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TP365/Year10 – Connections: Sara’s Kitchen

25 Oct

Today’s post is dedicated to Sara and her kitchen.

I recently met Sara through my friend Amy and we all Facetimed this week.

While we talked, Sara showed me the cake she just baked for their book club. It looked so scrumptious I wanted to reach right through my phone to try it.

I soon learned that Sara isn’t just a baker she is a magician in the kitchen. A kitchen witch, if you will, as she mixes together both love and song into what she bakes.

Whereas I follow a recipe to a “T” Sara told me about how she just knows what ingredients to add to her baked goods. A little more honey for sweetness or cinnamon for spice or whatever the cake (or recipient) needs more of in that moment.

I was so impressed with her ability to bake from the heart that it reminded me of my own Mama Sling. How we used to sing in the kitchen and dance with spatulas in our hands. No wonder her cooking always tasted so good. It was all made with love.

Could there be a more powerful connection?

More tomorrow,
Jamie

P.S. So nice to meet you Sara, I can’t wait to taste what you’re baking!

TP365/Year10 – Connections: Pam

24 Oct

Today’s post is dedicated to Pam.

Pam and I worked together in Chicago and it was so good to Re-Connect with her today. The last time I saw Pam was at her wedding, in the pre-Covid years. Both of our lives have changed and evolved since then but so much has stayed the same.

Including her sharp wit, infectious laugh and beautiful smile.

Pam reported to me back in the day and I have absolutely enjoyed watching her career unfold. I often tell my teammates that they will always have me in their lives for support or mentorship — and I mean it. But today, Pam proved it.

It’s nice to know that while the world has changed around us in so many unfathomable ways that we are still connected to those who have touched our lives forever. Sometimes I wonder if the working world brings people into our lives for the moment in order to impact us for eternity.

Thank you, Pam, for being part of my life. You are and always have been a rockstar!
And, I am always rooting for you.

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year10 – Connections: BWG Connect

21 Oct

Today’s Post is dedicated to digital, as in a digital conference I attended today called BWG Connect. How perfectly timed for my Year of Connections!

I was a guest speaker on the panel dedicated to “Balancing Emerging Social Marketing Channels” and I was happy to connect on this topic with these other speakers in the space.

In this year of connections I am finding there are so many ways to connect … there are reconnections, there new connections and then there are human connections.

Even though it was a virtual conference, it was a great way to share, learn and exchange ideas, wins, and the brutal fast pace change that we all have to manage these days in the digital marketplace. It certainly reminded me that the best way to grow is to not go at it alone.

Then best part of all this, after the panel, I “reconnected” with an amazing past coworker on text messaging. Pam texted me to say she listened in on the panel presentation. I texted back that I miss her so much. Now we have an appointment to catch up and talk on the phone this weekend for “real”… how amazing is that?

So thanks BWG Connect, for the connecting and the platform for real connection.

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year10 – Connections: New Sunglasses

19 Oct

Todays post is dedicated to my new pink sunglasses – or, should I say, my new, new pair of pink sunglasses.

As you can see below, from my Amazon account, this is the second time I have purchased these since October.

They arrived in the mail and now I am reunited with my lost specs, and we can officially update the score to:

2 for the Alligators
1 for Jamie

As in I have lost two pairs of sunglasses while walking boardwalks in Florida over the alligator swamps and I have replaced one of those pairs of sunglasses.

Genuine connections are made by making a real moments count but today I’m just happy I can see the world through rose colored SUN glasses (again).

I can’t wait to see who I connect with next while wearing my new specs! Anyone up for some sunny vacation time (sunglasses included)?

More tomorrow,
Jamie

P.S. thank you Amazon for the speedy service.

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Restore

18 Oct

Today’s post is dedicated to Restore, as in the place I go to restore my energy, cells and overall health.

Today I did “Compression” and “PBM” — I call it my Star Wars line up because it feels like an out of this world process. One uses compression to relax the muscles and help aid in blood flow. The other is basically like looking at a panel bright red lights that work at the cellular level, to stimulate repair and normalizing cell function.

On a much deeper level it is like connecting with all of the cells of my body…and in this year of connections I can’t think of a better way to make a genuine connection.

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Patriot Pup

17 Oct

Today’s post is dedicated to the Patriot Pup.

As I was cleaning out a closet today I found Pup’s old jersey, the one he used to wear on Patriot’s Football Game Day.

Brady never let us put anything in the form of doggie clothes on him. He jumps and barks and wants it to be taken off of him immediately. Except not today.

Today, for some reason, he let me put both of his paws through the arm holes and fit the Patriot’s jersey over his head. It used to be too big for him but now it fits.

He wore it long enough for me to take a photo, then for a walk, and finally when we returned home I took the jersey off of him. I didn’t want to press my luck. Clearly it had been longer than he ever let me dress him up before.

As soon as I took it off he started pawing at it as if asking me to put it back on him. I found this curious but obliged. Then it occurred to me that the jersey probably still smelled of Pup and maybe Brady just loved to scent. Maybe it reminded him of the days when he used to curl up next to his older brother and lay in the sun together.

