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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 245 :: joy is simple

6 Sep
{pizza and chocolate}

Sometimes joy is as simple as pizza and chocolate. I’m sure I’ve said this before but on a hot summer night, pizza and chocolate are all I need to feel joyful. And full!

Here’s to a full and joyful weekend, while it still feels like summer.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joyful}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 137 :: surviving fake news

15 May
{clear}

I was thinking a lot today about how to avoid bad news, fake news, and any barrage of negativity. I decided the best course is always to keep to your vision, stay focused on the end game and stay clear — as we know, Mama Sling once told me, “the clearest one wins.”

Then, of course, there is always love, beauty, joy and …chocolate. It’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day so by all means, go celebrate. I’ve always thought every restaurant should offer small, mini chocolate chip cookies as a dessert option. Warm. Right off the sheet. Why not? I would order it every single time. Maybe that’s the solution to a bad news cycle …a little bit of joy and a lot of chocolate chip cookies.  

So here’s to love, joy, beauty, and chocolate chip cookies.
More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{chocolate chip cookies}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 104 :: joy of chocolate

13 Apr
{Friday Night}

Friday may be the most “looked forward to” day of the week. Add to that a little bit of chocolate and you might have some serious joy on your hands.  At least, that’s how I felt about my Friday night.

Joy should be as simple as adding a little bit of chocolate. And nothing is needed more than joy these days.

I listened to Oprah’s Super Soul Conversation with Don Miguel Ruiz today. One comment he made caught my attention.

      Oprah:  “The world needs…”
      Don Miguel Ruiz:  “More Joy.” 

It may take more than a little bit of chocolate to add a little bit of joy to our lives… but every bit counts.

Happy Friday.  

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{more joy}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 198 :: kind dessert

9 Aug

Yum.

Sometimes you just have to eat dessert.

And tonight I did enjoy this dessert and it was sooooo yummy!
Kind move?
I think so!

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{kind dessert}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 149 :: ice cream yoga

2 Jun

Day 149: Funny.

Yoga done. Ice cream eaten.
And this is what the bottom of a bowl of chocolate ice cream looks like…after it has been eaten.

Which makes me wonder… does
Ice Cream + Yoga = 0 Calories?

Hope comes in many flavors.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{hope}
#lovemoredomore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 44 :: let them eat cake!

13 Feb

Day 44. Homemade.

This is what homemade chocolate cake looks like:

Justin made it this morning…And I can guarantee it won’t last long! Happy pre-Valentine’s Day. So tonight I had my yoga and my cake too. I did ten extra minutes of yoga… so that’s at least one more slice of cake, right?

Right.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{sweet treats?}
#lovemoredomore

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BLOG – GIFT DAY 217 :: thank you chocolate

5 Aug
Who did you thank today?I ask because I am finding this Card Crusade so enlightening. It has made me so much more focused on being a giver instead of a taker. 

Today, as I practiced my giving muscle, I sent my card for yesterday (since it was Sunday) and wrote out a new one for today. Yesterday’s card went out to my dear friend Amy, who has been like a soul-sister to me. And today’s card is going to a yogi I adore.

A few days ago I received this fun gift in the mail.
Chocolate!

And, yes, I was happy to be a taker!!

Thank you Kelly, I loved the surprise.
And, yes, the chocolate was melted when it arrived (but nothing a freezer can’t fix!). While it did melt it still tasted SO GOOD!

Even more important, the gift melted my heart. 

It’s not any ordinary chocolate bar. It comes with a love poem inside.  And since chocolate gives off the power of love and that all over warm feeling (apparently the flavanols in chocolate increase blood flow) I have to admit, I love it.

But, you know what I LOVE more…..
Sending cards out to people I care about. There just aren’t enough cards or days to tackle that one, but I am trying one day at a time.

And, I encourage you to reach out to ones you love as well.

  • Slip a card in your hubby’s lunch
  • Hide a card under your child’s pillow
  • Stick a card on your mother’s dashboard
  • Drop a note on your employee’s desk
It doesn’t take a lot to say thank you.
It really only takes two words (and maybe some chocolate love!).More tomorrow.

Lovemore {fearless}
JamieP.S. The CARD CRUSADE all made possible by Green Ink Gallery. Check out their beautiful fine art cards!

P.P.S.  If you want to get some chocolate that professes its love to you, click here.

{what do love, right now?}

Day 223: three things series is back… what did you love today (more than chocolate?)

11 Aug

It couldn’t be hotter on Martha’s Vineyard, due to Jaws Fest here on “Amity Island” — I even saw a sign today in a window that made me do a double-take.

The island is so busy and the traffic so backed up, I had enough time to snap this pic out the window of my car while idling on Main Street.

It makes it easy to confuse reality with cinema. Jaws.  Amity Island.  A movie.  A place.  A feeling.

It’s just a movie, but it’s fear inducing. Because our minds don’t know the difference between reality and cinema – the fight or flight symptoms kick right in whether it’s real or just looks real.

As for me, I flee a scary movie. And, I’m not sure I want to change that.

As for love, I fell totally for Pandora Radio today as I cleaned and vacuumed and prepared for the next round of visitors here at the house on Amity Island. There’s something so amazing about good tunes — it’s make the time fly by, even when I’m cleaning.

Which gave me more time to spend with my pups.
And, now, forgive me while I dote… aren’t they cute?

No matter the name of this island we’re on…
never fear, these guys are the real deal — and I love them more than chocolate!

