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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 217 :: focus on trust

5 Aug


It’s Monday, ya’ll. Congrats, we made it through the starter day of the week. It’s like a practice day and then we have 4 more chances before the weekend arrives. I can do that.

Focus on that which you can believe in and trust (like Friday!). 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 100 :: 100 days to find joy

9 Apr
{day 100}

It’s Day 100. The first line of demarcation for this year and this promise of Joy. Can you believe it’s here? What does Day 100 mean to you?

  • 100 days of school?
  • 100 days of work?
  • 100 days of dreaming?
  • 100 days of training?
This is a milestone, for sure. Of your life — and your year. What have you done with it? I have been Joying-Up. If that’s a phrase. Actually, I think it should be — but let’s shorten it to Joy-Up!

Over these last 100 days, Joy has been teaching me to focus on what I want, what I love and what matters most. Joy has been right by my side, holding my hand when I make a wrong turn and gently bringing me back into alignment.

And, most of all, Joy has been reminding me that we are what we think. We create what we think about. Then we experience what we created. And the cycle goes on.

So what have you been focusing on for the last 100 days?
What will you focus on for the next 100 days of this year?

Joy is a powerful force – like Jedi mind tricks.
You can use it to your advantage. 

More tomorrow…


{joy up}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 11 :: choosing focus

11 Jan

Day 11. Focus.

Tonight’s yoga focused on an easy practice to do at home – in a small space. And so it has me thinking… about what we choose…to focus on. 

And then, I received this beautiful blog post from a friend. Written by Rosi.  To quote her, exactly: 

“It is NOT a world of gloom and doom, I conclude, but a world of infinite variety. And, gratifyingly, we are free to choose our focus and attitude. By doing so we create a world of our own making.”

It seems serendipitous timing, landing in my inbox. And it has me asking myself:

What are you focusing on?
What are you choosing?
Thank you Rosi.

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 337 :: hocus pocus focus

6 Dec

I have been studying peak performance all year. From books to personal experiments in rebuilding my body post surgery, to experts, to webinars, to practice, practice, practice.

A few concepts keep cropping up.
Focus. Clarity. Passion.

Seems obvious and yet so profound at the same time. And it makes me question: what am I focusing on? What are you focusing on?

Hocus Pocus Focus.

More tomorrow. 


 {what are you focusing on?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 332 :: tragedy to triumph

1 Dec

It’s December.

The year is wrapping up right before my eyes.  It’s hard to believe isn’t it? Just one more month of 2014 before us, a lifetime behind us. The dates on the calendar are being swept away and flying into the wind of yesterday.

In these next thirty days, I will be forming and contemplating my next promise. While at the same time I am reflecting back on what this year has brought with it. It has been one of tragedy and triumph.  Unexpected joy, unbelievable pain, unsurpassed love.

And that is the story of life.

As I tote around my new silicone set (and try not to fry them in the sauna) I am amazed at: 

  • how fast scars heal 
  • how small a DD cup actually feels! 
  • the power of intentional intention 
  • the wide, wide range of peak performance 

Peak performance has not been what I thought it would be. In true promise form, what I THOUGHT would happen this year is not really what the universe had in store.

Upon first entering my OB’s office this February, I thought I met my first potential friend in this town we moved across the country to call home. After she found the lump in my breast she sent me on the wild goose chase which landed me with fake boobs and a bucket full of gratitude for an early diagnosis.

Tonight, as I opened the door to the gym, I recognized the woman standing behind me.

“I know you!” I blurted out of surprise.  I was shocked that I actually ran into someone I recognized!  My doctor of all people! My OB that I haven’t seen in months. The first woman in this town that I thought could be called ‘friend.’

She seemed unfazed and gave me a look I read as: I don’t remember you but I’m going to be really nice anyway.

And she was nice. But as we walked down the hall to the locker room I could feel that she just wanted to escape the six foot stranger making small talk. As a doctor, I’m sure she runs into the many sets of boobs she sees in her office all over town. Part of me wanted to hug her and thank her for that early diagnosis. Part of me wanted to rip off my shirt and show her my new girls. Part of me was so embarrassed I wanted to make a beeline to the pool even though no bathing did I have on my body.

As we entered the locker room, she went right and I went left. As I sat down on the bench I had an overwhelming sensation that this too was a special sort of blessing. The kind that shows up to remind you that it’s really good news when you doctor doesn’t remember your name.

It was the triumphant sense that you have officially closed the chapter of this book.
And, that, to me, feels like the best way to begin wrapping up this year.
From tragedy to triumph. 

More tomorrow. 


