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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 219 :: joy is a fan

6 Aug
{in a heat wave}

It. Is. Hot. 

It’s almost midnight and still 80+ degrees. My ceiling fans are my new best friends. I wish I had twenty more of them… in fact, I might go buy twenty more fans tomorrow. Because in a heat wave a fan is pure joy.

It’s my own personal sauna.
How hot it is.

More tomorrow…


{hot, hot, hot}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 209 :: joy is a new home

28 Jul
{iwelcome home}

My plane touched down in Boston tonight and I moved into our new home. It doesn’t have any furniture yet, except for the air mattress I bought at Target on my way here, of course.

However, once I arrived, the new place did have a little surprise in it… a steam shower. A good old-fashioned 1980’s style, sit-in, steam room. Somehow I missed this when I toured the place. I thought it was just a shower in the downstairs bathroom. What a joyful surprise. I don’t know if we will ever use it… but, what a fun surprise indeed.

Overall, the place has a lot of charm and potential. All future forward dreams too. And isn’t that what joy is made of?

Welcome home, Joy!

More tomorrow…



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 196 :: joy is a hello

14 Jul
{new adventures}

Joy is saying hello because saying goodbye is too hard.

I am on my way to Boston, on to our next adventure, and my heart’s journey. This is what joy is bringing up and teaching me, to look forward and not look back.

Three years ago, I followed my bliss and it led us to Washington. And now, joy calls. You would think joy and bliss would be the same thing, or very, very close to it. It turns out, they live on different coasts. My bliss lives in Washington but my joy is calling me back to Boston.

It’s a return to the heart in so many ways. The truth is (and I know this after living in a myriad of different places) that “home” is a place that lives inside of us, inside our heart. But our heart’s desire sometimes needs us, in fact requires us, to go on a journey.

Joy is a matter of the heart.

My heart is grateful to all that Washington brought us. The family, the food, the fun. A little piece of us will always be in Washington too, the final resting place for our dear Pup after seventeen years of being man’s best friend. He will not be with us on this next journey but he will always be in our hearts.

And now, the future is calling us forward. On to new adventures!!

Goodbye, for now, Left Coast.
Hello, Right Coast.
Follow your bliss and create your joy!

More tomorrow…



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 179 :: joyous occasions

28 Jun
{first anniversary}

It’s hard to believe our pop up, surprise wedding was a year ago today. And boy what a day that was!

A mere year ago. Seems like yesterday in so many ways, and already a decade ago in others. Tonight we celebrate not by looking back but by looking forward. We have a new adventure in the works – including a move to Boston.

Hello Beantown, here we come.

More to share soon on that one, but on a night like tonight, I am excited about the playbook of adventures we call “married life” and our promise we made to each other a year ago, to be the adventure of a lifetime for each other.

Joy is certainly keeping the adventure going… and I know we have even more joy ahead.

May joy be your guidepost.

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 298 :: halloweenies

31 Oct

Day 298: Candy!

Happy Halloween to all the badass warriors out there (sent to me from a few badass warriors!). I assume yoga takes away all the candy we ate?

And then, of course, there was this:

Namaste, Halloween warriors. Namaste.

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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 298 :: boston’s bliss

29 Oct

Today’s bliss…. oh Pats!

Even from the west coast we can feel the love.

There’s something very special (even for someone like me who doesn’t know the first thing about football) about watching your team win. 

Boston’s bliss.

More tomorrow.


BLOG – GIFT DAY 174 :: the art of the smile

23 Jun


Because smiles matter, right?I am so THRILLED to share this with you today. As you know, I am exploring the whole idea of ABUNDANCE for my promise this year.

So far, we have heard from some people I adore in the money, spirit, celebration, joy, health and wellness fields. And today, I am super excited to share another perspective.

A creative one.
A smiley one!

Today, I present  Bren Bataclan

Bren is a talented artist who started not just a painting career — but a smile crusade!

