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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 248 :: smile more

5 Sep


Trust fact: smiles build trust. 

I read a bit about trust today and you know what came up? Smiles. According to an article on Psychology Today“Smiles are an integral part of human and primate communications. The bottom line: If you want others to trust you, smile at them genuinely.”

So I made a list of the things that make me smile. Topping the list are (no surprise) puppies, and babies, and the beach. Here’s a top 40 list (no surprise two of mine are on it).

It’s that easy to find joy and apparently build trust…then that gives me all the smiles. 
What’s on your list? 

Trust me!
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 220 :: trust floats

8 Aug


It’s the height of summer here in Boston. The days are hot and the nights are long. But it won’t always be that way, as we all know, too soon the leaves will begin to fall. So I am holding onto these last weeks of brilliant beauty in the flowers all around me. The birds singing in the morning. The beach waves on the weekend. It’s all so beautiful with the filter of summer. 

And maybe it’s just the understanding that summer will not last forever that makes each day so bright. Football is already on television in the form of preseason games, but still, it is the first sign of summer’s slow down. 

So tonight I hold the beauty of summer in my heart and trust in my head there will be so many things to look forward to this fall. 

Trust me!
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 241 :: joy is a three-day weekend

1 Sep
{celebrate summer}

Joy is a three-day weekend! Here’s to the last hurrah of summer: the warm months, the hot sun, the cool beach. The best part of summer’s end is all the beginning’s to come. Including my love! Justin and Brady should arrive sometime tomorrow from their coast to coast drive. And it will be the icing on the cake of this three-day weekend which has been a month in the works. 

So, bring on the end of summer! and the beginning of new adventures.
Hello Fall!

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 176 :: joy rocks

25 Jun
{hot sun}

Oh, what a day. Today, I learned that rocks, rock. Joy is free. And the ocean is the best playground around. 

Here’s to rocks, summer and joy.

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 144 :: breathing joy

22 May
{joy breaks}

For my Joy Break today, I went to the beach.

For just a few minutes, but they were well worth it. Feet in the sand (and butt in the sand) it was a good reminder to sit firmly on the ground and breathe in fresh air. 

When I finally left the hot sandy beach and put myself back into my car, I had a sudden urge. I wanted to call my mom. I almost reached for the phone to dial her up before I stopped myself and shook my head.

I haven’t felt that urge in so many years. I mean, of course, I think of my dear Mama Sling all the time. But I haven’t actually had a brain to muscle reaction to actually pick up the phone and dial her number in so, so long.

It was a familiar feeling. I used to call her at her office …like every single day. I’m sure my calls were annoying and interrupting, and yet, also eagerly anticipated. These days, I wouldn’t even know what number to call to reach her.

But today, I had a physical reaction to reach out to her. As if she was right there next to me and I just wanted to talk to her or hug her tightly.

I guess that is what happens when you breathe in fresh air. It goes straight to the brain. And then everything else falls away until you are only left with what matters most. What joy.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

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BLOG – GIFT DAY 147 :: 30 days of love: love where you are

27 May

It’s DAY 17 over here of the 30 Days of Love. We’ve already had two yummy recipes and a week-long Giveaway, some treats, a sneeze, some wise words to the Class of 2013, some news, a Pop Quiz, 3 things I love, a biopsy, a call to say what you need to say, a prayer, a choice, and now…
A reminder.It’s Memorial Day. The sun is out, the breeze is rolling by and people in towels and bathing suits are dotting the beach.Even though I’m not ready to jump into the freezing ocean water, I am taking it all in.We leave our little beach cottage by the ocean in a matter of days. We’re headed west. Moving to Oregon. We will be closer to mountains than this salty sea air.There’s so much to appreciate about both.

But, I for one, am grateful for this winter by the sea. 

This winter has, in its own unique way, been amazingly terrifying. 

We evacuated the house three times (on my insistance) before hurricanes and blizzards ravaged the beach, tore down our stairs, and left many houses down the street condemned.

On the inside, I have also been dealing with the perfect storm, a health matter, biopsy, and medical procedures relating to the cancer treatment I had 20 years ago.

But it has also been amazingly beautiful. 

I have a new appreciation for the ocean. The massive body of water that I am afraid of, has become like a friend. One I share mutual respect for its power, its energy and its life force.

The ocean is alive. A moving, ever-changing being.

From the baby seal that washed up in the fall.

To the lobster boats that fish off the rocky shore. I have newfound respect for  this massive body of water. It’s home to so many, and sustenance to us all.

As I have watched all the houses dotting the street rebuild and refurbish after the storm, I have also found deep respect for my own body: for its power, its energy and its life force to rebuild and renew.

And it reminds me that we can always begin again. Start over.

