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Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 228 : head. cold.

16 Aug

Justin just ran out to buy me some NyQuil. I’ve been in bed most of the day nursing a sore throat.

Peak performance seems to be put on the back burner. And it’s a good reminder for me to take a day off.

Nothing a little NyQuil can’t help. Well, maybe some NyQuil and some chocolate ice cream too? 

More tomorrow.



{do you need a day off?}

Day 344: so much can change in a year, so bring it on 2013!

11 Dec

Soooooo much can change in a year.

Take me for instance… today I ate a cookie!


A year ago I was wrestling with the sugar plum holidays trying to balance my no sugar ban.

But today I indulged in a cookie. A Red Velvet Crinkle Cookie from Panera.  (They remind me of the ones Mama Sling used to make.)

What a difference a year makes.

I am still focused on limiting my sugar. But I am now more loving and fearless in the ways I treat myself.

And, now I am getting ready for next year!

Which brings us to tonight.
I promised to share just exactly what I’m going to do in 2013.

But first.
Let’s review.

Year 1:  my promise was to take care of my head, heart, body and soul. 

If you were with me then, you watched me vow not to shop for clothes or shoes for one entire year and instead invest in my body and soul – and write about it every single day!

It was hard. And heartbreaking. And amazing!

I learned I was addicted to sugar and coffee and chocolate.
I found hope and help through clean food, cleanses, and Ayurvedic principles.
I learned to cook something that didn’t come out of a can.
I did yoga. A lot.
I went to the spa.
I tried a brazilian bikini wax — once. (OUCH!)

I didn’t buy any shoes or clothes (or underwear!)  for one entire year.

I found love.
Or love found me.

I learned that every ancient teaching and all new age thought are based on one simple concept.. LOVE.


Year 2:   my promise was to be LOVEMORE+FEARLESS.

If you were with me when the year started you know I am (was) terrified of spiders and water.

You watched me swim with sharks off the shores of the Bahamas. (I lived to blog about it!)

You were right with me as I rafted down the Grand Canyon — and slept next to snakes and scorpions, without a tent, only a blanket of stars above my head (insert FEARLESS here).

If you’ve been following along this far (God Bless You) you also know that I publicly admitted my fears (trying to get pregnant) and greatest sadness (missing my dear Mama Sling).

You also know that we moved to house on top of the ocean. Well, practically. The waves come up under the house. (Oh, fearless soul!)

I’ve learned so much about myself.

Most important — I’ve learned there’s something amazing that happens when you forget about being perfect and focus on facing your fears.

You find courage.
And strength.
You start listening to that little voice inside yourself, instead everyone else’s around you.

You start selling tee-shirts. (What? Yes, Lovemore+Fearless Tees.)

More than anything YOU (I mean “I” of course) start facing the fact that growing older and growing up and facing a few wrinkles in the mirror ain’t all that bad after all.

And that bring us to…..

Year 3:  I chose abundance! 

January 1st approaches.
Which means it is time to triple down. Year Three. All in.

Next year my promise is to explore abundance.

Which includes:

  • The power of giving
  • The power of miracles
  • The exchange of energy

What does that mean?

I, Jamie Eslinger, promise to:

Give something away each and every single day in 2013 and blog about it.
It can be material or emotional, but it has to be a gift.


I will delve into A Course In Miracles.

More on the inspiration behind those two tomorrow.

I hope you stick around to play with me some more and continue this journey.
I also hope you will join me, because….

I have something in store for you.
A very special GIFT that will be just for YOU, promise.

Which I will share…



Day 361: the wrap up part 1 :: head

27 Dec

Here we are, closing in on 365 days and the end of this year.  And, what a year it has been.

So much has changed in my world, in this year, that I am dedicating a full day to each of my promises: head, heart, body and soul.

Because if I have learned anything this year, it is this: the magic is in reflection.

Part 1:  head

I began this year cramming my head with information, studies, research, data.  All to figure out the best way to take care of my body and soul.  The more I learned and packed into my brain, the more I realized one overriding theme:  I was utterly confused.

Eat only protein!  Stay away from meat!
Only raw foods!  More green smoothies!
No cold foods! Only raw milk! No dairy!
No gluten! Whole grains only!


Raw foods, Paleo, gluten, dairy, it’s enough to make eyes pop out of said head.

But the biggest challenge for my brain has been something that took more than a cookbook and something bigger than a diet plan to overcome — it was my perfectionist tendencies.

