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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 321 :: blend – 45 days to go

16 Nov

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There are 45 days left of The Promise 365! Tonight I celebrate blending. 

I just opened up my brand new Vitamix blender this week. I couldn’t be more excited about it and I also find it quite ironic. In my first year of blogging and my very first promise, I bought my first blender, an Oster. It didn’t work out so well, as you can read here. Now, in my last year of blogging I find myself with the blender of my dreams, the much dreamed of Vitamix.

I found it on sale (of course). Also, another point of irony and juxtaposition of Year 1 and Year 9 of this blog. I no longer have to make or break a promise when I want to shop or buy something. But the lesson will always be with me. 

My first blender taught me the power of whole foods, green smoothies and raw cacao nibs. This blender is much more powerful, graceful and effective. I would like to think I am too, somehow, after spending the last nine years reflecting on life and love every single night.   

If I have learned anything, it is this. We are all a blend of our promises and pursuits, success and strife, dreams and determination. So blend up something good! 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 320 :: tell your story – 46 days to go

15 Nov


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There are 46 days left of The Promise 365! Tonight I celebrate stories.

I have to admit, I have had my doubts about stopping this blog and ending this wonderful, crazy, daily adventure. Even though I know, in every cell of my being, that this is near completion and it is time for a happy ending. But my mind questions things. Mabe because this blog is like a limb of mine. 

Which brings me to today. We visited the Louisa May Alcott house in Concord, Massachusetts. I was in awe of the brown, colonial home, preserved so sweetly I expected Louisa to walk into the parlor and greet us, herself. Instead, we had a lovely young docent who guided us through the home site. She shared stories of the Alcott family that I wasn’t aware of and the transcendentalist beliefs they honored (including educating women!). 

But it was Louisa and her story, Little Women, that brought the family wealth and stability. The family was friends with many great thinkers of the time and influenced by Emerson, Waldon, and even Nathaniel Hawthorne, of House of Seven Gables fame. Ironically, we just toured that house last weekend. 

What I didn’t know was that Hawthorne spoke of women authors disparagingly, calling them “ink-stained Amazons” who were “without a single exception, detestable,” even forbidding his daughter from writing. 

Despite this, Louisa wrote and hew work chronicling life in the Concord house was it’s own shot heard round the world. Her works created wealth for her family and literature dreams for many little girls to follow. 

Today, while we were walking through Louisa’s house, I heard her whispers in my head. “Tell your story,” she said. “Share your words and touch the souls of others.”

I believe that is what I have done over these past nine years, and I hope Louisa is proud.  There is part of me that finds comfort in knowing words never end and stories live forever. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 319 :: home – 47 days to go

14 Nov


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There are 47 days left of The Promise 365! Tonight I celebrate home.

Over these past nine years, we have lived in 7 different places and 4 different states (Massachusetts, Florida, Oregon, and Washington then back to Massachusetts). We have never really felt at home in any of those places, knowing that the next place would come to us in a matter of years, chasing jobs and chasing dreams back and forth across the country.

But one thing has held true, this blog has been my home. Each night I have visited it like a safe little haven, a touchstone to my head, heart, body and soul.

Our adventures in moving have taught me that home is really not a place, it is a feeling. And this blog is not a diary, it’s a reflection of my interior mind design. 

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 317 :: life is beautiful – 48 days to go

13 Nov


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There are 48 days left of The Promise 365!  Tonight I celebrate one of the most poignant lessons I have learned in this blogging adventure. It is simple and clear: focus on the beauty. 

I began working with a “Medicine Woman” after I spoke to all the doctors who recommended surgery. My medicine woman came into my life at the most perfect moment and precisely when I needed her most. She helped me prepare emotionally and spiritually for my upcoming surgeries but mostly she helped me “Focus on the beauty.”

In fact, it was her prescription for me to get through all three surgeries. So every single day I searched for beauty. I watched flowers bloom. I spotted puppies walking down the street. I planted a garden and gasped in awe at how a little purple flower turned into an eggplant.

I lived in awe of everything. Beauty was alive, I just needed to look for it. 

