JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 100 :: tidy tidy

10 Apr

Day 100: One Hundred Days.

I’ve hit the first mark of the year. One Hundred Days. It’s usually the first sign of things to come, the promise that is unfolding, the true nature of the lesson that will inevitable unfold. If you’ve been here with me for a while you know what I’m talking about.

The Lesson.

It usually comes to full fruition by October, but the seeds have been planted with spring, and at One Hundred Days, well, we are getting into the thick of it.

So where are we now?  We are at Code TIDY.
And by that, I mean this: The life-changing magic of tidying up.


I read, or rather, listened on Audible, to this book during my travels. And, I couldn’t wait to get home to unpack.

I mean, seriously. Me. Excited to unpack. I HATE unpacking. I detest it, really. It’s such a chore, all the clothes that need to be washed, all those dirty ones that have soiled the ones that are still clean too, not the mention the socks that need to be found. They all need washed and folded and hung and put away and, well, after traveling I just don’t have the energy for it.

Until now.

I couldn’t WAIT to unpack and start the Japanese art of decluttering my suitcase. Here’s a sneak peek at the end result. Really, it’s so beautiful it almost made me cry.

This is just a drawer, sure. Yes, you’re right. It’s just a regular old drawer. But inside this drawer are all my pants. All my jeans. ALL of my jeans, neatly lined up in stacked rows so that I can see each and every one. It’s beautiful, really. Life changing indeed.

I have neatly organized drawers of all my yoga clothes, pajamas, socks, underwears, bras. I can literally SEE with my own two eyes all the clothes that I own by just opening up my closet doors and a few drawers.


I was so excited to show Justin you would have thought I had invented the light bulb, or sliced bread, or a cure for cancer. I walked him into my closet with such exuberance and then opened the doors with a huge smile on my face.

“Voila!! Isn’t it amazing?” I asked.
“Sure.” he answered. And I can’t blame him for his lack of excitement. He hasn’t organized his drawers yet, how could he understand? And, well, I may have oversold it. A bit.

But, let me just say. I love it. Love it, love it, love it. I may be the last to discover this folding art of organizing clothes, but I love seeing all my clothes, lined up in neat order, standing at attention as if asking me how they can be of service.


And so, here we are at Day One Hundred.

One hundred days of yoga in and I am a blubbering idiot about the contents of my drawers. My closet, a neatly organized mecca for size ten shoes. My drawers, a stacked deck of folded pants. My bras all standing at attention. My yoga clothes at the ready. My t-shirts all aligned. My pajamas at arms reach.

It’s blissful, really.
I promise.
Now, let’s see where else this promise takes us, eh?
We never know until we know. 

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 99 unpacking

9 Apr

Day 99: Organized.

I haven’t started yoga yet but I have unpacked my suitcase and train travel items. It took me a while. Like all day.

For one, Pup decided my open suitcase was his new bed. He claimed it as soon as I unzipped it and stayed there for a few hours.


I couldn’t fathom the thought of moving him. He turns fifteen on Friday — fifteen!! And when you are 105-years-old (or 93 according to the AKC calculation chart) well, you get what you want.

Although he doesn’t act like a 15-year-old dog. Pup still barks, jumps, sniffs, and bounds after a ball with the best of them half his age. And we love him for it, every day. Which is why he gets to sit on the furniture, or steal my blanket, or, as it turns out, turn my suitcase into a dog bed.

He has always been a creature of comfort. Stealing seats and cushions and couches. When we weren’t looking. At other people’s houses. While we are sleeping. He’s a Vizsla. He craves comfort.

Don’t we all?

The other reason it took me all day to unpack was this: KonMari Method. I love it! And I will share more tomorrow…

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 98 :: friday finales

8 Apr

Day 98: Crickey!

It’s the end of the week and I’ve officially finished two finales:
1. Downton Abbey (sob)
2. 11.22.63

It’s hard for me to say goodbye to endings. Especially the end of a great book with memorable characters who feel like people I have actually met in real life.

It’s a little easier when it’s a show on TV. Although, I have to say these two were doozies!

But here’s an ending that I do look forward to: FRIDAY!
And, with the week and my yoga done for the night… here comes the weekend.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 97 :: blue sky

7 Apr

Day 97: landed!

Landed in Seattle.
Yoga done.
Boarding bus.
Blog. Published!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 96 :: rituals

6 Apr

Day 96: perfect morning rituals

Closing out today with a little reflection.
Days are good that start with yoga and some coffee… especially this coffee from Heritage Bikes in Chicago!

The coffee probably counteracts the yoga… but hey, when in Chicago….

