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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 305 :: more joy, more peace, more presence

3 Nov
It is Day One of Meditation Nation! Actually, it’s just the next installment of the Chopra/Oprah meditation duo. And this one is a doozie! It’s all about the law of attraction for you Secret readers out there.

I just finished Day One and feel slightly loopy but relaxed. I was taking a dose of my OWN medicine (no pun intended).

Ironically, someone I love very much told me today that she is extremely stressed out and wants to calm down. So I recommended the 21-Day Meditation experience. It seemed like the perfect moment to share some “med-itation med-icine.”

So tonight I am sharing with you too. If you need a moment of zen-peace-calm try this.
You might find your place of chill or you just might attract what you want to you.

More joy?
More peace?
More “presence?”

More peak performance?
‘Tis The Season. 

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {what do you want?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 261 :: extraordinary love note #3, carpe diem

19 Sep

I remember the movie Dead Poets Society, mostly for two words. Carpe. Diem.

Those two words couldn’t have come at a better time in my life. They were like a gift really. As I believe words can be when given from the heart.

I also believe words can be medicine too.  And so it was that I was given “Carpe Diem” to help me through a teenage cancer diagnosis.

Seize the day. I have carried it with me ever since.

It seemed so profound at age seventeen when everything was on the line and high school came with high drama …SAT’s, college exams, choosing the right school, making the right decision, first dates, first kiss, first boyfriend, first leap into adulthood.

Seize the day.

It became a mantra and mandate when going through treatments, losing my hair, losing my teenage dreams, grasping for some assemblance of being “normal” in a sea of doctors, needles, nurses and radiation.

Seize the day.

It’s amazing that a phrase could mean even more at age forty, post mastectomy and reconstructive surgery. Living with the realization that I am one of the lucky ones.

Seize the day.

It caught me off guard today. I woke up and watched Pup limp across the room. His normal gallop turned to a slow, drawn out slide with his right leg. He’s been babying it all day, sometimes moving with ease and sometimes limping along like an old man. He is 91 in human years.

There’s nothing like watching my aging companion, the dog that sits by my side, my co-worker during the day, my cuddle buddy at night while watching TV, take on a limp. It makes me appreciate seizing the day even more than any of my own reasons.

And that makes this woman think that maybe that’s why they call a dog “man’s best friend.” I know Pup will lick his wounds and trot into another day, probably by tomorrow, or maybe even tonight if there is a treat involved.

But it makes me hear very clearly that clock that is always ticking. The one I try to ignore, the one that won’t go away.

And all I can yell back is “Carpe! Diem!”
Because this is, afterall, a love note.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {seize the day}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 190 :: halfway through peak performance

7 Jul

It’s funny how this promise thing works.

My first year of writing this blog and making a 365-day promise led me straight into a spiral of spiritual awakening. I thought I just signed up for a year of not shopping. Instead what actually unfolded was pure material magic, and mayhem on my diet, and in the end I discovered love. Pure love. The kind that sugar cannot buy.

It has continued that way each year. I THINK and I truly BELIEVE I am signing up for something so well planned out and conceived of the utmost brilliance. Then the year unfolds and I find that there was another plan in place by someone else — call it God, The Universe, The Divine, Higher Self, What Have You — “IT” has always thrown something else my way that I needed to learn, do, experience (lovemore-fearless!), have, hold, or give up in the case of my thyroid (abundance!).

This year is no different. I would have thought by now, in my year of peak performance, I would have already conquered marathons if not mountains in a single bound. It turns out I am stretching my breast tissue and preparing for another surgery for double mounds.

Isn’t it ironic. Don’t you think?

The year is only half over. One surgery down, one more to go. And there is still so much to unfold. There will be more twists and turns in this journey of peak performance, of that I am sure. Where it will take me, I do not know.

But in the process I am reminded that life is beautiful. And to that I share what has already unfolded for me:

Enjoy simple beauty, pause right now.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{how is your year unfolding?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 364 :: the abundance quiz

30 Dec

How prosperous are you?  

Since this year was a year of abundance (at least my promise!) it only seems fitting to share a quiz that monitors your prosperity.

Interested?
Check it out here: Prosperity Quiz

The questions are easy and no matter how you score it will help question your thinking.

Do you believe in abundance?
Do you have an abundant mindset?
Take the quiz to find out!

Tomorrow officially ends this promise of abundance for me… but it’s just the beginning really.

I have learned so much over this year and this promise. 
I started out questioning others about what abundance means to them…. and the answer I received over and over again had to do with food and feasting!

