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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 21 :: tears of joy

21 Jan
{nail biter}

We woke up in the middle of the night to no power. No electricity, no lights, nothing but darkness.

There was a huge windstorm that blew all over town and blew down trees and then blew out all the power in our neighborhood. I took the dogs out in the darkness. I drove to Starbucks just to get my hands on hot water (for my prescribed morning tea).

On my way home I saw a dog walking down the street and noticed he was hopping along — on three legs. He was missing a leg but it didn’t stop him from hopping along after his owners. He looked as happy as could be. As if he had no clue that dogs usually come with four legs.

It may have been a sign.

The power came back on at  12:00 PM.  The Patriot’s game started at 12:05 PM.  Just. In. Time. But, the tension didn’t stop there.

The Patriots played the first three quarters like a dog with three legs. Hopping along but not quite hitting their stride. It wasn’t until the final two minutes OF THE ENTIRE GAME that we Patriot’s fans could breathe again. The Patriots came from behind for the AFC Championship win but a few of us almost had a heart attack in the process.

Justin, of course, was as cool of cucumber. But when the game was over, I cried. Tears of joy – and possibly some pent up, sitting on the edge of my seat pangs of panic and frustration.

Easy to say on this side of it all – winning in the final minutes. And I think that may be where tears of joy come from… the hope that everything will turn out the way you want.

Oh, Joy – on to the Superbowl!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy-full}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 363 :: a kind lesson

29 Dec
{these two}

It’s been a year, 2017. Amidst it all two things have been constant: Pup and Brady.

Sometimes for comic relief, other times for adventure. One thing I am absolutely sure of… there is nothing kinder than the love of a dog and the wag of a tail to the rhythm of joy. Times that by two and you’ve got a pretty kind life.

If there is nothing else in this year to teach me the power of kindness, there are these two dogs. They are cuddled up on their dog bed right now, wrapped around each other and snuggled in for the night.

In this year of Kindness, they have taught me this: Lick it better and shake it off.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{shake it off}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 315 :: lessons from a puppy

11 Nov
{snuggle}

What do you do when you can’t find a blanket to keep warm? Well… if you are Brady, you find a way to finagle a way under the mattress sheet. Like, all the way under the fitted sheet. Without taking it off the bed.

I have no idea how Brady stroke this pose earlier this week. But he did and then stayed there long enough for me to take a photo. Like he was proud. Posing actually.

I have to commend the effort. This is one tenacious dog. He gets what he wants. In some ways, it reminds me of extreme self-kindness.

Don’t stop until you’re proud.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{proud}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 293 :: 4-letter word friday

20 Oct

Pets. 

On this 4-Letter Word Friday, I am touched by the kindness of pets. Specifically, my two dogs.

Pup, at age 16 (and a half!) is just a daily miracle. His big brown eyes can see straight through a person. His impeccable sense of timing (wake time, breakfast time, nap time and dinner time) is always on point. And he loves to cuddle more than the furry kitties he watches outside the window.

Even Brady, our crazy one, is full of love. I think it’s the love in him that makes him would so tight. His love of food (any type of food), meeting new people, running after the rain and catching flies is done with full-on enthusiasm.

Both keep us on our toes. They sometimes make me wonder who is really in charge here. And yet, I can’t imagine life without these kind creatures.

So this Friday is devoted to pets. pups and dogs.

May they awaken your soul with kindness.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{the kindness of pets}
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 JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 162 :: opposite of kindness 

14 Jun

Who me?  

This is not a look of kindness. This is a look of too many monkeys jumping on the bed.

It’s also a look of:
 What? Who me? Why are you yelling? 

Maybe it’s bad four-legged parenting. The bed was made and then I swear I turn my head for a moment and I find two dogs, a messy bed and two looks of incredulousness.

I yell. Then I laugh. Then I take a photo. It’s a cycle with these two.

