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Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 122 :: 7 secrets for a successful surgery

3 May

It’s a wrap!

At least it feels like I have turned a corner over here. Surgery is a week behind me. I have had time to heal and reflect. So today I am sharing some of the things that have been most helpful for me.

Below is my list of the best ways I have found to move through a life event like a surgery (or, as some of my favorite little boys say: “operation”).

If you, or anyone you know, has a surgery in their future please feel free to share. Because I truly believe the process can go smoothly, with ease and grace.

1. Heal in a beautiful place.
This is my favorite tip!  It was very important for me to look forward to being in a beautiful place to heal. I chose a little town on the Oregon coast with expansive beaches to walk and waves to watch. But beauty can be anything in your own home as well. Adding even just a few beautiful touches to your bedroom or cleaning out the clutter before your recover would go a long way to create a beautiful space just for you to relax and heal.

2. Lean on others.
I have no idea how I would have healed if I didn’t have the support of Jaynane and Justin. There are so many little things I couldn’t do for myself (like pull up my pants or put my left arm into a shirt sleeve). I relied on Jaynane to help me take a shower, dry the water off my back, and literally pull up my pants. Not to mention the help I needed to keep track of which medications to take at what times. I am lucky that Jaynane is a nurse by trade, but really, anyone who loves you could help look out for your needs, from the little ones to the big ones. It’s essential.

3. State your intention.
Throughout this entire medical process I have kept my intention set on making it an easy and smooth adventure. Part of that meant telling my friends about this intention and asking for their help to keep my spirits high. I wanted to move through this without heaviness or sorrow. My choice was to be light and focus on the beautiful moments. It was wonderful to have their love and support …and it made a huge difference!

4. Build a team.
Many people advise patients to get a second opinion. I agree, but I want to add to that. I chose to build a team to support me. This idea is inspired by Dr. Lissa Rankin who advises people to be at the center of their medical team and act like the leader of many experts. Not only did I reach out to a trusted doctor friend to find the right surgeon for my needs at a hospital that I trusted, I also built a support team around me. This includes my friends and family as well as host of special people with special skills, like an acupuncturist, medicine woman, and other people in the healing arts. The most important part is to feel like you have built a team that respects your highest good and your true wishes for health and healing.

5. Release Anger.
This may be the most important tip. Maybe it should have been Number 1, regardless, it’s a crucial step for preparing for a smooth recovery. I chose to weed the garden and wield a hoe in my hand, pounding the ground and releasing my anger. Mother Nature could handle it. And for me, it was a much needed (and healthy) release.

6. Focus on the Beauty.
After the initial shock of my diagnosis, and after I had worked through my anger, I decided to focus on the beauty — all the beautiful moments leading up to surgery and all the beauty around me in the meantime. It was in many ways a life saver. Try it…. it’s amazing and powerful and healing. You may be surprised what you see.

7. Breathe.
Finally, my last tip, while it is quite obvious, is good for the head, heart, body and soul. Just breathe. Taking deep breaths increases oxygen to the body which tells your cells that all is well. While stress shuts down the breathing reflex which decreases oxygen and starts the fight or flight response. So breathe. Deep, deep breaths will slow down your system and bring you back to a neutral state of mind. Which is so important as you make these important medical decisions.

Whew!  Onward and upward we go. May you and your loved ones have good health and a smooth healing journey.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{what are your secrets for healing success?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 330 a month of inspiration :: 5 secrets of abundance

26 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share a word.

Abundance.

As you know, this year, I dedicated my 365 days to uncovering abundance. What is it? What does it mean? What does it look like?

So, at first, I asked around. I asked my friends, family, and people in my daily life.

Here’s the funny thing about abundance… everyone had a different definition for it. I dare you to get the same answer from 5 people.

In all my conversations, one word kept popping up.

Thanksgiving.

Now we find ourselves here, on the cusp of Thanksgiving Eve. And I am asking myself what have I learned so far about the “A” word?

So tonight I share my TOP 5 Abundance Lessons and what I have discovered thus far… but I warn you …there is still one more month to go in this search for abundance so this is not final.

1. Health is our greatest wealth

Thank you to my thyroid for that one. And a long string of doctor’s appointments across the country from the east coast to the west coast and finally into the caring hands of Dr. Milas of OHSU in Portland, Oregon. The thyroid was benign and as a wave of relief cast over my entire being, I realized something I have known most of my life: health is wealth.

2. Forever Friends are Family

I love my friends dearly. Always have. But this year, in the midst of a cancer scare (see #1) I was reminded what it means to have forever friends. The kind of friends who show up no matter what. The kind of friends who call, write, send surprise gifts in the mail, text, or find some other way to connect and remind you that they care — and are there, even across the miles. These are forever friends. And they are more like family.

