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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 357 :: christmas kindness

23 Dec
{counting}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

Tonight I baked. Again.

This time it was a sweet cake recipe from my alkaline cookbook:

But the really sweet part was sharing the baking process with Justin.  And laughing in the kitchen while trying a new recipe. Who knows how it will turn out?

The best part is figuring it out together.
And sharing….that is what counts most.
How kind.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 353 :: christmas kindness

21 Dec
{wrap it up}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

We wrapped Christmas gifts tonight. As I was folding and cutting and taping paper I was also showing off a bit. I am a bit of a paper wrapper snob.

It goes way back to my junior high days when my youth group would wrap Christmas gifts in the local mall as a fundraiser. We wrapped the presents so everyone could take home perfectly wrapped gifts. They paid us money – and it raised funds for our initiatives. Win. Win.

I learned all the tricks of the trade in that booth. How to size up paper to match a box. How to fix a box when you ran out of paper. How to crease the corners and tie a bow to add that extra pizzazz.

So tonight, while wrapping gifts for our loved ones, I realized how KIND it is to fold paper for someone else. Really, it’s just as beautiful to wrap something up in a surprise box with all the love and perfectly creased corners, as it is to open up a gift from someone else.

‘Tis the season!
May your season be wrapped in kindness too.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 351 :: christmas kindness

19 Dec
{secret}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

Fa, la, la, la, la, la, la, laaaaaaa!

I received a Secret Sister email today. It asked for me to send a secret gift to a stranger. I immediately had a chain letter flashback from 1982. And just like then, it seems to be a silly little drill in getting people to give and get things from strangers. All hype. No hope. And probably pointless.

But, I decided to do it anyway. Why not!?

‘Tis the season. It’s also kind. And I couldn’t think of a better thing to do than to give a surprise gift to a stranger.

It is Christmas Kindness, after all.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 351 :: christmas kindness

18 Dec
{rock star}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

Last night, after spending days upon days in bed, I finally surfaced. I crawled out of that protective cocoon and faced the light of day. And the fact that I ran out of Gilmore Girls episodes…

Amidst it all, I also felt something new… Aches. All. Over. My body, bless its heart and soul, was done with being sick but still had some healing to do. I could barely move my shoulders with all the aches and pains and finally asked Justin if we had a heating pad… or something that could act like a heating pad. He’s good at finding things so whenever I need something I have learned to ask. To put Justin on the task.

He thought about it for a while and then, just when I thought he had forgotten he walked outside. In the mud and rain mind you. When he returned inside he had his hands full of rocks.

“What are those for?” I asked.
“For your back. I’m going to heat them up, like a hot rock massage.” He replied matter of factly.

Oh… My…  Love… he had me at hot rock massage. My most favorite spa treatment in the world. But could we do it at home?

Turns out, the answer is yes! Justin washed and heated the rocks and then placed them on my back. And then heated them up again for a second round. They weren’t perfect like the rocks I have had in spas … but it was perfectly timed.

It was so gloriously relaxing.
And he is so amazingly kind. A rock star in my book.

It’s times like these when I realize that for all the KINDNESS I have been trying to infuse into my life and others this year, all I really needed to do was open my eyes. Sometimes being kind is remembering to ask for help.

Because the helpers will show up.
Sometimes with rocks in their hands.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 347 :: christmas kindness

14 Dec
{resting}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

Tonight it seems, my body has one thing in mind for me… to rest. That’s what it wants, so that’s what it gets!

And, I couldn’t think of anything more kind… well, except watching season 7 of Gilmore Girls… good thing I can do both at once!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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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

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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

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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

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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 329 :: ah, the lights

25 Nov
{kind season}

Last night was the annual Festival of Trees. And there were many, many beautiful lights to officially kick off the holiday season. 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. It also seems like the kindest too – what a great way to wrap up 2017!

Here’s to a season of kindness.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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