Archive | July, 2015

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 206 :: seven seconds of bliss

31 Jul
Yellow is my favorite color. So it’s no surprise that this little beauty brightened my day.

In this year of BLISS I’m trying to remember that it’s our choices that bring us expansion. And expansion brings bliss. So even if it’s a tiny flower that perks up my mood for seven seconds… that’s bliss. And I’ll take it.

What’s your seven second bliss?

More tomorrow.
{seven seconds?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 205 :: bliss-ters

30 Jul
I’m melting….almost. We topped out around 108 today and 110 tomorrow. Which is… well, HOT. And it has me thinking about bliss… as well as blisters. There are some days where it’s just too hot to think…. or write. So this is my post tonight… blisters and all!  

Bliss or blisters?

More tomorrow.


JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 204 :: coincidence or not

29 Jul
I was sent this today… and it has me pondering the relationship to bliss.

More tomorrow.

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 203 :: out living it

28 Jul
Here’s what brings me BLISS today: Out Living It!
It’s a series of programs for cancer survivors from First Descents.

Here’s a little background and more on FD:
First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same.

Did you read that… FREE!?
More than free in the price of attendance, it is freedom in the face of a diagnosis.

Wish it would have been around when I was a young adult survivor, but alas there is good news… there is an over 40 group as well!

You can find out more here.  You can even help raise money to send survivors on an adventure of a lifetime. And if you know a young adult survivor, please share. There is a Magazine and Facebook Page with even more inspired LIVING stories.

More than anything this brings me bliss because it is a real life call to action for those in the throws of living with cancer or post cancer. It’s another reason to show up, an adventure to take, and a catalyst to be out living it. Whether it’s a diagnosis or life.

After all, Bliss is …taking action.

More tomorrow.
  {are you taking action?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 202 :: three good things

27 Jul
I end every night with 3 Good Things.

Not every night do I actually follow through and define three exact things, but every night I have a reminder that pops up on my phone. I’ve shared it here before, and tonight it just popped up on my computer and my phone in unison.

Like a resounding reminder to pay attention to Three Good Things.

It’s a Bliss Tool really. One that brings more gratitude. Even if I don’t actually write out three things, they do pop into my head. (I dare you to try it!)

So here is tonight’s Top Three:

1. Happy Birthday Jaynane. 
Today is the birthday of my adopted mother. Really, now she is my mother-in-law but first she was boyfriend’s mom, then my Mama Sling’s best friend, and then my friend and then my nurse. She has been my shopping buddy and my confidante through thick and thin. And so much more. I am so grateful for her love and care in the absence of my own mother. She’s the next best thing… if not better because she’s always been here for me. Happy Birthday Jaynane, may you have many, many more!

2. Mama Sling’s Birthday 
Is tomorrow!!!! I can only imagine the giggles and laughter and BLISS we would have celebrating her birthday if she were here. Alas, she must be somewhere cosmically hugging someone. That was her signature move. If nothing else, she taught me how to hug. So go hug someone in her memory for me. It does a body and a heart good.

Happy Birthday Mama Sling! 


3. You! 
For reading this today. Thank you for being here following this bliss-ful journey. Who knows what’s next? But I’m excited to find out.

What are your three things?

More tomorrow.
  {3 good things?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 201 :: follow your bliss

26 Jul
I started this year with a promise — a commitment really — to follow my bliss.
It’s based on the famous Joseph Campbell quote: 

“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

The more I’m following the IDEA of bliss, really uncovering it like research project, I’m finding the same messages pop up over and over again. Love. Beauty. Family. Friends. Play. Appreciate. Receive. Give. Repeat.

But today! TODAY I had a total brain opening aha moment.
Following your bliss is making choices that EXPAND you.

The more choices that we make that EXPAND us the more bliss there is behind every choice that we make (and that expands us). And on to the next choice. And more expansion. And more choices.

It’s all about expansion.

What is expansion?
That which brings …Loving moments. Beautiful moments. Family moments. Friendship moments. Playful moments. Appreciative moments. Receiving moments. Giving moments.

How do we expand that?
Make more choices.
And repeat.


More tomorrow.
  {making choices?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 200 :: expectations and the bliss gap

25 Jul
I’ve come to a realization. I have expectations. 

I know. Not a huge revelation, but one that, while it can be a great benefit for certain aspects of life, can be a total bliss buster.

Expectations come in so many forms. Some are too high. Some are too low. Some are bouncing everywhere in between. But they are there. Implanted, imbedded, intact inside of me. Expectations of what/how/when everything in life/years/weeks/days should go/be/do. It’s exhausting just thinking about expectations. 

Sometimes I don’t know what to expect until expectations creep up on me in the form of disappointment. (Thus the complaining and the struggle through a no complaint challenge).

But expectations can be so good too. They can push, drive, and propel me forward.

The real challenge may not be complaining… it might just be finding a balanced bliss somewhere in between all of this.

Maybe it’s accepting the difference between where my expectations lie and where my feet stand? It is something I am beginning to call The Bliss Gap.

Take this flower for instance.
Today we watched it unfurl, unfold, open up and then curl back up and die. It had no expectation. It just did what it was supposed to.

It wasn’t worried about whether it was ahead of schedule, blooming faster than all the other flowers. It wasn’t comparing it’s pink color to the orange next to it. It wasn’t trying to get taller and fatter and slimmer and pinker all at the same time. It wasn’t doing anything other than being a flower in bloom.

Fascinating really.
Be like the flower my mind says.
Give up expectations.
Unfold. Unfurl. Bloom. Be.

More tomorrow.

  {blooming bliss?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 199 :: kookaburra sits in the old gum tree…

24 Jul

I can’t get the song out of my head, ever since this bird decided to drop in on our tennis match. Not drop in as in bird drops, but drop in as if he was literally sitting on the fence watching us play tennis.

Even when an errant ball went flying in his direction, he stood his ground. Like a fan in the stands. Watching the ball go from side to side. Like he was sizing us up and making mental notes on our forehands.

It went on so long it made me giggle. I finally stopped the game to take a photo of him. He just sat there. Looking around like we were the odd birds.

It wasn’t until then, after I took the photo, and after we began our match play that the bird flew away. Like he was satisfied having been noticed and properly photographed. Maybe I should have asked for his autograph?

I’m not sure what this has to do with bliss…. but I’m guessing that bird got a good laugh at us tonight. Bird’s bliss view?

More tomorrow.

  {who is watching you?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 198 :: love-love

23 Jul

I love the beginning of tennis match. What other sport starts off with double love.

Love. Love.

Even if I run out of steam, biff, bonk and totally flop one game…. the next one starts off with love. Love. Love.

And I love that.

I love the reminder that anyone can start over. Every game is a new game. Every day is a new day. A new chance, A new opportunity.

Even if I lose. (like I did tonight) Tomorrow I can start again.
Love. Love.

More tomorrow.

  {what do you love, love?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 197 :: surprise bliss

22 Jul

Can you ever see too many flowers? I think not. So tonight I am sharing more. They keep popping up in the yard so we keep taking photos.

And when I say “we” I mean Justin. And when I say Justin, I mean the man who wants a photo credit on tonight’s blog post. So, here you go, flowers! Thank you for popping up and bringing me a little bit ‘o bliss.

(And today there was pink. PINK!)

Which reminds of something so sweet. Surprise bliss.

More tomorrow.

  {favorite flower?}
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