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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 7 :: trust your skills

7 Jan


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I cooked tonight. It’s not as amazing as it used to be since I have joined the prepared foods bandwagon (thank you HelloFresh and Green Chef for giving me some mad kitchen skills). But tonight was special, because it was our very last prepared meal – we have decided to go a la carte and back to our own food shopping.

So, tonight was our last meal, the last dinner of Green Chef. Which made it special because it was also a total flop. Honey Mustard Chicken was not so sweet, and the peas and the saurerkraut side was, well, I believe the culinary term is, “awful” or “yuck.”

But the best part of it all was that I trusted myself so much I knew it wasn’t any mistake I had made in the kitchen to make it a flop. And, that, is coming a long way baby. The execution was perfection if you ask me but the recipe was just NOT our flavor profile.

And that’s okay because it made me stop and realize something big. Huge, really: I can make really awful recipes ALL by myself!

I mean, I have made some truly horrible things in the kitchen (don’t ask about the rock hard pecan pie, the lopsided jello, the pizza on fire and that one chicken recipe). But those were mistakes. I truly didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t have the skills to know how to do better. But tonight, I did know what I was doing and it tasted awful anyway.

And, that, is probably the first time I have ever experienced a perfectly failed recipe! 

Which brings me to tonight’s lesson in trust. Sometimes it takes something tasting perfectly horrible to realize you have to trust your madly wonderful skills.

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 6 :: carol burnett

6 Jan

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We are watching the Golden Globes tonight and I am again in awe of Carol Burnett.

As she accepted her lifetime achievement award, an award named after her, I was thinking about the trust it must have taken for her to make her mark in this world and on Hollywood.

In her own words, “I catch myself day dreaming about being young again and doing at all over, and then I bring myself up short, when I realize how incredibly fortunate I was to be there at the right time,” she shared. “Because what we did then, it couldn’t be done today.”

She was inspiring to me when I was young and watched re-runs of her comedy variety show. And she inspires me now as I better understand what it must have taken for her to achieve her dreams.

And, that, is maybe the lesson of trust for today – to believe in your dreams. 

Thanks for trusting yourself, Carol. And thanks for the laughter and tears.  

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 5 :: be kind

5 Jan


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Today I saw good friends, good people and enjoyed some good food.

For lunch, I met up with my dear friend Diane. She is in her eighties but has the spirit of a young woman. She always inspires me with her inquisitive curiosity and smart questions and funny musings from different decades of her life.

Today, she shared a concept called the “Triad” from one of her trusted and recently departed friends. The Triad is: 

  • Think Outloud
  • Stick to Basics
  • Be Kind

I like the idea of the Triad and I can trust it. Mostly, I trust in kindness. 

So here’s to being kind, with our friendships and ourselves. 

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 4 :: allow, allow, allow

4 Jan

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It’s day four! And so far TRUST keeps telling me to embrace the art of allowing. For me that mostly means getting my head out of the way.

So I am working on it.

Taking in more appreciation and gratitude and letting go of control and controlling thoughts. We’ll see how it goes…. until then, I’m allowing gratitude to take over. 

And allow, allow, allow!

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 3 :: pausing for a moment

3 Jan

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Today, I paused. Not because I planned it or prepared for it, but because I forgot something. I left something at home today so I had to run home at lunch. It was a big fat pause in my day. 

It was actually an interesting experiment in time management. The world didn’t end. I didn’t miss anything. And I actually had a moment in between morning and night to stop and pause.

I am already wondering if TRUST is having me think less and go with the flow more.  

Here’s to going with the flow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 2 :: trust the timing

2 Jan


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Ah, trust. You are already screwing with me. Or at least playing games with my mind. Yesterday, I fell down a flight of stairs. Today, I missed an appointment, mostly because I was on my back all day yesterday and didn’t have time to prepare for the week ahead.

So that leaves me with this lesson of the day: trust the timing. It’s all I can do. My appointment was rescheduled out into the future and there it will wait for me. I am here in the present learning how to trust timing.

Maybe the future date will be better timing instead of today?
Maybe I will learn something or gain something before it arrives?
Maybe it’s just the universe testing my faith in trust?
Or, maybe it is all of the above…whatever it is I am focusing on trust. 

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 1 :: new year, new promise

1 Jan


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It’s baaaaaaaaack!!

It’s a new year and a new day with a new promise. 2019 is the 9th year of this blogging promise and while it seems like I have already explored so many BIG issues (self-care, love, abundance, peak performance, kindness, bliss, yoga, joy….) it’s time to explore something new. 

Trust. 

As in trusting the process, trusting myself, trusting life and allowing all that is to be, well, to be. Trust is a good word. It’s a strong and serious word. 

Trust: a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.

