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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 33 :: trust is embracing the new

2 Feb



{trust}  

To prepare for the Super Bowl we ordered a special New England Patriots cookie cutter. Actually, we ordered two. Neither one arrived in time. So tonight we had to be creative…. and I think it turned out great.

Trusting your creative muscle is important when things don’t go the way you want them to. 

Here’s to a super game and some super cookies!

Lovemore,
Jamie

{trust}
#lovemore

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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}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 150 :: zen and the art of friday

3 Jun

Day 150: Friiiiii-day.

Happy Friday. Happy Weekend. This girl is starting early with a blog post. And then on to the party.

Party of three. For two little girls and me.
First up, some A.R.T. because that’s what Aunties do.

Lord knows I won’t be cooking them a good meal – Papa Muphy’s in da house!
Pizza now, yoga later.

Like I said, happy Friday. Why be calm when life can be creative?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{friday funday}
#lovemoredomore

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2014 BLOG – DAY 61 :: how not to give up …or (holy) blessed socks

2 Mar

It was a year ago that I gave up.

It was February 2013 when my thyroid reared it’s bumpy head. As soon as the shock wore off I gave up. I stopped working on key projects I had on my plate and I stopped writing the manuscript I had been working on.

I just didn’t have it in me to continue. Not while I was in “the waiting place” trying to figure out which foot to put forward. Actually, I was trying to figure out which direction was forward.

As we know, everything turned out fine. Surgery, results, all benign! Whew! And that’s when I began writing again.

Ironically, just as February closed out last week, just a year later, another bump made itself known inside my body. Consequently, I again stopped my morning ritual of writing.

But this weekend I woke up with an epiphany.

RESISTANCE.
Coined by Stephen Pressfield, the concept applies to all creators:
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“Resistance is experienced as fear; the degree of fear equates to the strength of Resistance. Therefore the more fear we feel about a specific enterprise, the more certain we can be that that enterprise is important to us and to the growth of our soul. That’s why we feel so much Resistance. If it meant nothing to us, there’d be no Resistance.”

― Steven PressfieldThe War of Art: Break Through the Blocks & Win Your Inner Creative Battles
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Is it ironic that I have run into two bumps in the road in the month of February? One year apart? Right in the middle of my best writing streak ever?

Is it resistance?
Maybe. Maybe not.

One thing is for sure. This time, I am not giving up. No matter the outcome or diagnosis, I am pushing through. I am writing. I will finish the manuscript. I will continue with my schedule. I will continue go to the gym. I won’t break my stride.

So today I returned to the gym and my peak performance schedule. As I undressed to take a shower I looked down at my toes.

Right there, before me, was a holy blessing:


(holy sock compliments of Brady)

And it confirmed exactly what was going through my mind:

Ain’t nothin’ gonna to break my stride
Nobody’s gonna slow me down, oh-no
I got to keep on movin’

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

{how do you keep moving?}

Day 157: how to stay creative and stop being perfect

6 Jun

I have to admit, I feel my writing can be pretty drab and not very creative sometimes.  Sure, there are days when I read a blog post and think… wow! I did it!

But, that doesn’t happen all the time, in fact, not most of the time.

And, I’m okay with it, because my goal is just to write everyday as I go along this journey.

To produce.  To publish.  To “ship” as Seth Godin would say.

But, today, when I stumbled upon this fancy, dancy little cartoon my eyes grew big and bulgy.  It’s aptly titled: How To Break Out Of A Creative Rut from the brains over at Copyblogger.

There is so much I have learned in this daily writing assignment of my promise.  One top lesson is this — I have to stop trying to be perfect. 

Perfectionism is a disease.
And such a hard habit to kick.

But, one that is crucial to get over — especially for those of us who write and publish and ship everyday.

As it says below…“If you try too hard to avoid failure you’ll avoid succes.”

That said — creativity is the best answer to a little drabby anything — be it writing, clothes, food or the weather.

So, please enjoy this fun overview of how to get your creative on!

Then …go get some creative on.

Lovemore,
xo~Jamie

How to Break Out of a Creative Rut

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Day 99: teaching old dog new tricks (or treat!)

8 Apr

New tricks this week.

Not talking about my two dogs tonight, but rather myself — this old dog (me) typing right now.

Just this week I went on a new assignment — or on consignment, rather.

I drove by a local consignment store and a lightbulb went off in my head — aha!
Now I know what to do with all the clothes dear Holly Getty helped me edit out of my closet.

I waltzed inside the True Fashionistas store with piles of clothing in my arms, only to be totally shocked when the woman behind the counter carefully folded each item and put them in a pile, looked up at me through her dark rimmed glasses and said “No” — she didn’t need them.

Including two brand new pairs of Joe’s Jeans!

Apparently, she only wanted summer things: tops, shorts and such.
Apparently, I had mostly winter things: jackets, jeans and such.

In the end, she did take three items.
So, now, I am officially on consignment.

As I waited for my paperwork to be filled out I turned around and noticed a long black dress hanging on the rack behind me.

Hum… it was long.
And, Holly did tell me she wanted to see me in long dresses

So, I tried it on.

Three minutes later I bought this White House | Black Market number for $14.00.

It’s long! It’s fun! And, it fits with my style points that Holly helped me discover: significant, creative and expressed. 

The woman helping me said that it just came into the store fifteen minutes before I arrived — as if it were waiting for me.

As for the jeans?
I’m selling them on eBay.

And, who knows?
My items sitting on the consignment rack just might pay for this new long number if they sell in the next 120 days.

Maybe you can teach an old dog a new trick (or at least give her a treat!). 

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