But I now know in my heart it means so much more.

So see you here tomorrow where I will share all I learned and we will celebrate and wrap up and most important… kick of 2014!!!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

{do you feel prosperous?}
Editorial Note: links from this post were removed as they redirected to the wrong site. If you would like to find the prosperity quiz search for  “Dr. Joe Vitale and Prosperity Quiz” in Google.

BLOG – GIFT DAY 363 :: isn’t it ironic?

29 Dec

I started out this year making a promise of abundance. 

And now I sit here chuckling at myself because most of my pants don’t fit. I’ve gained so much this year, including a few pounds around the middle, the bottom and the top.

I guess I wasn’t very clear with the “universe” about what kind of abundance” I wanted.

It’s a good reminder to me.

As I form my promise for next year I will remember the lesson learned: to be clear in what you ask for and to be clear about what you want.

What are you asking for in 2014?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

 
{what are you asking for in 2014?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 356 :: and we’re off!

22 Dec

The holidays are here!
Well…. at least our road trip has arrived.

We leave in a few hours for our drive north… not quite to the North Pole. But it will be Christmas where we go. (With two dogs in the car I might add…. oh the joy!)

Wherever you go… Here’s to your happy holiday memories.
The baking, the eating, the gifting, the opening of GIFTS!

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!”

May gifts of abundance find you wherever you are!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

P.S. You still have time to join us in The Card Crusade and help spread some cheer this year.

You could win a FREE year’s worth of greeting cards from Green Ink Gallery!

{what is the best gift at christmastime?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 330 a month of inspiration :: 5 secrets of abundance

26 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share a word.

Abundance.

As you know, this year, I dedicated my 365 days to uncovering abundance. What is it? What does it mean? What does it look like?

So, at first, I asked around. I asked my friends, family, and people in my daily life.

Here’s the funny thing about abundance… everyone had a different definition for it. I dare you to get the same answer from 5 people.

In all my conversations, one word kept popping up.

Thanksgiving.

Now we find ourselves here, on the cusp of Thanksgiving Eve. And I am asking myself what have I learned so far about the “A” word?

So tonight I share my TOP 5 Abundance Lessons and what I have discovered thus far… but I warn you …there is still one more month to go in this search for abundance so this is not final.

1. Health is our greatest wealth

Thank you to my thyroid for that one. And a long string of doctor’s appointments across the country from the east coast to the west coast and finally into the caring hands of Dr. Milas of OHSU in Portland, Oregon. The thyroid was benign and as a wave of relief cast over my entire being, I realized something I have known most of my life: health is wealth.

2. Forever Friends are Family

I love my friends dearly. Always have. But this year, in the midst of a cancer scare (see #1) I was reminded what it means to have forever friends. The kind of friends who show up no matter what. The kind of friends who call, write, send surprise gifts in the mail, text, or find some other way to connect and remind you that they care — and are there, even across the miles. These are forever friends. And they are more like family.

3. True Love is for the Dogs

It doesn’t take long for love to set in. Just look in the eyes of a puppy! We successfully passed “Fostering 101” last week according to our Aunt Judy — which means we were able to foster a puppy and then actually follow through to find it a home. It would have been easy to keep her in our little family pack — she was that sweet and that cute. But it wouldn’t have been the best thing for her. And isn’t true love all about knowing what’s best for the one you love?

4. Focus. Focus. Focus.

This year I took on something new — you! Every single day I write to you to help you along with your goals over at The Promise Daily. My mission is to give you a kick in the pants. But what I have learned is that I need this as much as I thought you might like it. Focus is power. And keeping your focus is what allows abundance to grow.

and finally…

5. Words are gifts.

I know I have already shared The Card Crusade with you. But here’s the thing… I truly believe it changed my life… just three little words:  I. LOVE. YOU. — or even — I. THANK. YOU. bring more than a smile to someone’s face. These words warm a heart, they tell someone it was all worth it, they show someone how much you mean even after all these years, after all the tears, hard work, long days, good tries, bad endings, happy reunions or long lost memories in between. Words heal. Words connect. Words work magic on your heart.

So let me leave you with these words of thanks.

Thank you for being here. Thank you for skimming, looking, reading, sharing, posting, referring, and supporting me.

Your presence makes me want to keep my promise.

Your comments get me up in the morning to check and see who’s here.

Your dreams send me searching for more good ideas, inspiring quotes and touch your heart sort of songs that I can share with you.

