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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 288 kind moments

15 Oct

Ahhhhhh

It was an especially gorgeous day here in the PNW. Fall leaves. Calm waters. And this little creature!


Kind surprises are the best surprises!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{surprise}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 251 :: living beauty

14 Sep

Day 251: So full.
I’m such a sucker for beauty. It makes me feel calm and alive, relaxed and energized. All at the same time.

And this is just one of the views I love from a place we now call home:

Calm. Alive.
Relaxed. Energized.

Maybe that’s the recipe that yoga is trying to teach me too?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{beauty-full?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 211:: on top of the world

6 Aug

Day 210: Up in the clouds.

Oh. What. A. Day.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember what is in my backyard. I see the peak of Mt. Baker every day, usually, when there is sun, peaking out from behind the top of a tree.. And yet… I had NO idea that Mt. Baker is actually THIS…

Until today.

Stacy took us on a seven-mile hike and up, up, up we climbed…

Through snow…

And yoga poses….without falling over or down the cliff I might add…

And flowers…

And with canine helpers too, this little girl was herding us all up the hill, and there was something quite reassuring about that. Like she knew the way.

And now, at night, as I am safely tucked in, sitting at my kitchen table, much closer to the sea than to the “ski” up above. But I am remembering what it felt like to be up in the clouds. In the fresh air, the cool wind and untouched beauty.

It’s breathtaking, really.

So far this year with this promise, I have done yoga on the beach, on a train, on a plane, and, now, on top of a mountain.

And no matter how high up we go, or low we land, (or wobbly our legs feel) I am learning to stay grounded.  Feet on the ground, head in the clouds, rolling with the waves. Like the Mountain, the Tree, and the Sea.

And maybe that is what yoga is trying to teach me?
To be with Nature.
Instead of pushing against her.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{hike}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 145 :: ski to sea

29 May

Day 145: Summer.

Welcome summer. You arrived just in time for a festival celebrating everything in between the ski (Mt. Baker) to sea (Bellingham Bay). And, it was a beautiful day.

Even though rain was predicted the sun came out and shone down across Fairhaven, which was transformed into one giant parking lot. But who cares about having to walk to the finish line from your car when others have skied, run, biked, paddled or rowed their way to the finish line.


The best spot for me was watching teams cheer on their final relay racer at the bay. As I sat on a rock next to a group who kept looking for “Chris” and then screaming for “Chris” and then realizing it was wasn’t “Chris,” I have to admit, I got pretty excited to see “Chris” too.

They pointed at every yellow kayak announcing, “That’s Chris! He’s in a yellow kayak. That’s gotta be Chris.” And then the yellow kayak would come into view and it was not Chris.

Turns out there were a lot of yellow kayaks.
And then finally, with the next statement of, That’s-gotta-be-Chris, I leaned over to the woman sitting next to me and said, “I think that is Chris!”

She laughed, then they all laughed, and then she exclaimed, “Oh my God, you’re right, it IS Chris!!!’ They leapt to their feet and ran to the edge of the water taking photos and cheering on Chris as he made his final sweeping oars to shore.

I couldn’t help but get swept up in cheering on Chris too and caught myself yelling (silently under my breath) for him from my rock. “Go, Chris!” C’mon Chris! You can do this, CHRIS!”

Then the woman turned around from the water’s edge, looked right at me and yelled, “You called it! It was Chris!”

I pumped both of my arms in the air with the universal victory sign. And then we all watched Chris run up the hill and ring the final bell signaling the very last move of his team’s trek down the mountain from Ski to Sea.

It was bright and sunny, fun and funny and full of team spirit.
And it all has me thinking about how important it is to cheer on those you love, and to even be cheered on by strangers. And the power of keeping a promise.

And now, on to one event that wasn’t in the lineup today…yoga.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{cheerio?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 124 :: sunset so sweet

4 May

Day 124: In living color. 

The sunset was bright on tonight. As if somebody turned on a light switch after a day of cloud cover. Who would have thought a cloudy day would turn into a sunset so pink?

But what made it even better was bringing a friend to this spot, in living color. My sweet friend Carly is in town and I felt like such a “local” to show off the Larabee Park sunset colors.

And Mother Nature did not disappoint. Almost as if she knew Carly was here. Shiny down, putting on a perfect picture, for my dear friend who I know more through email and facebook and phone calls. We haven’t “seen” each other in almost 4 years. Four years!? How is that possible….

