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

11 Dec
{receiving}

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…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{receive}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 341 :: christmas kindness

7 Dec
{give openly}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

We just arrived home from a Christmas party. One with a gift exchange “swap with a twist…”. We all drew numbers and then one by one picked up our presents. The gift picking came with the option to take someone else’s gift.

When I lived in New England, this was called a “Yankee Swap.” I’m not sure what it is called here on the West Coast. But it always creates a lot of laughter and some serious swapping strategies.

Tonight, the game ended with a promised “twist” — which was after all the swapping had subsided we passed our gifts one person to the right.

I ended up with a sweet little set of LED candles. But it got me thinking about kindness. About working really hard and gearing up over a mysterious box and then just handing it over to someone else.

There’s grace in sharing.
And it’s kind to share openly.
Even if it’s a box wrapped in paper that you pass to your right.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{life is full of surprises}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 340 :: christmas kindness

6 Dec
{listen deeply}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

If there is one thing I have learned in this year of Kindness, it is to listen. Deeply. I’m not saying I’m good at it, or have a full grasp on the fine art of deep listening. But I have learned this:  listening deeply is the best remedy to most of life’s issues.

Listen to someone.
Deeply.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{listen}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 339 christmas kindness

5 Dec
{hug someone}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

My dear Mama Sling loved Christmas. She loved wrapping the presents with gigantic bows that she made from her very hands. Mama Sling spent hours making those bows, and they were beautiful too.

Every Christmas we had to assemble the entire tree scene and set up with one goal — “Don’t crush the bows!”

Our Christmas Tree was a gigantic game of Tetris. The boxes had to be placed “just right” in order to keep all the bows fluffy and shiny and new. Mama Sling would sit back in her chair and command us to move and shuffle boxes under the tree until they found the perfect spot that would showcase all their glory.

Mama Sling’s bows were just one of the many, many, many things she did exceptionally well. Another talent of hers was the art of the HUG.

Mama Sling could hug a stranger and make them feel like family. Nobody made it past our front without a hug.

And so it is, in this month of Christmas Kindness, that I am sharing hugs. The Mama Sling kind. The kind that make you feel all warm inside and loved and accepted. Kind of like being wrapped in a beautiful bow.

Hug someone.
It’s Christmas Kindness.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{hug someone}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 338 :: christmas kindness

4 Dec
{tell someone you love them}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

And tonight my act of kindness was telling some special people in my life that I love them. I texted a few  – it is that easy to do!

Kindness doesn’t have to cost a cent. But words are powerful. There is magic in our words. And when we use the magic words, magical things happen.

Try it.
Tell someone you love them!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{love you too}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 337 :: christmas kindness

3 Dec
{phone a friend}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

And tonight my act of kindness was phoning a friend. Really, what else is there in life that could be better than a kind voice.

The best part of friendship is reciprocity. Giving and giving back.
Is there a friend you want to call? Don’t wait!

Phone a friend.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{friendship}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 336 :: christmas kindness

2 Dec
{a kind month}

Today I officially kick off… Christmas Kindness!

It begins with cards. Lots of cards!
We are readying our Christmas Cards over here — an act that is kind in so many ways.

Want a card from me? Email me, and I’ll add you to the list 😉

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{tis the season}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 335 :: 4-letter word friday

1 Dec
{kind}

This is officially the last 4-letter word Friday of the year! That’s because, with 2017 winding down, I am revving up my final days of intentional acts of kindness….

With Christmas Kindness!

It all begins tomorrow…

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{tis the season}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 334 :: a longer, kinder life

30 Nov
{splash}

This one makes a splash. It’s the Splash Sisters. Just watch this video.

It made me cry. I’m not sure if it was the basketball player inside of me, or the girl who knows life shouldn’t end with retirement.

The youngest woman on the team is 80 years old.


I strongly believe that no one should just retire at a prescribed age and stop living, moving, playing. The human body is built to live to 150 years old, according to Dr. Andrew Weil.

Our bodies are meant to move.

Which is exactly what these ladies are all about.
Keep moving.
How kind. 

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{kindness rules}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 333 :: a kinder way

29 Nov
{oh world}

The news over this last year has left me dizzy. And now, it seems, there is, even more, news and change on the horizon. All the allegations and suspicions and irreparable damage done by humans to other humans.

It’s enough to make my heart hurt. And it makes me want to cry, “can’t we all just be kind!?”

Maybe kindness is the call we need to change the world.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{kind}
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