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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 57 :: kindness request

1 Mar


Kindness is…. sharing!
I have two credits left in my Audible account. So tonight, I’m wondering if you would be kind and recommend a book for me to read!

(I think that is an intentional act of kindness!)

Any suggestions?

More tomorrow….


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 28 :: sharing and books

28 Jan


I love to read. So today I am celebrating books.

Books and ideas turn me on. I am a brainy-nerdy-book-reading student of big ideas. But I never have the time to read all the books sitting on my bookshelf. I start most of them, I finish some of them, I barely crack open a few of them.

So I really love this…

Today, I spoke with Steve Cunningham, the CEO of ReadItFor.Me today. He offered to share a little gift with all of my network. (I think that is KIND and nice so I’m sharing tonight on the blog.)

Read It For Me sends free book summaries of all the latest business book reads.
There’s no catch or credit card required. If you want a free month, all you have to do is go here and fill out a quick form, and then Readitfor.me will set up your account.

Pure disclaimer, if loads of people sign up I get a bonus membership to ReadItFor.me, so there’s that little perk. Only sign up if it will benefit you! 😉

Now on to some of the books I love… here’s my top Biz Books:

Purple Cow
Eat That Frog
The One Thing
The Art of War
The New Rules of Marketing & PR

More tomorrow….

P.S. Kindness Challenge #4: Celebrate
If you choose to accept this challenge, please join me in

  • Celebrate the GOOD in life!
  • Who can you celebrate?
  • What can you celebrate?

{love books?}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 98 :: friday finales

8 Apr

Day 98: Crickey!

It’s the end of the week and I’ve officially finished two finales:
1. Downton Abbey (sob)
2. 11.22.63

It’s hard for me to say goodbye to endings. Especially the end of a great book with memorable characters who feel like people I have actually met in real life.

It’s a little easier when it’s a show on TV. Although, I have to say these two were doozies!

But here’s an ending that I do look forward to: FRIDAY!
And, with the week and my yoga done for the night… here comes the weekend.

More tomorrow.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 306 :: blissful friday nights

6 Nov

Today’s bliss…. a moment.

I started reading again. I read everyday, all the time, but it’s usually work related or inside the self improvement genre or marketing industry news.

But tonight I was reading a bonafide story. And I’m almost embarrassed to say it is my first time reading Stephen King.

Justin pulled the thousand-page tome off the shelf and recommended I read it before the mini series airs in February. At first I balked. Stephen King? No thank you. Scary. Demented. I’ve seen the movies! And life is already scary enough.

But Justin insisted (and promised the book wouldn’t be scary). So I’m trying.

In the bathtub.
In bed.

While baking cookies, tonight I read in the kitchen. The hum of the dishwasher sounded like waves on the ocean as it sprayed and washed our dirty dinner dishes. The familiar sound took me back to my childhood where I would spend hours in the kitchen. Not cooking. Nope, not me. I was reading. Sitting in front of the refrigerator on the floor where it was warm.

I loved that spot. After dinner was over and everyone was off watching TV or talking on the phone, I sat and read in front of the warm spot in the kitchen. The dishwasher kept time as I lost myself in books or homework preparing for school.

And that’s the memory that caught me tonight as I read a book (not scary yet!) in the kitchen.

It’s a Friday night.
Books are magical.
Memories are bliss.  

More tomorrow. 

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 146 :: leaving on a jet plane and then train

31 May
I’m leaving on a jet plane….

Tomorrow the great escape occurs. Off on an adventure that will take me to Chicago, Seattle, Mount Vernon and then a train trip home through the Cascades. I love an adventure and I love trains. I might even call it bliss.

In Amtrak’s own words…

From Vancouver, British Columbia to Seattle, Portland and Eugene, Oregon, past Mount St. Helens and across the Columbia River Gorge, you’ll witness some of our continent’s most distinctive cities and most spectacular natural attractions. Onboard these sleek, European-style trains, you’ll enjoy wide, reclining seats, laptop outlets and bike racks. Relax in the Bistro Car, which features fresh, regional cuisine, wine, microbrews, and the coffees Seattle made famous.

