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TP365/Year 10:: Connections – Christine

3 Oct

Today marks a milestone. It is a homecoming sort of day. Not only is it Tom Brady’s return to Gillette Stadium it’s also the first official connection of Year 10 for The Promise 365.

I met my friend Christine at Panera Bread today but that wasn’t what we had planned.

Jamie and Christine at Panera Bread

We had actually planned to try The Farmer’s Daughter in Easton, Massachusetts. I have heard so much about this amazing place and we couldn’t wait to try it. However, when we arrived the crowd wrapped around the block and lining the brick wall across the street had another idea — to the tune of a one-and-a-half-hour wait. What? A 90-minute wait for brunch?

We were too hungry for that so we set off to find another option. Stonebridge Cafe it was. Until it wasn’t. They also had a too long for our tummies and schedules wait. So Panera Bread it was!

As I pulled into the parking lot I was surprised to see a Bertucci’s next door. How appropro! It was at Bertucci’s Home Office where I first met Christine so many years ago. I was Director of Marketing and She was Director of Operations. We had a symbiotic relationship (one that isn’t always found between marketing and operations departments). We worked together so well for the good of all, all of the time.

Christine has seen me through many life stages and I was so excited today to see her teenage daughter — the last time I saw this beautiful young lady she was an energetic little two-year-old.

Over brunch we caught up and I was curious to hear about the life and times of teenagers. Note: teenagers no longer “date” — they “talk” — just in case you’re trying to keep up.

In many ways today was a connection of a few kinds. Connecting with a friend, connecting with memories of an old job, and probably most important, connecting with a new generation.

It reminded me that sometimes that best way to connect is just to listen.

More tomorrow,

The Promise 365 – Year 10 :: It’s Here!

2 Oct

It’s officially on! The new promise has begun. As I said yesterday it’s time for a new promise because so much has changed. So tonight, I’m going to tell you more about this new promise:

The Year of Connecting.

The pandemic has shaped our life and our world for almost two years now. It’s difficult to remember what this planet was like before COVID-19 cruised into our atmosphere.

Was there really a time when I didn’t check each shop window before entering to see if a mask is required? Or can I remember a time when I wasn’t being hyper-vigilant about washing and sanitizing my hands (or arms, face, feet, groceries, door knobs, or anything exposed to the elements for that matter)? I’m not sure. It feels like the distant past.

So does the thought of gathering mindlessly in person with thousands of people.

Here we are (a few weeks ago) at the first in-person concert we have attended since the lockdown. It was a mask-on event and we snapped this quick photo before it began. I must admit it was a strange experience for me. I had a slight panic attack. Not because we wore masks, I am completely used to those now. It was because I haven’t been in a building without windows, with a crowd of people, in the dark, with loud music playing for so long. My heart raced and my eyes darted around the room to map out the nearest exit as my brow began to sweat.

It may also have been the first time I realized that not just the world has changed around me, but I have changed too. Even if in the slightest ways.

In many ways I feel so connected to technology (especially after a year of nonstop ZOOM interactions) and that has made me (and maybe you) in so many other ways feel disconnected from people.

So for this year, it is the mindfulness that I am after.

And it is the CONNECTIONS too.


Each day I will make a connection with a human being. Maybe it will be a long lost friend. Maybe it will be the clerk at the grocery store. Maybe it will be a smile or a nod. Maybe it will be an hours long, in-depth conversation debating the problems and solutions of our time. Maybe it will be a simple question. Maybe I will challenge you to connect with someone else too. I’m not sure yet.

I do know this – each of these promises create something bigger than I can imagine. Sometimes it is a lesson. Sometimes it is a massive aha moment. This year it will be about connections and wherever that takes me is yet to be seen.

Tomorrow I will share my first connection of the year.

I’m glad you are here and along for the ride. Maybe you will be one of these connections too! I can’t wait to find out.


Guess Who’s Back?

1 Oct

That’s right! ThePromise 365 is back…and I’m so excited to see you here!

