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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 97 :: the energy of trust

8 Apr


We are watching the final minutes of the Final Four Championship game. the ball has changed hands and the lead has changed sides many times. It makes me think about the energy behind taking the lead, the energy behind staying focused to stay in the game, and the energy it takes to win. 

Feel the energy.
Be the energy.
FInd the energy.

Trust the energy of winning. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 88 dreams are made of trust

31 Mar


Trust me. I’ve been thinking about this topic of trust for a while now… at least 88 days. It has me spotting things, or I should say, looking at things in a new light. Like the flowers trying to spring out of the ground and the trust it must take to push through layers of soil to follow the sun.

Or the winning shot at the end of a basketball game, and the trust it must take to keep pushing forward. Trust is a game of faith and hope and its the stuff dreams are made of. 

But without trust, I’m not sure it’s possible to go after your dreams. You have to trust there is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. You have to trust there will be sun after you push through the soil. And you have to trust that game-winning shot will leave your hands and fall through the hoop. Maybe that is why it is called March Madness. 

It’s quite mad to believe in spring, that the sun will melt the snow and the flowers will come out to play. But we do. We trust it will happen. And it does. 

What a beautiful reminder from Mother Nature to keep the faith, hope… and trust.  

Trust me!
More tomorrow.



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 334 :: a longer, kinder life

30 Nov

This one makes a splash. It’s the Splash Sisters. Just watch this video.

It made me cry. I’m not sure if it was the basketball player inside of me, or the girl who knows life shouldn’t end with retirement.

The youngest woman on the team is 80 years old.

I strongly believe that no one should just retire at a prescribed age and stop living, moving, playing. The human body is built to live to 150 years old, according to Dr. Andrew Weil.

Our bodies are meant to move.

Which is exactly what these ladies are all about.
Keep moving.
How kind. 

More tomorrow…


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 9 :: pajama yoga

9 Jan

Day 9. Done!

While I am learning there are more types of yoga than I realized, tonight I proved to myself that I can do yoga in my pajamas.

Which was fine with me because it came after a good day. Good people, good times, and a good old fashioned basketball court. One of my favorites. And while I was a spectator that was perfectly pleasing, reminding me of the athlete inside of me. Maybe she will come out to play sometime this year?

Until then, it’s more yoga for this athlete.
Happy Saturday!
Night night!

More tomorrow. 


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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 275 :: a blissful moment

8 Oct

If you do nothing else… watch this… everyone deserves a moment of bliss.

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GIFT DAY 014: life savers and the boston celtics

14 Jan

We are off to a Boston Celtics basketball game tonight.

I love basketball.

Not because I faithfully follow the NBA or because I worked with the Washington Mystics the first year they were founded. No.

I love basketball because it saved my life.
Well, basketball and a very good doctor.

My doctor discovered I had cancer in my annual sports physical check-up in high school (you know, the regular doctor’s appointment that every aspiring high school athlete must endure — Weight. Height. Pat on the head. Go play ball!).

I am lucky I played basketball.
I am lucky my doctor actually did a physical and not just a pat on the head.

I was so young. Just seventeen.

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I often wonder what would have happened if I didn’t play basketball: would the cancer have been found in time to save my life?

  • What if Michael Jordan wasn’t the super star, game changing player that so captivated my youthful imagination?
  • What if the Boston Celtics weren’t so fun to follow and watch on TV?
  • What if my hometown didn’t grant girls varsity sports?
  • What if I had quit?
  • What if my doctor didn’t take the time to do a full medical exam?

Of course, the simple answer to all this is — He was. They were. It did. I didn’t. He did.

I was given the gift of life.
Basketball saved my life.
And I’ve got the scars to prove it!

Not a day passes that I don’t think about this. I am incredibly grateful to a little orange ball.

So tonight, while I cheer for the team in green from the stands, I will also be cheering on my team — the doctors who saved my life and the coaches that kept me in the game.

