Archive | November, 2019

JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 all I want for Christmas… – 31 days to go

30 Nov

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There are 31 days left of The Promise 365!

The Christmas tree is up, the light are lit, the candles are flickering and all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth. Seriously….my front tooth chipped AGAIN this morning. 

It’s not the first time, in fact, there are many times that this has been chronicled on this blog, including this one. Alas, the joy of Christmas is here and I will plan to make a dentist appointment this week too. 

Over the years, I have learned when things like this happen I just need to fix it. And that brings me to another lesson I have learned over these nine years — most things are fixable. Sometimes they won’t be exactly the same, but it’s not worth sweating the small stuff… or the broken teeth, when you can always fix, repair or start again. 

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More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 focus on the light – 32 days to go

29 Nov


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There are 32 days left of The Promise 365!

The darkest day of the year is almost here and it has me thinking about the light. The process of blogging over the past nine years has forced me to focus on the light, because, if there is anything I want to leave in this world it is more goodness, less of the bad stuff and a little bit of inspiration. 

There have been dark days over these nine years, and it was my teacher, my “medicine woman” who taught me this: if we dwell on the darkness, if we tell stories of the bad things, if we spin tales of that which we don’t want we draw it closer to us. 

I took her advice to heart and vowed to only focus on the light, on this blog, and in life. So it is that I learned to meet the darkness with my light. If there is anything I can pass on I hope it is this, and I hope it is a brighter spot than how I found it. 

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More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 memories – 33 days to go

28 Nov

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There are 33 days left of The Promise 365!

Happy Thanksgiving. Today is a time of memories, old and new. The food, the family, the many, many, many gatherings over all the years. This is the ninth and final Thanksgiving for ThePromise365.com. Over the years if there is one thing that rings true, it is this: I still cannot perfect my mother’s rolls. 

Once again, another Thanksgiving has passed and my attempt at her rolls is still subpar. Justin even made me use all the same brands of ingredients that she used. I followed the recipe exactly. And, somehow… they are just not the same.

It makes me think that Mama Sling put something special and possibly a secret ingredient into her roll dough. Quite possibly it was just love. The secret ingredient for me is just pure memories. Maybe I will never perfect that recipe but the memory of my mom will always be with me, each Thanksgiving and every day in between.   

Here’s to the memories! 

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 support system :: 34 days to go

27 Nov


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There are 34 days left of The Promise 365!

We are watching Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings tonight. I have loved her since I was a little girl, her songs, her humor, her grit. Justin found the new show for me and as we were watching episode two tonight I mentioned that I had to do my blog.

Justin’s eyes got really big and said, “Let me do it!” I laughed. He was serious. So, tonight, I am handing the reigns over to Justin for his very first guest appearance or as he said, “Guest-starring Justin Aiken.” His words are below. I did not edit a word. 

Dolly is the tits. I’m not saying that because of her endowments, but because my beautiful wife and life partner absolutely adores her, as do I. She has never disappointed anyone in her performances or appearances, just like my wife. I used to think that showing up was the best thing you could do, but it’s not. You do have to deliver, and Jamie does every time. I know her blog is coming to an end, but she still shows up every day and always delivers. If I’ve learned anything in my life it is this, Jamie always delivers, Jamie never disappoints, and I’ll always adore her. She is my Dolly. Tits and all.

What can I say? The man is sweet and he makes me laugh. More than anything, he has been by my side every night of this blog for the past nine years. He is my support system in more ways than one, and that, right there, is the biggest lesson of all. 

The secret to success is a support system. May you always have one that thinks you are “the tits” as one might say. 

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 swim with sharks – 35 days to go

26 Nov


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There are 35 days left of The Promise 365!

Tonight I reflect on that time I swam with sharks. It sounds much more adventurous than it was … for me. I was scared, nervous, on the verge of tears. You can read the blog post here from that day in year one. After it was over, I was so proud of myself for jumping into the water and not missing the moment. 

What I didn’t say was that before I had enough courage to jump into the water, I watched in fear as a little boy jumped right into the water in front of me. He wasn’t scared to swim with sharks, just in awe of the adventure ahead of him.

Now, as I reflect back on it all, I realize it took trust to jump off that boat into the water.

But most of all, what that little boy taught me on that day was this: if you’re going to swim, especially with sharks, jump in with both feet. 

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 don’t give up – 36 days to go

25 Nov


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There are 36 days left of The Promise 365!

