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15 Dec

JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9
bows – 16 days to go
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There are 16 days left of The Promise 365!

I love Sunday afternoons. Today, I spent the day wrapping presents, watching the Hallmark Channel and watching the New England Patriots win. Brady sat next to me the entire time, tuckered out from all the activity.  While watching was the easy part, doing is always harder.

I can watch my share of Hallmark Christmas specials, and I can cheer on Patriots touchdowns, but I cannot wrap a present as my mother. I’m not knocking my own skills. I am a wrapping paper expert. I know all the secrets to making a present pop, including creasing the corners and lining up the design on the papers just perfectly. Alas, I cannot make a bow like Mama Sling.

I tried. Many times. I started over many times too. I used tape (it snapped) and yarn (it broke) and wire (it slipped). 

So much of this blog has been dedicated to the fond memories I have of Mama Sling. There are so many amazing memories and moments, and there are so many incredible things she taught me. But she didn’t teach me how to make her famous bows. 

The bows that she spent hours on, the bows that she wouldn’t let us smoosh under the tree. We had to Tetris all the presents under the tree to specifically make sure no bow would touch another bow. There was no bow smooshing allowed. This won’t be a problem this Christmas since I cannot replicate the Mama Sling bow.

But that’s not really the point, is it? I still have the memories of her laughter and her love and her magical Christmas bows. Even though I do not have her or her bow making talent, I have her in my heart, which keeps her by my side.   

The best part of Christmas is not the gifts we buy, but the moments we give each other that last long beyond the time we are together. Thank you, Mama Sling, for being by my side throughout these past nine years, and these past nine promises, and every Christmas in between.

Even if I can’t make a bow to save my life!  

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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11 Dec

JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9
power – 20 days to go
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There are 20 days left of The Promise 365! 

Sometimes the most simple things are the most powerful. I have learned many lessons over the past nine years, including love, fearlessness, abundance, peak performance, bliss, joy, and kindness. All of them have one thing in common, trust. 

It’s funny to be on this side of making promises. Now, that I know this is my last one (who would have thought trust would be the grand finale?) I am in awe of how they all connect together through the power of trust. 

It takes trust to love. It takes trust to be kind. It takes trust to go after peak performance and to follow your bliss, tap into joy, and live in abundance.

It is the simple power of trusting yourself. And that is simply powerful. 

So here’s to trusting yourself in all that you do.
You got this 
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 today – 26 days to go

5 Dec


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There are 26 days left of The Promise 365!

If there is anything that blogging for nine years has taught me it is this — appreciate today. Each day. Every day. I know there will be times that I will miss the process of writing this blog and capturing all the beauty and adventure of each day. Because that has been the gift over these last nine years. Capturing the fun moments, the funny mishaps, the small gifts, and the big, life-changing experiences!

If there is any advice I could possibly share after these nine years, it would be this: dedicate yourself to today.  Or you might miss it.

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 4-letters – 28 days to go

3 Dec


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There are 28 days left of The Promise 365!

Love is a four-letter word. Tonight, I present an ode to four-letter words, and to my dear friend Diane who taught me the four-letter word game. It goes like this…

Kind is a four-letter word
Love is a four-letter word
Play is a four-letter word

You get the idea. My point isn’t so much about the game as it is about the person. Diane has been a fixture of this blog for nine years. Mostly in the background, sometimes in actual posts, but always reaching out and giving me encouragement behind the scenes. She reads the blog and emails me almost daily with a little tidbit of feedback or appreciation. She is The Promise 365’s Number One fan. 

So tonight, I dedicate this post to Diane. She may be old enough to be my grandmother but she is young at heart. She reflects love, she is kind, and she loves to play the four-letter word game. 

May you always be surrounded by many GOOD four-letter words and KIND friends. 
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 easy – 29 days to go

2 Dec


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There are 29 days left of The Promise 365!

I love it when things are easy. Today I went to the dentist and he fixed my chipped front tooth. It was easy, so, so easy. And, it feels so good to have experts to rely on when you need them.

It’s taken me a long time to learn this lesson. Relying on others is a gift, and accepting and allowing the gifts of others to impact your life is a blessing.

So, I say… focus on what’s easy. Just as the snow is falling outside my window in an effortless fashion, we must also allow and let go into what is easy. 

Be like the snow… fall into place in an easy and effortless way.
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 support system :: 34 days to go

27 Nov


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There are 34 days left of The Promise 365!

We are watching Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings tonight. I have loved her since I was a little girl, her songs, her humor, her grit. Justin found the new show for me and as we were watching episode two tonight I mentioned that I had to do my blog.

Justin’s eyes got really big and said, “Let me do it!” I laughed. He was serious. So, tonight, I am handing the reigns over to Justin for his very first guest appearance or as he said, “Guest-starring Justin Aiken.” His words are below. I did not edit a word. 

Dolly is the tits. I’m not saying that because of her endowments, but because my beautiful wife and life partner absolutely adores her, as do I. She has never disappointed anyone in her performances or appearances, just like my wife. I used to think that showing up was the best thing you could do, but it’s not. You do have to deliver, and Jamie does every time. I know her blog is coming to an end, but she still shows up every day and always delivers. If I’ve learned anything in my life it is this, Jamie always delivers, Jamie never disappoints, and I’ll always adore her. She is my Dolly. Tits and all.