I’m sure trust will come with many lessons that I cannot even imagine as I sit here at the beginning of the year. It’s kind of scary, actually. You see, every time I make a promise something happens. Something big. Something I can’t quite see this early in the year but it’s out there waiting for me to walk the path and explore the possibilities.

For instance, when I made a promise not to shop I found the power of love. When I made a promise of “peak performance” I received a year of surgeries and ended up with the NIKE swoosh in a series of scars across my chest. Last year, when I made a promise for “joy” I found a new job, new city and new adventure on the east coast. I never know what will happen, but I will report back here every day.

So today, this is my report. 

As I walked into the NEW YEAR I did not expect to tumble into 2019. But I did. Right down the stairs. I have been lying down ever since with my right foot elevated, covered in ice. There were a few Advils mixed in there too. 

It was not what I had planned for my last day of vacation and first day of the year. I had lists of things to do and stuff to organize and prepare before going back to work. My foot had another idea, apparently. It wanted to be raised high in the sky atop a mountain of pillows for the entire day, pulsating, swollen and bruised. 

The swelling has gone down now that I am in my pajamas and ready for bed. While my foot is still sore I can’t help but think of the irony. Day One of this promise and I am laid up, on a bed, forced to rest. I can only TRUST that this is what my body needed today, a little R&R, a lot of sleep and a few movies to calm my nerves.

So, the first lesson of this Year of Trust is to look before you leap. And, if you tumble, be ready for a trust fall.


Here’s to trusting the adventure ahead and ALLOWING all that is ready to find me, to magically appear. (That, and a smooth path without any bumps or tumbles would be nice too!).Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 365 :: joy is a year of joy

31 Dec

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OH, JOY!

What a year you have been. You have brought me a new job, new home, new town, and new adventures. You have filled our lives with laughter and love and appreciation for the people we love near and far, along with a heartbreaking goodbye to those that left us too soon, including Aunt Nancy and our dear #1 Pup.  

More than anything you have provided a clear path and a clearing space to move forward. And tonight you went out with a bang with fireworks over the Boston harbor!

After the fireworks, we tried to catch an UBER ride home but the surging cost was ridiculously expensive between $96 – $235. So we opted to take the FREE MBTA subway halfway home, then catch a cab the rest of the way. 

As we walked through the streets of Boston toward the train in the pouring rain I was pleasantly surprised to feel only warmth in my body. I was not cold or shivering even though I was dripping wet from the storm.

And I think that pretty much sums up my year of joy — sometimes you have to dance in the rain to feel fully alive. 

Because that is what we are here to do. To dance with joy. And, so we dance.

And yet, another year begins. I stand on the precipice of starting this blog all over again as I do every year on January 1st. It’s Decision Day, to blog or not to blog? To that, I say yes.

New Year’s Day marks the ninth year for this blog to live on and I graciously accept the challenge and the honor of being the conduit for these words and experiences to find a place to call home. 

You would think I would be out of words by now, and sometimes I think I am, or at least recycling them all too often. Or, as my dear Aunt DeAnne says with the care that only an Auntie can point out with full support and love, “sometimes you phone it in.”

And sometimes I do.

Because this blog isn’t about having the right words or the best stories or even the most things to say. It’s about showing up. It’s about evolving. It’s about moving forward and staying accountable to my dreams. Even if it rains. 

On the way home tonight in the pouring rain we passed a sign on the road that someone so beautifully painted in graffiti. It caught my eye because it spelled out the words, “Adventure Awaits.”

And so it does! The blog will reboot tomorrow with a new promise. Trust me.

As my fortune cookie says, “If you do not have a plan for your life someone else will.” But I say if you don’t trust in yourself, who else will?


Here’s to a year of joy. Thank you for 365 days of lessons and learnings that will always stay in my heart and guide me into the next adventure. 

What’s next? 
Find out tomorrow! 
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 364 :: joy is preparing for a new year

30 Dec

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A new year is almost here, and I have to say I am joyful about preparing for a new year and a new promise. Joy has been a joyride this year, with new adventures and big moves which makes it hard to imagine a new year

But a new year is almost here and a new promise is on its way….. 


Here’s to as much joy to behold before the New Year arrives. 

More tomorrow… 

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 363 :: joy is believing in something

29 Dec



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I believe in Joy. I believe it has changed my life this year and sent me down a path and a trajectory that I couldn’t have imagined last January 1st. 

I believe writing this blog every night forces me to face my dreams. It holds me accountable and it keeps me honest with myself. It provides a moment of reflection and allows me to lasso the words and thoughts floating in my head. 

I believe in the power of JOY.
And I believe Joy is believing in something. 


Here’s to believing in yourself.

More tomorrow… 

Lovemore,
Jamie

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