Focusing on the beauty did wonders for the ugliness in my life. It took my mind off of my worries. It redirected my energy. It reminded me that I was indeed alive, a creature of beauty, boldness and big things to do in this lifetime. It also introduced me to an entire ecosystem that I was completely ignorant about…one called Mother Nature.

That was years ago now, but the lessons of beauty have stayed with me. Every time I see a flower bloom, or a leaf pop, or a bird fly above my head, I am reminded that I am alive.

And life is beautiful. 

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More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 314 :: dogs – 52 days to go

9 Nov


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There are 52 days left of The Promise 365!

Tonight I reflect on two of the best supporters I have had over the course of these last nine years. One we gained along the way, and the other we lost. But both have taught us so many lessons in love and how to play, rest and repeat. 

So, here’s to Pup and Brady! Our fearless little creatures that are full of unconditional love and lit up the path I walked through all the ups and downs of The Promise 365. 

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More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 312 :: fear less – 53 days to go

8 Nov

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There are 53 days left of The Promise 365!

Each year during my promise, I always learn something profound. It usually happens around the month of October, after weeks and weeks and months and months of blogging, each year I finally learn the lesson I was meant to absorb.

In my very first year of blogging it was the power of love. At an event in Naples, Florida I heard Marianne Williamson speak on Day 75 where she spoke about love and relationships. It was she who also taught me that there are only two forces in the world, love, and fear. We can only think and operate with one at a time, either love or fear. Never both at the same time.

So, in Year 2, my promise was to Love More and Fear Less. I even made t-shirts!

This promise sent me on many adventures to face my fears. Justin and I swam with sharks in the Bahamas. We rafted the Grand Canyon with family (and slept on rocks crawling with spiders). I threw my old wedding ring in the fountain of St. Sulpice in the center of Paris.

Right after I threw that wedding ring away I was convinced to dig it out and sell it for money instead of leaving it symbolically sitting in a fountain halfway across the world. It was a perfectly good diamond, worth good money, and the responsible thing to do. So I did.

When I returned home, I took the diamond ring to a jeweler. He inspected it under his magnifying glass and declared it was cracked. Cracked? Right through the middle. Of course! Just like my first marriage, even though it was shiny on the outside, it was totally broken on the inside.

Sometimes we want things to be better than they really are, sometimes we see things through rose color glasses. And sometimes, we have to love ourselves enough to quit the things that might be shiny but are irreparably cracked. I think this is the definition of self-care – to say yes to only the things that nurture you and no to everything else.

In many ways, this has been the theme of The Promise 365. The blog came into my life soon after that divorce and with it came many lessons to take care of my head, heart, body and soul, and of course my mantra, to love more and fear less.

So, on this night, with 53 days left of this promise as we know it, I share this mantra once again. Wherever life finds you, may you always focus on the love. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 311 :: love – 54 days to go

7 Nov

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There are 54 days left of The Promise 365! Being this close to the end brings me a new kind of excitement, something feels special about endings much like beginnings. So today, I am going to take us all the way back to the beginning. Year 1.  

Year 1 was my promise not to shop for an entire year. It was hard. I mean, really hard. I couldn’t shop for anything frivolous, no clothes, no shoes, no beautiful sheets, curtains, furniture, you know, stuff. Even my emails were screaming at me to Buy, buy, buy!!!

Of course, you know the end of the story, I did it! And this is the first lesson that I learned along the way. What we crave, whether it is a sexy little dress or a comfy couch, is really just a reflection of our needs. Stuff represents the hole inside of us that needs to be filled.

So those cute patterned sheets were really just a reflection of me wanting a better home instead of our crappy little apartment. That amazing red coat was really just a reminder of how I wanted to feel, put together, large and in charge instead of late for a meeting.

What my first promise to give up shopping taught me was to fully understand what I was putting into my life. And it all points to love. 

So on this night that marks 54 more days of The Promise 365, I am reflecting on the many lessons it has brought me along the way. Including the wisdom to realize when I really, really, really, want something, all I need is love… and a promise!

