so much. Now we have an appointment to catch up and talk on the phone this weekend for “real”… how amazing is that?

So thanks BWG Connect, for the connecting and the platform for real connection.

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year10 – Connections: Cheryl

20 Oct

Today’s post is dedicated to Cheryl who I am sending lots of love and prayers to get well soon.

Cheryl had surgery yesterday and I texted with her today. If there is ever there is a time to connect with someone on a very genuine level it is when they are in the hospital after surgery.

I know, because I have been there before. All the love and all the prayers are so important to healing.

Some scientists say that we are energetically connected and they can measure the connection between us. And while sending flowers doesn’t seem like a powerful act, it actually is. It’s the power of flowers and the connection of hearts.

Get well soon, Cheryl! We are rooting for you.

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year10 – Connections: New Sunglasses

19 Oct

Todays post is dedicated to my new pink sunglasses – or, should I say, my new, new pair of pink sunglasses.

As you can see below, from my Amazon account, this is the second time I have purchased these since October.

They arrived in the mail and now I am reunited with my lost specs, and we can officially update the score to:

2 for the Alligators
1 for Jamie

As in I have lost two pairs of sunglasses while walking boardwalks in Florida over the alligator swamps and I have replaced one of those pairs of sunglasses.

Genuine connections are made by making a real moments count but today I’m just happy I can see the world through rose colored SUN glasses (again).

I can’t wait to see who I connect with next while wearing my new specs! Anyone up for some sunny vacation time (sunglasses included)?

More tomorrow,
Jamie

P.S. thank you Amazon for the speedy service.

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Restore

18 Oct

Today’s post is dedicated to Restore, as in the place I go to restore my energy, cells and overall health.

Today I did “Compression” and “PBM” — I call it my Star Wars line up because it feels like an out of this world process. One uses compression to relax the muscles and help aid in blood flow. The other is basically like looking at a panel bright red lights that work at the cellular level, to stimulate repair and normalizing cell function.

On a much deeper level it is like connecting with all of the cells of my body…and in this year of connections I can’t think of a better way to make a genuine connection.

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Patriot Pup

17 Oct

Today’s post is dedicated to the Patriot Pup.

As I was cleaning out a closet today I found Pup’s old jersey, the one he used to wear on Patriot’s Football Game Day.

Brady never let us put anything in the form of doggie clothes on him. He jumps and barks and wants it to be taken off of him immediately. Except not today.

Today, for some reason, he let me put both of his paws through the arm holes and fit the Patriot’s jersey over his head. It used to be too big for him but now it fits.

He wore it long enough for me to take a photo, then for a walk, and finally when we returned home I took the jersey off of him. I didn’t want to press my luck. Clearly it had been longer than he ever let me dress him up before.

As soon as I took it off he started pawing at it as if asking me to put it back on him. I found this curious but obliged. Then it occurred to me that the jersey probably still smelled of Pup and maybe Brady just loved to scent. Maybe it reminded him of the days when he used to curl up next to his older brother and lay in the sun together.

I just spent the last hour looking for a photo of Pup in this same jersey. While I found tons of photos of family and festivities from over the years I never found the one of Pup in that same jersey.

Maybe that’s because it’s supposed to remain a memory… or a scent of a memory. Either way, I love reconnecting with the spirit of the Pup who wore the #1 on his chest and the Patriot’s on his back.

Thanks for the memories, Pup, and the connection!

More tomorrow,
Jamie

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