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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 new and old – 22 days to go

9 Dec


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There are 22 days left of The Promise 365! 

We received something new today (a washer and dryer) and it makes me revel in the feeling of new. New is exciting! New is fun! New is new! New! New!

And yet, there is something so special about all that is old. Old is sacred.

I look back on The Promise 365 and all the blog posts of these past nine years. There will be a total of 3,285 blog posts. In those blog posts, the newest ones are the most intriguing to me but the oldest ones are the most sacred. Like the first day I ever blogged

Some of my blogs are less sacred and I find a little silly, but all of them add up to one big body of work – and my life. If there is one thing this blogging journey has taught me it is this: you have to start somewhere. That’s the only way that new becomes old.

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 sundays – 23 days to go

8 Dec


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There are 23 days left of The Promise 365! But there are only three Sundays left in the year and this blog. So today I ruminate on Sundays.

First of all, there are the let down Sundays like today, where the Patriots lost the afternoon game. (There have been many winning Sundays along the way too!). Then there are the inspiring ones like the times I have visited churches on islands and cathedrals in Paris. There are also the long-awaited ones where I hang on to the weekend with a tight grip and a good book before the workweek begins again.

But most of all there are the Sundays that represent new beginnings. They symbolize new days ahead with new ideas, new adventures, and new experiences. These are the rest of the Sundays in December of this promise and this blog. Because, while The Promise 365 is ending that means the future is beginning. 

And there is no greater adventure than the future.
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 believe – 24 days to go

7 Dec


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There are 24 days left of The Promise 365!

In many ways, it’s easier to believe in hope and faith during the holidays. The lights are twinkling bright, the world seems to put reality on pause and believe in magic. I think that’s part of why the Christmas season is so special. But I also know that hope and faith are the secret, invisible forces that make magic happen all year long.

I have experienced so much hope, faith, and love over these past nine years, and all I can say is that you have to believe. In season, and out. 
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More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 4-letters – 28 days to go

3 Dec


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There are 28 days left of The Promise 365!

Love is a four-letter word. Tonight, I present an ode to four-letter words, and to my dear friend Diane who taught me the four-letter word game. It goes like this…

Kind is a four-letter word
Love is a four-letter word
Play is a four-letter word

You get the idea. My point isn’t so much about the game as it is about the person. Diane has been a fixture of this blog for nine years. Mostly in the background, sometimes in actual posts, but always reaching out and giving me encouragement behind the scenes. She reads the blog and emails me almost daily with a little tidbit of feedback or appreciation. She is The Promise 365’s Number One fan. 

So tonight, I dedicate this post to Diane. She may be old enough to be my grandmother but she is young at heart. She reflects love, she is kind, and she loves to play the four-letter word game. 

May you always be surrounded by many GOOD four-letter words and KIND friends. 
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 easy – 29 days to go

2 Dec


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There are 29 days left of The Promise 365!

I love it when things are easy. Today I went to the dentist and he fixed my chipped front tooth. It was easy, so, so easy. And, it feels so good to have experts to rely on when you need them.

It’s taken me a long time to learn this lesson. Relying on others is a gift, and accepting and allowing the gifts of others to impact your life is a blessing.

So, I say… focus on what’s easy. Just as the snow is falling outside my window in an effortless fashion, we must also allow and let go into what is easy. 

Be like the snow… fall into place in an easy and effortless way.
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More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 all I want for Christmas… – 31 days to go

30 Nov

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There are 31 days left of The Promise 365!

The Christmas tree is up, the light are lit, the candles are flickering and all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth. Seriously….my front tooth chipped AGAIN this morning. 

It’s not the first time, in fact, there are many times that this has been chronicled on this blog, including this one. Alas, the joy of Christmas is here and I will plan to make a dentist appointment this week too. 

Over the years, I have learned when things like this happen I just need to fix it. And that brings me to another lesson I have learned over these nine years — most things are fixable. Sometimes they won’t be exactly the same, but it’s not worth sweating the small stuff… or the broken teeth, when you can always fix, repair or start again. 

