Archive | June, 2014

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 183 :: be a rainbow

30 Jun

Just a quick thought tonight… it jumped out at me and made me think of beauty.

“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” 
— Maya Angelou

More tomorrow.


{how can you be a rainbow?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 182 :: overlooking beauty

29 Jun

I was sent another photo today. So I can’t help but post it! It’s beautiful.

It reminds me that sometimes we have to go up high, way above where we typically stand to gain the deep perspective required to see the amazing beauty that surrounds us everyday.

Now, I wasn’t there, at the top of this mountain, I admit. But I’ve been on the top of other mountains. The air is more clear up there. And I’m convinced that it’s not because of altitude, but more because of attitude.

There’s something about being on top of a mountain. There’s something moving about being able to see where the sky meets the land, where the trees touch the clouds, where heaven meets earth.

In a way, it provides a moment of perspective that being down in the weeds does not. One part viewpoint, one part standpoint. Equally breathtaking.

More than anything, it reminds me that overlooking beauty may the best way to not overlook beauty.

More tomorrow.

{what are you overlooking?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 181 :: a fleeting moment of beauty

28 Jun

In my year of seeking “Beauty” I am reminded that it can be so fleeting. And even as I keep my eyes open for beauty it catches me by surprise.

Out of the corner of my eye. On the sidewalk under my feet. The raindrops that catch on the windshield after a storm. And of course in the flowers that spring up out of the soil.

So today I share a moment of beauty that is meant to be fleeting. Not only is it a flower that blooms for one day, twenty four hours — these are TWO flowers that bloom in such a fleeting way.

The best part!
I was sent these photos from people I love – one from the west (Arizona) and one from the east (D.C.).  And I find that even more beautiful than the flowers themselves, that someone would take the time to send me something they found to be beautiful.

What goes around comes around, so today, I share and pass these on to you!

Argentine Giant Cactus, Echinopsis candicans.

Lilacea Tigridia

May you find beauty.

More tomorrow.

{what did you spot today?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 180 :: a tiny bloom is still a bloom

27 Jun

We have a new addition to the garden. It’s just the tiniest of blooms, but it’s a start. 

And it’s a reminder to me that even this teeny, tiny bundle of blooms is still a bloom of something beautiful.

More tomorrow.

{have a beautiful weekend}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 179 :: a pinterest kahlua marshmallow moment

26 Jun

I’m not sure what this is, other than a Pinterest moment. Found while browsing and looking for something beautiful.

Okay, so it’s not beautiful as much as it is… strange? interesting? flavorful? summery? kahlua-y?

Makes me want to roast a marshmallow!

And some might call that beautiful.

More tomorrow.

{what’s your marshmallow moment?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 177 :: enjoy simple beauty

25 Jun

In my quest for beauty this year I have a message. It’s simple. It hangs on my office door.

It began because I wrote down a few words that seemed like good reminders for my latest medical journey (and as I go through a quest of beauty which may in fact be a journey of peak performance).

But today, all those words ran together and read like a sentence. Or a sign.

Enjoy simple beauty, pause right now.

Like a whisper, a sign, or a message:
Enjoy simple beauty, pause right now.

I’m paying attention — and reading the signs.
And pausing for simple beauty.

More tomorrow.


Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 176 :: good grape

24 Jun

We have our first tomato. It’s official! A little, round, red, plump tomato has made itself known in the garden.

Since this is the second year of the garden, I find it amazing that I’m just as impressed by the first tomato as I was last year at the first tomato. A.K.A. squealed with joy!

I’m kind of impressed with everything Mother Nature makes…. it’s like some form of secret, ancient magic.

Which doesn’t make it too surprising that I was shocked to see these grapes hanging over a fence. Not our fence, but still, a fence! In a yard! Of a house!


Good grape! Wonders never cease.
And isn’t that wonderful?

More tomorrow.

{what feels wonderful to you?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 175 :: into the wild

23 Jun

Oregon is wild. Wild things grow here. Including these blackberries that I picked yesterday.

They were sour. Not quite ripe, even the dark juicy ones. They need a little more time in the wild.

Ironically, last night, we watched Into The Wild. It’s one of the movies on our Summer Movie List. (If you are counting we’ve made it through two so far!)

As I watched, I thought the movie was so sad. It broke my heart in a way. But this morning I woke up with a new perspective. The kind of perspective that only a great movie can give.

It stays with you. The story, the characters, the deeper meaning of it all.

I couldn’t help but realize that this sad movie was quite beautiful in its own way — and not in just the rugged, majestic scenery cinematography way.

It was a coming of age, a finding your way, a life lived sort of beauty unfolding. Much like the wild blackberries that all ripen at a different rate and speed. Each one turns blossom into berry when it’s ready and no sooner.

I suppose, that, may just be the epitome of peak performance and sweetness.

And a little bit of beauty too.

More tomorrow.

{what is sweet to you?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 174 :: taking in something beautiful and wondering how it got there

22 Jun

What did the chicken do when it saw a heart in the road?

Well it wasn’t a chicken…. it was me. And you probably already know what I did… I stopped and took a photo. It was a perfect heart in the gravel. As if the rains of time washed away the concrete to reveal a heart below.

Or maybe someone carved it.

Either way it made me stop and pause. And that’s significant in so many ways. Stopping. Pausing. Seeing.

Taking in something beautiful and wondering how it got there.

More tomorrow.

{what did you see today?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 173 :: beautiful books and garage sale finds

21 Jun

I do love books.

And today at a garage sale I found some old books that are new to me. As I sifted through the boxes of books about health, fitness, cooking, spirt, yoga, drawing, I couldn’t help but think, “What do my books say about me?”

If someone scanned my bookshelf they would get a pretty interesting glimpse about me. But the books wouldn’t tell the whole story.

If you saw, “Are You There Vodka? It’s Me Chelsea” you might think I enjoy Chelsea Handler’s comedy. I don’t. I didn’t even finish reading that book because I was so annoyed with her humor. (Sorry Chelsea)

There are marketing books and business books. Self help books and design books. There are memoirs and history books. Each one is like a time capsule of my life, reflecting something I was trying to learn or seeking to avoid.

Someday in the great future I will have a garage sale. I’m sure there will be a much younger woman looking through my books rolling her eyes at my reading choices, life issues, craved learnings.

But I hope she finds something in that box that resonates with her heart. And I really wish for her to meet one of my books precisely in the exact moment she needs it.

I do love books.

More tomorrow.

{what do books say about you?}
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