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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 337 :: joy is blue sky thinking

3 Dec

{budget season} 

How did it get to be December? Beyond that, how did it get to be December 3rd already? The countdown is on to the new year and I am looking back over this year with great reflection. 

It’s also budget season so I am reflecting on many things — what worked, what didn’t, what to do next. And I’m also saving a few moments for dreaming too. Blue sky thinking. Thinking not grounded in anything yet but possibilities. 

– what to blog about next year? 
– annual budgets? 
– what to do for my career, family, friends, hobbies…. and so much more!

This is the best time of year — the most wonderful time of year — it’s a little moment to start daydreaming about next year before it’s too late.  

More tomorrow… 



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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 329 :: december is coming

29 Nov

Today’s bliss…a lazy Sunday.

And when I say lazy, I mean L.A.Z.Y. Granted, we didn’t arrive home until after 2AM. And I don’t really remember the last time that happened. Although my body has been reminding me all day what it feels like when that happens. The dogs however reminded me what it feels like to be woken up at 7AM even when I didn’t go to sleep until well after 3AM.

Thus, I have been in my pajamas all day.

That aside, there’s something lovely about not really being able to move on a Sunday after a holiday. Not getting out of PJ’s. Not having the energy to even read a book or check my email. Only the sound of football humming in the background as a reminder that it’s a winter Sunday on the eve of a December month.

And that ringing in between my ears seems to be saying…
The holidays are coming!
The holidays are coming! 

And…that other voice inside of me is whispering….
Can I go to bed yet?

Such is December.
Such is bliss.

More tomorrow.
{happy december}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 342 :: december travel: bye bye seattle

8 Dec

I’m waving goodbye to Seattle today. 

As we left the city our shuttle driver said, “It hasn’t been this cold in Seattle for 20 years!”

I’m not sure if that is an official record, but it was cold here.
And SO sunny!

Cold enough to appreciate a warm fireplace – whether it is inside or outside!

December is here so I shouldn’t be surprised, but Ms. December feels unseasonably cold to me — and in so many parts of the country, including that crazy Philly Snow Bowl.

It’s enough to make me wish I would have read this article a week ago:

Outdoor Home Prep to Do Before Hard Winter Hits

Maybe you still have time?
If so, consider it a gift!

I am headed to Chicago and will report back from there.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{what is your gift today?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 335 :: december gifts

1 Dec

Tonight I find myself thinking about gifts.

Which puts me right back to where I started this year. Gifts. Abundance. Promises.

How are your promises and goals going? 

I started out this year thinking I would give a gift away for 365 days! It was a grand plan all centered around my promise to create abundance.

Then a lump popped up in my throat. Doctor’s appointments scheduled. Surgery took over. My thyroid was removed. And, frankly, I was too overwhelmed to remember to give a gift a day.

After the dust settled, and my thyroid was released, I was overcome with the feeling that true abundance comes in the form of good health.

But now, it’s December 1st and as I look at the calendar I want to make good on my promise. So today starts the grand finale of this year for me — and for you too!

Over here, my pledge has come full circle. I will give a gift a day away for the rest of the year. Except now, I realize that a gift can be excruciatingly small and still be overwhelmingly impactful.

Like tonight for instance. 
My gift today was doing the dishes after Justin made dinner. Without complaints. Without any noise at all — except that I was singing, whistling while I worked if you will.

It was a direct exchange, really.
He brought me home this little gift for breakfast today (yes, that is a maple donut with bacon on top!):

Justin brought it home from Voodoo Doughnuts in Portland.

Here’s the thing. He didn’t have to bring it home. I didn’t expect it and I was totally shocked when he showed up with it. (I was also in sugar shock for about 2 hours after I ate it, but that’s another story).

It was a gift. 
A little bit of something that said I thought of you. 

And so tonight, as a really minuscule, tiny return of a favor, I did the dishes and cleaned the kitchen while whistling — so Justin wouldn’t have to after he cooked. My gift. As small as it might be, said something back — I’m thinking of you too. 

And that’s the power of giving. 
It’s not the receiving, or even the thought, or the size of the gift that matters most. It’s the flow back and forth, the wave of good things, the energy exchange that a gift sets in motion. That’s what really counts.

If you don’t believe me, try it yourself.
I know I will be. Every day until the end of the year.

Care to join me?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless!}

{what can you give this month?}
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