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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 friday – 11 days to go

20 Dec


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There are 11 days left of The Promise 365 and only a few Friday’s left in the year.

Tonight I share the Fun of Friday with a Flashback to an old message from my year of joy.  Joy is Friday Night Fun. Tonight we watched Star Wars in order to prep for our Sunday matinee, but joy comes from many places. Mostly those that are invisible forces: love, kindness, fun, to name a few. 

Here’s to all the FUN you can have on the Fridays you have to share. They make the week worth it. May the force be with you.

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 keep playing – 12 days to go

19 Dec


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There are 12 days left of The Promise 365!

I thought today was Friday, the entire day, up until I got in my car and headed home. Then I realized it was Thursday. Which was very disappointing, because, you know… expectations.

But then tonight, we spent hours on the phone playing games with our niece. The game goes like this:  name a letter, and then the other person has to draw an animal that begins with that letter. It’s simple and it’s fun, it’s simply fun.

So you see, sometimes Thursday nights are better than Friday days. We just have to enjoy the moment and play with life.

In so many ways, this blog over the past nine years has been an exercise in playing with life. From Mexico to the Grand Canyon to France to Germany, from the East Coast to the West Coast and back again, I have chronicled the highlights of each and every day. It has been a privilege and in many ways a game. A game against the clock of time, the 24 hours in a day, to find a theme, a moment, a memory or a story to tell and share and find meaning in it, or at least a few words to type about it. 

It hasn’t always been easy, it hasn’t always been fun, but it has been a privilege and an honor and labor of love. Most of all, it has been an amazing way to play the game of life. And while this is the last year of The Promise 365, it’s not the last you will hear from me. That I can promise. 

And, to that, I say, keep playing. 

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 walk toward the rainbow – 13 days to go

18 Dec


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There are 13 days left of The Promise 365!

Tonight, I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with a friend who I have not seen in too many years. It was a reunion of hearts, and memories and our younger selves. So much time has passed and so many life moments have happened, and so many roads have been traveled, but there we were, crossing paths again.

It reminds me that life is full of twists and turns, but if you continue to walk toward the rainbow the journey will be worth the adventure it holds in your heart.

In so many ways, that’ is what this blogging adventure has been about too. Walking toward the rainbow.

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Jamie's Blog – Year 9:: what you need – 14 days to go

17 Dec

There are 14 days left of The Promise 365!

“You already have what you need.” My dear teacher and mentor and medicine woman taught me this many years ago. It was in the middle of surgeries and doctors appointments and all the anxiety that comes with that sort of thing. She was always so wise and so ahead of me in the lessons of life. She also told me that was why she could be my teacher, she would always be a step ahead of me. Until she wasn’t. 

Today, I took the day off and mostly addressed Christmas cards. It was a rainy, sleety, snowy sort of day and the perfect hot cocoa Christmas card backdrop. I love paper and cards, and I love addressing them and using my calligraphy markers to make pretty little letters. So while I was looking up addresses and writing out beautiful little letters I was taken aback when I saw her mailing address next on my list. 

This will be the last year of The Promise 365 and it will be the first year I won’t be able to send my teacher a Christmas greeting. She is now gone, and I am now on my own two feet when it comes to life lessons. She is no longer a step ahead of me, rather she is somewhere else in the heavens and the stars. Luckily, she left me with that precious gift. 

“You already have what you need.” I can hear her say to me again as if she were right next to my side. 

Indeed, I do. Mostly because of all the great teachers who have always been one step ahead of me. 
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16 Dec

JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9
finding the funny – 15 days to go
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There are 15 days left of The Promise 365!

Tonight, we laughed. I love to laugh even though at times I forget to laugh. When I am overwhelmed and overthinking and under stress and super focused, well, those are the times I forget to laugh even if I am smiling. 

Fortunately, I married a man that brings me laughter. I call him the Captain of Fun. He brings the funny and he always reminds me to lighten up. Justin has been my captain in many ways but over the last nine years, he has been the King of Laughter. He makes me watch funny things, he sends me stupid links to stupid jokes that make me laugh out loud. He makes funny faces. He makes me cringe until I cry with laughter.