It’s feels like a new world. It’s time for a new season. And, now, we have a new promise. Welcome to October first! It’s time to turn over a new leaf. In fact, here’s a little something I wrote about the Month of October in a previous blog post:

The seasons are changing and if there is anything I have learned in this almost decade of blogging, it is this: with the seasons come knowledge. In fact, wisdom. It is the fall, the harvest, the reaping of what we have sowed that I usually figure out what the year was all about in the first place. My teacher taught me this years ago — fall is the harvest, it is the time when we begin to unlock the bounty before us.

It is time for change, that’s for sure. Before we go into the future though let’s rewind and look at where we have been in the past.

This promise stuff all started back in 2011. This was me, then, right before jumping off into the great unknown.

It all began while on a work trip to Lake Austin Spa Resort, where I decided amongst the lavender-infused massages and cucumber muddled water to give up shopping and invest in myself instead of my wardrobe (because a hot stone massage cost the same amount of money as a new dress but made my body feel so much better). 

The power of that first promise led me to make a new promise every year for nine years. They whisked me off to Paris to throw my divorcee wedding ring in the fountain at St. Sulpice, down the grand canyon camping next to scorpions, and swimming with sharks in the Bahamas in the name of facing my fears. Just as I thought I had discovered the secrets of survival, I was dealt a blow called cancer. I survived three surgeries in eleven months and learned more about myself than I ever could have imagined.

Originally, I set out to save money, invest in myself, and to take care of my head, heart, body, and soul. What really happened was this: I finally faced my fears, healed my body, and ultimately changed and saved my life.

I made nine promises over nine years: Not Shopping, Lovemore Fearless, Abundance, Peak Performance, Bliss, Yoga, Kindness, Joy and Trust.

Since then, I have posted 3,277 blog posts. I always thought I would blog for ten years but then, as Year Nine was coming to a close it seemed like I had said everything there was to say. In fact, it felt like I was repeating myself.

Then COVID-19 hit.

There’s nothing like a worldwide pandemic to change everything.

We no longer take toilet paper for granted.

I’m pretty sure we all finished Netflix.

I certainly did not have to worry about shopping for clothes for over a year. Let alone highlight my hair.

We are changed. We are in this world together, navigating a new way forward.

So, with that comes a new promise! Tomorrow, I will tell you what it is.
Here. We. Go!


JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 the last post & the grand finale

31 Dec


I dreamt of this blog last night. Then I woke up and in a daze realizing I forgot to write a blog post. I have never missed a post in nine years. Apparently, two chocolate martinis and a night of fun with friends were enough to allow my mind to drift off to sleep without a blog in between. Maybe it’s a sign, that it is time to wrap up this adventure in blogging.

So today, I present the grand finale. The last post. The final blog. It hardly seems possible. 
There have been some amazing moments, including: 

Spa moments where this blog started: 

Paris Redo moments where I learned my name means LOVE.

Surprise moments with friends across the pond!

A fearless Swimming with Sharks moment!

Rafting the Grand Canyon moments

And there have been the years of big promises: 
Peak Performance which led me to surgery and Oprah (thank you Kim!)

There was a year of Bliss and Mary Poppins! 

And that year of Kindness where we finally tied the knot — as a surprise pop-up wedding at the family reunion in Estes Park!

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There were messages of Joy…

And there was that time that I did Yoga for a Year

There were trips from the Grand Canyon

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To Lake Powell 

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To my homeland of Germany and the little town of Esslingen

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There have been friends along the way:

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There have been moments with family:

Reuniting with family: 

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And memories pulled from the scrapbook:

There was always Pup right by my side, including my suitcase:

And then there was Brady…lovable and mischievous:  

There have been teams:

Taking one for the team: 

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And there were storms: 

But the best part was surviving the storm: 

There was marching in Seattle: 

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And cheering in Boston:

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And drinking on Lake Powell

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And at music festivals:

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I have learned to fall and to fly: 

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So many of my posts and inspiration I owe to this one amazing angel, Mama Sling

And there has always been this guy, right by my side, looking out for my best interest, picking me up when I needed it, and always, always, always surprising me along the way: 

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It’s hard to believe we are entering a new decade. And yet, the timing feels right. If I have learned anything it is to follow your dreams, set a goal and make a promise. The gift is the adventure. All you have to do is show up.

