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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 63 :: enjoy

6 Mar
{the moment}

I had a moment tonight when I remember something: there is only this moment. That’s it. This is all. This very moment until it turns into the next moment. But we are still inside this moment.

So we might as well enjoy it.

Believe me, that is easier said (or blogged) than done. I am a poster child for forgetting the wisdom of living in the moment….at times. So let this be my reminder 😉  Yours too, if you wish.

Here’s to this moment.

More tomorrow…


{live your moment}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 59 :: the gift of friends

1 Mar

Sometimes the best gifts in life are people. Especially the people who can see your life even better and more clear than you possibly ever could yourself. That’s what I call a true friend.

And I like to call my true friends too! Tonight I was on the phone with one for three hours — three hours! It’s a good thing that we never run out of anything to say to each other. It’s even better to be seen.

I think a true friend is one who can believe in the other person’s best life, beautiful gifts, and biggest goals. No matter what today looks like.

Joy is the gift of a friend. 

More tomorrow…



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 344 ::christmas kindness

11 Dec

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

Today I was on the other side of kindness….

I received an early Christmas gift. It was a bundle of yarn to crochet. I have not “crocheted” (is that a word?) since I was a little girl. My Mama Sling taught me how to hold the yarn and weave it together in a gentle way that eventually created a scarf.

My scarf was crooked with wobbly holes. But I loved it. I loved it so much I gave that scarf to my friend Kari for her birthday. We were maybe in second grade and I’m sure the “gift” looked just as wobbly as my little fingers as they mimicked my mothers weaving magic.

But it was the thought that counted the most. And that brings me to this:  Sometimes the best part of kindness is receiving.

Being open to gifts and the love that comes with it might just be one of the secrets of Christmas.

And now…. I crochet!

More tomorrow…



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 165 :: gifts of kindness

6 Jul


I have been thinking a lot about gifts this year. Kindness as a gift, a silent one in so many ways – and the loudest gift of all.

But today, a box showed up on our doorstep. It’s a wedding gift!

And, I have to say… boxes are FUN to open! Thank you, Dick and Judy. Not only for a box filled with gifts but for all of your love and support and the ultimate gift of kindness you have always shown us.

Kindness is a gift.

More tomorrow….


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 26 :: birthday

26 Jan


I am in awe. Mostly at the kindness that birthdays bring in out in everyone I know. I am so thankful and grateful for the text messages, facebook posts, calls, messages, and all the ways that I have been reached today. And touched.

It is the gift of being seen and remembered. Is there anything better?

It reminds me in this year of Intentional Acts of Kindness that gifts and kindness come in many forms (money, love, care, listening, seeing, honoring). Not all are seen or heard but all are felt, deeply, with the heart.

Here’s to another trip around the sun. Thank you for being here with me. I feel you. I see you. I hope you know how much you mean to me.
More tomorrow.

P.S.  Kindness Challenge #3: Patience
If you choose to accept this challenge, please join me in

  • Breathing kindness in and out
  • Waiting and knowing that all is lining up perfectly for you
  • Be kind. Your timing is divine.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 360 :: pretty christmas

25 Dec

Day 360: Morning.

Another Christmas is in the books. This one came with a snowy mountain sunrise scene (with coffee) and many gifts.

Amongst the shiny things and tech toys and warm and fuzzies, the best gift was being together.

After a year of yoga (almost) I have learned a few things about myself and how far I can stretch. So tonight, it is with great awareness that I say… I’m not shredding tonight! Just a few yoga stretches of the Christmas kind. And I’m okay with that because what was I thinking doing the Yoga Shred over Christmas???

And…if you wish, you can still join the Shred course here.
Namaste, Gifts. Namaste.

More tomorrow.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 355 :: blissful gifts

25 Dec

Today’s bliss…coffee.

At the wake of dawn. As we waited for two little girls to hand out gifts and begin the annual ceremony of paper shredding. Which is always so bitter sweet — the moment is so special and then it goes by so quickly.

Not the opening of the presents of course, but the coming together, the oohs and ahhs, the “I can’t believe you remembered!” and the squeals too.

