Archive | March, 2015

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 90 :: lessons to live by

31 Mar

I wasn’t sure what to write tonight… there are some days where my mind is just blank. But then Regina’s words popped up on my computer screen (thank you Sara!). And she seems to know a bit about bliss. So tonight I give you Miss Regina Brett. 90 years old. Bliss on baby!


Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it..

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it…

14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

16. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

17. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

25. Always choose life.

26. Forgive but don’t forget.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does..

31. Believe in miracles.

32. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

33. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

34. Your children get only one childhood.

35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

39. The best is yet to come…

40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

41. Yield.

42. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

More tomorrow.

  {what lesson would you share?}
30 Mar

In this year of my promise to follow my bliss… I share this…. okay, so it’s a bit of shopping! But I like the idea of a daily reminder, a necklace, that states my intention. Found on Etsy:

I’m not going to rush into buying it (I learned that lesson already) but I am thinking of where I am with this bliss promise so far.

And I’m reflecting on the bliss-ness that has already begun (I started #LoveMoreDoMore Sundays to connect and share inspiration from people who LOVE what they do) and I am wondering what bliss is out in front of me still waiting to be discovered this year?

That’s the funny thing about these promises… you never know where they will take you but they always take you somewhere interesting — and sometimes it’s exactly where you need to be!

The original inspiring quote is here:

“Follow your bliss.
If you do follow your bliss,
you put yourself on a kind of track
that has been there all the while waiting for you,
and the life you ought to be living
is the one you are living.
When you can see that,
you begin to meet people
who are in the field of your bliss,
and they open the doors to you.
I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid,
and doors will open
where you didn’t know they were going to be.
If you follow your bliss,
doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.”
― Joseph Campbell

What are you doing to stay connected to your goals and promises
Let the doors open.

More tomorrow.

  {what action will you take?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 88 :: dog therapy

29 Mar

We have a problem. And it’s all my fault.

At some point in time, we (I) allowed Brady the Puppy to sleep in our bed. It started when he was a little pup and would bark his head off, squealing for bloody murder if we left him in a kennel at night. It’s a long story that ends up with him in our bed.

Then I had a round of 3 surgeries in less than two years and we somehow got the puppy out of the bed so I could recover. But he is a sneaky puppy. And I am a sucker. So Brady has maneuvered his way back into the bed. And when I say “in the bed” I mean under the covers. (It’s apparently a Vizsla thing).

After many sleepless nights I have called in the experts. Or rather, a targeted Google Search and then a follow up purchase on Amazon. I ordered a heated dog bed. One that cost more than our entire bedding set.

The theory was to get Brady a happy and comfortable spot all his own, with a heated bed (instead of seeking out our body heat under the covers).

The bed arrived! The bed is heated! The bed does exactly what it says it will do!
And somehow thirteen-year old Pup who already sleeps on the floor figured it out before Brady.

It’s now Pup’s bed.

But here’s the really cool thing. It has somehow rejuvenated Pup. Something about the heat has his joints happy and has put a bounce in his step. He even runs and jumps now when Brady wants to play.

It’s a therapy bed. Maybe not the sleep therapy I was looking for, but it’s bringing our older Pup bliss. And well, that’s worth every penny.

Night night!

More tomorrow.

  {what bliss is on your list?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 87 :: purple & lilacs

28 Mar

And just like that…. the lilacs are here. Budding, budding, budding! Getting ready to bloom.

It still surprises me that I get such bliss by watching these flowers unfold. Every single bloom feels like a surprise. Oh, look! There’s another one! (and it’s purple….)

Want some more pretty pictures? Click here for a Pinterest page all about lilacs and lavender.

More tomorrow.

(P.S. Join me tomorrow for #LoveMoreDoMore Sunday! Click here to learn more)

  {what do you have blooming?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 86 :: from the kale files

27 Mar

Happy Friday.

On this March Madness ramp up I am amazed at the madness happening in the garden. We haven’t done anything to it for months and yet the kale still grew through the winter.

And now it has turned to flowers. Who knew kale did this? Okay, maybe most people did, but I had no idea. It’s probably against some sort of gardening protocol but we’re still learning.

Spring is officially here. Even the kale is blooming.