You can do this. You can do anything. That has been my mantra for nine years.

You got this.
I have said this phrase to myself many times over the years. Which brings me to tonight’s lesson. Don’t give up on yourself.

There have been times where I have been pushed to believe in myself, even when nobody else did. There was one note I received in the first week of my second year of blogging. Basically, a reader who unsubscribed from this blog wrote me a scathing note, letting me know I had let her down. She didn’t find my writing interesting anymore. She thought I had “lost appeal.”

Everyone is welcome to their own opinion. But this comment really threw me. It hurt. I had been sharing my daily life goals and had such encouragement from readers, friends and family. Her comment not only hurt, it made me second guess myself, my writing, my message, my promise. 

In many ways, it was a gift.

She gave me a tiny dose of disappointment but she couldn’t take away my commitment. Or my promise. Or my experience. These are all things that only I control, create and share with the world. 

In the grand scheme of life, this is just a tiny blip on the radar of self-doubt. But it was a big lesson in believing in myself and my goals. 

If there is anything that I can offer to you now… nine years later… it is this: Don’t give up on yourself. 

You got this.

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More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 gifts – 37 days to go

24 Nov


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There are 37 days left of The Promise 365!

I can hardly believe we are almost a month away from the New Year. Thanksgiving is this week and Christmas is a few weeks away!  And there is a part of me that cannot quite believe this blog will be ending soon.

The irony is not lost on me. A promise that was supposed to be just one year turned into nine. That’s why this is called The Promise 365. I never thought it would be The Promise 3,285 and yet, here we are….37 days left!

In many ways this blog has been a gift, to me, my future self and to anyone who found it on a day where it made a difference. It has not been a money-making venture, it was never intended to be. Instead, it was a way to use my gifts (the ability to show up every night) and share my lessons (the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful).

We are all here to learn lessons, share our gifts, and enjoy the process. So tonight, I reflect on the power of using your gifts for the good of all. Don’t keep your gifts to yourself, they were never meant to be silent. Share, give, shout that which is special, makes you different and defines your life.

Use your gifts for the good of all.

After all, that is why you are here.
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 open doors :: 38 days to go

23 Nov


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There are 38 days left of The Promise 365!

I have landed back in the USA. While I am tired and trying to stay up long enough for my jet lag to get proper sleep, I am already reminiscing the past 48 hours. Esslingen feels so far away now as I sit on my couch in Massachusetts. But there is one thing that feels very present to me now — life opens doors. 

This is not a new lesson for me, it is one I have learned over many years. But tonight I reflect on the fact that we learn what we need to teach. Maybe that is what these past nine have really been about. 

Let life open doors. 


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 home – 39 days to go

22 Nov

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There are 39 days left of The Promise 365!

Tonight, I celebrate my ancestors and the “homeland” that my grandfather told me about ages ago. Esslingen am Neckar. It was the cutest little old German village I have ever seen (not that I have seen that many….) but I loved it. 

More than anything I loved seeing that faraway place I have always heard about. The hills, the houses, the rivers that meet in the middle of the medieval city. There were roads and roads of Christmas Market booths that were being set up with little green trees, angels and Santas. Unfortunately, the Christmas market doesn’t open until next week so I guess I must return again.  

Before we left, I left a piece of my heart in the city of my family name. As we crossed one of the bridges overlooking a picturesque park, I dug the little heart-shaped rock from my pocket that I carried with me from America. It was a rock from the beaches of Boston. I threw it over my shoulder and into the little river so that wherever I go, a part of my heart will always be in Esslingen. 

Over the last nine years, this promise and this blog have taught me that “home” is in your heart. Wherever you go it goes with you. But today, I left a little piece of my heart in the homeland. 
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 dear diary :: 40 days to go

21 Nov


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There are 40 days left of The Promise 365!

Tonight, I am reflecting on my diary. I had one once, a long time ago when I was a little girl. Back then, I wrote in my diary every night and shared all my dreams and heartache and drama. 

A few years after I was given that diary I re-read it. I was horrified and embarrassed. So I tore all the pages out of the little book. I think about that little diary as I write this blog post. There are nine years of diary posts on this blog. Nine years of growth and certainly moments I could look back and be embarrassed about I’m sure. But there is a part of me that is grateful that almost a decade of my life is captured for eternity (or as long as this blog is hosted by Word Press). 

Tomorrow I go to Esslingen, the land of my ancestors. It will be interesting but more than anything I am happy it will be recorded here unto eternity
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