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 310 :: don’t quit – 55 days to go

6 Nov

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There are 55 days left of The Promise 365 and I have to say I am wrestling with the idea of what it means to quit. I don’t like to quit anything. It’s the athlete in me I guess. I woke up this morning with a slight panic in my heart knowing I had made the decision to complete my promise.

I called my best friend, Amy, and she reminded me that I had only intended to do this blog for one year. Since it has been nine she gave me permission to not think of this as quitting but rather moving forward. Then she gave me 100 points because Amy knows that I speak in sports. Somehow that made me feel better about my decision, even though they are phantom points and this blog is really not a team sport. So I am going to give myself points each night through the end of the year, for this isn’t quitting, it is the grand finale, the championship, the Superbowl of blogging!

So tonight, we begin the countdown to the grand finale, 55 more days to go!

On Night 55, I reflect on why I started this blog. It came from a promise I made to myself not to shop for an entire year. I was inspired by a stay at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Austin, Texas where I visited with Debbie Phillips of Women on Fire for a week. While being pampered with multiple massages and facials I realized something deeply profound: I had never stayed at a spa before.

Why was this? I didn’t know until I looked at the price list for my next massage and realized it was expensive, the same price as the dress I had just bought from Boston designer Cibeline. I loved clothes! I loved shoes! But what I loved, even more, was the feeling I was having covered in lavender essential oil after a Starry, Starry Night massage. I wanted more of it. 

Little did I know that was going to be the moment that changed the next nine years. I had the same feeling then that I have now… standing on the precipice of change. Then, I was making a promise to not shop for an entire year and instead invest that money in my head, heart, body and soul (and spa treatments!). Now, I am making a decision to end that first promise that led me down a path nine years long.

Two different moments, but the same feeling is inside me. Change.

When we change we draw a line in the sand between the past and the future. We throw down the gauntlet of routine and say to the universe, “Surprise me!” Instead of clinging to the past we reach out to the future.

This is me, reaching out to the future. If I have learned anything in these past nine years it is this: don’t get stuck looking back, it is better to move forward.   

I am excited about what the future will bring. But for the next 55 days I will be sharing moments of the past, the lessons I have learned from writing this blog every night. So, keep reading (don’t quit on me now!). 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 309 :: trust inner knowings

5 Nov


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As I sit in the Naples airport I feel how long it has been since I have been here. Many, many years. This blog started nine years ago. It was nine years ago that we moved to Florida and it was nine years ago that I made my first promise, not to shop for an entire year. That year turned into nine and that move turned into six more.

So now I sit back in an airport, writing my blog. Just a normal night for me. This blog started as a way to keep me accountable to my goal. I could have never guessed that it would follow me around for almost a decade into the future. 

Nine is a sacred number in many ways. 

In NumerologyNumber 9 is the symbol of wisdom and initiation. It is the last number before the next harmony.

In Chinese culture – Nine (九 pinyin jiǔ) is considered a good number in Chinese culture because it sounds the same as the word “long-lasting” (久 pinyin jiǔ). Nine is strongly associated with the Chinese dragon, a symbol of magic and power.

In Angel Numbers, Number 9 is a sign from the angels that your life path and soul mission involve being of service to humanity through the use of your natural skills and talents. Angel Number 9 suggests that you are a natural lightworker and encourages you to look to ways to serve others in positively uplifting ways

For me, Number 9 is a symbol of trust. I am trusting the inner knowings deep inside of me. The whispers telling me that it is time to make space for new adventures. The trust in knowing that this will be the last year of The Promise 365. I will finish out this year sharing what I have learned and where this blog has led me.

It started as a way to take care of my head, heart, body, and soul. And that it has, beyond my imagination. I will allow it to take me to the grand finale of 2019 (another nine number!) and carry with it all the lessons I have learned along the way.

Starting tomorrow, I will count down to the New Year by sharing highlights from these last nine years. I hope you come along for the journey! 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 304 :: trust in vacation

4 Nov


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Today I sat by the pool and nothing else. It was glorious and just the medicine I need from the vacation doctor. 

There is power in being lazy. And there is power in vacation. 

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More tomorrow.
Jamie

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