Some of them came from full-grown adults.

All that say, in so many ways, I love you.
What bliss.

Peace. Love. Bliss.
The best gift of all.

More tomorrow.

{bliss to you}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 359 :: repeat the sounding joy

25 Dec

Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas! Merry Christmas!

Today is a day of celebration and this morning we were giddy to gather around the tree.  Not only was it a morning of “ooohs” and “ahhs” it was also the annual gathering of family in pajamas. 

And the gifts!

The gifts were thoughtful, personal, meaningful and special in so many ways. Including a turtle. Yes, a turtle.

A turtle for an 8-year-old girl who was thrilled and over the moon to get her very own turtle, thank you Uncle Justin. (Her parents, not so thrilled. But no worries, turtles only live for like seventy years).

The best part? The peak performance part of the day? She has already trained her turtle to crawl on demand. Next, I’m sure, she will have it doing tricks like shake and high five.

I wasn’t sure a turtle was the most appropriate gift when the turtle first arrived. But now, seeing the glow in an eight-year-old’s eyes, the giggle with glee and the pure bliss in her voice, I’m convinced it was the most perfect Christmas gift ever. The one that will be remembered. The story that will be told, over and over again (maybe by her parents t00).

And that has me thinking…
Christmas brings out so many gifts. Some of the best are those that come from the heart of knowing what really matters to those who matter most.

Merry Christmas.

More tomorrow. 


 {repeat the sounding joy}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 312 :: heart rocks and superpowers

10 Nov

I received a special gift in the mail this week. It’s a heart-shaped rock, from Peru thanks to Kim! 


Kim just may be one of the world’s best gift givers. It is one of her superpowers, being able to sense what might suit another, be the perfect memento, the most absolutely fitting gift.

And I believe it runs in her family.  I also believe we all have superpowers, actually, many, many of them really.

So today, my peak performance pondering is….
What is one of your superpowers?

More tomorrow. 


 {what is one of your superpowers?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 365 :: abundance & what 2013 taught me (3 years blogging!)

31 Dec

Happy New Year!  

What a year!
First of all, let me say thank you. If you have been with me this far I am grateful. Today marks 3 full years of blogging EVERY single day. Three years!!!  Just another proof point that you can do anything. Really, you can.

So to The Year of 2013 this is what I have to say to you: 

Thank you for teaching me the true nature of abundance. I had grand visions of uncovering the amazing secrets of abundance when this year began. Would I discover gold? Win the lottery? Both? 

I had a grand scheme to give away a gift a day every single day of 2013. 

Turns out, Ms. Abundance, you had a much bigger lesson in store for me. 
(By the way I believe abundance is female… I don’t know why but let’s go with it.) 

I started the year …giving.

I was inspired by the book 29 Gifts and the promise of abundance by giving something away everyday for a month. Except, in my true Type A personality nature, I vowed to take on 365 days of gifts. (Take that universe!)

Turns out I failed.  

First we had a storm.
Not just any storm — a blizzard + hurricane + nor’easter + snowpocalypse.

We were lucky that our house on the beach was still standing since so many neighbors lost so much. (It was a miracle.)

Then, I begged Justin to go to the Boston Marathon with me and we ended up staying home.  We never could have imagined what would happen that day.

And then, out of nowhere, a lump in my throat appeared.

Then we moved across the country!

And landed in Oregon!

We grew a garden (with a TON of zucchini!!)

The lump in my throat came out and was benign… woo hoo!!

The Red Sox won the World Series.

We fostered a puppy! And passed the Foster 101 test (by finding her a home).

We partied in Seattle (Pearl Jam 2013) with Lightning Bolts!

And then unwrapped the season with family.

Through it all I have learned so much about abundance.

So maybe my gift-giving scheme didn’t work out the way I planned. But in the end I learned so much about abundance.

Health is the greatest wealth.
Family is a precious resource.
Friends are gold!

Abundance comes from so many things.
And there is nothing more powerful than the heart.

So here’s to 2014. May it be a year full of miracles, love, and abundance!
Cheers to you!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{happy new year!}
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