Archive | March, 2014

Jamie’s Blog – DAY 90 :: a little laughter goes a long way

31 Mar

We’ve been having a lot of fun around here lately. So many “boob” jokes. And that’s the way I like it.

I am focusing on fun, peace, calmness and laughter & beauty.

So this morning, I shouldn’t have been surprised when I walked into the kitchen and found this note on the kitchen chalkboard wall.

I laughed so hard I couldn’t help but share.

More tomorrow.

{what made you laugh today?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 89 :: beautiful weed, happy yellow & snail mail

30 Mar

I spotted this snail today. Hanging out on our front porch chair.







I pass this yellow chair everyday and never really see it.

I bought it because it made me happy. For as much as I love the color pink (I once had a pink computer) I love the color yellow. It’s my fave.

But somehow I don’t really look at the yellow chair anymore. It has become a part of my regular front porch routine. Until today. When I noticed a little snail took up residence on it.

After I snapped his photo I noticed a yellow spot on our lawn. The First Weed Of Spring!

A little “dandy lion” hanging out all on its own.

When I look closer I notice a little bug hanging out on the yellow dandelion. Just like the snail hanging out on my yellow chair.

I think it’s a reminder that there is a bigger world around us, even in the smallest petals of a weed or on a forgotten yellow chair that nobody sits on — except a snail.

The ironic thing is this:  the mailman leaves us “snail mail” on that yellow chair. When we are not home, after he rings the doorbell and nobody answers, he leaves packages on the yellow chair.

So I shouldn’t be surprised, should I?

More tomorrow.

{spot something beautiful today?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 88 :: focus on the beauty

29 Mar

Have you noticed a theme here lately?
Spring? Flowers? Beauty?

I hope so. It’s a fundamental shift in my brain. I am now officially looking for beauty. Not because it’s beautiful, because it’s important.

I will soon be scheduled for surgery (big boobies here I come!). It has been a surprise and a shock but I am choosing to focus on the good, the healthy, and the beautiful in each and every moment along the way.

I met with a wise woman this week and she made an excellent point — whatever we put in writing influences what we believe. And what we believe becomes our reality.

She left me with these words, “Focus on the beauty.”

So, given that piece of excellent wisdom, I will not be writing about my experience with my upcoming mastectomy. I will share what is good, and healthy and beautiful along the way, because I am on the lookout for beauty.

I choose beauty. I choose love and health.

I hope you will join me in that promise because I want to be surrounded with love and joy. I promise to send it back to you too!

Because, only love matters and there is so much beauty to see in each and everyday.

Like this…. an image my doctor sent me this week.

Focus on the beauty.

More tomorrow.

{what beauty did you spot today?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 87 :: fire beautiful

28 Mar

I spotted something beautiful today in the light of fire.

Isn’t it amazing the comfort and ease a fireplace brings to a room?

More tomorrow.

{what brings you comfort?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 86 :: portland beautiful

27 Mar

I spotted a rainbow today. Way up high on the hill, riding the gondola in Portland.

I thought it was beautiful. So I am sharing.

I do love this city. Cool vibe. Beautiful green. Nice people.

Some kind soul even let me merge my car onto the highway, right in front of them. They stopped and waved me into my lane… I mean, wow!

Score one for Portland.

More tomorrow.

{what cities do you love?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 85 :: oh, sheepishly beautiful

26 Mar

I spotted baby sheep today. They were so cute I decided to share here. I couldn’t take a photo since I was driving so I am collecting the best ones from Pinterest.

But I’m sure you get the idea. Sheep. Spring. Cute!

And, the bigger idea is this: focusing on what’s beautiful. Finding beauty. Spotting the beautiful. Looking for what is amazing, incredible, awe inspiring.


It makes me want one. Soooooo cute!

More tomorrow.

{what did you spot that was beautiful today?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 84 :: happy birthday, GLORIA!

25 Mar

Today is an amazing day. Gloria Steinem turns eighty. All I can say is wow – I hope I look this good at 80!

Of course, what I really mean to say is what an amazing life. What an amazing woman. What an amazing leader, visionary, do-er and dreamer.

While I can’t get the song Gloria out of my mind, I also can’t help but wonder if she knows how many lives she has touched over 80 years.

Here’s to you, Gloria. Thank you for the wisdom and inspiration.
Happy Birthday.

Singing Gloria!

More tomorrow.

{who inspires you?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 83 :: set up for success?

24 Mar

Tonight is short, sweet and all about Brady.

All day long I look out this window and see these beautiful little flower buds on the tree.

