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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 22 :: spring is coming

22 Jan

On my walk to the mailbox today I had a total epiphany … spring is coming! It brings me so much joy to think that the flowers are coming soon. Soon-ish, anyway. Until then…. I’m thinking and praying….bloom, baby, bloom!

Oh, joy!
More tomorrow…



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 157 :: perfectly imperfect

11 Jun

Day 157: Shine on.

Today was a perfectly imperfect day. As in “seconds.”
Dimples, dents, smears, scratches, seconds and all.

Or in the world of Seattle …Glassy. Baby.
True to glassybaby form, money was raised to benefit an important community organization. Today, it was for the Skagit Valley Hospital Foundation. And I was thrilled to be there. In the heat of it, for a good cause, a good buy, a good time.

Oh baby, it was exciting. My first!

And, as we know, you never forget your first time.

But it all has me reflecting on seconds. I’ve spent most of my life trying to be first. Number one. The winner. On top of the world. But today, the t-shirts said it all.

Perfectly. Imperfect.
Owning our “imperfections” may be better than first. Or second.
In fact, it might just be better than perfect.

Because it’s real.
Dimples, dents, smears, scratches, seconds and all.
A big lesson we could all learn from a little glassybaby.

More tomorrow.

P.S. Yoga….next!

{perfectly imperfect}

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BLOG – GIFT DAY 322 a month of inspiration :: words to live by and cute puppies

18 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share a little email and some bonus cute puppy oohs and aahs. 

But first…
My life revolves around email. It’s hard for my days not to be tied to email since it’s everywhere, right? Phone, iPad, computer.

So I find this post from Brain Pickings inspiring. David Ogilvy’s rules for writing memos back in the day. I think it can almost be applied to email.

For instance:

“If you want ACTION, don’t write. Go and tell the guy what you want.”


“Never send a letter or a memo on the day you write it. Read it aloud the next morning — and then edit it.”

I am probably guilty of breaking both the above examples.  Nonetheless, they are words to live by, even electronic ones.

And finally, a little inspiration to wooo your heart.  
If you like babies and puppies and need an “ah, cute!” moment definitely check this out.  It’s full of inspiration! 

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless!}

{what makes you ooh and aah?}

GIFT DAY 029: 29 days in a row

29 Jan

Today marks my 29th Day of Gifts! 

Which is the title of the book that inspired my promise this year.

29 gifts, jamie eslinger, the promise 365

It’s also the underlying, daily activity of my 365 commitment to “abundance.”

So far, I’ve given away things like:

  • iTunes songs 
  • Books 
  • Prayers
  • Thoughtful emails 
  • Beer
  • Heart-shaped rocks 
  • Thank you letters
  • Coffee
  • Journals
  • A baby gift

And thus far, a few important and amazing things have already happened in my life, including…

The birth of the BABY of said “baby gift.”

Her name is Sasha and she was welcomed into this world last week (the day before my birthday – yay!).

For me, it’s a good reminder about WHY I am giving away a gift a day.

Sure, it’s about my exploration of abundance.

But it is also about my commitment to life — and the ones I love.

After-all, giving a gift is really just reaching out and touching someone your know, just met, ran into, laughed with, longed for or loved.

It’s an exchange of energy. A nod to the living and all those little moments that tie us together for eternity.

I’m finding that it’s much like opening a door. Once it is opened we walk through it not always knowing what is on the other side.

And, that leads to mistakes.
Like this weekend.

After my friend Jenn bought me ice cream for my birthday I had the BRILLIANT idea to pay it forward.

So before I left Nona’s ice cream shop in Hingham I boldly (AND LOUDLY) announced to the man behind me in line that I was “GOING TO PAY FOR HIS ICE CREAM!”

How nice! How lovely! How sweet…. oohs and ahs all around.

Then I pulled out my credit card and the cute little thing behind the register frowned and replied, “We only take cash.”

“CASH?” I thought. “I haven’t carried that in my wallet since 1998.”

Plan thwarted. Embarrassment ensued. Gift halted.
I left sad and gift-less.

Later that night, I meditated on what to send for my daily gift as the clock was ticking down to midnight — and then it dawned on me. Literally. I sent my sister DAWN a copy of The Downton Abbey Chronicles via Amazon. I knew she would love it.

When I awoke I had a surprise little note back from her with a book she lent to me — To Marry an English Lord.

It’s an exchange, this gift giving thing. And it’s lovely.

Almost as lovely as a new, bouncing, baby girl.

Welcome dear, little Sasha.
You are loved.
And YOU my dear, are an amazing gift.

Here’s to a year of abundance.

More tomorrow.

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DAY 006: sometimes the biggest gifts come in small packages

6 Jan

Yesterday I played a gift game.

It was with my friend Sheryl, who happens to be the most adorable 9-months pregnant woman I know.

We met for lunch at Cheesecake Factory.
And I had a gift card burning a hole in my wallet.

A Lord & Taylor’s gift card to be exact.

With a whopping $17.25 stored on it. I have had it for years… like seven years. In my wallet. Waiting to be spent. Wanting to be used. Begging to be swiped!

Actually it is so old that it doesn’t even have a swipe bar on it. Just a bar code. Old school.

The kicker is that it came from my “former” husband — as my dear friend Diane keeps reminding me to say, instead of “ex.”

I have not known what to do with it. I didn’t want to spend it on myself. I didn’t want to throw it away.

Then I met Sheryl for lunch right next to a L&T store.
I realized we could spend the money on the BABY!

After all, a baby needs LOTS of NEW things in the first moments of their new life. And, luckily, Sheryl agreed to play my little game — and let my GIFT OF THE DAY be to the baby — using my old gift card.

Now, the baby has yet to have a name.
And, we do not know his, er…um, hers.. well, IT’s gender yet.

But we knew we had $17.25 to spend on him/her/it. So off to the Lord and Taylor’s it was — with a gift for the BABY!

I have never seen so many adorable baby clothes in my life. The ruffles! The polka-dots! The stripes! The little suits for boys — with ties!

We finally found a cute little sleeper with monkeys on it for $11.99.

Close. But not quite.

We still had $5.26 to spend. And I wanted to spend ALL the money on the BABY.

Just as I was knee deep in a pile of stuffed animals sorting through fuzzy whales and green dinosaurs (actually, scary dinos with fangs and teeth) Sheryl called from across the aisle.

“I found it!”

And she did. One yellow sleeper with a teddy bear and a ducky on the front, made in the softest of fabric, with a flap on the back that says, “peek a boo.”


baby_gift, the promise daily, jamie eslinger, the promise 365

It reminds me that anything is possible.

Even turning bad memories on an old gift card into new dreams for a new life.

The gift may have been for baby, but in a way, it felt like the thrill was all for me. Or, rather, my heart.

More tomorrow.


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