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JAMIE’S BLOG – YOGA DAY 4 :: little moves, big things

4 Jan

Day 4. Little Moves.

I changed it up today and did yoga twice. TWICE! 

Before you get all excited, just know that they were each very small routines. One in the morning when I woke up and one just now as I prepare to go to bed.

But it has me thinking about little moves. Small things. In my working world I’m always looking for the “small hinges” that will move big doors. Those are the levers to work first, to create with, to move, to build, to prioritize. And so it is that this yoga goal for 366 (leap year!) days has begun – with small moves. 

Tonight I refreshed my goal board.  The chalkboard that hangs on my wall in front of me all year long.

It’s a reminder of the promises I make to myself. And there’s a lot of wisdom in that — making a promise to yourself (instead of somebody else). 

Much like putting the oxygen mask on yourself before your child in an event of a cabin pressure moment (you know the spiel) – yoga is beginning to look like the small moves that put energy back into my body before I give it all away to the world, work, wonder, worry and all the other whosie-whatsits around me.

If you want to learn more about small hinges, I recommend the book The One Thing

Little things. Small moves. Big deal.
And with that I feel like I should start saying Namaste at the end of these posts. Maybe I will. Namaste. Namaste? Oh heck, why not….it’s a small move.


More tomorrow. 

{small moves?}

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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.

{happy new year}

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. 


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.


JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 349 :: merry blissmas

19 Dec

Today’s bliss…wrapping paper.

Tonight I wrapped. And wrapped. And wrapped. 

I love holiday wrapping paper. I love paper, period. But holiday paper, it makes me all giddy inside. Like a child. 

And with every folded corner and piece of tape, I swear I could see the hands of my mother. Mana Sling, showing me how to crease a corner and fold over an edge to make a package look finished and beautiful and ready for the tree.

And so it is with this year of Bliss. It will be wrapping up soon over these next few weeks. Christmas around the corner. New Year soon after. But the memories will always be wrapped up inside of me with a big, pretty bow. And that is pure bliss.

Merry Blissmas. 

More tomorrow.



JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 348 :: toys toys toys

18 Dec

Today’s bliss…oh joys of toys.
It’s the season of toys. And oh BOY did this make me laugh. Out. Loud. I can relate (just saying). I’m a few days behind on Saturday Night Live and…

If you haven’t seen it yet, enjoy:

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More tomorrow.



JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 347 :: may the force be with you

17 Dec

Today’s bliss…no wars.

On this night of the official debut of Star Wars The Return Of A Childhood Phenomenum, I am reminded that the best blissful wishful thinking of all would be no wars at all. 

Here’s to peace on earth. May bliss be with you.

(And…don’t tell me what happened in the movie because I haven’t seen it yet.)

More tomorrow.


JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 346 :: the sound of winter

16 Dec

Today’s bliss…just some blissful music. 

The sound of winter.
Enjoy. Click here.

More tomorrow.


JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 345 :: bliss and star wars

15 Dec

Today’s bliss…the blank side. 

It’s really quite amazing, this Star Wars phenomenon. It’s everywhere. Every. Where. And, as Friday gears up to be the single biggest movie of all time first day release EVER, well, I just can’t get enough of the hype. 

Including this from my friend and the amazing artist Bren Bataclan. 

In this episode you learn how to draw an alien spacecraft in less than a few minutes. But the best lesson of all might be from Bren’s own words: 

“Your imagination is the most important tool.”

When it comes to art and life, imagination leads the way. Thanks for the blissful reminder Bren (and Beanie!). Even Walt Disney and his Imagineers knew that. Ironically, Disney now owns the Star Wars franchise.

Which brings me to one of my favorite quotes:

If you can dream it, you can do it.
-Walt Disney

More tomorrow.


JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 344 :: bliss-fa la la la la

14 Dec

Today’s bliss…music. 

As I sit here tonight working and listening to The Voice and waiting for Adele I am struck by the simple truth of music. It moves. It is magic.

And it’s something I don’t really do…all that well. I mean, of course I have some shining moments in the shower or driving in my car – in private – who doesn’t? But I am SO in awe of those who can sing, really sing. It’s amazing to me, the good vibrations with just a few vocal chords. 

And it seems not so ironic that it’s that time of year. When people sing out loud. Carol door to door. Sing a happy tune.  And share a vibe of bliss. 

‘Tis the season.
For the most wonderful sound of year. 

More tomorrow.

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