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BLOG – GIFT DAY 365 :: abundance & what 2013 taught me (3 years blogging!)

31 Dec

Happy New Year!  

Boom!
What a year!
First of all, let me say thank you. If you have been with me this far I am grateful. Today marks 3 full years of blogging EVERY single day. Three years!!!  Just another proof point that you can do anything. Really, you can.

So to The Year of 2013 this is what I have to say to you: 

Thank you for teaching me the true nature of abundance. I had grand visions of uncovering the amazing secrets of abundance when this year began. Would I discover gold? Win the lottery? Both? 

I had a grand scheme to give away a gift a day every single day of 2013. 

Turns out, Ms. Abundance, you had a much bigger lesson in store for me. 
(By the way I believe abundance is female… I don’t know why but let’s go with it.) 

I started the year …giving.

I was inspired by the book 29 Gifts and the promise of abundance by giving something away everyday for a month. Except, in my true Type A personality nature, I vowed to take on 365 days of gifts. (Take that universe!)

Turns out I failed.  

First we had a storm.
Not just any storm — a blizzard + hurricane + nor’easter + snowpocalypse.

We were lucky that our house on the beach was still standing since so many neighbors lost so much. (It was a miracle.)

Then, I begged Justin to go to the Boston Marathon with me and we ended up staying home.  We never could have imagined what would happen that day.

And then, out of nowhere, a lump in my throat appeared.

Then we moved across the country!

And landed in Oregon!

We grew a garden (with a TON of zucchini!!)

The lump in my throat came out and was benign… woo hoo!!

The Red Sox won the World Series.

We fostered a puppy! And passed the Foster 101 test (by finding her a home).

We partied in Seattle (Pearl Jam 2013) with Lightning Bolts!

And then unwrapped the season with family.

Through it all I have learned so much about abundance.

So maybe my gift-giving scheme didn’t work out the way I planned. But in the end I learned so much about abundance.

Health is the greatest wealth.
Family is a precious resource.
Friends are gold!

Abundance comes from so many things.
And there is nothing more powerful than the heart.

So here’s to 2014. May it be a year full of miracles, love, and abundance!
Cheers to you!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

{happy new year!}

Day 364: Dear 2012 :: Forgive. Forget. Forge Forward.

31 Dec

We are on our way to New York City…
To Times Square….
To watch the ball drop us all into the wee hours of 2013.

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It makes me realize there are so many things that run on auto-pilot until something comes along forcing us to snap out of it!

New Year’s Eve is one of those moments.

It’s one of those “snap out of it” things — forcing me to look into the oncoming year and vow to make it better, faster, smarter, bigger, more ____________.

It’s also what allows me to look with eyes wide open into the mistakes of my past.

Which brings me to this:
I messed up.
I made a mistake.
I lost track.
Oops.

Here it is, the last day of 2012….
In a Leap Year…
Which should have 366 days…

And the top of my blog says Day 364.

How did that happen?
Where did I go wrong?
What part of auto-pilot didn’t work?

I spent a few minutes looking back over my posts and can’t find the offending days that decided not to show up.

In the middle of my frantic research I realized I could spend another year investigating, beating myself up, and questioning the issue…

Or I could Cowboy Up and move on.

I chose the latter.

Why?
Because, after spending an entire year learning to fear less and love more, I have learned something so precious and sacred.

It is this:

We all deserve love.
And we all make mistakes.

Nobody’s perfect.

Sometimes it’s the imperfections that create the biggest lessons, best character, and most surprising moments.

Sometimes it’s the unplanned plans that lead to the most perfect path.

Sometimes, it’s not worth questioning what should have been, might have been…
Should have…
Would have…
Could have….

Sometimes the best action is just to move forward — from where you are. And, that, I believe, may be the most fearless act of all.

So today is Day 364.
In a year of 366 days.

In a way, I like keeping a spot for two extra days, holding a flame, and an unwritten page for the gift we are all given — time.

Speaking of Father Time — he’s calling my name.
Yours too.

Because I think we’re really going to make it through 2012, despite what all the Mayans and naysayers seem to believe.

So I will say it now…. Happy 2013.

Let’s move Fearlessly Forward despite any of the mistakes, messes or miscalculations.

Let’s leave the “oops” behind.
Forgive. Forget. Forge forward.

All my love,
xo~Jamie

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P.S. Tomorrow is a new year and a new promise — and I can’t wait to share with you!! Plus, this next year, you can join in here.

Day 344: so much can change in a year, so bring it on 2013!

11 Dec

Soooooo much can change in a year.

Take me for instance… today I ate a cookie!

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A year ago I was wrestling with the sugar plum holidays trying to balance my no sugar ban.

But today I indulged in a cookie. A Red Velvet Crinkle Cookie from Panera.  (They remind me of the ones Mama Sling used to make.)

What a difference a year makes.

I am still focused on limiting my sugar. But I am now more loving and fearless in the ways I treat myself.

And, now I am getting ready for next year!

Which brings us to tonight.
I promised to share just exactly what I’m going to do in 2013.

But first.
Let’s review.

Year 1:  my promise was to take care of my head, heart, body and soul. 

If you were with me then, you watched me vow not to shop for clothes or shoes for one entire year and instead invest in my body and soul – and write about it every single day!

It was hard. And heartbreaking. And amazing!

I learned I was addicted to sugar and coffee and chocolate.
I found hope and help through clean food, cleanses, and Ayurvedic principles.
I learned to cook something that didn’t come out of a can.
I did yoga. A lot.
I went to the spa.
I tried a brazilian bikini wax — once. (OUCH!)

I didn’t buy any shoes or clothes (or underwear!)  for one entire year.

I found love.
Or love found me.

I learned that every ancient teaching and all new age thought are based on one simple concept.. LOVE.

So….

Year 2:   my promise was to be LOVEMORE+FEARLESS.

If you were with me when the year started you know I am (was) terrified of spiders and water.

You watched me swim with sharks off the shores of the Bahamas. (I lived to blog about it!)

You were right with me as I rafted down the Grand Canyon — and slept next to snakes and scorpions, without a tent, only a blanket of stars above my head (insert FEARLESS here).

If you’ve been following along this far (God Bless You) you also know that I publicly admitted my fears (trying to get pregnant) and greatest sadness (missing my dear Mama Sling).

You also know that we moved to house on top of the ocean. Well, practically. The waves come up under the house. (Oh, fearless soul!)

I’ve learned so much about myself.

Most important — I’ve learned there’s something amazing that happens when you forget about being perfect and focus on facing your fears.

You find courage.
And strength.
You start listening to that little voice inside yourself, instead everyone else’s around you.

You start selling tee-shirts. (What? Yes, Lovemore+Fearless Tees.)

More than anything YOU (I mean “I” of course) start facing the fact that growing older and growing up and facing a few wrinkles in the mirror ain’t all that bad after all.

And that bring us to…..

Year 3:  I chose abundance! 

January 1st approaches.
Which means it is time to triple down. Year Three. All in.

Next year my promise is to explore abundance.

Which includes:

  • The power of giving
  • The power of miracles
  • The exchange of energy

What does that mean?

I, Jamie Eslinger, promise to:

Give something away each and every single day in 2013 and blog about it.
It can be material or emotional, but it has to be a gift.

and…

I will delve into A Course In Miracles.

More on the inspiration behind those two tomorrow.

PLUS!
I hope you stick around to play with me some more and continue this journey.
I also hope you will join me, because….

I have something in store for you.
A very special GIFT that will be just for YOU, promise.

Which I will share…

Tomorrow.

Lovemore,
xo~Jamie

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