He began giving out paintings for FREE in Boston through the Smile Boston Project.

GOOD NEWS: you can now spot his paintings sitting on a park bench anywhere across the country as he takes his Smile Project coast to coast this summer.

I am a proud owner of a few smiley pieces myself, from when I first met Bren over 10 years ago:

His story is amazing — he even has some of his art pieces planned to go into outer space  Yes… OUTER SPACE.  Beam me up, Smiley! 

–> Click here to listen to the interview and find out how it all started. 
I wish you all abundance and smiles.

More tomorrow.

Lovemore {fearless}
{what does abundance mean to you?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 140 :: 30 days of love: finding home

20 May

NOTE: I wrote this blog post today before knowing about the tragic events in Oklahoma. My heart and prayers are with all families and loved ones in need right now. This loss of life is devastating  And the loss of home is tragic. May we all give, share, and pray for love, hope, and home for everyone. 
It’s DAY 10 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, and now…

Some news.
A week from now, we move.
We are moving to the West Coast.
We’re headed west.
It’s exciting, thrilling, overwhelming, beautiful, peaceful and everything else that comes with a new adventure.
But before we go, before we leave the East Coast, I have something to say.
Thank you.
An Ode to the East Coast.
Thank you for teaching me to:
– ride a subway train
– pay rent
– hail a cab
– cook my own food
– start my own entrepreneurial start-up
– close down my own entrepreneurial start-up
– work for a huge, international company
– work for a tiny, local company
– work for myself
– make friends
– make commitments
– make mistakes
– make lots and lots of mistakes
– recover and try again
And, especially, thank you to the one and only Boston.

Thank you Boston… 
for showing me that it’s okay to root for a team with an 86-year losing streak. Because you never know when the right amount of magic and the perfect combination of crazy will come together to turn an underdog into a champion.
Thank you Boston… 
for showing me how to stay strong.
Through a most agonizing divorce, an unexpected lay off, and a temporary loss of hope, all the way through the most horrific April day Boylston Street has ever seen. You have always been strong. Your people have always rallied. Whether it is around each other, around a cause, or around this beautiful city with an incomprehensible street grid.
Thank you Boston… 
for beautiful spring days, warm sandy beaches, and wicked cold winter nights.
Thank you Boston…
for teaching me how to drive aggressively, nudge (I mean bump) my way into a parallel parking spot, and drive on the side of the highway (where there really isn’t a lane) between the hours of 4 – 6pm.
Thank you Boston…
for the laughter with lifelong friends – smart, witty, sharp, funny, brilliant, amazingly irreplaceable friends – and some of the most loyal people a girl could “evah” know.
Thank you Boston… 
for taking care of this Idaho girl as she departed college, got a job, got a clue, and jumped head first into this so-called adult “hood”
Thank you Boston…
for the memories.
More tomorrow,
Lovemore (fearless),

{Prayers for Oklahoma}

GIFT DAY 076: it’s your lucky day!

17 Mar

Money is fascinating.

How it changes hands, where it starts, where it goes, how it travels from you to me and back again.

Yesterday, I wrote about my surprise quarter.
Today, I gave it away.

My lucky quarter.quarter surprise, the promise daily, the promise 365

I found the quarter on my seat in the commuter rail yesterday and I gave it away in the subway today.

All because I accidentally boarded the wrong train.

Right direction.
Wrong train.

I needed to go to Braintree and (oops!) got on the Ashmont train. It was a sea of green for St. Patty’s Day with hoards of people heading to South Boston for THE parade.

I detrained at South Station to wait for the next Braintree train and that’s where I discovered NEMES.
nemes, the promise daily, the promise 365, jamie eslingerThey are a fun, young mix of folk and some serious beats. A little bit country, a little bit Mumford and Sons.

Perfect for a St. Patty’s wait in the subway.

The crowd was enthralled. (Granted half the people were drunk but still… good beats). So I dug into my wallet and threw my lucky quarter in their open guitar case.

