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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 197 :: puppies

8 Aug

Smile

I thought it would be kind to share cute puppy photos today. Why? Because these make me smile. And laugh out loud. Some are moments of pure chaos. Others are moments of pure bliss. Some are just a strange, crazy moment that we share with a Vizsla pup named Brady.

 

 

Did you smile?

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{kindness}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 148 :: my kind of smell

20 Jun

Living with Dogs.  

I once saw a home is Mexico labeled Casa Pero Loco. Or something close to the meaning of “Crazy Dog House” — sometimes I feel that is where I call home.

Two dogs mean that we have lots of LOVE, wagging tails, kisses, and hugs … and lots of smells. We aren’t going to get rid of our fur babies, they are part of the family, but there are times I want to get rid of the smells.

Enter – my new candle. I love it.


Sweet Dune Grass. Reminds me of our time on Martha’s Vineyard. Smells like summer. And long walks at night with two puppies.

Kind memories. Kind smells.
Maybe the best kind of all.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{all the smells}
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 JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 162 :: opposite of kindness 

14 Jun

Who me?  

This is not a look of kindness. This is a look of too many monkeys jumping on the bed.

It’s also a look of:
 What? Who me? Why are you yelling? 

Maybe it’s bad four-legged parenting. The bed was made and then I swear I turn my head for a moment and I find two dogs, a messy bed and two looks of incredulousness.

I yell. Then I laugh. Then I take a photo. It’s a cycle with these two.

I think their job is to keep me on my kind toes. And I think kindness is trying to teach me patience – and how to roll with it. Whatever “it” may be.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{cycles?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS DAY 7 :: kind of niceness

7 Jan

Pushover.

Today I was kind in a regular-sort-of-day way. Mostly to my doggies.

I am a puppy pushover. The dogs get what they want. If they want something they come to me. They paw at my leg. They whine in my direction. Because I cave. I am probably a dog trainer’s worst nightmare. I can’t help it… they pull at my heartstrings.

Today Brady got what he wanted. A hug. A sit-on-my-lap pawfully sweet hug.

And Pup got what he wanted. A pawfully cute kiss and lots of attention — and too much water.

And that was probably the extent of my intentional kindness today. And, you know what? I am okay with that. I yearned for a dog for half my adult life. I couldn’t convince my ex to be a dog owner. It caused me an overwhelmingly intense sort of sadness. The kind that is hard to explain to others, but you know it deep in your heart. When you’re a dog person you need a dog.

And now I have two. So, yeah, maybe I’m a pushover. But I waited for it and I have earned it. And I do enjoy every second of it. Even the bumpy, barky, messy days.

Which reminds me of another kind of kindness: enjoying what you have. 
Enjoy what you have, kind soul.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

P.S.  Challenge #1 is still on!  Are you Practicing Respect?
If you choose to accept this challenge, try one of the following acts:
– admire someone with kind words
– point out a particular and appreciated detail with kind words
– use thoughtful words to compliment someone on an achievement

{Enjoying?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 309 :: and then there were two

11 Nov

Day 309: Home.

I am home. And there are at least two little guys happy to see me. There’s something so wonderful about a tail wagging when you open the door. Make that two tails.

Namaste, Home. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{wag}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 217 :: you can do anything

13 Aug

Day 217: You can.

My mantra is You Can Do Anything. And you can.
Case in point: this dog.


In this video, you can watch this dog climb down a ladder (thanks for the video DeAnne!). Yes, a dog. Climb down a ladder.

It just goes to show that we can do more than we know.
If only we believe.
You can do anything!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{you can do it}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 181 :: buddy system

6 Jul

Day 181: Yoga Pal.

Tonight, my yoga looked like this:  Pup’s face.

He wouldn’t stop licking my face while I was finishing my yoga. (Savasana is very sticky with Mr. Licky.) And yet, it’s always nice to have a buddy when exercising. Even if it’s one who just watches and barks.

And licks.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{buddy system}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 137 :: dogged determination

18 May

Day 137: Brady.

I live with a food stalker. His name is Brady. He knows where all the food in the house is at all times. I mean ALL the food at ALL times.

Here is sleeps so cute and cuddly next to Pup. But really, this is all a facade. He is calculating his next sneaky food-swiping move.

Which he promptly orchestrated moments after I took this photo. It was just a bowl of oatmeal. But he devoured it in the 30 seconds I walked away from the kitchen. DEVOURED it. An entire bowl of oatmeal. Dry, bland oats. 

Thanks to Brady, there will be no second batch of oatmeal chocolate power bars. There aren’t enough oats left to mix a bar together for breakfast.

But I think there is much we can learn from our little Brady. Sure, the obvious is to not leave food out on the counter (even said oats). But there is more to observe.


This dog.
He has me thinking a lot about dogged determination. In the pursuit of what we love most. For him it is food. Any food. Even dry, bland, oats.

For you it might be dancing, singing, creating, doing. For me, it is making promises and showing up. And this year, that means yoga.

But there is also this: opportunity. 
Brady knows how to patiently wait for his window of opportunity to open. And when it appears he leaps. There is no second guessing. No hesitation. No over-thinking. There is no self-talk. Brady does not stop to ask, “Should I go for that bowl of oats now? What if she comes back and finds me all head in the bowl paws on the counter? What if I get in trouble?”


Nope. Brady is all action.
He’s a Wait. Watch. Strike. Live with the consequences sort of dog.
And as frustrating as that is at times, I have to say, I respect it.
No, I actually love it. It’s inspiring really.

So, tonight, as I put away the rest of my oatmeal chocolate bar ingredients, I leave you with this. The next time you find yourself waiting and watching, just think of Brady.

And…
Go for it.  

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{going for it?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 82 :: downward puppy day

23 Mar

Day 82: Our Pups.

It’s National Puppy Day — and for this Pup who is about to turn 15 it seems like quite the honor. Here’s our Pup a few years ago, standing on the pier of the island that we love.


And here’s a more mature Pup:

And here’s a flashback to our tiny Brady meeting Pup for the first time:

They change. We change. They grow. We grow. But they will always be our Pups.
So in their honor… I do a downward dog!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{happy puppies?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 280 :: just a bit of bliss

11 Oct

Today’s Bliss….. this. It just made me smile. The video is worth a quick blissful watch.

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Lovemore, 
Jamie
{creating bliss?}
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