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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 136 :: free joy

14 May

Okay so it’s not technically summer, but the last few days have felt like it.   And, it feels good. Flowers blooming, sunshine shining, bees buzzing. It’s as if the world has woken up.

I have literally watched the leaves grow on the tree outside my window. They were baby sprouts just a week ago, now they are full on leaves the size of my hand. And green. So green!

I love the color of green spring flipping into summer green. It’s that beautiful lime then full dark kale color. It’s like watching Mother Nature’s rainbow this burst of color all around me.

I love it. And it brings me joy. And, biggest bonus ever… it’s FREE!
More tomorrow…


{free joy}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 64 :: breathing in beauty

7 Mar
{springing forward}

I spotted a little patch of beauty today. My heart beat a little faster and I wanted to scream, “The flowers are blooming! The flowers are blooming!” It must mean Spring is just around the corner.

What a relief.
And what a joy!

Winter can feel so long and hard and like such a drudge… and then one day you notice a little patch of flowers. At least I did, today. It reminded me to breathe. In and out. And to enjoy watching each moment unfold into Spring and the beauty that surrounds us.

And sometimes, that is all you need to know.

More tomorrow…


{breathe in and out}

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 JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 193 :: 4-letter word friday

4 Aug


Today I ran into a few flowers. Or rather, flowed right by.

I do love flowers. The beauty. The colors. The moment they give me to pause.
They make me see more kindness in the world, and feel kinder too.

More tomorrow….


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 141 :: weekend done

22 May

Day 141: One day at a time.

Weekend done.
Blog done.
Yoga done.

And I’m left with just a moment to reflect before the week begins. So here’s just a little something pretty. For you. Because the weekend goes by way too fast, and sometimes, just a little moment to pause is what the doctor ordered.

Bring on the week ahead!

More tomorrow.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 233 :: the lily pad

27 Aug
I had a medical appointment today. And when I left the office I passed by this lily pad.

It seemed significant to me on many levels. On the surface the water was calm. Underneath the water an entire world was alive, tangled with vines and lily pads and moss and fish and frogs.

It reminded me of myself in many ways. Calm on the outside, a total bunch of twisted vines on the inside. But somewhere tucked in the middle, peaking out from a few leaves was a beautiful, blooming, yellow flower.

I stopped and took a photo. Because it was good reminder.
Maybe bliss is as easy as focusing on the flower?

More tomorrow.

  {such is bliss?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 200 :: expectations and the bliss gap

25 Jul
I’ve come to a realization. I have expectations. 

I know. Not a huge revelation, but one that, while it can be a great benefit for certain aspects of life, can be a total bliss buster.

Expectations come in so many forms. Some are too high. Some are too low. Some are bouncing everywhere in between. But they are there. Implanted, imbedded, intact inside of me. Expectations of what/how/when everything in life/years/weeks/days should go/be/do. It’s exhausting just thinking about expectations. 

Sometimes I don’t know what to expect until expectations creep up on me in the form of disappointment. (Thus the complaining and the struggle through a no complaint challenge).

But expectations can be so good too. They can push, drive, and propel me forward.

The real challenge may not be complaining… it might just be finding a balanced bliss somewhere in between all of this.

Maybe it’s accepting the difference between where my expectations lie and where my feet stand? It is something I am beginning to call The Bliss Gap.

Take this flower for instance.
Today we watched it unfurl, unfold, open up and then curl back up and die. It had no expectation. It just did what it was supposed to.

It wasn’t worried about whether it was ahead of schedule, blooming faster than all the other flowers. It wasn’t comparing it’s pink color to the orange next to it. It wasn’t trying to get taller and fatter and slimmer and pinker all at the same time. It wasn’t doing anything other than being a flower in bloom.

Fascinating really.
Be like the flower my mind says.
Give up expectations.
Unfold. Unfurl. Bloom. Be.

More tomorrow.

  {blooming bliss?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 190 :: just one day

14 Jul

So much can happen in one day. I am reminded of it in so many ways, but today, nothing was more obvious than this flower.

This was yesterday:

And this is today:

It’s gone. Just like that.

And it’s such a simple reminder to live while I’m alive. To play. To have fun. To get it while the getting is good.

To be blissful while we have the moment.
Right now.

More tomorrow.


Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 131 :: name that purple flower

12 May

My little spot of beauty today comes from yesterday’s vineyard and winery visit.

These are from the gardens of Schmidt Family Vineyards … and they are just pretty-ful!  Extra points if you can tell me what the purple flower is at the end…

Anyone? Anyone? The purple flower is….

More tomorrow.

{what was your beauty spot today?}

2014 BLOG – DAY 88 :: focus on the beauty

29 Mar

Have you noticed a theme here lately?
Spring? Flowers? Beauty?

I hope so. It’s a fundamental shift in my brain. I am now officially looking for beauty. Not because it’s beautiful, because it’s important.

I will soon be scheduled for surgery (big boobies here I come!). It has been a surprise and a shock but I am choosing to focus on the good, the healthy, and the beautiful in each and every moment along the way.

I met with a wise woman this week and she made an excellent point — whatever we put in writing influences what we believe. And what we believe becomes our reality.

She left me with these words, “Focus on the beauty.”

So, given that piece of excellent wisdom, I will not be writing about my experience with my upcoming mastectomy. I will share what is good, and healthy and beautiful along the way, because I am on the lookout for beauty.

I choose beauty. I choose love and health.

I hope you will join me in that promise because I want to be surrounded with love and joy. I promise to send it back to you too!

Because, only love matters and there is so much beauty to see in each and everyday.

Like this…. an image my doctor sent me this week.

Focus on the beauty.

More tomorrow.

{what beauty did you spot today?}

Day 54: flower power

23 Feb

May I tell you a story about flowers?

Today was my Vision Day with Rob Berkley and Debbie Phillips.  If I haven’t already told you all about Vision Day, it is a personal retreat and customized day of planning for your life, led by these two gurus, and in my experience it usually changes your life.

Today, Debbie started out the day by asking me to pick a flower that most represented me, right in that exact moment.

The room was full of vases and flowers in every corner and as I walked around to the various vases this super tall pink flower called my name.

It whispered, I am pink, pick me!
It was the most beautifully vibrant flower I have ever seen.

Vision Day was amazing.
I’m sure I will write more about it on another day.

For right now, this is a flower story.
At the end of the day, after all the amazing work, Debbie asked me to pick another flower.

A new flower.
One that represented where I was, in this new, exact moment.

Inside, I had a small moment of panic.
In my head, I knew there was no way I could find an even better flower than my first one.

In my heart I knew there was nothing that could compare to my beautiful pink flower.

I began walking around the room, and sure enough, my eyes caught a glimpse of the long stalk of this flower:

It was even bigger, taller, more beautiful and more in bloom.

There it was, my new, perfect flower.
The one that most represented how I felt in that very moment.

I must admit, this really isn’t a story about a flower.
It’s more like a story about transformation.

When I look at these two flowers side by side, I am reminded of this:
Just when I think I can’t go further, can’t possibly find something better, more beautiful, more perfect, all I have to do is open my eyes (and look for the right flower).

It will be there.
Ready to bloom.

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