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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 346 :: christmas kindness

13 Dec
{creating}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

And guess what?

I created a hat. All by myself! I’m so shocked and proud of this little warm and fuzzy. I feel like a little kid, bouncing up and down, screaming “I made it all by myself!”

Of course, I didn’t do it all by myself. There were a few other hands at play. My dear Mama Sling who so many years ago taught me how to crochet with my tiny fingers. And then, of course, my lovely friend Lauren who bought me the yarn and needle as a Christmas gift, and reminded me how to weave together the yarn.

It reminds me that we never really do anything alone. There are so many hands at play, for our higher good and happiness.

And that seems pretty kind to me.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{creating}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 345 :: christmas kindness

12 Dec
{sharing}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

I lost my wallet this weekend. Somewhere in Seattle.

I have no idea where. I know when I last saw it and when I had it in my hands. But when I went to pay for my Chinese food, after eating a full meal in a sit-down restaurant, just after they delivered the fortune cookie, I opened up my purse and there was NO wallet.

I thought I left it in my doctor’s office, because it was the last time I had my wallet. The office was closed so I was told to wait until Monday for them to check the office.

Then I thought maybe I lost it in my car, like it had fallen out somewhere. It wasn’t anywhere to be found.

Sunday morning I woke up to fraudulent charges on one of my credit cards — at a 7 Eleven of all places! It was enough to confirm what I was afraid of… the wallet was stolen. Or swiped. Or picked up somewhere on my path that day.

After canceling all my bank cards and researching how to get a replacement driver’s license and trying to take account of all that was actually in my wallet (gift cards, cash, store rewards cards) I realized something….

Maybe the person that found/swiped/picked up or somehow discovered my wallet needed it more than I did.  Maybe they needed that gift card to JC Penny’s for a Christmas gift. Maybe they needed that wad of Canadian dollars for a trip across the border. Maybe it made their day or changed their life.

Luckily, I am able to replace everything in the wallet with the same or something better.

So maybe… just maybe… it landed exactly where it needed to be with who needed it most. And maybe, seeing it all from that point of view is a way of sharing the holiday spirit.

Maybe, that is Christmas Kindness. As my fortune cookie said, “The gift is in the thought.”

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{sharing}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 344 ::christmas kindness

11 Dec
{receiving}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

Today I was on the other side of kindness….

I received an early Christmas gift. It was a bundle of yarn to crochet. I have not “crocheted” (is that a word?) since I was a little girl. My Mama Sling taught me how to hold the yarn and weave it together in a gentle way that eventually created a scarf.

My scarf was crooked with wobbly holes. But I loved it. I loved it so much I gave that scarf to my friend Kari for her birthday. We were maybe in second grade and I’m sure the “gift” looked just as wobbly as my little fingers as they mimicked my mothers weaving magic.

But it was the thought that counted the most. And that brings me to this:  Sometimes the best part of kindness is receiving.

Being open to gifts and the love that comes with it might just be one of the secrets of Christmas.

And now…. I crochet!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{receive}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 343 :: christmas kindness

10 Dec
{giving and receiving}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

Today I made an investment donation on KIVA.org. It was a wedding gift from our dear friends Sheryl and Webster. I had not yet experienced the land of Kiva until we received this beautiful gift that was given to us to give to others to help spur their dreams.

It took me months to finally decide on the “right fit” loan to give on Kiva. There were SO many stories, and SO many ideas, and SO many good works. And in the season of giving, Kiva has me thinking about giving and receiving and giving some more.

Maybe the best gifts are those that truly do keep on giving.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{keep on giving}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 343 :: christmas kindness

9 Dec
{the best}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

Today I drove to Seattle, to see the best acupuncturist around. She came highly recommended, and even though there was time and a bit of distance and too much driving… I chose the best.

There is kindness is choosing the best. The best for you. The best for your goals. The best for your promises, your big ideas, your path and everything else that your dreams are made of…

Sometimes the best kind of kindness is as easy as getting clear on the best fit. For you.

Choose the best.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{the best}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 341 :: christmas kindness

7 Dec
{give openly}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

We just arrived home from a Christmas party. One with a gift exchange “swap with a twist…”. We all drew numbers and then one by one picked up our presents. The gift picking came with the option to take someone else’s gift.

When I lived in New England, this was called a “Yankee Swap.” I’m not sure what it is called here on the West Coast. But it always creates a lot of laughter and some serious swapping strategies.

Tonight, the game ended with a promised “twist” — which was after all the swapping had subsided we passed our gifts one person to the right.

I ended up with a sweet little set of LED candles. But it got me thinking about kindness. About working really hard and gearing up over a mysterious box and then just handing it over to someone else.

There’s grace in sharing.
And it’s kind to share openly.
Even if it’s a box wrapped in paper that you pass to your right.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{life is full of surprises}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 339 christmas kindness

5 Dec
{hug someone}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

My dear Mama Sling loved Christmas. She loved wrapping the presents with gigantic bows that she made from her very hands. Mama Sling spent hours making those bows, and they were beautiful too.

Every Christmas we had to assemble the entire tree scene and set up with one goal — “Don’t crush the bows!”

Our Christmas Tree was a gigantic game of Tetris. The boxes had to be placed “just right” in order to keep all the bows fluffy and shiny and new. Mama Sling would sit back in her chair and command us to move and shuffle boxes under the tree until they found the perfect spot that would showcase all their glory.

Mama Sling’s bows were just one of the many, many, many things she did exceptionally well. Another talent of hers was the art of the HUG.

Mama Sling could hug a stranger and make them feel like family. Nobody made it past our front without a hug.

And so it is, in this month of Christmas Kindness, that I am sharing hugs. The Mama Sling kind. The kind that make you feel all warm inside and loved and accepted. Kind of like being wrapped in a beautiful bow.

Hug someone.
It’s Christmas Kindness.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 337 :: christmas kindness

3 Dec
{phone a friend}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

And tonight my act of kindness was phoning a friend. Really, what else is there in life that could be better than a kind voice.

The best part of friendship is reciprocity. Giving and giving back.
Is there a friend you want to call? Don’t wait!

Phone a friend.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{friendship}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 336 :: christmas kindness

2 Dec
{a kind month}

Today I officially kick off… Christmas Kindness!

It begins with cards. Lots of cards!
We are readying our Christmas Cards over here — an act that is kind in so many ways.

Want a card from me? Email me, and I’ll add you to the list 😉

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{tis the season}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 335 :: 4-letter word friday

1 Dec
{kind}

This is officially the last 4-letter word Friday of the year! That’s because, with 2017 winding down, I am revving up my final days of intentional acts of kindness….

With Christmas Kindness!

It all begins tomorrow…

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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