 {what are your triumphs from this year?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 202 :: speaking of peak performance

21 Jul

There’s nothing like a surgery to get your peak performance in gear!  It’s Monday already and it feels like Friday will be here before I know it. I have my list and am checking it twice.

And that reminds me of something very valuable: deadlines.

Deadlines keep me focused. Just like writing this blog every single day keeps me focused.

Deadlines help me show up and deliver.

Deadlines are motivating.

Drop dead date? Deadline?

It’s just too bad they had to add the word “dead” inside. I mean, really, couldn’t we have a more positive word for channelled focus.

Have any good ideas?
If so, be sure to send them to me before tomorrow’s deadline.

More tomorrow.

{what’s your deadline?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 346 :: oh the weather outside is…

12 Dec

Frightful? Delightful?

I suppose it depends on who you ask. What’s your weather like?

But I digress…
Because tonight I am thinking about perseverance. Mostly because I can’t stop coughing and this cold is making me tired. It’s also making me look pretty frightful.

But I press on.
And that right there is why I am thinking about perseverance.

I am absolutely convinced that any brand of success comes from two things: Passion + Focus.

It’s the passion that gets you through the tough times. It’s passion that paves the way when you don’t know the answers or how to / what to / where to.

But it’s focus that keeps you on target.

And, tonight, while the weather outside my door is pretty frightful, inside it’s quite delightful because I am focused on showing up every day on this blog. It feels good to have a focus. And it feels good to deliver on a promise.

But more than anything, it feels good to know that I also made a promise to you. In good weather and bad. I will show up because I am no fair weather friend.

I will be here.
For you.

And now, if you’re in the mood to go “ahhh” check out this video of an ad campaign that redefines beauty.

Now I’m off to get my beauty sleep!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{what’s your weather like?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 330 a month of inspiration :: 5 secrets of abundance

26 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share a word.


As you know, this year, I dedicated my 365 days to uncovering abundance. What is it? What does it mean? What does it look like?

So, at first, I asked around. I asked my friends, family, and people in my daily life.

Here’s the funny thing about abundance… everyone had a different definition for it. I dare you to get the same answer from 5 people.

In all my conversations, one word kept popping up.


Now we find ourselves here, on the cusp of Thanksgiving Eve. And I am asking myself what have I learned so far about the “A” word?

So tonight I share my TOP 5 Abundance Lessons and what I have discovered thus far… but I warn you …there is still one more month to go in this search for abundance so this is not final.

1. Health is our greatest wealth

Thank you to my thyroid for that one. And a long string of doctor’s appointments across the country from the east coast to the west coast and finally into the caring hands of Dr. Milas of OHSU in Portland, Oregon. The thyroid was benign and as a wave of relief cast over my entire being, I realized something I have known most of my life: health is wealth.

2. Forever Friends are Family

I love my friends dearly. Always have. But this year, in the midst of a cancer scare (see #1) I was reminded what it means to have forever friends. The kind of friends who show up no matter what. The kind of friends who call, write, send surprise gifts in the mail, text, or find some other way to connect and remind you that they care — and are there, even across the miles. These are forever friends. And they are more like family.

3. True Love is for the Dogs

It doesn’t take long for love to set in. Just look in the eyes of a puppy! We successfully passed “Fostering 101” last week according to our Aunt Judy — which means we were able to foster a puppy and then actually follow through to find it a home. It would have been easy to keep her in our little family pack — she was that sweet and that cute. But it wouldn’t have been the best thing for her. And isn’t true love all about knowing what’s best for the one you love?

4. Focus. Focus. Focus.

This year I took on something new — you! Every single day I write to you to help you along with your goals over at The Promise Daily. My mission is to give you a kick in the pants. But what I have learned is that I need this as much as I thought you might like it. Focus is power. And keeping your focus is what allows abundance to grow.

and finally…

5. Words are gifts.

I know I have already shared The Card Crusade with you. But here’s the thing… I truly believe it changed my life… just three little words:  I. LOVE. YOU. — or even — I. THANK. YOU. bring more than a smile to someone’s face. These words warm a heart, they tell someone it was all worth it, they show someone how much you mean even after all these years, after all the tears, hard work, long days, good tries, bad endings, happy reunions or long lost memories in between. Words heal. Words connect. Words work magic on your heart.

So let me leave you with these words of thanks.

Thank you for being here. Thank you for skimming, looking, reading, sharing, posting, referring, and supporting me.

Your presence makes me want to keep my promise.

Your comments get me up in the morning to check and see who’s here.

Your dreams send me searching for more good ideas, inspiring quotes and touch your heart sort of songs that I can share with you.

I. Thank. You.

On this eve before a Thanksgiving celebration, I am full.
Or, you could say, I feel abundant.

All because of you.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless!}

{may you feel abundant and loved}
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