Archive | September, 2016

JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 268 :: redecorating

30 Sep

Day 268: Friday Funday. 

This is the look of a dog who just got caught redecorating the bedroom. It’s as if you can hear him say, “What?”

And to that, I say, happy Friday.
Yoga done. Fun begun.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{fun}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 267 :: gentleness

29 Sep

Day 267: So easy. 

It’s so ironic. This promise of mine. I never know what I am signing up for and then somewhere in the middle of the year something starts to happen. I realize that what  thought I was doing is not what I end up doing, or what ends up happening. 

And so far this year, we are right on track.

My yoga promise continues. And somewhere in the middle of this I have started to evolve into something I didn’t expect. Something so very gentle. And easy.

I thought my yoga adventure would take me to the edge of my physical capacities. It has, instead, taken me to the edge of my heart. Right into the soft spot of kindness that resides in there, gentle, graceful and all loving.

The ironic part of this is that I have found a gentle lovingness for something so very important, and it’s been right under my nose all along. My body.

I am realizing how so very strong She is. So very resilient. So incredibly consistent. And so beautiful in her grace. She has been through so much. And I have pushed her so very hard. Even when She didn’t want to be pushed and pulled. Through so many laps around a gym, a track, under basketball hoops and over sand. She has been pulled through hospitals and emergency rooms and surgical centers.

Each and every time, She has come out stronger and for the better.

Not ironically, it has been She that has been there for me, throughout my entire life. And now, I am realizing that I need to be here for her.

I took a bath last week, and while covered in soapy suds and hot water, I saw Her for the first time. I mean, I really saw Her. And what I noticed was how incredibly beautiful she has always been. In her strength, her stamina and her ability to rebound through decades and decades of pushing and pulling and pulverizing at my will.

And now, it seems, in this year of my attempt to do yoga every damn day, She has risen, spoken, appeared to remind me of her incredible grace. She is calling me to be a kinder, gentler version of myself. Even though it has taken me a long time to listen, I am all ears, waiting to hear what else she has to say.

Promise. 

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{kind-full-ness}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 266 :: warm warm warm

28 Sep

Day 266: Cold. Cold. Cold. 

It’s getting cold outside. Tonight is what feels like the first real chill of the season. Which makes me appreciate warmth so much more. And when I say warmth, I mean my mattress heater. Crawling into a warm bed is sometimes the most wonderful moment of the day. Or night.

It’s also one really nice way to make my body feel good. And if yoga is teaching me anything this year, it is this: to take care of my body. And feel good.

And so, with that, I am crawling into bed.
Night. Night!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{feeling good}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 265 :: heart signs

27 Sep

Day 265: Listen.

I see hearts everywhere. Like signs. In flowers. On sidewalks. In the shape of rocks, trees, plants, clouds, cars, food…

But now.. I have seen it in the chip of my fingernail polish.

A chip off the old heart. And just another sign to add more love to my life, my body, my soul….it’s a sign at the tip of my fingers from the bottom of my heart.

Yoga done.
Bring on Wednesday. A heartfelt Wednesday.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{seeing?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 264 :: paying it forward

26 Sep

Day 264: Surprise.

Randomly, today was my day to let this kindness act take flight. Or at least go for a drive. I woke up and decided today would be the day I would pay it forward and do my Random Act of Kindness…at Starbucks.

But when I grabbed my keys and headed toward the door Pup looked up at me with his big brown eyes. I stopped in my path. As I looked into his fifteen-year-old eyes I thought about how KIND it would be for me to take Pup with me. He does, after all, love to go for a car ride.

“Do you want to go for a car ride?” I asked.
Oh, yes, I do! He seemed to say with those big brown eyes.

So the two of us set off for Starbucks, to get one coffee and to pay another one forward.

At the drive up window I ordered my mocha. Then the Barista asked, “Will that be all?”

“No.” I hesitated. I wasn’t sure how to say I wanted to pay it forward. There was no car behind me yet and I wasn’t sure what the precedence was… do I set a spending limit like $5? What if an entire bus full of student athletes pulled up behind me and ordered a full-on breakfast buffet?

I opted to go with the truth and told the barista I was doing a random act of kindness and wanted to pay it forward to the next car. She was unfazed. (Maybe it happens all the time at Starbucks?) “I don’t know the charge yet so go ahead and pull forward.”

“Um, okay.” I drove forward doing what I was told still a wee bit worried that a Western Washington University van was sure to follow behind me packed with hungry students.

As I pulled up to the window, I saw the next car pull in behind me. It wasn’t a van. It was one woman in the driver’s seat and she looked familiar. In fact, she looked a lot like the dog’s new favorite dog walker Stephanie.

