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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 287 :: courage

14 Oct


I think this pretty much sums it up. Sometimes it takes more courage to be kind than we know. Than we feel like we can muster up. And yet, kindness is always the courageous choice.

More tomorrow…



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 98 :: kindness 

11 Apr


Tonight, my act of kindness was a sandwich and a trip to the store. Sometimes it really is the little things that are the biggest. And sharing even just a sandwich makes it all the sweeter.

More tomorrow….

{what are you sharing?}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 215 :: unfolding

11 Aug

Day 215: surprise.

Ah, this promise thing.
It never unfolds that way I think it should, or would, or might. There is always a surprise. And, while I’m still waiting to figure this year out, to see exactly where it’s taking me… there is one thing I know.

To cross the ocean, you have to lose sight of the shore…
or something like that.

AND…. now I yoga.

More tomorrow.


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BLOG – GIFT DAY 157 30 days of love: courage to follow through

6 Jun

30 days of love: courage to follow through 

It’s DAY 27 over here of the 30 Days of Love. We’ve already had two yummy recipes and a week-long Giveaway, some treats, a sneeze, some wise words to the Class of 2013, some news, a Pop Quiz, 3 things I love, a biopsy, a call to say what you need to say, a prayer, a choice, a reminder of home, a sunrise, a road trip, a little joy, looking for a rainbow, there’s something to love, put your emphasis on joy, on the road again, going home, take a deep breath, and now…Courage to follow through. 

A friend emailed me today wanting to know more about why we chose to move to Oregon. I wrote back, “We moved for tons of reasons, one was for Justin to pursue this job opportunity and we also wanted to be closer to family in the Northwest, live in a lower cost of living area, and be closer to nature.”

He replied that he was impressed with our “courage to follow through.”I thought about this all day.

What is the courage to follow through?

Where does it show up in our lives?

What keeps us back from following through?

I spent the entire day yesterday looking for a place for us to call home.

The check list:
– a house with a yard preferably for the dogs
– a bathtub for me
– a three bedroom, with one room for my office
– a garage
– bonus: a kitchen with granite countertops 

I looked at one house that was super cute but the fence line was too low for our dogs to jump and run into a busy street. Then, I looked at another house that had no yard at all and the owner said he would have to talk to his wife about allowing dogs in the house.

After an exhausting day of looking all over our new town, and being told over and over again that it’s hard to find a place that will rent with dogs…

I became frustrated, and overwhelmed, and tired.  We need a place to live. Where were we going to find a place to live? 

So I decided to take matters into my own hands — or head.  I just listened to a book about visual meditation while driving across the country… this seemed like the perfect time to try it out.  

I went to bed last night with a vision of our perfect place, with everything we wanted and with all of us (including the dogs) smiling. I used visual meditation to see it in my minds eye.

This morning, I received an email that the owners of the cute little house with the low fence line would help us create a way to keep the dogs in the yard.

This cute little house has:
– a yard for the dogs
– a bathtub for me
– a three bedroom, with one room for my office
– a garage
– bonus: a kitchen with granite countertops


And it even has a little white picket fence.

Who know if the visualization did anything? I would like to think that the right house found us as much as we found it.

But, more than anything, I’m happy we had the courage to follow through on this big move west to follow our dreams.

More tomorrow.

Lovemore {fearless}

{If you had the courage to follow through, what would you do?}

GIFT DAY 094 30-day gratitude challenge: day 18 – lean in to courage

4 Apr

Day 18 over here….of the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge.

What are you grateful for today?

My new hobby is tracking my pH balance. Yesterday I was dark yellow. Today I am closer to green. Green is good! The pH has gone up past 7.0 according to my pH sticks which is more alkaline. And that’s good — the lemons in my water must be doing their job.

ph balance, jamie eslinger, thepromisedaily.com

Lovemore Fearless!
That’s my mantra. And today, well… I cried my eyes out with a lot of fear and then love and then fear and then some more love.

I showed up for my thyroid ultrasound early, after mustering up all the courage my bright smile could handle.

(Did I tell you I was once voted Most Likely To Be Happy In A Nuclear Holocaust? True story. I was in college. And, today, I felt so very not myself.)

