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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  :: DAY 49 strength

19 Feb

And Hope. 


Sitting in our nation’s capital is a powerful reminder to me. I am reminded of many things, some I learned in school, some I learned through the school of life, some I learned through my college roommates who have become lifelong friends.

But mostly, I am reminded that we are all woven together, through a fabric of ideas, hope, optimism, and strength. And that’s the kind of kindness that is meant to be passed on and passed down through all forms of life.

Even twenty years later, as we have aged, and grown, and changed, I hold dear the ideas, hope and optimism I find in knowing I have friends. Those who support and give me strength because they know me, they see me and together we honor all that we each have together, and separate.

Indeed, that may be the very best form of kindness.

More tomorrow….


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 341 :: friends

6 Dec

Day 341: The finale.

Tonight. Friends. Finale.
I finally finished all 10 seasons. In order. One-by-one.

It was a yoga of the heart in many ways. Not only did it make me miss MY FRIENDS and my network of women soul sisters I have scattered around this country, it also makes me miss that young woman inside of me who was watching TV, then. The young woman in pursuit of her apartments, careers, life and love in the city.

I actually cried. Not for the finale, more for the remembering of MY friends, the people I love in my life. So see… you can do yoga with your heart.

Now… on to more yoga.
Namaste, Friends. Namaste.

More tomorrow.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 274 :: friday night tribe

8 Oct

Day 274: Sweet.

It’s Friday.
Highlight of the day? Yam Enchiladas. Flourless Chocolate Cake. Glass of wine. Dinner with a friend!

Sometimes it’s the little stuff that is truly the big stuff.
Happy weekend everyone.

(Yoga light tonight, but a weekend full of love ahead.)

More tomorrow.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 272 :: friendspiration

4 Oct

Day 272: The one where….

I couldn’t take sitting through the Vice Presidential Debate tonight so I turned the channel to find something comforting. Then I saw my Friends. And I immediately felt better.

I wonder if I will be an 80-year old woman still watching Friends for her comfort food? A girl can hope. Need some friendspiration? Check out these most memorable quotes.

And now.. the one where I do yoga.

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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 259 :: true friends

21 Sep
This found me tonight. And it made me think of my true sing-at-the-top-of-my-lungs friends. (You know who you are and I’m so glad you are in my life.)

And, thinking of those friends, more than anything, brings me a little bit of bliss.

More tomorrow.

{friendship bliss}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 99 :: flashbacks and comebacks

12 Apr
I watched the pilot of Friends tonight. It reminded of the good old times, the Ross and Rachael, the Monica haircut, the Chandler who knows what he does for work storyline. I was in college at the time and remember being glued to the television in the Park House living room at Smith College. Something about that show felt different.

And tonight, watching the Pilot all over again was a flashback.
So was this:

I just discovered it popping up in the front yard.

It’s a flower that a friend gave me last summer. I planted it. It promptly died. Or, rather, I didn’t know what to do to help it live in the hot summer 100+ degree heat.

I thought it was gone for good. So I was surprised to see the flower come back. Like a flower flashback.

It’s much like recognizing an old friend all over again. Like seeing Rachael and Monica.

What does this have to do with bliss?  I’m not sure. Maybe growing older is just a really big circle. Maybe we all circle back to who we were. Listening to the same old music, watching the same old shows, laughing at the same old jokes.

Or maybe just like the flower sprouting in my front yard, what we think is dead in the water is really just waiting for the perfect timing to stage a comeback.

More tomorrow.

  {what shows do you remember?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 39 :: hard to say goodbye

8 Feb
Here I am, in another airport!
And I must admit, I’m having a hard time leaving this Texas sky: 

And this beautiful sun shiny February day:

But mostly it’s hard to leave these two, the bestest of friends and their total, unconditional love and support:

It makes me sad, being so far away from the people who feel like family. Where I am called “Gigi” and treated like an auntie by two little boys who make my heart melt with their little voices when they call my name.

“Gigi, come here!”
“Gigi, look at this!”
“Gigi, just read the directions.”  (when I asked how to play a game)
“Gigi, tell me that story again.”

It also makes me deeply appreciate the friendships I have from east to west. “My girls” and “my boys” — all of them, scattered throughout this world. I just want to pick them all up and stuff them in my suitcase.

I know, not very practical.

But somewhere in my heart I hang on to this fantastical dream that someday all of the people I love will somehow migrate to one place, where we can meet up at Starbucks, sit by the pool, sip margaritas, and watch the Super Bowl together.

I suppose that’s a state called “Florida” and a condition called “retirement” but alas…..

Until then I will sit in airports in between visits with the people I love. Friends and family both. Coworkers and college roomies. Nieces and nephews alike.

There’s soothing comfort in people knowing your name.
And there’s something very blissful about being called Gigi.
Even if it’s just for a weekend.

More tomorrow. 

  {do you have a nickname?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 35 :: it’s cold in texas

4 Feb
Welcome to Texas! It’s cold here tonight but it’s supposed to heat up this weekend. Which I will enjoy with a big scoop of bliss! Not for the warm weather but for spending time with friends. I can hardly wait … just to be a little silly and a lot relaxed.  

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s cold in Texas tonight but it’s all warm in my heart!

More tomorrow.

 {who do you love?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 336 :: hot chocolate and donut dreams

5 Dec

I have to admit, Chicago has the food thing down. Serious foodie dreams live here, and tonight I sampled a peak performance from Mindy’s Hot Chocolate. It serves exactly what it sounds like — some serious hot chocolate.

And donuts.

But more than decadent dessert and some serious fried chicken, Mindy’s served up something even better…. my dear friend Myndee!

We grew up together so long ago, but there’s nothing better than sharing a cup of hot chocolate thousands of miles away from the hometown and memories we share too. It’s even sweeter than dessert actually.

Forever Friends are pure joy.
And joy is always better than chocolate.

More tomorrow. 


 {have a friend you need to call?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 269 :: girlz weekend

28 Sep

If there is one thing I have learned thus far about peak performance it may be this — to work hard you also need to play hard.

Or rest.
And laugh.
And relax a little too.

And so it is that I feel lighter and all filled up after a weekend with some of my best girls. We descended upon Denver to carve out some time to be together. Which isn’t a small feat given we live in three different time zones.

As the weekend ends and I say goodbye to some of the most important people in my life, we are already planning our next “trip.” But it is not lost on me that what we are really sharing is The Journey. One that is made up of a lot of laughter, a bucket of tears, some serious inside jokes, and a dose of how we are going to save the world too.

To that point, I may just have the answer about how to save the world (or at least yourself) in three simple steps:

1. Make new friends
2. Keep the old
3. Find time to play with your friends

Here’s to peak performance through the power of Girlz Weekend.

More tomorrow. 


 {how will you play more?}
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