I. Thank. You.

On this eve before a Thanksgiving celebration, I am full.
Or, you could say, I feel abundant.

All because of you.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless!}
Jamie

{may you feel abundant and loved}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 326 :: a month of inspiration :: the power of puppies and water

22 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share some water and a bath.
Because it’s very powerful. 

Today, Justin spent most of his day fielding calls and making appointments for Miss Sadie, the visiting puppy that we are fostering for a while.

We think we have found the perfect “forever” family for her to meet tomorrow! Keep your fingers crossed and I will keep you updated.

In order to prepare for the big day…
Miss Sadie took a bath. 

If this were a movie, the mere sight of water would signal “change” and something new on the horizon. Usually it’s rain or an unexpected storm that interrupts the scene. For Sadie, it was a bath and a really fun shower nozzle that squirts water and was, by her standards, super! exciting! fun!

We hope the “water rule” of change and new life that it brings holds true and ushers Miss Sadie into her forever home. She sure smells good and looks the part of precious puppy.

As I uploaded photos tonight, I realized the very last one of her in the bathroom is blurry. To which Justin remarked:

“That’s what she will be, just a blur in our lives.” 

I had to nod my head and agree with a lot of hope in my heart.
And a smile on my face too.

Sadie has already taught me some pretty amazing lessons over these last 48 hours. We all need to feel safe, have a home, good food, fun toys, loving hugs, pats on the back, good boundaries, fair rules and friends to play with.  Oh yeah …and a great bathtub.

All that, just might be the definition of ABUNDANCE.

I will report back tomorrow!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless!}
Jamie

{wishing you abundance}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 314 :: a month of inspiration :: puppies

11 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share puppies.
Because I love puppies. Who doesn’t?

Exhibit A: this species on Attack of the Cute

When I first sat down tonight to write about puppies I considered it too soft. And possibly inappropriate on a serious, honorable, reverent day like Veteran’s Day.

But then I realized something. 
I am able to go gaga over puppies because there are far stronger people in this world who take care of the conflicts I can only imagine in my worst nightmares.

So to them I say thank you for your service.
And, among many other things, thank you for allowing me think about puppies.

Because there is something inspiring about puppies. New life. New legs. Everything new for that matter.

They help us see the world in a new light.
And the many new uses for socks too.

If you are ever feeling blue, I challenge you to do what my friend Courtney taught me… put the search word “puppy” into Pinterest.

Then sit back. Relax. Scroll. And smile.
Thank you for the gift of puppies.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {playmore!}
Jamie

{what do you go gaga for?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 312 :: want to play more?

8 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share something incredibly serious…
PLAY!

What kind of fun did you have today?

I have been thinking a lot about PLAY lately. Partly because this little guy lives with us:

His name is Brady.
And he loves to PLAY.

It’s quite inspiring really…
…when it’s not exhausting.

You cannot live with Brady and forget how to play. It’s just in his nature. Actually it IS his nature.

If he doesn’t have something to PLAY with he will FIND something to PLAY with.

That explains the half eaten eggplant we found on the couch this morning. And the cardboard tube from the toilet paper roll that we found in our bed.

And the zucchini that went AWOL from the kitchen table (until it was collected in bits and pieces from all over the house).

Let me just add, you have not experienced the total glory of zucchini until you have picked it up in bite sized pieces from every corner of your house.

As the old saying goes: One dog’s toy is another woman’s vegetable. 

Despite the fact that we are the humans in our house, I truly believe the two dogs teach us more than we teach them.

Pup teaches me patience. And how to be on time as he gently paws my leg at 5pm everyday to remind me it’s time to eat.

Brady, on the other hand, reminds me to have fun.
And play more.

Actually, in Brady terms it’s more like PLAAAAAAAAAAAY more.

So tonight we brought home a big bag of toys:

Dog toys.
They may not be as amazing as a toilet paper roll or zucchini for that matter. But they are toys and I hope that spares the rest of the eggplant from total mutilation.

It has me thinking… what would happen if we all played just a little more?
So, today, I share THREE reasons to play more.

First up, this from Martha BeckWhy you need more fun in your life  and what REAL FUN really is…

Then we have How to have more fun from Huff Post contributor Elizabeth Grace Saunders.

And finally, if this all feels like work, check out: 33 Things to Make Your Office Fun and Inspiring Again.

Or unroll a big wad of toilet paper until you get down to the inner cardboard tube. SCORE! Hey’s it’s free fun.

Could there be anything more exhilarating?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {playmore!}
Jamie

{how will you play this weekend?}
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