Sometimes Brady, the dog that moves at warp speed, sits in the chair to look out the window too.

It’s one of the only times he sits still.

So I took a photo.

Catching him in slow motion is a skill and an art, so of course, I had to share it here!

It reminds me of peak performance, because Brady is at his best when he is running and jumping (not sitting). There’s something to learn from that…. putting yourself in an environment that will set you up for success.

Because when it comes to sitting, well, Brady is just kind of okay at it. He can do it. He will do it — especially if you offer him a treat.

But ask this dog to run? That’s when he really shines.
Jump? How high!
Run Brady, run. Good dog.

Don’t we all deserve to show off in the places where we shine? Instead of being asked to sit down over and over again?

More tomorrow.

{how are you set up for success?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 82 :: what’s blooming?

23 Mar

I kept my promise today. I weeded the garden.

Well, I actually whacked it to pieces. It felt great to pound the ground. I made a list of everything I am angry and sad about and then I just pounded it into the ground.

Then I pulled the weeds and all was left was dirt and some strangling roots in the one section of the garden I was able to cover.

(When Justin arrived home he asked why part of the soil was turned up and uneven in the garden. Anyhooo….)

I highly recommend it. If you have any pent up emotions just go hit something, preferably the ground. I was given this great advice from a friend.

“Mother Nature can recycle it. She can take all that anger and neutralize it, then recycle it into energy somewhere else.”

So, Mother Nature, let me say thank you. I feel relieved. And I hope you’re able to use some of that energy to create pretty new blossoms somewhere else.

Speaking of blooms. We have strawberries! And mint!

We also have pink flowers on our trees.

A new season is here.
It’s almost ironic that I say this, but here goes:
Let the anger go and the growing begin.

More tomorrow.

{are you ready for spring?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 81 :: isn’t it ironic and radically sweet?

22 Mar

The other day I found this hanging on a wall and I had to laugh. I mean, how did I not know this?

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts!

Isn’t that ironic. Don’t you think? I do.

I also find it incredibly ironic that on the day I was given my diagnosis of DCIS a book review from Dr. Lissa Rankin popped into my email inbox.

The book?
Radical Remission.

So of course I ignored it. Too much for me to process all in one day. But today, I woke up and remembered the book title. I also signed up for Dr. Lissa Rankin’s 40 Day Health Challenge. This could mean that I am getting closer to “acceptance” and have moved through the sadness. I still want to go hit something really hard and relieve some of this anger brewing inside of me.

It comes out in mysterious ways. For instance, I am so MAD at the medical industry for making us women stick our boobs into a flattening machine, a.k.a. mammography. Isn’t there a better way?

I am so ANGRY that the local hospital gave me a death pamphlet of every single way I could possibly die (vegetable state, infection, etc.) when I checked in for a simple breast biopsy. “We just need this on file sometime. You don’t have to do it today.” Really? Then don’t give it to me today. The nerve!

I am so PISSED the nurse left me in the dressing room when the procedure was done. I had to walk myself out. Which meant I had to navigate the long hallway past the billing department and smile at the woman who handed me the death pamphlet. No goodbyes. No handshakes. Just a throbbing breast with an ice pack stuck in my bra.

But, really, the REAL reason is this:
I am so F*ing FED UP with feeling like my mother handed me a genetic bomb waiting to go off in my beautiful breast tissues when she died.

I’m working through this anger stage and getting much closer to acceptance. Tomorrow I plan to go hit the hell out of the weeds in the garden. They have to go anyway and this anger inside of me needs a final resting place.

Because I have come to the conclusion that this health thing is going to follow me around until I get to the root of it. Until I uncover the point, the lesson, the reason behind it all and how to fix it, something will keep rearing its ugly head.

Sounds a lot like head, heart, body, soul work doesn’t it? Sounds eerily familiar to Year 1 of The Promise 365.

And that’s because it is.
The first chapter of Radical Remission? Food. And the link between sugar and cancer. Maybe it’s not ironic that STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS?

There are nine total key areas for Radical Remission:

  • Radically changing your diet
  • Taking control of your health
  • Following your intuition
  • Using herbs and supplements
  • Releasing suppressed emotions
  • Increasing positive emotions
  • Embracing social support
  • Deepening your spiritual connection
  • Having strong reasons for living

There has to be a link here somewhere. I will of course see my doctors and plan surgery, but something has to change in this equation. And I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s me. Maybe that is the key to peak performance too?
It’s like deja vu.
But this time I have a much bigger reason to pay attention.

More tomorrow.

{do you have unreleased emotions?}
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