I blinked. I looked out the side window trying to see if it was indeed Stephanie. But what were the odds? She was one of the few people we have met in our new town.

Then the barista brought me my mocha and beamed with a big smile. “Your dog is so cute!”

Pup sat up in his seat and looked at the barista like he had done his job well. He was on a car ride. It was a big deal. He was proud.

“Thank you,” I said. Then I paid for the one extra coffee with a smile. I pulled the car forward and couldn’t look back without spilling my mocha. So we drove home, not knowing if it was a random act of kindness to a random stranger or to someone we actually know and love.

As soon as we arrived home my phone dinged. A text message showed up. It was from the dog walker and it said, “Thank you for buying me a mocha!”

And that, right there, is the power of kindness. In some odd, roundabout way, Pup and I delivered a kind act of randomness to the one person he knows in town.

In so many ways, it couldn’t have been any more random.
Or perfect.
Woof.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{ironic?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 262 :: just a little nod 

25 Sep

Day 262: A fall heart.

Just a little nod from Autumn tonight. In the shape of a heart. Found on the sidewalk next to the bay.

Yoga done. Week begun.
I hope you have a sweet week ahead, full of beautiful colors and random hearts.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{random heart}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 261 :: a call for kindness

24 Sep

Day 261: Human Kindness.

I have been thinking about kindness for the past 24-hours, and my Random Act of Kindness commitment this week.

But, it has been a long 24-hours living not far from Burlington and the Cascade Mall. The shootings last night were surreal, and tragic, and everything that everyone has ever said about unnecessary violence. This time, it was just down the street.

But isn’t it always? Just down the street? Somebody’s street is always just down or out of the way of the latest violent act of randomness.

I was in Mount Vernon last night. I drove right by the mall on my way. I almost stopped to buy more underwear, because, I need some. But I didn’t because life and plans got in the way and I was running late. The only reason I bring it up is that it could be ANY of us buying something at a Macy’s counter on ANY random night.

And I think that is what has saddened me most. Why this keeps happening down any one street, or school, or movie theater, or mall just doesn’t make ANY sense to me. Violence knows no boundaries in times like these.

But I do know this.
How we choose to act on any given day makes a difference in the lives of others and our communities and for ourselves. Our choices matter. All of them. And, in my book, our world could use a whole hell of a lot more Random Acts of Kindness, if we choose. So I will.

Starting with me. Human kindness. Randomly. Thoughtfully. Repeatably.
That’s my choice.
What is yours?

Bright before me the signs implore me:
Help the needy and show them the way.
Human kindness is overflowing,
And I think it’s gonna rain today.…

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{kindness}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 260 :: fall friday

23 Sep

Day 260: Autumn.

This is what I have tonight… welcome fall. Autumn sounds so much more beautiful and lovely, doesn’t it?

Yoga light tonight, but that’s okay. It’s autumn. and Friday night.
Welcome Autumn.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie
{autumn}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 259 :: kindness randomly acting

22 Sep

Day 259: More Love.

My friend Diane believes in the greater good. She should know, she has a heart of gold. And I’ve been thinking of that tonight for many reasons.

The Greater Good.
Diane sends me 4-letter words all the time. Words like “Good” are 4-letter words in her book. So are “Love” and “Care” and “Give.”

So today, when I was challenged to take on a Random Act of Kindness this week, I thought immediately of Diane. She talks about Random Acts of Kindness all the time. She SENDS me random acts of kindness almost every single day in little email notes. And she calls them a 4-letter word: RAOK.

Okay, it’s one she made up so it’s really an acronym but who’s counting here… it fits my story so I’m sticking with it.

RAOK.
This week will be devoted to RAOK. Who knows what I will do? I don’t know yet. I’m hoping the moment will find me. Suggested ideas are:

  • Pay for someone’s coffee
  • Leave a love note
  • Give (anything!) to a good cause
  • Pay for the toll of the car behind you

I LOVE this game. My heart is roaring with RAOK. I want to shout it out the window. RAAAAAOOOOOKKKKK!!

But that might ruin the surprise. Or scare the neighbors.

Want to join me?
RAOK on!

(And… if you see Diane, give her a random act of wonderful kindness from me!)

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{kindness}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 258 :: have a heart

22 Sep

Day 258: Love.

Tonight, I am beginning to feel better. And so… I am sharing this. A little love. A little heart.


With this yoga promise, I am learning something, or realizing something, about myself. It’s amazing how upset I get when my body gets sick. It definitely makes it hard for me to do yoga. And that drives me bonkers. It makes me sad, and mad.

And that’s a curious side effect. As if my body is teaching my mind to be a little more appreciative, a little more kind, a little more understanding, and gentle.

As if I need to have a little more heart for me.
Hum…..

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{have a heart}
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