Day 235: natural disasters and chocolate

23 Aug

There are disasters, then there are natural disasters, and then, there are earthquakes.

My first green smoothie was a natural disaster.
On Day 47 I attempted a foray into the greener side of the world and fell into a bit of a blender bender.  In the moment it tasted awful and walloped my already bruised kitchen ego.

This of course, was just a little blip, just a small setback, a wee little ditty of a disaster.

I have lived through worse.
Disasters of all kinds; the divorce-kind, the dream-over kind, the “congratulations you have cancer” kind, and the worst: get-on-a-plane-your-mother-is-not-going-to-make-it-through-the-night kind.

Having survived all of these, I can report there was nothing natural about any of it.  They each shook up my world, turned it over and dumped me out on the other side.

Today however,  I felt a new kind.  An earthquake kind.  The kind that makes the couch wave like a flag under your bottom.

For a moment I thought I was dizzy, or imagining things.  I saw the room move out of the corner of my eye, then saw the table in front of me lift off the floor, go up, and then settle back down again.

I thought to myself, you are really losing it now. 

Because I was tired.
We played in the sun yesterday to pretend to be beach bums on at least one of Justin’s days off.  Then, after catching blue crabs until dusk, we  stayed up way too late to catch the late showing of the movie The Help. While the motion picture was SO worth staying up for (and true to the book!), we didn’t crawl into bed until after 1:00 am.  Then, Pup, our beloved dog, surprised us with a 6:00 am diarrhea attack right next to our beloved bed — which, unfortunately, no one can sleep through or after — not even Pup.

So I was dragging.
My eyelids were barely lifted off those crevices on my face called “eye-sockets” when the room began to move.

As the world turned, my mind raced.
Am I losing blood pressure?
Am I going to faint?
I have fainted before and this felt distinctly like the three seconds before my body hitting pavement scenario.

But, then, I didn’t faint. It went away.

I looked around and Pup was still asleep, dreaming of steak tips I’m sure, as if nothing ever happened.  I walked outside the house and looked up and down the street — nothing.  Everything seemed normal; people playing tennis, joggers passing by, tourists riding bikes.

So I dismissed it as my tired brain playing tricks on me.
A few minutes later I scanned Facebook and saw that word:  EARTHQUAKE.

Suspicion confirmed.  The earth had moved under my feet.  The couch did wave under my bottom. The table did go up, then down again.  Pup did sleep through it all.  But, I was not crazy.

I guess that’s the funny thing about disasters of all kinds — you think you’re going crazy the exact moment the earth begins to shake, crazy like, this is NOT happening to me.

Tonight, with reports flowing that the 5.8 earthquake left mostly shock and awe in our hearts and minds, but little damage in the streets, I am comforted.  The ground seems stable again.

But, I know, like everything else in life, there is constant change underfoot.
And, that, really just makes me want to eat a piece of chocolate.

Day 211: on top of the world

30 Jul

It’s wedding day around here.
And, while it is customary for the bride and groom to be on top of the world on this special day, the rest of us will soon be too.

Well, technically, we will be on top of a ski mountain, one that requires a chair lift to transport each of us to the summit and the ceremony.

The big, pressing question over the last few days has been: what are you wearing?

For the women at least, there has been much discussion about shoes and attire. It’s a survey of sorts, being passed around like hors d’oeuvres:

Heels or flats?
Pants or dress?
Strapless or sleeveless?

Add a weather forecast of 90 degrees and this becomes even more interesting.

So, this afternoon we wedding goers did what girls do best:  laid out all of the options to debate the pros and cons of each dress.  It’s great fun, I must admit.  It’s like playing dress-up, or pretending to shop, or something in between.

As for me:

The old Jamie, would have spent two days, if not two weeks, figuring out what dress to wear, what shoes to buy, what jewelry to match.  The new Jamie, at least the 211 days into her promise Jamie, has learned how to make due, be a little more creative than just swiping her credit card for a new outfit in a moment of confusion, and, she is certainly honing her re-purposing skills with what’s already in her closet.

There is just one problem.
Dropping my sugar addiction has also allowed me to lose something else.
My already-less-endowed endowment. (And, I’m not talking about finances here.)

So strapless is out.
I really wanted to wear my totally adorable turquoise and white striped strapless number. It’s a perfect fit for a summer wedding. It’s cool and fun and totally design worthy. But, I don’t trust it’s ability to stay in place, especially with my butt placed on a chair lift 2,006 feet about sea level.

So my long, chocolate-brown cotton dress will do.  It will be cool enough, long enough, and just right enough for the occasion (and, the only chocolate this girl will have today!)

It’s almost perfect, except for one thing.
It is cut a bit too low for me now.  But, I have a solution.  A strapless tank top will now replace any cleavage that once stood in its place.  And, that’s okay. Because the new Jamie is learning to go with the flow.  Or, lack thereof.

Oh, and bike shorts!
I plan to wear bike shorts underneath.  At least until I get to the top of the mountain.

Oh, yes, and flip flops!
I will be toting both heels and flip flops.  Just in case.

And that’s enough.  Actually, it’s just right.
Because, if there is one thing I am learning this year, it is this: I already have what I need.

And, whether it is strapless, sleeveless, long, short, hemmed, lace, cotton or sequined — there is only one dress that matters on this day.

The one the bride is wearing.
For, it is her moment, to be, on top of the world.


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