More tomorrow.

P.S. My gift of the day is a ticket to the Celtics game tonight! We have an extra — I think I will just give it away at the gate… how fun!

{Have a story from the amazing world of sports. Dish on the blog!}

Day 170: pinch me, I’m dreaming

19 Jun

I had a dream last night.

For some reason I was on my way to a basketball tournament.  I was teaming up with friends from high school to play in a tournament when I realized I didn’t have my shoes with me.  Not just any shoes.  My basketball shoes, the specific high tops I needed to play ball.

I didn’t have the right shoes!
Even worse I was wearing the silliest shoes possible for a basketball game, strappy sandals.

For a moment I just shrugged my shoulders and announced I wasn’t worried.  I would just buy a pair of new basketball shoes on my way to the game.

But them I stopped in my tracks.
Wait a minute!

I can’t buy anything this year because of The Promise 365.
What am I going to do???!!!!  The dream version of myself shrieked.

In the middle of agonizing over not having the right shoes, a friend walking next to me pointed out the bag on my shoulder and instructed me to look inside it.

The bag just appeared out of nowhere.

There wasn’t a bag in my dream at any moment before this one.  But my dear friend spotted this bag.  On my shoulder.  As if it had been there the whole time.

And guess what was inside?
My basketball shoes.

I have been pondering this dream all day.

Tonight, I finally came to terms with the fact that I don’t know what it means.  There is probably someone somewhere deep inside of me that understands it more than I ever will.

But, I will say this…
I’m not surprised that in my dream I had the perfect shoes at the exact moment I needed and not a moment before.

I’m starting to believe that life just seems to go this way when I take good care of my head and my heart, my body & my soul.

People, like bags, just appear in my life with exactly what I need in the moment I need it.  And, just like a pair of basketball shoes, things seem to magically be within my reach even when I don’t know where to look or how to find them.

It’s a pretty cool thing.
And I’m pretty sure it’s not just a dream.

Day 24: age 17

24 Jan

Over the next few days, leading up to my 37th birthday, I am reflecting and writing my younger self a few notes.

Today, age seventeen.
What would you say to your 17-year-old self?

Dear Jamie, Age 17

This is going to be an amazing and defining year. That is all I can reveal, but I will say this: lean into everything with a positive attitude.

So, you’ve never been kissed.
It’s totally okay. Keep waiting for the right one to show up in your life. He will arrive at the perfect moment, he will become your best friend, and he will show you new and wonderful aspects of life. It will happen, very, very soon!

(Don’t bother searching for him because you don’t even know who he is yet).

College and the real world.
I’ve got news for you, as shocking as it may sound, college isn’t the real world. I know everyone around you keeps calling it that, but it’s not. It is actually better than the real world.

You won’t have to cook or clean, you will meet incredibly different and interesting people, you will have days where you sleep until 11am, and you will develop a strong sense of purpose.

Of course you will learn a lot too. Some lessons from text books, others from just being there. The best part is, you will collect some people who aren’t just friends, they will become more like sisters. Hold on to your sisters.

Keep dreaming.
It’s okay to dream. You are still a baby! (I mean that in the most appreciative way). Don’t box yourself in, there is much to explore, experience and do.  Keep dreaming up new and wacky adventures.

And remember this:
When one door closes, sometimes there is a window left open. When someone disappears from your life, they will still be with you in new and different ways.

When you need supportive friends, they will show up. When confusion and fear are overwhelming, you will have exactly what you need, when you need it. Even through the really scary stuff, you will persevere.

Jamie, Age 36

P.S. Stop hiding Slim Fast under the bathroom sink. You are amazing, just the way you are, right now.

P.P.S. I am really proud of you. You have had a lot of incredible experiences like being Girls State Governor and playing Varsity Basketball, but it doesn’t compare to what you are going to do, see, experience. So take a deep breathe and keep your eyes open — your life is just starting.

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