I think their job is to keep me on my kind toes. And I think kindness is trying to teach me patience – and how to roll with it. Whatever “it” may be.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{cycles?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 144 :: kindness is…

28 May

Sunday Car Rides. 

Today we took to the sun, and the road. ALL of us – two dogs and two humans packed into the little Bug. And while nothing makes Pup happier than a car ride….

He doesn’t like the water. But he LOVES meeting new people! And new smells! And other dogs!


And watching Pup watch the world go by reminds me that it’s very KIND to take a break, a little car ride and soak in the sun. (Even if you don’t like getting wet!).

Happy 3-Day weeeeeeeekend!

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{car rides}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 36 :: super duper bowl 

5 Feb

Of the best kind.

Tonight my heart hurts in such a good way. Mostly because I believe in never giving up. And tonight I saw it happen before my eyes. 

And that has me thinking…
Maybe the KINDEST thing we can possibly do for ourselves is to never give up? 

Never give up. Never give up. Never, ever give up. 

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie
P.S. Kindness Challenge #5: Listen Deeply
If you choose to accept this challenge, please join me in

  • There is Listening. And there is Listening… and THEN there is LISTENING. 
  • How deeply can you listen this week?

{persist?}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 216 :: that time when…

12 Aug

Day 216: Relax, don’t do it.

And this is what we call #Friday.
Or… Brady being Brady.
Or… The Big Yawn.
Or… Upward Dog.

Or maybe, bad, distracted, pushover dog master extraordinaire who let it happen to get the photo.
You choose.

Happy Friday. (Yoga done!)

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{#fridayfeeling}
#lovemoredomore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 137 :: dogged determination

18 May

Day 137: Brady.

I live with a food stalker. His name is Brady. He knows where all the food in the house is at all times. I mean ALL the food at ALL times.

Here is sleeps so cute and cuddly next to Pup. But really, this is all a facade. He is calculating his next sneaky food-swiping move.

Which he promptly orchestrated moments after I took this photo. It was just a bowl of oatmeal. But he devoured it in the 30 seconds I walked away from the kitchen. DEVOURED it. An entire bowl of oatmeal. Dry, bland oats. 

Thanks to Brady, there will be no second batch of oatmeal chocolate power bars. There aren’t enough oats left to mix a bar together for breakfast.

But I think there is much we can learn from our little Brady. Sure, the obvious is to not leave food out on the counter (even said oats). But there is more to observe.


This dog.
He has me thinking a lot about dogged determination. In the pursuit of what we love most. For him it is food. Any food. Even dry, bland, oats.

For you it might be dancing, singing, creating, doing. For me, it is making promises and showing up. And this year, that means yoga.

But there is also this: opportunity. 
Brady knows how to patiently wait for his window of opportunity to open. And when it appears he leaps. There is no second guessing. No hesitation. No over-thinking. There is no self-talk. Brady does not stop to ask, “Should I go for that bowl of oats now? What if she comes back and finds me all head in the bowl paws on the counter? What if I get in trouble?”


Nope. Brady is all action.
He’s a Wait. Watch. Strike. Live with the consequences sort of dog.
And as frustrating as that is at times, I have to say, I respect it.
No, I actually love it. It’s inspiring really.

So, tonight, as I put away the rest of my oatmeal chocolate bar ingredients, I leave you with this. The next time you find yourself waiting and watching, just think of Brady.

And…
Go for it.  

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{going for it?}
#lovemoredomore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 82 :: downward puppy day

23 Mar

Day 82: Our Pups.

It’s National Puppy Day — and for this Pup who is about to turn 15 it seems like quite the honor. Here’s our Pup a few years ago, standing on the pier of the island that we love.


And here’s a more mature Pup:

And here’s a flashback to our tiny Brady meeting Pup for the first time:

They change. We change. They grow. We grow. But they will always be our Pups.
So in their honor… I do a downward dog!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{happy puppies?}
#lovemoredomore

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