While laying on the radiology table I sent consistent messages of love and joy to every fiber of my body. I joked around with the radiologist. We plotted a plan for the hospital to offer foot massages and salt scrubs…. and then…

I sat in the nurse’s chair to have my blood drawn. As soon as she pulled out the fist full of viles my stomach turned.

There were more than ten plastic viles sitting on the table below. Before the needle even appeared my eyes began watering.

“Are you okay?” The nurse asked me.
“I might pass out,” I tried to joke but I couldn’t stop the tears.
“Do you want to lay down?” She asked.
“It’s not physical,” I tried to explain. “It’s emotional.”

The procedure began. The needle poked. The nurse stopped.

“Are you holding your breath?” she asked me.
“Maybe?” I answered, not sure if I was still breathing.
“Don’t hold your breath, or you will pass out.” She smiled.

I sat there with streams running down my face, wondering, “Why am I crying.”
And that’s when the answer hit me. “I’m scared.”

That’s the funky, funny, not so ironic thing about f*Ing fear. It usually sneaks up from behind, catches you off-guard when you least expect it. In public no less. With a needle jammed up your arm and ten plastic viles being filled red.

So what did I do?
I let the tears fall. Facing my fear, in living color, crying out loud, on the spot.

And I prefer to call it courage.

So, today I am grateful for:

1) Making lemons into pH lemonade
2) Tears
3) Courage

What are you grateful for?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),

{Your turn! Share what you’re grateful for in the comments section below. Courage.}

Day 60: time to leap foward

29 Feb

Whew! What a month!

February is officially O.V.E.R.  I wrote for an entire month about love to fill up my heart. And, after 28 days of love letters, my cup runneth O.V.E.R.

Now it’s time to MARCH on.
I made a promise to love more and fear less this year and now it’s time to put this promise to the test.

Beginning tomorrow, I will take fear head on — at least once a day for the month of March. That means I have to do something or explore something that otherwise causes fear — every single day in March.

As someone smart, wise and otherwise sage-like once said:  courage is facing fear and doing it anyway. 

Today is appropriately named Leap Day, so tomorrow I take the leap and begin.
How about you?

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark, professionals built the Titanic.

Day 307: a courageous holiday :: 5 strategies to stay on track with sugar

3 Nov

It’s a cold day here but I’m all bundled up and warm inside.

It helps to have some green tea at my side.  Believe me, coffee sounds way more warm and delectable. But I’m learning that tea does the trick.

There’s so much to look forward to this winter.
For one, we leave for Florida in the morning. (On the 6 AM ferry—ouch!)
But once we arrive in the sunshine state there will be warm weather, followed by holiday travel and friends and family to visit.

I know this winter and holiday season will take great courage for me to get through without totally breaking down and breaking my promise around coffee and chocolate and sugar.

I just opened my O Mail tonight from Oprah’s Life Class and the headline reads:
What will you do that you’ve never had the courage to do before? 

It has my holiday heart spinning.
I will embark on a new tradition this winter — one of taking care of my head, heart, body and soul — instead of taking every opportunity to sample all the treats, cookies, candies and pies!

In order to have the courage to follow through with this I need a plan.

Step One: Get Boundaries
My daily intake of sugar is limited to 25 grams.  It’s easy to stay in this range when I don’t have sweets and stay away from packaged goods.  Fruit alone can fill this requirement.  So, while, my holiday boundary will remain the same, 25 grams a day, I will have to plan out my sweet tastes.

Step Two: Get Real
I realize there will be temptation and I need to be real about my own expectations.  If I REALLY want to stick with my sugar pledge I have to be sweet to myself.  Planning nightly baths and good self-care will be in order.

Step Three: Get Support
I will ask the people who love me most to help here. Sometimes just saying it out loud and from the heart is all people need to hear to understand the importance of this sweet commitment.

Step Four: Get Cooking
Hey! If I can’t eat what’s there maybe I need to make my own sweet treats. Looks like I need to find a no sugar recipe to share this holiday so others can enjoy what I bring to the table too. And when it comes to holiday eating can you ever have too many options?

Step Five: Get Out
If all else fails, flee the scene of the crime!  As in, take a breather or a break.  Drop the cookies and get some fresh air.

It may sound silly.
But I think it’s courageous.

Either way, this holiday will be a test — one I’m willing to take!

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