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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 323 :: bliss this

23 Nov

Today’s bliss…Monday, Monday, Monday.

As in Monday Night Football. And Monday of Thanksgiving Week! And that means tomorrow is Tuesday (sometimes the best part of Monday is moving on to another day.)

And for that I am grateful.

More tomorrow. 


JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 303 :: great-full

1 Nov
It’s officially November. I’m curious what the last two months of the year will bring. As this peak performance promise starts to wrap up I’m also overwhelmed with gratitude.

Gratitude being the universal theme for November.

For me there is so much to be grateful for…just getting through this year is a small feat and accomplishment. But I couldn’t have done it without a village of support.

And that makes me want to change the word around.

Great – Full.
Great – Full – Ness.

It’s all a state of mind, a feeling really, an appreciation of the greatness that happens everyday in so many small but meaningful ways.

How are you feeling Great-Full?

More tomorrow. 


 {who can you fill with greatness?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 252 :: wearing the wrong bra

9 Sep

Tonight Jaynane reminded me of something…. I am just 6 weeks out of surgery. It really hasn’t been that long. Which leaves me amazed. At all of it.

But especially this one little fact is amazing to me: I have been wearing the wrong bra size my entire life! 

Last week I visited Victoria’s Secret (thank you Laura for the gift card!) and I was properly sized. What I found out was this … I am not a 34. Which means I have never been a 34.

I am a 32!
Who knew?

Well now I do. And for the cup size?  Drum roll please…

Yup! Never seen double before, in any letter. I have to admit they don’t seem all that big for a DD sizing, especially since I am so tall.

But believe me I am content. To have the surgeries behind me, the healing begun and some new bras!

Size doesn’t matter.
But being on the other side of all this does. 

More tomorrow. 


 {what are you grateful for?}

GIFT DAY 098: 30-day gratitude challenge: day 22: to all the women who came before

8 Apr

Day 22 over here of the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge.

What are you grateful for today?

Today, I am grateful for all the women who came before me:

1) The Suffragists
2) The Feminists
3) The Title Niners

This morning I opened my email and saw a breaking news headline:
Ex-British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Has Died [8:00 a.m. ET]

Later I saw another breaking news headline pop up:
Former Mouseketeer Annette Funicello Has Died at Age 70 [1:20 p.m. ET]

Both made me feel a twinge of sadness and a bit reflective. More than anything, it made me feel grateful, for all the women before me. Those who made us laugh, cry, jump into action or test our boundaries.

So, today, I am overwhelmingly grateful to our mothers, and their mothers….and their mother’s mother.

Their lives mattered. All of them. 
In honor of all who came before, here’s a repost from July 12, 2012.


July 12, 2012
Day 193: one’s life must matter

We rented The Iron Lady last night.
I know, half a year late.

iron lady, jamie eslinger, the promise daily
Regardless, I was struck over the head by this line, delivered so intensely over a marriage proposal to then Margaret Roberts — about to become Margaret Thatcher — played by the one and only Meryl Streep: “One’s life must matter.”

Here’s the full context:

“I will never be one of those women, who stay silent and pretty on the arm of her husband. Or remote and alone in the kitchen doing the washing up for that matter. One’s life must matter, Denis, beyond all the cooking and the cleaning and the children. One’s life must mean more than that. I cannot die washing up a teacup.”

As a tear rolled down my cheek I wondered what her life was like, for her family, husband, children, friends. Did she have friends?

I found this quote from her book, Downing Street Years: “Being Prime Minister is a lonely job. In a sense, it ought to be: you cannot lead from the crowd. But with Denis there I was never alone. What a man. What a husband. What a friend.”

It made me think about so MANY things.
Politics aside, her life reads so fearless, so out there, on the edge.

I was but a babe when Margaret Thatcher took her top post. I barely remember her leadership, except for that name emblazoned on my mind as a woman who was as an example that, I, a girl, someday a woman, could grow up to be anything.

Watching the movie last night made me stop and pause.

More than anything, it made me wonder — WHEN?
When will we have a female in the top post, at the helm of government, here in the United States?