My gift of the day.
Small? Sure.
Meaningful? Yes.

And that’s the best kind of gift to give.
Maybe I wasn’t headed in the wrong direction after all.

You can find out more about NEMES here (my fave song so far is “Hooray”):

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),

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GIFT DAY 073: What’s your ideal day?

14 Mar

What’s your ideal day?

It’s a question I ask my coaching clients often. Because it’s really important stuff. Our days are the nonrenewable resource of our life.For me, the recipe for a good day includes getting to spend time with good friends.

And today, I had an incredible morning in Boston with my superstar friend Julie (thanks Julie!).

But on the train ride home I encountered a problem.
One of those “How Do I Solve This?” problems.

Here’s the scenario:
– Justin called.
– He was supposed to pick me up at the train station.
– He put Brady in the car to go for a ride to the train station (something our pups love to do).
– He shut the door because a neighbor started to talking to him.
– The keys were already in the ignition.
– Brady locked the car — from the inside.
– The “Smart” key that we have for my Nissan Altima stopped working. The “Smart” key that is NOT supposed to let you lock your keys in the car, didn’t do it’s smart job.
– I was on the train with the other set of keys

I had no idea how to get from the train station to home.

Justin was standing watch outside the car in hopes that Brady wouldn’t chew through the leather seats while he was locked inside my car that I specifically bought because it had leather seats.

I contemplated walking the forty minutes home. Which would be totally reasonable on any other day than the day when our puppy was locked inside my car!

So I did what any reasonable person would do — exactly what any reasonable person is taught not to do — I talked to strangers.

I started with the woman standing next to me on the train.

“Do you have a car?” I asked.
She looked at me funny, as if I just asked if she was an alien waiting for the next stop on Mars.

I then restated my question. “Are you driving home today when the train stops?”

“Oh, no.” She smiled. “I wish. But I’m walking.” And then she followed with what any reasonable stranger would. “Why?”

I then went into the long story about my car, the dog, the smart key that was no longer smart.

“Sorry.” she said.

Before I could go on to the next person in line a woman behind me asked. “What’s the problem with your dog?”

As I explained the whole story the train stopped.
The woman motioned for me to follow her and said, “I love dogs, I’ll help you out.”

Her name is Jackie.
Not only did she help me out by driving me home so I could throw the keys out the window to Justin to rescue Brady from the locked car …it turns out Jackie also volunteers for an organization called Fairy Dogparents.

I begged and pleaded Jackie to let me pay her back for her good deed and the ride home. She refused and said she was just happy to help.

But then I told her about my blog and how I am giving a gift away each day and I wanted my gift of the day to go to HER, Jackie-the-rescuer-of-Jamie.

She refused again, but then said, “You can give any gift to Fairy Dogparents.

Yes! We both beamed, knowing it was the perfect way to say thank you to a kind stranger.

So today, my gift is to Bumblebee.

119-bumblebee, jamie eslinger, the promise 365, the promise daily

Bumblebee has a stricture in her esophagus (narrowed esophagus) which causes regurgitation and requires an all liquid diet. Bumblebee’s issue is the result of eating part of a towel last summer requiring surgery. Her Dogmother spent their savings on Bumblebee’s previous treatment and on her other dog’s medical needs, but unfortunately he passed away last August. We have sponsored the maximum amount for Bumblebee. If you would like to sponsor money towards the $3000 endoscopy please use this donate button. Bumblebee and her family thank you.

You can donate to dogs like Bumblebee, apply for help for your own pooch, or become a Fairy Dogparent here.

I am thankful Jackie helped me out and I made a new friend. I am also thankful Brady didn’t chew up my leather seats. But most important I am pleased my gift went to helping a dog in need.

Kind of an ideal day if you ask me.

And…after a day like this I am convinced there is a reason Dog spelled backward is God.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),

{Want to help dogs in need? click here}

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