Thank you for being here. Thank you for reading. Thank you for your notes of encouragement and words of wisdom. You have made a difference in my life, and this adventure would not have been the same without you. 

Happy New Year. 
Happy New Decade.
May your dreams and hearts desires find you along the way.

For one last time…Trust me!

You got this.



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 shine bright – 2 days to go

29 Dec


There are 2 days left of The Promise 365, and tonight I am reflecting on the past decade. So much has happened in the past ten years…for a quick review:

Best Memes of the Decade
Best Movies of the Decade 
Best Albums of the Decade
Top Ads of the Past DecadeTop Lists of the Decade

If there is anything I can share, or have learned or wisdom I can impart from these past ten years, it is this: Shine Your Light. Share what you have to give, give what you have to share. Be bigger and bolder each year, and share your brilliance with this world. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 accomplish – 3 days to go

28 Dec


There are 3 days left of the Promise 365. It hardly seems possible. As I sit here and look back on the last decade, and where we have been, what we have done, what has transpired and what has not, I am reminded of the gentle art of patting yourself on the back. Meaning – remember how far you have come.

Just today, Facebook sent me the annual montage of photos from the past year. It’s amazing what we can pack into a year. So in this moment of looking back and looking forward, I have this to say: remember how far you have come. It will fuel your future.

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 today – 5 days to go

26 Dec


There are 5 days left of The Promise 365. 

Tonight I am sitting around the fire with my husband and his extended family, feeling the full effects of being present… from the Christmas tree to the photo books, to the shared memories and the shared laughter. 

When I was younger my favorite book was called The Precious Present. It was a fable about learning to live in the present moment, and how valuable that precious moment is, more valuable than all the riches of the world. I wrote about my personal story of this book on Day 160 of my first year of blogging, in a blog post called Your First Suit

The ironic thing about this blog is that it has forced me to be present to each and every day. For nine years. This blog has been about a promise but it has become so very precious. It has counted the days and the stories and the moments of life. A life lived with family and friends and people I love. If nothing else, it has captured the art of being present.

Trust me when I say, we have nothing but the present. Treat it as precious.   

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 surprises – 6 days to go

25 Dec


There are 6 days left of The Promise 365. 

Last night we bought our annual Christmas ornaments. It’s our new tradition after our wedding and first married Christmas. We now have two years of ornaments. Last year included a Patriots one and a memorial dog one for our #1 Pup. This year we chose a Star Wars duo of Rae and Kylo Ren and a sentimental anniversary one with interchangeable anniversary years 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 etc…

It made me think about the twists and turns of life. We could be putting a 25-year ornament on the tree if we had stayed together since we first met. But that was not our destiny. Instead, we are celebrating 2 years married.  

And that is the lesson that Trust as reminded me of most this year… we must trust the twists and turns of life, the winding paths, and the adventures along the way. There will be many momentos and memories but they are always sweeter because they are a surprise.

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 merry christmas – 7 days to go

24 Dec


There are 7 days left of The Promise 365. 

Tonight, I just want to say Merry Christmas. May all be calm and bright…. and merry!

There are seven days left! May we enjoy each moment. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 revel – 8 days to go

23 Dec


There are 8 crazy nights left of The Promise 365 and this year. 

It’s a good thing that I have written a blog for the last nine years because I have a terrible memory. This blog will be a really nice diary to look back and remember all the adventures of these past nine years. But I do remember all the big, life-changing moments. (Like our surprise, pop up wedding in Estes Park.) In fact, I revel in them. They are the defining memories who make me who I am. 

May you revel in the big moments!

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie


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