I just spent the last hour looking for a photo of Pup in this same jersey. While I found tons of photos of family and festivities from over the years I never found the one of Pup in that same jersey.

Maybe that’s because it’s supposed to remain a memory… or a scent of a memory. Either way, I love reconnecting with the spirit of the Pup who wore the #1 on his chest and the Patriot’s on his back.

Thanks for the memories, Pup, and the connection!

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Mr. Kohl’s Man

16 Oct

Today’s connection is dedicated to the man at the Kohl’s Amazon return counter.

I had to return Brady’s new dog collar today because while it is brand new, it already broke. After chatting online with the Amazon rep to find the best way to return it we landed on Kohl’s. I was issued an QR code and then on my way.

As I ran around doing errands today I made sure to stop at Kohl’s for the quick drop off. I had my QR code in hand to do the return but what I didn’t expect was the kind service behind the counter.

The employee manning the counter was cheerful and funny, making jokes about how he was awarding me another $5 to keep me in the store to buy more after my return. It felt so good to have a real human interaction, even if it was inside a shopping center, as I was returning a broken object.

It also made me realize how broken we are these days without human interactions and real conversations.

Thank you Mr. Kohl’s Man for the reminder — and the connection!

More tomorrow,
Jamie

TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Christine

3 Oct

Today marks a milestone. It is a homecoming sort of day. Not only is it Tom Brady’s return to Gillette Stadium it’s also the first official connection of Year 10 for The Promise 365.

I met my friend Christine at Panera Bread today but that wasn’t what we had planned.

Jamie and Christine at Panera Bread

We had actually planned to try The Farmer’s Daughter in Easton, Massachusetts. I have heard so much about this amazing place and we couldn’t wait to try it. However, when we arrived the crowd wrapped around the block and lining the brick wall across the street had another idea — to the tune of a one-and-a-half-hour wait. What? A 90-minute wait for brunch?

We were too hungry for that so we set off to find another option. Stonebridge Cafe it was. Until it wasn’t. They also had a too long for our tummies and schedules wait. So Panera Bread it was!

As I pulled into the parking lot I was surprised to see a Bertucci’s next door. How appropro! It was at Bertucci’s Home Office where I first met Christine so many years ago. I was Director of Marketing and She was Director of Operations. We had a symbiotic relationship (one that isn’t always found between marketing and operations departments). We worked together so well for the good of all, all of the time.

Christine has seen me through many life stages and I was so excited today to see her teenage daughter — the last time I saw this beautiful young lady she was an energetic little two-year-old.

Over brunch we caught up and I was curious to hear about the life and times of teenagers. Note: teenagers no longer “date” — they “talk” — just in case you’re trying to keep up.

In many ways today was a connection of a few kinds. Connecting with a friend, connecting with memories of an old job, and probably most important, connecting with a new generation.

It reminded me that sometimes that best way to connect is just to listen.

More tomorrow,
Jamie

The Promise 365 – Year 10 :: It’s Here!

2 Oct

It’s officially on! The new promise has begun. As I said yesterday it’s time for a new promise because so much has changed. So tonight, I’m going to tell you more about this new promise:

The Year of Connecting.

The pandemic has shaped our life and our world for almost two years now. It’s difficult to remember what this planet was like before COVID-19 cruised into our atmosphere.

Was there really a time when I didn’t check each shop window before entering to see if a mask is required? Or can I remember a time when I wasn’t being hyper-vigilant about washing and sanitizing my hands (or arms, face, feet, groceries, door knobs, or anything exposed to the elements for that matter)? I’m not sure. It feels like the distant past.

So does the thought of gathering mindlessly in person with thousands of people.

Here we are (a few weeks ago) at the first in-person concert we have attended since the lockdown. It was a mask-on event and we snapped this quick photo before it began. I must admit it was a strange experience for me. I had a slight panic attack. Not because we wore masks, I am completely used to those now. It was because I haven’t been in a building without windows, with a crowd of people, in the dark, with loud music playing for so long. My heart raced and my eyes darted around the room to map out the nearest exit as my brow began to sweat.

It may also have been the first time I realized that not just the world has changed around me, but I have changed too. Even if in the slightest ways.

In many ways I feel so connected to technology (especially after a year of nonstop ZOOM interactions) and that has made me (and maybe you) in so many other ways feel disconnected from people.

So for this year, it is the mindfulness that I am after.

And it is the CONNECTIONS too.

The MINDFUL CONNECTIONS.

Each day I will make a connection with a human being. Maybe it will be a long lost friend. Maybe it will be the clerk at the grocery store. Maybe it will be a smile or a nod. Maybe it will be an hours long, in-depth conversation debating the problems and solutions of our time. Maybe it will be a simple question. Maybe I will challenge you to connect with someone else too. I’m not sure yet.

I do know this – each of these promises create something bigger than I can imagine. Sometimes it is a lesson. Sometimes it is a massive aha moment. This year it will be about connections and wherever that takes me is yet to be seen.

Tomorrow I will share my first connection of the year.

I’m glad you are here and along for the ride. Maybe you will be one of these connections too! I can’t wait to find out.

Lovemore,
Jamie

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