And yet, the sunset said it all.
Our light shines brighter in person.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

P.S. Now some yoga!

{shining?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 114 :: learning to walk in the rain

24 Apr

Day 114: Sun.

According to my iPhone I walked seven miles today. Okay, well, maybe it’s more like 6.97 miles but that’s so close to seven I’m rounding up.

But that’s not the breakthrough of my day. Oh no. It was the rain. Washington is teaching me to walk in the rain. Of course, I still wear my rain boots and raincoat, which is a surefire way to announce to the locals that you don’t live here, didn’t grow up here or are a tourist. (Some days I still feel like all three).

But today, I walked. In the rain.

And, somewhere in the middle of walking in the rain, three people stopped me to tell me how much they loved my red rain boots. Then a woman passed me on the Fairhaven trail and announced, “I love your pink raincoat!”

And, then, miraculously, the sun came out.

I’m not sure what to take from that, really. Did the sun come out because I left the house to go on a walk on a rainy day? Did the clouds part so that I could be the ONLY person in Bellingham walking around in rain boots while the sun shone and people ate ice cream cones?

Who knows?
But I do know this. It doesn’t matter if the sun shines if you don’t.
So shine on. Boots, coat, umbrella and all.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

P.S. Yoga done! Body sore.

{shining?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 50 :: crazy good

20 Feb

Day 50. Crazy Kids.

This was sitting on our dinner table tonight:

Thanks to Table Topics at The Filling Station we were presented with this question:

“What was the craziest thing you ever did when you were a kid?”

Ah, good question. My mind raced.

Sticking my finger in an open light socket (that was a shocking one)….Picking all of my mother’s newly planted flowers because we thought they were weeds (I still blame my older sister)…

Then Justin reminded me…Falling into the Snake River because my long legs missed the jump and hit the water instead. (Thank you, Justin, for saving me).

It’s a miracle we make it to adulthood, isn’t it? Maybe that’s what makes life so crazy good.

Now, I must finish digesting the World Largest Hamburger before doing my yoga. Until then…

…What’s the craziest thing you ever did when you were a kid?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{crazy good?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 37 :: get out

6 Feb

Day 37. Out. Side.

It’s amazing what happens when you get out. Get out of your house, get outside, get out of your own way.

As we wait for the car part to arrive for the Beetle we find ourselves arriving in our own backyard. As in taking to the streets. Walking places. Good old fashioned fresh air. And guess what we found?

A Park! With tennis courts!

Like ….RIGHT behind us

….With a Labyrinth…

…So we walked it

…And in the center we met some new friends (and learned a few new tips about the town we live in!)

…Then before we left I did a little yoga
(You know… because…when in Rome… or the center of a Labrynth)

But possibly the best find of the day was when Justin spotted this…

Looks “lichen” a red heart to me!

As we left Justin said… “See… if the car didn’t break down maybe we wouldn’t have discovered this!”

Yes… behold. A park. With tennis courts. And a labyrinth. And really nice people. And red-shaped hearts poking out of the ground. Like it was built just for us.

Serendipity? Maybe.
Coincidence? Possibly.
Worth it? Absolutely.  

Like I said yesterday….Be. Hold.
And now I say…Get. Out!

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

{getting out?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 31 :: magical woods

31 Jan

Day 31. One-Hundred Acre Woods.

It sounds like Winnie-The-Pooh and Robin Hood too. The One-Hundred Acre Woods. I’ve heard about it from a few people now. As in, “You live right next to the one-hundred acre woods!”

So, today, we set out to find them.


Not all 100 of them, of course that will take years I think (maybe… right?), but find a few of them we did! Pup sniffed his way through every piece of acre we covered. Brady helped too. Pointing us in the right direction.

 

It felt a bit magical in a Sherwood Forest sort of way. We didn’t meet any merry men but did meet several other dogs and their owners, and runners, and bikers. And I met a very sweet woman (named, you guessed it, Robin!) who stopped to talk with Brady.

“Vizsla?” She said.
“Yes!” I answered.

And in some odd way I felt like somehow I knew her, or had met her before. She gave me some local tips and then buried her face next to Brady’s and patted him on the head. Almost like she had met him before too.

Then off into the woods she walked. And I thought…Nice to meet you Robin. Thanks for sharing your woods.

Tonight, as I reflect on our day (and my sore muscles from our hike) I wonder what else there is to explore in our new world (besides yoga = which I already did for the day!).

It’s not Nottingham.. it’s Bellingham.
And I think she still has some magic to show us.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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