In my lifetime?

One’s life must matter.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),
{Share what you’re grateful for in the comments section below.}

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GIFT DAY 096: 30-day gratitude challenge: day 20

6 Apr

Day 20 over here  (and the weekend, whooo hoooo!). . . of the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge.

What are you grateful for today?

I’ve been studying giving and gratitude and abundance this year. It’s part of my promise.

Already I’ve seen much change in my life — like cosmic or karmic change, your choice. The biggest aha reminder has been the importance of good health.

Health is wealth, as my friend Andrea Beaman wrote about in her book by the same name.

Here’s the funny, ironic, might-as-well-be-plastered-on-my-back-like-a-“kick-me”-sign for the world to see:  I already knew that. Health is wealth.

My recent medical journey is sending me straight back to the drawing board of abundance, or should I say, the kitchen table. Maybe it’s even more accurate to say the stove top.

You know what they say… the more you avoid something the more it keeps showing up in your life. And always bigger and more in your face each time it has to return.

Thus, my love affair with food and my reliance on others to cook it for me has reared its ugly head. Again.

(Does anyone else find this hysterically ironic?)

If you’ve been with me for a while now, you know that I have tried everything on the raw, vegan, whole, clean, sugar-free, coffee-free, green wagon. Then I got off that ride.

Now I am back on. 

Is someone or something trying to teach me a lesson?  Maybe. Regardless, I just want to scream: OKAY, I GET IT ALREADY!!!

The fact is, Andrea’s right: Health Is Wealth.

I’ll be over here pondering the irony of the universe while I wait for my test results to turn up. I will also be relying on what I know is one of the greatest powers of the universe: GRATITUDE.

So today I am grateful for:
1) The weekend and time to read on the couch
2) Plans with friends to play Canasta (and I never remember how to play Canasta)
3) Health is wealth
What are you grateful for?
Now, could somebody pass the almonds? No… how about a green smoothie?
More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),

I just finished reading the NY TImes article Is Giving the Secret to Getting Ahead?

The article states: “The greatest untapped source of motivation.. is a sense of service to others; focusing on the contribution of our work to other peoples’ lives has the potential to make us more productive than thinking about helping ourselves.
Skeptical? You might prefer the humorous video instead.
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GIFT DAY 090: 30-day gratitude challenge: day 14, HOP to it!

31 Mar

Day 14 of the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge over here.

What finds you in AWE today?

  • Is it little girls in pink and green dresses? 
  • Little boys hunting for eggs? 
  • A warm spring morning?

Today I was awestruck by the scene I awoke to on the beach.

easter morning, the promise daily, jamie eslinger

The dogs woke me up early begging – no whining – to go outside. I rolled over and looked at the time on my iPhone. 6:34AM.

“You’ve GOT to be kidding me.” I groaned.

The dogs kept whining and pacing around the bed. Finally, Pup jumped up on top of me as if to say, “Listen lady, we mean biz.”

I grimaced. I groaned. Then acquiesced.

And I’m so glad I did. I would have missed the sunrise. I would have missed this beautiful picture. I would have rolled over and missed the light.

So, today, I am grateful for:

1) An enlightening sunrise
2) Staying in my PJ’s and reading in bed until 3pm
3) Two pups who never let me sleep in

What are your grateful for?
What floats your boat? Gives you faith? Fans the wind beneath your wings? Lightens your load? Rocks your world? Sounds the alarm, wraps you in joy, sends you hopping?

What puts the AWE in your awesome?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),

{Hop to it! Share your gratitude in the comments section below.}

GIFT DAY 089: 30-day gratitude challenge: day 13, believe in joy

30 Mar

Day 13 of the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge over here.

And I am grateful for this beautiful sentiment:

I believe JOY, jamie eslinger, thepromisedaily.com

It was sent to me by Mimi Matthews.

Today I am grateful for:

1) A new juice bar in the neighborhood
2) A new friend to go to the new juice bar in the neighborhood
3) Warm spring days — where have you been my love?

