JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 dreams – 27 days to go

4 Dec


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There are 27 days left of The Promise 365!

I’m off to bed and looking forward to a good night’s rest. As I lay my head down on my pillow, I hear these words, “Hold onto your dreams!” 

This blog has been nine years of discovery, adventure, and dreams. But the best dream of all is the next one you have. 

Stay true to you. Trust your desires. And go after your dreams.  

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 4-letters – 28 days to go

3 Dec


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There are 28 days left of The Promise 365!

Love is a four-letter word. Tonight, I present an ode to four-letter words, and to my dear friend Diane who taught me the four-letter word game. It goes like this…

Kind is a four-letter word
Love is a four-letter word
Play is a four-letter word

You get the idea. My point isn’t so much about the game as it is about the person. Diane has been a fixture of this blog for nine years. Mostly in the background, sometimes in actual posts, but always reaching out and giving me encouragement behind the scenes. She reads the blog and emails me almost daily with a little tidbit of feedback or appreciation. She is The Promise 365’s Number One fan. 

So tonight, I dedicate this post to Diane. She may be old enough to be my grandmother but she is young at heart. She reflects love, she is kind, and she loves to play the four-letter word game. 

May you always be surrounded by many GOOD four-letter words and KIND friends. 
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 easy – 29 days to go

2 Dec


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There are 29 days left of The Promise 365!

I love it when things are easy. Today I went to the dentist and he fixed my chipped front tooth. It was easy, so, so easy. And, it feels so good to have experts to rely on when you need them.

It’s taken me a long time to learn this lesson. Relying on others is a gift, and accepting and allowing the gifts of others to impact your life is a blessing.

So, I say… focus on what’s easy. Just as the snow is falling outside my window in an effortless fashion, we must also allow and let go into what is easy. 

Be like the snow… fall into place in an easy and effortless way.
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 let it snow – 30 days to go

1 Dec

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There are 30 days left of The Promise 365!

It’s the first day of December and the first day of Christmas and the first snow of the season! The back patio is already covered with a blanket of snow which makes the twinkling lights inside shine even brighter. It already feels like Christmas.

There is something special about the holiday season, despite all the loved ones it makes me miss. Over the years, the last nine years, I have written many times about my dear Mama Sling and it is always her that I miss the most.

The holidays are synonymous with Mama Sling, still. So many years later and it is always her that ties the holiday bow in my heart. The rest of my holidays will also be without her but not without her love. So I say, bring it on. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Here’s to a beautiful holiday season. 
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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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. 

Trust me!
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. 

Trust me!
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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More tomorrow.Jamie

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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. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.

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. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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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.

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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