Archive | February, 2015

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?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 57 :: need a little light

26 Feb
I’ve been burning my Pure Light candle this week and I have to say that I love it. I love the comfort that it brings me, I love the floral scent that fills the room, and I love more than anything knowing that it comes from my dear friend Shannon.

She started Pure Light out of her home and now sells these candles all over the world. They are described as pure organic bliss. Because they are non toxic. And so amazingly fortified with essential oils!

It’s fun seeing your friends find success in what they love, and what lights them up!
And maybe that’s one of the clues that is coming out of this Bliss promise.

Lighting… Pure…. Bliss!

More tomorrow.

  {have a friend you are thinking of?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 56 :: eos, this is what happens when…

25 Feb
This is what happens when I leave my EOS chapstick out on my desk and walk away with a very stealth dog in the next room.

The one on the left in this photo below is the EOS that Brady enjoyed dismembering while I wasn’t looking. The one on the right is what a brand new EOS container looks like.

One of these things is not like the other….

I can say without a doubt that it brought Brady bliss. I know because I saw him lick his lips multiple times when I had to open his mouth and dislodge it from his teeth.

And the only thing that brings me bliss is that EOS is 100% natural and organic.

More tomorrow.

  {eat anything blissful today?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 55 :: giving money away

24 Feb
I LOVE it when people send me good news. It goes right along with the Bliss Theme of the Year. So I couldn’t help but LOVE this article about Gert Boyle from my friend Laura.

Read the full article:

Gert is known as the CEO in charge of Columbia Sportswear but I have a feeling she will be remembered for her latest 100 million dollar donation to the Knight Cancer Institute.

Which makes me happy for so many reasons (not to the mention the fact that this donation is going in part to the hospital that took care of me!)  More than anything I love the mission behind all of this, to get rid of cancer forever, and of course Gert’s reasoning for the large donation:

 “I wanted to give it some place rather than have government buy bullets,” she says. “Bullets are not going to do anybody any good. All you have to do is look at history; killing people isn’t going to do anybody any good.”

Here here. Love more my dear.
Bliss on!

More tomorrow.

  {how are you feeling blissful?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 54 :: the sun will rise tomorrow

23 Feb
Oh mOndAy! @#$#  You leave me so upside down sometimes. Like today with aches and pains and the not so blissful menstrual cramps. I try to always look on the bright side, but sometimes a girl just needs a nap.

But alas, I wait for your friend Tuesday to arrive tomorrow. Just a glimpse of tomorrow.
The sun will rise tomorrow!

Such bliss awaits.

More tomorrow.

  {what bliss awaits you?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 53 :: art challenge part 5

22 Feb
It’s officially the last day of The Art Challenge. I am on to the finale, Day 5. Ironically tonight was dedicated to the arts, being the grand night of OSCAR.

Of course I was mesmerized by the speeches and the dresses. Oh, the dresses! And the one-liners. If you want a recap, just check out this overview of acceptance speeches and Neil Patrick Harris jokes.

Does that count as art? Yes. Maybe?

Okay then, I leave you with this.

For the Art Challenge Finale, I am publicly sharing that I am working on a memoir.  It’s been quite the work in progress, over years of sidetracking surgeries! I let the cat out of the bag on the interview I did today (in case you were there!). So in honor of ART… here’s a few paragraphs from my working manuscript.

It’s a little excerpt, but it’s a big move for me to share. Writing is a very intense process. An art that continually unfolds and it’s somewhat of a moving target.

So this is me sharing more about how my mother taught me about clothes.
Mama Sling taught me how to inspect a hem for craftsmanship, a lining for quality, or a button for security. She taught me how to scope out a sale and compare designer quality with comparable knock-off items. As I grew, she gently distracted me from unflattering garments without deflating my fragile teenage confidence. She never pointed out the awkward bumps developing on my body or how they pulled the fabric of my clothes. Burgeoning hips. Flat chest. Lanky arms. Long legs. Four eyes.

However, she did tease me about my gargantuan size-ten feet, or “boats” as she preferred to label them. Possibly because she knew my love of shoes would outweigh any mental damage she could inflict. Or, maybe because she knew all the other parts of my body were off-limits for any kind of teasing. My sensitive, artistic, little soul couldn’t handle it. She protected every fiber of my emerging self-identity – whether it was pepping me up before my basketball games or helping me find the perfect prom dress. She always made me feel like a special combination of pretty and strong – even when I was taller than all the boys and growing faster than my jeans could keep up. 
So there it is. And now I keep writing.
Art calls.

More tomorrow.

  {what is your artful project?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 52 :: art challenge part 4

21 Feb
As part of this Art Challenge I am on to Day 4. As I sit here tonight all I can think about are my sore muscles. Did I say they are SORE? But it feels so good.

I did a full hot yoga class last night. My first since returning from the bowels of surgery and recovery last year. I have been doing other things of course, but this was the real test. A hot yoga room full of sweat and chaturangas. Of course I spent a lot of time in child’s pose. And I didn’t do the full sequence of chest moves. But it’s great to be back in action.

So what does that have to do with art?
Art moves me. So does yoga. And I think moving our bodies is a form of art. The kind that links body, soul and sweet sweat. Each class is like a mini transformation for the body.

The best art moves. And I think transformation counts as art.
And bliss.

More tomorrow.

  {what does yoga do for you?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 51 :: art challenge part 3

20 Feb
As part of this Art Challenge, I’m sharing a little art from my collection.
It’s not the paintings on the wall, or the pup in middle.

It’s the turquoise dresser!
This is what it looked like before:

And, of course, the after.

I thinking painting furniture is also an expression of self. And this little beauty brings me peace and tranquility in a sea of work everyday.
Maybe even bliss!

More tomorrow.

  {what does art do for you?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 50 :: art challenge part 2

19 Feb
As part of this Art Challenge, I think I’m supposed to post and share some art. So today I am actually posting real art. Or at least it was from a real art class in college.

The best part of this art piece is the hidden meaning. It’s titled ENO.

ENO is actually from college. In the middle of an art class I was trying to make a powerful statement about women and the power of ONE. But, what I learned was the power of a screen printing press.

I’m sure you’ve already spotted the issue. ONE became ENO in the screen printing process. It made for a good laugh, and then a really good t-shirt with a hidden meaning for my college friends. I gave the original print to by bestie Laura. She graciously displayed it on a wall in her house for a very long time.

So tonight, I give you THE POWER OF ENO. Sometimes the power of one is more elusive than you know. But then again, doesn’t the best art alway have a secret meaning?

More tomorrow.

  {feel the power of one?}
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