What can I say? The man is sweet and he makes me laugh. More than anything, he has been by my side every night of this blog for the past nine years. He is my support system in more ways than one, and that, right there, is the biggest lesson of all. 

The secret to success is a support system. May you always have one that thinks you are “the tits” as one might say. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.

Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 321 :: daily thoughts – 41 days to go

20 Nov

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There are 41 days left of The Promise 365!  

I started this blog (nine years ago) with one thought in my mind — you can do anything for one year. This is the excerpt from one of the first blog posts I ever made, Day 6

Someone once told me you can do anything for one year.

At the time I heard her say this, I was skeptical. Very skeptical. Possibly because I was just 20 years old, still in college and living on an erratic schedule of school-on and school-off, summer break and J-term days.

Quite possibly, it was also because she was describing her time in the Peace Corp living without food and eating bugs.

That’s what I said nine years ago. Today I would say something different. You can do anything for one year holds a much deeper meaning to me now, on this side of this promise. 

It is true that you can force yourself to experience something new like eating bugs, and that is significant. I believe in pushing yourself to your edge. But, what I have learned over these past nine years is this: when you make a commitment, and show up, and then keep showing up, your own personal truth will reveal itself to you. 

You might learn that you are resilient, or patient, or creative. You may find what fires you up, slows you down and stops you in your tracks. You might also learn that the adventure of life is full of lessons that you will miss if you don’t have a moment to reflect.

And that is the power of this promise. You can do anything for one year — and you will benefit from it for the rest of your life. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 315 :: who you are – 50 days to go

11 Nov


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There are 50 days left of The Promise 365!

If there is anything this blog has taught me over the past nine years, it is who I and who I am not. As this promise began it was to take care of my head, heart, body, and soul but as it neared the end, it began to unveil who I really am and what I am made of. 

For one thing, I believed my entire life that I was part Native American. It was a story told by my family and my mother about her mother and so on. When I took the 23 and Me test last year, I couldn’t believe the results. I was more French than German (which my last name hails from Germany) and more British than I ever knew. The Irish part was not a surprise but the fact that I have absolutely ZERO Native American lineage is astounding.

While that is all very interesting (to me) and an adventure in genetics and ancestry, what I have really learned over these past nine years is who I am as a person.

I am dogged and dedicated. I never expected to blog every single night for nine years but I have (and will) and if nothing else I have learned that nothing can stop me when I put my mind and heart into it.

I am soft and hard in all the right places. While my body has fluctuated and I am a few organs short of a full set now, I have learned that my heart is softer than I ever knew it could be. I have learned so many lessons in love and gained new insights in loving (myself and others). But I am hard in all the right ways, sometimes stubborn, but all for the right reasons. 

I am positive. Maybe not a surprise since I was voted “Most Likely To Be Positive In A Nuclear Holocaust” in college, but when you force yourself to write every single night you begin to see patterns. The pattern I have weaved is one of wanting to leave a little more sunshine than rain. I have collected up inspiration wherever I found it and shared it with you – even on my darkest nights when I couldn’t face my own sad moments. Maybe that was in part to make myself feel better but I genuinely, absolutely, positively believe the glass is better when it’s half full. Because doesn’t the world need more hope? 

In all these years, I have learned so much about who I really am. And after all that, I can positively say it’s good to know, who you are and who you are not. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 309 :: trust inner knowings

5 Nov


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As I sit in the Naples airport I feel how long it has been since I have been here. Many, many years. This blog started nine years ago. It was nine years ago that we moved to Florida and it was nine years ago that I made my first promise, not to shop for an entire year. That year turned into nine and that move turned into six more.

So now I sit back in an airport, writing my blog. Just a normal night for me. This blog started as a way to keep me accountable to my goal. I could have never guessed that it would follow me around for almost a decade into the future. 

Nine is a sacred number in many ways. 

In NumerologyNumber 9 is the symbol of wisdom and initiation. It is the last number before the next harmony.

In Chinese culture – Nine (九 pinyin jiǔ) is considered a good number in Chinese culture because it sounds the same as the word “long-lasting” (久 pinyin jiǔ). Nine is strongly associated with the Chinese dragon, a symbol of magic and power.

In Angel Numbers, Number 9 is a sign from the angels that your life path and soul mission involve being of service to humanity through the use of your natural skills and talents. Angel Number 9 suggests that you are a natural lightworker and encourages you to look to ways to serve others in positively uplifting ways

For me, Number 9 is a symbol of trust. I am trusting the inner knowings deep inside of me. The whispers telling me that it is time to make space for new adventures. The trust in knowing that this will be the last year of The Promise 365. I will finish out this year sharing what I have learned and where this blog has led me.

It started as a way to take care of my head, heart, body, and soul. And that it has, beyond my imagination. I will allow it to take me to the grand finale of 2019 (another nine number!) and carry with it all the lessons I have learned along the way.

Starting tomorrow, I will count down to the New Year by sharing highlights from these last nine years. I hope you come along for the journey! 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 279 :: lovemore fearless trust

8 Oct


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I was thinking about trust today… and how much it relates to being fearless. To trust wholly and completely leaves no room for fear. It brought me back to my year of Lovemore Fearless, where we swam with sharks and rafted the Grand Canyon. Trust is closely related to being fearless, and there are no compromises in a fearless life.  

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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