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More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 focus on the light – 32 days to go

29 Nov


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There are 32 days left of The Promise 365!

The darkest day of the year is almost here and it has me thinking about the light. The process of blogging over the past nine years has forced me to focus on the light, because, if there is anything I want to leave in this world it is more goodness, less of the bad stuff and a little bit of inspiration. 

There have been dark days over these nine years, and it was my teacher, my “medicine woman” who taught me this: if we dwell on the darkness, if we tell stories of the bad things, if we spin tales of that which we don’t want we draw it closer to us. 

I took her advice to heart and vowed to only focus on the light, on this blog, and in life. So it is that I learned to meet the darkness with my light. If there is anything I can pass on I hope it is this, and I hope it is a brighter spot than how I found it. 

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More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 support system :: 34 days to go

27 Nov


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There are 34 days left of The Promise 365!

We are watching Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings tonight. I have loved her since I was a little girl, her songs, her humor, her grit. Justin found the new show for me and as we were watching episode two tonight I mentioned that I had to do my blog.

Justin’s eyes got really big and said, “Let me do it!” I laughed. He was serious. So, tonight, I am handing the reigns over to Justin for his very first guest appearance or as he said, “Guest-starring Justin Aiken.” His words are below. I did not edit a word. 

Dolly is the tits. I’m not saying that because of her endowments, but because my beautiful wife and life partner absolutely adores her, as do I. She has never disappointed anyone in her performances or appearances, just like my wife. I used to think that showing up was the best thing you could do, but it’s not. You do have to deliver, and Jamie does every time. I know her blog is coming to an end, but she still shows up every day and always delivers. If I’ve learned anything in my life it is this, Jamie always delivers, Jamie never disappoints, and I’ll always adore her. She is my Dolly. Tits and all.

What can I say? The man is sweet and he makes me laugh. More than anything, he has been by my side every night of this blog for the past nine years. He is my support system in more ways than one, and that, right there, is the biggest lesson of all. 

The secret to success is a support system. May you always have one that thinks you are “the tits” as one might say. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.

Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 swim with sharks – 35 days to go

26 Nov


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There are 35 days left of The Promise 365!

Tonight I reflect on that time I swam with sharks. It sounds much more adventurous than it was … for me. I was scared, nervous, on the verge of tears. You can read the blog post here from that day in year one. After it was over, I was so proud of myself for jumping into the water and not missing the moment. 

What I didn’t say was that before I had enough courage to jump into the water, I watched in fear as a little boy jumped right into the water in front of me. He wasn’t scared to swim with sharks, just in awe of the adventure ahead of him.

Now, as I reflect back on it all, I realize it took trust to jump off that boat into the water.

But most of all, what that little boy taught me on that day was this: if you’re going to swim, especially with sharks, jump in with both feet. 

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 gifts – 37 days to go

24 Nov


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There are 37 days left of The Promise 365!

I can hardly believe we are almost a month away from the New Year. Thanksgiving is this week and Christmas is a few weeks away!  And there is a part of me that cannot quite believe this blog will be ending soon.

The irony is not lost on me. A promise that was supposed to be just one year turned into nine. That’s why this is called The Promise 365. I never thought it would be The Promise 3,285 and yet, here we are….37 days left!

In many ways this blog has been a gift, to me, my future self and to anyone who found it on a day where it made a difference. It has not been a money-making venture, it was never intended to be. Instead, it was a way to use my gifts (the ability to show up every night) and share my lessons (the good, the bad, the ugly and the beautiful).

We are all here to learn lessons, share our gifts, and enjoy the process. So tonight, I reflect on the power of using your gifts for the good of all. Don’t keep your gifts to yourself, they were never meant to be silent. Share, give, shout that which is special, makes you different and defines your life.

Use your gifts for the good of all.

After all, that is why you are here.
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More tomorrow.Jamie

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