I have of course much work to do before the train trip occurs (which is okay because even when work feels like work it feels like a creative adventure).

But before I go I’m trying to decide which book to bring with me. It’s not an easy choice. Have any recommendations? 

More tomorrow.

  {what book would you read?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 321 :: a month of inspiration :: new leash on life

17 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share the love of books and dogs. 
As in the book, and movie and now the sequel of MUST LOVE DOGS.

Check out what Claire Cook, author, posted on her facebook page today:


6 hours ago

Just in case you missed it over on my author page, Must Love Dogs is going to be a series!!! Book 2, Must Love Dogs: New Leash on Life, will be out in February and I can’t wait for you to read it! To celebrate, I’m giving away a signed and personalized copy of the original book (which contains an excerpt of Book 2) and a DVD of the movie, plus movie-watching treats for you and your dog (or cat!). To enter: 1) Post a comment below. 2) Share this post. 3) Go to www.ClaireCook.com to enter. Good luck, everybody!


Claire, all I can say is… woof! woof!

Of course, by now, you know I get much inspiration from dogs. Ever since my first dog, Pepper, was sent to my room to protect me and take aware my nightmares from a scary movie that I stayed up way too late with the older kids to watch.

Pepper saved me from King Kong that night and slept on my bed every day after.

Until he could no longer make the jump up to the mattress. (That is exactly when I would get down on the floor with him just to give him a little comfort.)

I should have known my first marriage was destined for ruin. The man didn’t like dogs, didn’t want a dog, didn’t understand dogs.

For me to live without a dog in my life is like walking around without my shadow. I guess that’s why I’m so gaga about our dogs. I lived too long without one. I’m like a convert to a religion… the most outspoken, the most passionate, and probably the most annoying too.

But I can live with that.
I just can’t live without dogs.
Dog gone it.

To enter Claire’s contest, click here.
Good luck!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless!}

{what can you not live without?}

Day 247: back to school trapper keepers

4 Sep

Can you smell that?
There is a breeze in the air that smells distinctly of school supplies. Wafts of pink erasers, lined paper notebooks and plastic Trapper Keepers are floating by my nostalgic nose.

Sad thing is: I can barely finish the books I already have on my shelf — and in my iPad!

Even so, in this Back-To-School-Fall-Frenzy I am motivated to take myself back.
To school.

I am committing to finishing all the books that I set out to read this year.


Just writing that down gives me a lump in my throat. But I know there is so much more I can learn in this Lovemore+Fearless year of mine. Sure, I have already swam with sharks, reclaimed Paris from my past and rode the whitewater of the Grand Canyon. But, I know there is more for my mind and heart that is just waiting for me.

Which means I have less than four months to put my nose in a handful of books. If you have a good book suggestion on LOVE or FEAR please send it my way!

I’ll put it in my Trapper Keeper.

What are you going to do with the rest of your year?

Day 144: packing and organizing tricks to love

24 May

We spent the day packing.
Packing. Packing. Packing.

I never feel more disorganized than when we pack.

And that’s why this is the most wonderful time of the year — when all the lost socks make themselves known and dust bunnies come out to play.

Every time we pack up our seasonal Florida apartment all I can think is “where did all this STUFF come from?”

Which makes it difficult to feed my TOSS pile.

For starters, I have a book problem.

Even with my iPad and Kindle, books of the bound kind hunt me down and corner me, begging to become a dust collector on an abandoned shelf. But, I love them. How can I toss them? What if I want to read them again?

Worse are the books that I haven’t got to yet but MAY want to read — someday — a snow day perhaps, in Florida.  

Hey, it could happen. 

Or, it couldn’t.
But, I’m packing and keeping my books just the same.  