Because I want to be perfect.
But I’m not.

And it all surfaced in my writing, or rather my promise to write something everyday AND make it public.  Deep down I wanted everything to be funny, and witty, and smart, and inspiring and just plain not crappy.

But, some days, I just didn’t have the words.  Or any thoughts.  Or the inspiration.  I thought everything I wrote sucked, or wasn’t quite right, or (GASP!) sported spelling errors.

And then somewhere along the way I realized it didn’t matter.

Because I did not make a promise to blog funny, and witty, and smart, and inspiring and just plain not crappy content all year long.  I made a promise to take care of my head, heart, body and soul and write everyday to stay on track, to have accountability — to myself.

And, there is something magical that happens in the brain (I think it’s a super high tech scientific chemical reaction) when you make a promise and keep it, no matter what — no matter the lack of inspiration, the loss of a good idea, the public scrutiny, the sticking your neck out — you realize that whatever comes from your heart is perfect.

It’s powerful.  It’s moving.
And it’s just right.

Day 182: in the middle part 2 :: head

1 Jul

We interrupt today’s installment of F*ing Friday to bring you a special 4 part series:  In The Middle.

Welcome to the middle… we are smack dab in the center of 2011 and The Promise 365.

This is a four part series that will focus on you guessed it …the middle.  I will share what it’s like for me being in the middle of this year and would love to hear from you too.

Part 2:  Head

This morning I shared the biggest surprise for my head during these first 182 days.  I posted a video of it to Facebook and it’s also hanging out below at the end of this blog post.

Now about that head of mine …
I have been accused of being “strong headed” actually I think the exact word was “stubborn” and I’m sure it was meant in the nicest way possible.  You see I get these ideas in my head (kind of like writing a blog for an entire year and not shopping!) and then I proceed with verve.

It’s a blessing and a curse.
My head has put me in some of the best experiences of my life, including; two amazing colleges (Cottey and Smith), running (and finishing) a marathon, jumping from the safety of a catamaran into the water of Cancun (Fun. Never will do it again. Don’t recommend it.) and namely this little project we call The Promise 365.

Over the course of these first 182 days I realize more and more that as much as my head leads me into the great unknown it equally keeps me out of the game too.

As in, it over thinks.
It worries.
It frets.
It fears.
It paralyzes me.
It gets in the way.

I’m learning, and have been learning for the past three years ~ ever since I woke up to a divorced, laid-off, homeless and clothe-less self ~ to stop thinking and start trusting my gut.

It’s not an easy lesson to learn: trusting a feeling in my grumbling tummy instead of instant messages coming from my brain.  But I will say this: back in March while in Mexico I had a moment where all of this started to make sense.

I was sitting atop the little villa we rented with iPod and ear buds in place, on the upper roof deck where I could see the mountain line and trees extend way out to the horizon and dance on the tip of the ocean.  As I watched the birds fly from tree to tree I listened to Deepak Chopra speak about intelligence … and not the kind you’re brain is thinking of.

Deepak shared scientific discoveries linking the same amount of cellular intelligence in our stomach lining as the cells in our brain.

It turns out trusting your gut is just as smart as trusting your brain.
And to my head that makes sense.

Wish I would have known that years ago. Maybe I would have listened to that gnawing feeling in my stomach before I took a certain job, walked down a certain aisle, trusted a certain someone.

Or maybe I wouldn’t have.

Regardless, I am learning to celebrate the awareness gained from making mistakes, starting over, coming clean, and forgiving. But never again will I tune out the message from the pit of my stomach when things don’t “feel” right.

It’s smart.
And it’s where my true north lives.

It doesn’t explain away my terrible fear of spiders, my strong aversion to cantaloupe (yes, I still lie to restaurant waiters and say I’m allergic to it) or my fear of swimming in the ocean alone.

If I sit and think about my fears too long it just paralyzes me.

Which brings me back to the biggest surprise so far and what I have found to be the secret magic of The Promise 365 … it’s so obvious you might roll your eyes or chuckle or maybe throw popcorn at the screen.  Whatever you do, just don’t over think it.

It’s in the video below.

Warning: girl in pajamas, no brushing of teeth or hair, in spectacles and drinking morning coffee.  I take solace in the fact that it’s a holiday weekend and you probably didn’t see this anyway.  But hey, if you do watch you can’t say I didn’t warn you.

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