He is on a mission to make me laugh (and find a brand of beer that I will actually drink – of which he has yet to be successful – however that’s another story for another day)… but back to the laughter. When my mood goes beyond the happy zone and into the hangry, sad, upset, frustrated, stressed to the max zone it wakes Justin up and puts him into pure mission mode: make Jamie laugh. And somehow he does. Every. Time. He is good at this job, one that he doesn’t take lightly. 

And I am grateful. 

Laughter is a gift and lightness is a joy. It’s even better when it’s exponentially shared. 
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15 Dec

JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9
bows – 16 days to go
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There are 16 days left of The Promise 365!

I love Sunday afternoons. Today, I spent the day wrapping presents, watching the Hallmark Channel and watching the New England Patriots win. Brady sat next to me the entire time, tuckered out from all the activity.  While watching was the easy part, doing is always harder.

I can watch my share of Hallmark Christmas specials, and I can cheer on Patriots touchdowns, but I cannot wrap a present as my mother. I’m not knocking my own skills. I am a wrapping paper expert. I know all the secrets to making a present pop, including creasing the corners and lining up the design on the papers just perfectly. Alas, I cannot make a bow like Mama Sling.

I tried. Many times. I started over many times too. I used tape (it snapped) and yarn (it broke) and wire (it slipped). 

So much of this blog has been dedicated to the fond memories I have of Mama Sling. There are so many amazing memories and moments, and there are so many incredible things she taught me. But she didn’t teach me how to make her famous bows. 

The bows that she spent hours on, the bows that she wouldn’t let us smoosh under the tree. We had to Tetris all the presents under the tree to specifically make sure no bow would touch another bow. There was no bow smooshing allowed. This won’t be a problem this Christmas since I cannot replicate the Mama Sling bow.

But that’s not really the point, is it? I still have the memories of her laughter and her love and her magical Christmas bows. Even though I do not have her or her bow making talent, I have her in my heart, which keeps her by my side.   

The best part of Christmas is not the gifts we buy, but the moments we give each other that last long beyond the time we are together. Thank you, Mama Sling, for being by my side throughout these past nine years, and these past nine promises, and every Christmas in between.

Even if I can’t make a bow to save my life!  

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14 Dec

JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9
keep showing up – 17 days to go
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There are 17 days left of The Promise 365! Seventeen days left to show up. That has been the secret of this promise process. The biggest lesson of all. The power move is showing up. That’s all it takes to find the magic inside of you. 

All the magic of the world is inside of you. So keep shining!  
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13 Dec

JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9
f*ing fridays – 18 days to go
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There are 18 days left of The Promise 365! And that means only three Fridays left in the year (including today!). 

In my first year of blogging, I celebrated Friday with a series called F*ing Fridays and in another year I had 4-Letter Word Fridays. So tonight I wil share another Friday. Tonight, I dedicate this Friday to Family.

Christmastime is the best time of year to remember and celebrate family. It’s the secret ingredient to the holidays.

So here’s the Fridays we have together and the holidays we create together. 
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12 Dec

JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9
sides – 19 days to go
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There are 19 days left of The Promise 365! 

Ah, perspective. Life is all in the perspective. Today, we sent good prayer and good thoughts to Justin’s uncle. He underwent surgery, one very similar to one I had years ago. Justin was by his side this morning when I spoke to him on his way to the hospital. I told him there is life after surgery, and it’s all good on the other side.

That’s perspective. 

Sometimes it’s hard to see the other side. But usually, there are helpers by your side to get you to the other side. 
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11 Dec

JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9
power – 20 days to go
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There are 20 days left of The Promise 365! 

Sometimes the most simple things are the most powerful. I have learned many lessons over the past nine years, including love, fearlessness, abundance, peak performance, bliss, joy, and kindness. All of them have one thing in common, trust. 

It’s funny to be on this side of making promises. Now, that I know this is my last one (who would have thought trust would be the grand finale?) I am in awe of how they all connect together through the power of trust. 

It takes trust to love. It takes trust to be kind. It takes trust to go after peak performance and to follow your bliss, tap into joy, and live in abundance.

It is the simple power of trusting yourself. And that is simply powerful. 

So here’s to trusting yourself in all that you do.
You got this 
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