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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}
#lovemore

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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?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 31 :: magical woods

31 Jan

Day 31. One-Hundred Acre Woods.

It sounds like Winnie-The-Pooh and Robin Hood too. The One-Hundred Acre Woods. I’ve heard about it from a few people now. As in, “You live right next to the one-hundred acre woods!”

So, today, we set out to find them.


Not all 100 of them, of course that will take years I think (maybe… right?), but find a few of them we did! Pup sniffed his way through every piece of acre we covered. Brady helped too. Pointing us in the right direction.

 

It felt a bit magical in a Sherwood Forest sort of way. We didn’t meet any merry men but did meet several other dogs and their owners, and runners, and bikers. And I met a very sweet woman (named, you guessed it, Robin!) who stopped to talk with Brady.

“Vizsla?” She said.
“Yes!” I answered.

And in some odd way I felt like somehow I knew her, or had met her before. She gave me some local tips and then buried her face next to Brady’s and patted him on the head. Almost like she had met him before too.

Then off into the woods she walked. And I thought…Nice to meet you Robin. Thanks for sharing your woods.

Tonight, as I reflect on our day (and my sore muscles from our hike) I wonder what else there is to explore in our new world (besides yoga = which I already did for the day!).

It’s not Nottingham.. it’s Bellingham.
And I think she still has some magic to show us.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{exploring?}
#lovemoredomore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 324 :: bliss full face

24 Nov

Today’s bliss…this face. 

We couldn’t find a hat today. We looked all over for that hat today. Under the bed, inside closets, under shelves, the scarf and glove pile, the shoe racks, the bathroom, the bedroom, the office.

Turns out Brady had it all along. Hidden under his dog bed, inside the crevices of the mattress.  

Which brings me to this: You always find what you’re looking for in the last place you look. 

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie
{don’t stop looking}
#lovemoredomore
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