Something else is blooming this spring too… I’m launching #LoveMoreDoMore #Sundays this weekend! They are insightful interviews with people who are doing amazing things, all in the name of learning more and sharing more…. so that you can do more!
Click here to learn more

More tomorrow.

  {what do you have planned this weekend?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 85 :: i never knew…

26 Mar


It’s funny what this writing every day process does… it isolates the mundane and accentuates the positive, or at least whatever is positive about the day that I can grasp onto for inspiration.

Take flowers, for instance. I never knew how much I loved flowers. Until I started looking for beauty all around me last year as I prepared for surgery. Enjoy simple beauty pause right now became my mantra.

I started seeing flowers everywhere. In the trees, the ground, the bushes, all around.
And this year, they are returning.

It’s ironic to me that they have always been there. The flowers. They have either been closed up waiting to bloom or I have been closed up walking by missing their beauty.

But now they pop!

Every single bud seems to catch my attention. Not in a smell-the-roses-sort-of-way. More in a now-I-notice-sort-of-being. It’s the noticing that counts.

And that’s what writing every single day does. I show up. I notice. The day counts.

You do too.
Thanks for showing up.
Thanks for being here.
Seen any flowers?

More tomorrow.

  {what did you notice today?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 84 :: swimming with dolphins

25 Mar
What’s on your bucket list?

Part of my promise this year is to explore bliss, and in my quest for bliss I am starting a new series called #LoveMoreDoMore Sundays. It’s my way of connecting with people who are doing good things in life, love and business, and sharing it with you.

This Sunday will be the debut program and it’s all about dolphins.

My friend Amy will be leading a trip to Bimini later this year and I can’t wait to interview her to learn more about this adventure. I hope you tune in on Sunday!

>>Click here to register for the first #LoveMoreDoMore Sunday!

If you were to create Bliss List what would be on  it?
If your bliss could take you anywhere, where would you go?

More tomorrow.

  {what’s on your bucket list?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 83 :: feeling bloomier

24 Mar

I’ve been watching the flowering tree outside my office window. Every morning the bloom is just a bit larger, prettier, bloomier (hey, if gloomier can be a word, why can’t bloomier be a word?)

It may be raining outside but the flowers are picking up the sun and the water and beginning to unfold. Getting ready to “spring” into life. It makes me blissful just thinking of what’s about to pop.

And that’s my post tonight. I already feel bloomier.

More tomorrow.

  {what makes you bloomier?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 82 :: monday bliss: national puppy day

23 Mar

It’s a Monday. But if ever there were a day to talk bliss it’s this: National Puppy Day!

In order to properly celebrate I resurrect the cutest puppy photo I ever took:

This puppy has turned into the craziest little dog ever …but the most loving creatue I’ve ever met. And… well…energetic too.Today was also a celebration of someone I never knew: Emmy Noether. Google told me so, with the illustration that greeted me all day long above the search bar. I did a little research and it seems Emmy was pretty amazing. Einstein thought so, and well, I don’t know how you get a better reference than that.

“In the judgment of the most competent living mathematicians,” penned the great man (Einstein), “Fräulein Noether was the most significant creative mathematical genius thus far produced since the higher education of women began.”

Speaking of mathematicians…. Today also had me “Raven” about an NFL play who is a mathematician. This is exactly what the NFL needs to bliss out their reputation if you want to know my humble marketing opinion. (Besides, I am done with basketball. My bracket is broken. Go Pats!)

All this aside, the biggest bliss moment of the day was this: an empty email in-box. I cleaned it out. Zero pending emails. It may only last for 3.5 seconds but man it feels good!

Even more blissful than puppies.

More tomorrow.

  {what brought you bliss today?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 81 :: march madness continues!

22 Mar
It’s March Madness!

Last night I logged in and guess what? I had only two teams wrong. Placed in the 99.6% and moved up to 51,051th place out of 11.57 million brackets.

Here’s proof of this madness:

And here’s tonight’s madness… or badness.  
My bracket standing is at 3,623,663 place!

My bracket has been busted. Oh well.
It was bliss for a moment. Or, maybe it was happiness for a moment. I once read that happiness needs unhappiness to be defined, whereas bliss doesn’t need an opposite. It just “is” what it is.

But my Bracket Bliss is now such sweet sorrow.

More tomorrow.

  {do you have bracket bliss?}
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