It’s this time of year that I always find myself wishing I had organized my space better, when we moved in. It’s when I yearn for closets and cabinets that look like they came out of the pristine pages from The Container Store flyer.

Something to put on my wish list for next year.

Until then, I found
8 Incredibly Clever Organizing Tricks to tide me over.  I hope you enjoy too.

Now, I’m off to pack more books.

Day 74: i have started listening

14 Mar

A funny thing happened on the way to making this promise …I have started listening.

In the last week, two different people mentioned the same book to me. So I took it as a sign and bought it.

I have started listening.

The book is called Heal Your Body A-Z: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Way to Overcome Them, by Louise L. Hay.

As soon as my brown Amazon Prime box arrived (I love PRIME and the benefits of free shipping!) I opened the book and thumbed through the pages until I landed on this one:

Hodgkin’s Dis-ease.
The probable cause is listed as:

“Blame and a tremendous fear of not being good enough. A frantic race to prove one’s self until the blood has no support itself.  The joy of life is forgotten in the race for acceptance.”

The word FEAR jumped off the page at me and I almost dropped the book into my lunch.

There’s that word again ….FEAR. And, that other word: BLOOD.

In some ways, I am surprised but not shocked.

Mama Sling would always say to me, “Jamie, you burn your candle at both ends.” And, given my spleen qi deficiency diagnosis, I think my acupuncturist would agree.

But, now, in reading this book, I am beginning to wonder — why?

Just why have I always burnt the candle at both ends? Is it fear driven? Am I in a race for acceptance? Could it be the same race against time that all cancer survivors feel?

The answer is: I do not know.
But, I have started listening.

According to Louise Hay, the curing thought pattern is this:

I am perfectly happy to be me.
I am good enough just as I am.
I love and approve of myself.
I am joy expressing and receiving.

And, there’s that other word that I have dedicated myself to: LOVE. 

Who knows where this is going, but I have started listening to the whispers in the wind, to the thoughts in my head, to the feeling in my gut, and to the resources, movies, books and articles that serendipitously seem to be mentioned to me out of the blue.

I have started listening. 
Have you? 

Day 37: a love letter to the books of my youth

6 Feb

Tonight continues my commitment to more love and less fear this year.  For February, I am writing a love letter each day.  Tonight is dedicated to …books!

Dear Books,

Or, rather, I should say, the books of my youth.

You are still on my mind. After all these years, I cannot forget you, your people, your struggles, your silliness, your fairytales and all the lessons in between.

It’s like nary A Wrinkle In Time between then and now.  From when I was just The Little Engine That Could, to a contemporary of Ramona Quimby, Age 8 — to even now, officially belonging to a group of Little Women, your stories have stayed with my heart.

Even after all the changes I went through over this past year, taking care of my head, heart, body and soul — you are still with me!  Even after I changed my diet to Green Eggs and Ham and banished coffee (which took more magic than The Wizard of Oz to accomplish!).

Yes, I gave up my most favorite, sugary, chocolate dessert (mochas!) but I will always remember Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.  These days, I get my sweet tooth from something that looks more like James and The Giant Peach.

Sometimes, with all these changes in my life, I just wanted to scream, Are You There God It’s Me Margaret?  But, I know, in the end, my head, heart, body and soul have benefited from all of this self-care — even though, at times, it did feel like The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

As I write this tonight, Pup sits next to me.  I never thought I could love a dog more than Clifford, The Big Red Dog — but I do!  In fact, I can’t even think of Where The Red Fern Grows  without tearing up inside.

Someday, I will have a Little House On The Prairie, or in a city, or maybe, in the suburbs.  Until then, I will keep moving The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe from one place to another, being more than happy living out my true love story — one that is even better than Anne of Green Gables could have imagined.

So dear books, this is my love note to you.
I thank you for the stories, the laughter and the tears.  Because you were the ones that taught me this:  our very own story is all we really have (happily ever) after-all.


P.S. I’m going to go take a bath and read a good book.  Goodnight Moon!

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