Archive | December, 2015

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 365 bliss round up

31 Dec

Today’s bliss…365 days.

It’s that time of year. The last day of the year. Day 365 of this promise and the Year of 2015. And it has me reflecting on what has been and what is to come.

In this year of following my BLISS I have discovered a thing or two. But maybe nothing more important than importance of family in our lives. From heading home to be with my father during his surgery to moving our lives closer to the two little girls that we adore (while they are still little) – it has been a year of reconnection and clarity on the things that are most important in life.

I never could have guessed that the road of 2015 would have led me here. But that is BLISS wrapped up in a nutshell with a ribbon tied on top. In short: knowing what is most important and then doing something about it to make sure you experience it, soak it up and, well, smell the roses.

This year has taught me something else too. Bliss is up to us.

Just this week I had a moment of understanding, a total knowing, of what that means, on the eve of 2016 rounding the corner and 2015 wrapping up. In the eleventh hour really. Right before the party of 2015 wrapped, I had a sense that BLISS is really just up to us. The pressure, the stress, the agony of any moment, or the peaceful bliss of it is a choice. One we make every second of our lives.

I call it being “Peacefully Engaged.” It is the intersection of getting shit done and, at the same time, enjoying the process. Without the pressure. Stress. Agony. Pain. It is being in the BLISSFUL FLOW of it all.

Of course, the hard part is remembering that. I wish I had the key to that door. And while I do not, I have seen it. I have peaked inside. I have a whiff of it, have tasted it. I know it exists.

So maybe, dear 2015, you have really just been a tease. A taste of what can be, of what can happen, of what is available to us all. And that’s where I’m counting on YOU, dear 2016, to set a new pace. One of even more love, more do, more moments, more memories and more bliss than we can imagine.

And I know that starts with me and my new promise. Tomorrow kicks off a new year, and 525,600 more minutes to make new choices.

What will you choose?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{happy new year}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 363 :: looking back, looking forward

30 Dec

Today’s bliss…looking forward.

Oh, I’m already excited to see flowers bloom! It’s barely the end of December and I feel like I can already see into Spring. Spring!

Maybe it’s because there is a New Year right around the corner. Maybe it’s because I am on the verge of a new promise …Or, I’m just cold and looking for the sun.

There’s something about a New Year. It’s a restart. Redo. Re up!
So tonight I’m asking questions:

  • What would you do differently next year?
  • What do you want in the New Year?
  • How are you going to get there?

As for me….Next year is all about action. To Do. Love more. Do more. Make it happen! Starting with my body. I’m committing to yoga every single day for 365 days (ouch! I’m a little nervous already).

It’s all to take action. And solidify a routine this body can live with for a long time. I also think it will spill over to all the other parts of my life… and some I can’t even imagine yet.

So… want to join in? Want to make a promise? What’s your “yoga” for next year?

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

{promise?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 362 :: seeing the light

29 Dec

Today’s bliss…a late gift.

Christmas is over. But the gifts keep on coming.

Tonight a chandelier arrived and it’s just what I wanted. A tiny, beautiful, bright, shiny chandelier. (Thank you Justin!)

Now I can see the light (and my desk).
What bliss.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{bliss?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 361 :: looking ahead at stretch goals

28 Dec

Today’s bliss…a glimpse of the future.

Tonight I stretched. It wasn’t just a few yoga moves here and there, but a real stretch goal for the coming year. 

I usually wait until New Years Day to announce my next promise. But this time, I’m getting a head start. Partly to rev myself up and also to (selfishly) invite you to join me! It’s always more fun when there’s more than one.

So that said. Here’s the promise:
To do yoga every single day for 365 days.

What? Yes. Yoga. Every. Single. Day.
It’s not a crazy promise. It’s not out of line, out of question, out of the realm of reality. But I am out of shape. And it’s time that this body that has survived (beautifully I might add) many surgeries takes on a STRETCH goal.

You see, things are getting tight in the muscular department and a little too soft in some other departments. So it’s time to TAKE ACTION.

Because I believe in writing down goals and I believe in taking action every single day on what is most important I am making this promise. Sometimes the TO DO list is way too long to get anything TA DONE. But I know if I focus on what is most important, it happens, one way or another.

So for 2016, I am focused on loving more and doing more… starting with my physical shape. But I know it will lead to a much bigger, deeper, impactful promise — because it always does. 

So…. who wants to join me??!!!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{take action}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 360 :: wrapping up

27 Dec

Today’s bliss…a story for the ages.

Christmas already seems like a week ago. But today was another sort of gift we wrapped up – our official Star Wars movie day. 
 

Just like being a child again, with big eyes watching a big screen, this movie seemed to be the grand finale of the holiday. Much like a family gathering, the movie met us with both new characters and old acquaintances to remember all over again.

And that has me thinking about Stories. The beginning, middle and end that wrap us all together. The stories of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and the hopes for Christmas future. Echoing with the time that we did this, that, and do you remember when? Memories in the making. Ones that speed by way too fast.

Just like the great Story that we saw play out on the big screen today. There were no lulls, no sticking points, no weird plot lines, just pure anticipation, reaction, and glimpses of what might come next but not wanting to get there too soon. Otherwise known as being Present. 

Maybe the best gift of all.

Speaking of being Present, I’m trying to remain focused on the Bliss of this year. But I know all too well a New Year is to arrive all too soon. So, tomorrow, I will share my new Promise. Maybe you too will want to come along too? 

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{present?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 356 :: oh bliss, finally it’s here

26 Dec

Today’s bliss…tomorrow.

The night before Star Wars and all through the house…
Not a creature was sleeping (or barking) not even a mouse. 

What’s better than Christmas morning? 

Tomorrow is Star Wars movie time, tickets in hand, matching T-shirts ready to go. Finally. It’s. Almost. Here. 

Tomorrow is the day. The only thing standing between us is sleep and counting sheep (or storm troopers). So, night, night.  

The force, and the anticipation of bliss, awaits. 

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{is the force with you?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 355 :: blissful gifts

25 Dec

Today’s bliss…coffee.

At the wake of dawn. As we waited for two little girls to hand out gifts and begin the annual ceremony of paper shredding. Which is always so bitter sweet — the moment is so special and then it goes by so quickly.

Not the opening of the presents of course, but the coming together, the oohs and ahhs, the “I can’t believe you remembered!” and the squeals too.

Some of them came from full-grown adults.

All that say, in so many ways, I love you.
What bliss.

Peace. Love. Bliss.
The best gift of all.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{bliss to you}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 354 :: away in a manger

25 Dec

Today’s bliss…singing.

In church.

Merry Christmas!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{singing?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 353 :: blissful vacation

23 Dec

Today’s bliss…Claaaaark!

Enough said. It’s on TV right now. And it makes me laugh. Out loud. 

Little full. Lot of sap.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{laughing?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 352 :: bliss of the heart

22 Dec

Today’s bliss…a real photo.

Sent to me tonight: a heart! In the rain! In the garage! 

I love this photo, not because the rain drops created a heart. And not because the heart is almost practically perfectly shaped (seriously!).

I love it because Jaynane sent this photo my way, knowing I would love it. And being thought of and remembered is always a matter of the heart.

Heart. Bliss.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{got heart?}
#lovemoredomore
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