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 95 :: power of one

5 Apr

Day 95: one

Yoga. Done. For this day at least… and as I write that I realize that there is just one letter difference between one and done. Yoga. Done. One a day! Here’s to tomorrow.


And that’s all she wrote!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 94 :: yoga inspiration? 

4 Apr

Day 94: pour a glass 

Bottle & Bottega Lakeview celebrated 5 years tonight at the original Lakeview studio…

…and this image couldn’t have summed it up better:
(thanks Jill and yogainspiration)

The good news is I planned ahead and did my yoga this morning😉
Congrats B&B!!!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 93 :: a trip in time 

3 Apr

Day 93: time warp

I have arrived in Chicago. And the Empire Builder was all it promised to be… scenic, insightful, beautiful, three-days long.

I met some really nice Americans, from all sorts of lives, with all types of stories and different destinations. But we all seemed to have one thing in common — taking photos all along the way.

From a Bellingham departure:

to the shores of Seattle…

To the Emerald Green Rivers of Montana

To Summits and Ski Towns and Sunrises:

To Glacier National Forest:

To moments like this:

To the wide open North Dakota fields:

To waking up in a Twin Cities Sunrise:

To crossing the Mississippi River:

To waving at Milwaukee:

To finally winding our way into the Windy City:

To remembering that sometimes you just have to see with your own eyes what a picture just cannot capture:

It’s hard for me to believe that people – real people – laid down the track that can take trains all across this nation (and I only went halfway!).

Sure, I ended up a bit sticky and couldn’t wait to take a shower. And, yes, there was a crying baby who made people slightly miserable for a few moments two nights in a row. And, of course, there were times when I just couldn’t find the right spot to get comfortable.

But I suppose all that comes with the time warp of train travel. It was enough to stretch my mind, to spin it out of my normal everyday life, to see something new, or something newly different. New views lead to new ideas. And that alone is well worth the trip.

And now I must stretch that other promise I made this year — it’s time for me to do some yoga!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 92 :: stretching

2 Apr

Day 92: stretch

I have internet for a second… so… here’s the report for today.

I woke up to the sunrise over Montana. Then greeted with a show from Mother Nature, all the way from Whitefish, Montana through Glacier National Forrest. It’s breathtaking. I couldn’t stop taking photos.


Then, as soon as we winded down the mountain grade the badlands began to appear. We’ve been in this great expanse ever since. Watching oil fields and dried up shanty towns pass us by. Then there were the cows and the hay. It is the great swath of the American Midwest. It reminds me of Texas in many ways, but there are no hills here.

My hair is a little greasy but I don’t think I smell…yet. I keep making trips to the bathroom to wash my face and run sweet smelling lotion into my skin. Next time I would do a sleeping car with shower but for now I’m still happy and enjoying the scenery. No one is sitting next to me so no harm no foul.

I’m sort of learning to love my little cubbyhole of a seat, like I’ve finally figured out where all my stuff goes when I need it. Water bottle. Computer. Blanket. Pillow.

I’ve also figured out where to do yoga. In the ladies “lounge” an extra large bathroom with a double sink and sitting area. The perfect place to escape for a little stretching and Namaste.

Hey, Amtrak – here’s an idea. Add another car to the train for yoga classes. Everyone needs to stretch on these long trips and everyone is already in yoga pants and sweats (and you could charge for classes – new revenue stream….).

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 91 :: journeying

1 Apr

Day 91: standing out.  

A journey of a thousand miles begins with… the train.

I’m on the Amtrak headed to Chicago. And I feel like a little girl on an adventure.

The little boy sitting behind me with his grandmother keeps screaming with joy.
“The horn! The train! That’s the exchange! It’s a container train. Look, Santa Fe! I love Amtrak!”

And it’s totally okay. The train is so social.

The woman in front of me decided to travel the nation after her husband died.

I met a couple at the train station that gave me all the tips I need (Bank of America credit card earns you extra points) to travel on the Amtrak rewards program (their trip was free!)


We just passed what looks like an abandoned shipwreck. Puget Sound is on my left. The Cascades are in the distance. And inside the little voice in my head is saying:

“The horn! The train! That’s the exchange! It’s a container train. Look, Santa Fe! I love Amtrak!”

I have no idea when I will lose phone signal to post to my blog so I’m posting now. Even there is so much ahead of me on this trip. And, while the view is gorgeous, I realize in forty hours I might be really over it… but until then I’m enjoying the view.  We haven’t left the coast of Washington yet and the Rockies are still to come. Washington, Idaho, Montana, and more… all the way to Illinois.


And now, I’m trying to figure out where I’m going to do yoga tonight on this train. Head yoga. Feet yoga. Should yoga?

More on that tomorrow.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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