As we pack the car and start to move WEST, searching for our own little spot on this earth called “home” — I find deep solace and relief knowing that we are already there.

No matter where we plant our chair.

Home is all around us.

Love where you are, when you are there. 

Happy Memorial Day.

More tomorrow.

Lovemore {fearless}
{Live on.}

GIFT DAY 043: whew, what a day!

12 Feb

We left the icicles of Westford today to return to our little beach house.

icicles, jamie eslinger, the promise 365, thepromisedaily.com
Who knew the beach could be so exciting in winter?
There have been days of pure gorgeous sunlight bouncing off the waves.There have been amazing sights and sounds, including the swan that frequently visits (I think we should name him!)…To the neighborhood dogs that roam the beach for their daily walk.

The all the HEART ROCKS we’ve been searching for…

There have been snow storms, hurricanes, Nor’easters, and now… a record setting BLIZZARD.

Who knew it would be so fun?
Now that we are back at the house, I am so happy we did NOT stay to watch all the action.I would have been terrified to watch the ocean tear the front stairs off the house.I would have cried myself or wet myself — or both.

As much as I learned last year about being FEARLESS, this is just one activity I didn’t need to participate in — especially since we had a choice.

And, don’t we always? Usually?  Most of the time?Here’s a few before and after shots from the house tonight.
no steps at all  snow doorI’ll share more tomorrow in the daylight.See if you can pick out where the stairs were previously located!More tomorrow.

{Can you see the lack of stairs in this photo?}


GIFT DAY 020: winter and strolling on the beach

20 Jan

I woke up and spotted a little girl pushing a stroller on the beach.

stroll, beach, jamie eslinger, the promise 365

She was adorable in pink. I was actually impressed with her ability to push the stroller wheels through the sand.

Just seeing her outside my window made me want to be outside playing in the sand too.

So we went outside in our pajamas, off to play our favorite game — The Search For Heart-Shaped Rocks.

We found a few good ones.

Including this BIG one in the picture below, taken with a bottle of wine we were given because of the name: “Beach House.”

heart shaped rock beach house jamie eslinger

It was 53 degrees this morning and gorgeous!

We climbed up to the top of the big rock on the beach and I drank my morning coffee. In my pajamas. On top of a rock!

jamie on beach, jamie eslinger, the promise 365

There’s something wonderful about winter on the beach.

Very few people.

Lots of sand.

And random warm and sunny days. Sure, snow is coming tomorrow, but…

The warm weather gave us a moment to pause and reflect. To be thankful and to dream.

Speaking of dreams….

Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Here’s to your dreams.

More tomorrow.

{And my gift of the day was a six-pack of beer for Brian. Had to share for the big game today. Go Pats!}

GIFT DAY 007: rock of ages, heart of gold (or granite)

7 Jan

We walked the beach yesterday morning.

It was a beautiful January day, warm and bright. The ocean was calm, the beach was full of people walking their dogs. And the sand was full of rocks too.


So Justin and I made a game of finding all the heart-shaped rocks we could spot. We found big ones and little ones. Green ones. Red ones. Sea glass ones too.

Part of the fun is finding the rocks that actually resemble a heart — because sometimes you really have to cheat it. Like visually morphing a triangle. Or holding the sideways Salvador Dalí -ish heart on its side to make it work.

But yesterday I spotted the most perfect heart-shaped rock, just shining up at the sky.

thepromise365, the promise daily, jamie eslinger, rock, heart

So I placed it in the palm of my hand and gave it to Justin with a big, silly, grin on my face.

“This is for you. Don’t ever, ever lose it!”

It was also my gift of the day.
From my heart, in the form of a rock.

I’m learning that not all gifts have to be big or expensive or outlandishly amazing.

Sometimes they are just a rock.

Straight from the heart.

More tomorrow.

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Day 363: isn’t it ironic :: summer street

30 Dec

Happening in the opposite way to what is expected, thus typically causing wry amusement.

Today, Justin’s mother and I stumbled upon this winter wonderland view and we both laughed out loud saying, “How ironic!”

Summer Street, winter, thepromise365, jamie eslinger

I find it ironic that Summer Street was cased with snow — not to mention that I (flip flop girl!) ended up in the middle of winter this winter.

It was a bit of a surprise for us to land on Minot Beach, and I am honestly surprised at how fun it has been too.

Today it was fun to see snow collected at the beach.

thepromise365.com, jamie eslinger

Not to mention Justin’s new orange hat!


And Justin’s mother scale the huge rock on the beach in a single bound…


With Brady in tow!


Isn’t it amazing what we think we can’t do before we do it.

Like snow on Summer Street.
Winter on the beach.
Hats that are orange.
Climbing a big, old rock.

It’s kind of ironic. 
And I kind of love it. 



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