What gratitude do you wish to share today?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),

{Get grateful! Spill. Dish. Share in the comments section below.}

GIFT DAY 088: 30-day gratitude challenge: day 12 expect a miracle

29 Mar

Day 12 of the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge over here.

Miracles abound.

Today this caught my eye as I was waiting for my acupuncture appointment.

expect_a_miracle, jamieeslinger.com, the promise daily

Expect a Miracle.

I take that to heart.

Today I am grateful for:

2) The angels who show up in my life exactly when I need them
3) Cool clients who make work fun (you know who you are!)

What miracles are you expecting?

What gratitude do you wish to share?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),

{What are your grateful for today? Share one, share all, in the comments section below.}

GIFT DAY 082 30-day gratitude challenge: day 6, being the girl who cries

23 Mar

Day 6 of the Gratitude Challenge over here.

Let me first start this blog by asking what are your grateful for today?

It’s an important question. And your answers are just as important.

Today, I am grateful for:

1) My favorite pair of jeans.
2) Heated leather seats in my car.
3) Tears. Buckets and buckets of tears.

And being the girl that cries.

I was once the girl who scored the game winning points on the basketball court. Then I was the girl who ran for Student Government President, and won. I was a Truman Scholar Finalist, I was a Smith College grad. I was the young upstart starting her own biz.

That’s when I was the girl who thought crying was for sissies.

But today, I found myself being the girl who cried her eyes out . . . during an acupuncture appointment. And when I say cried my eyes out, I mean balled. Like a baby.

Flood works.

It’s funny, this enlightening life journey thing. This writing everyday. Pushing myself. Finding the lesson instead of the fear, leaning in toward the love. Exploring a-bun-dance.

Some days it brings me to the top of a mountain called JOY. Other days it leaves me with an abundance of tears, a sticky face, and a purse full of wadded up KLEENEX.

And, for that, I am grateful.

Because I am still the girl scoring the game winning points, running for office, studying for exams, never wanting to lose . . . who thinks crying is for sissies.

And, somehow, I’m also the girl who cries like baby — and is grateful for the tears that roll down her cheek.

I am grateful for the divide inside my soul, somehow being super human strong and so, so, so, very vulnerable and delicately breakable at the same time.

Because it means I am alive.
That’s why, today, I am grateful for tears.

tears croppes

The power-washing strength of tears. As if they were invented precisely for the girl who thinks crying is for sissies.

Because sometimes this girl (ALL OF US) just need a good cry.
And for that, I am grateful somebody invented tears.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),
{Gratitude. Love. You? Share your three items in the comments section below}

GIFT DAY 079: 30-day gratitude challenge: day 3

20 Mar

Day 3 of the Gratitude Challenge over here.

30 DAYS OF GRATITUDE.gratitude, pinterest, jamie eslinger, the promise daily
Ends on April 16th.

What are you grateful for today?

If you want to play along you can post your three “gratitudes” in the comments section of the blog.

Today I am grateful for:

1. Public transportation – I LOVE the train!
2. Green tea. It’s oh, so good.
3. YOU!

And, when I say YOU, I mean YOU.

The person who is reading this right now. Without YOU I would not be inspired to write every single day.

Without YOU, I never would have kept my first promise three years ago, to not shop for a year and instead invest in my head, heart, body and soul.

Without YOU, well, so much in my life would be so different.

I show up because of you.
I write because of you.
I reflect and explore and push my limits because of you.

Sure, I’m in this for me too. I show up for me, and explore and reflect and do this promise thing each day for myself. But it would not be the same without you.

So, today, I am grateful for you.
Whether you’re here for the first time or have been reading since Day 1 of The Promise 365.

Maybe we’ve met in person or exchanged emails or talked on the phone.

Maybe we went to grade school together.

Maybe we live in the same house.

Maybe we’ve never met.

Doesn’t matter. I love you. I thank you.

We find each other when we need each other.
And, for that, I am grateful.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),

{You can still join the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge.
Play with us! Share your three items in the comments section below.}

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