3. True Love is for the Dogs

It doesn’t take long for love to set in. Just look in the eyes of a puppy! We successfully passed “Fostering 101” last week according to our Aunt Judy — which means we were able to foster a puppy and then actually follow through to find it a home. It would have been easy to keep her in our little family pack — she was that sweet and that cute. But it wouldn’t have been the best thing for her. And isn’t true love all about knowing what’s best for the one you love?

4. Focus. Focus. Focus.

This year I took on something new — you! Every single day I write to you to help you along with your goals over at The Promise Daily. My mission is to give you a kick in the pants. But what I have learned is that I need this as much as I thought you might like it. Focus is power. And keeping your focus is what allows abundance to grow.

and finally…

5. Words are gifts.

I know I have already shared The Card Crusade with you. But here’s the thing… I truly believe it changed my life… just three little words:  I. LOVE. YOU. — or even — I. THANK. YOU. bring more than a smile to someone’s face. These words warm a heart, they tell someone it was all worth it, they show someone how much you mean even after all these years, after all the tears, hard work, long days, good tries, bad endings, happy reunions or long lost memories in between. Words heal. Words connect. Words work magic on your heart.

So let me leave you with these words of thanks.

Thank you for being here. Thank you for skimming, looking, reading, sharing, posting, referring, and supporting me.

Your presence makes me want to keep my promise.

Your comments get me up in the morning to check and see who’s here.

Your dreams send me searching for more good ideas, inspiring quotes and touch your heart sort of songs that I can share with you.

I. Thank. You.

On this eve before a Thanksgiving celebration, I am full.
Or, you could say, I feel abundant.

All because of you.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless!}
Jamie

{may you feel abundant and loved}

Day 224: why do you love that song?

12 Aug

My brain hurts.

I just read through Brain Pickings, delivered on Sunday, and every week it hurts my head.  In this world of overstimulation, I think it’s just too much data all in one place.

But, I am addicted to it.
Try it, go ahead. It might make you think. Hard.

About love.
And, question like: “Why does the world exist?”
Or, the difference between thinking and feeling.
And, what’s wrong with education?

Today, the latest mind-bender is:

Why do I LOVE that song?

Or, rather, Why is music addictive?

Here’s the video for full explanation:

The skinny?  Music stimulates arousal, which then causes a release of dopamine in the body.  So, basically, music chemically alters our bodies and makes us feel great.  And, it’s addictive too.

So, there you have it.
Now, I know why that song on the radio haunts me.  And, why the girls go crazy over One Direction.  They can’t help it, it’s an addiction.

Drat.  
Now, I can’t get that song out of my pounding head. 

Day 344: a ball of barking love

10 Dec

This sweet three-month old Golden Retriever puppy is learning how to be a service dog.

Her name is Vicki, and when she grows up her purpose will be to help military vets who have Post Traumatic Stress.

I have watched Vicki over the last week in action.

She is just a puppy, not fully trained, nor ready to take up her post as a service dog.  But that doesn’t mean she isn’t already in service here with these 600 attendees of this conference.

At each break people flock to Vicki.  She’s an instant ooh and ah magnet.

Watching her in action made me think more about purpose and promises.

I mean, she doesn’t have a clue what her job will be when she grows up, or what training she needs to go through, or if she knows enough yet, or has taken enough credited classes, or learned from the right teachers.

But, that doesn’t stop Vicki.
She just lives in a constant state of licks and love, already a dog in service.

And, that makes a lot of sense.
As I try to wrap my mind around everything I have learned this week about the science of the body and the soul, the data, the studies, the cases, the outcomes, I feel overwhelmed with enlightenment and absolutely confused at the same time.

And, that makes me think of Vicki.

Vicki doesn’t seem to pause and think about what diet she is on, what food she is eating, if it’s better to be a vegan or gluten-free, full of calories or carbs.

Vicki doesn’t pause when people come up to greet her either, considering whether they are friend or foe, she just bounds straight into the arms of whomever is there licking away on their cheeks, tucking her head into their arms.

She is a ball of barking love.

Her purpose is clear and, yet, she is only a puppy.
I think we could all learn a thing or two from Vicki.

No matter what the data says, or the protocol proclaims, or diets recommend, it is clear to me there is one element that holds true in every scientific study.  If we were all just bigger balls of barking love our lives would be richer, our world would be happier and our health would be better.

Good for the head, heart, body and soul.

Makes me feel like this year of experimenting has brought me through so many tests, trials and tribulations, only to land me back in that place I knew best as a tiny, little baby.

Universal, undeniable, unfettering LOVE.
Who would have thought it could be that easy?
Woof, woof, indeed.

“Remember this is a trip into the Unknown. If you think you know where you are going you are on the wrong road.”

~ Father Thomas Keating

Day 207: medical reasons to go the f**k to sleep

26 Jul

Have you read this book: Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach?

We spotted it in Bunch of Grapes bookstore after some of our friends with little ones told us about Adam’s hysterical take on a bedtime story.

The scenario is familiar even to my childless life: the little pitter-patter of feet that won’t stay in bed, the pleading voices that ask for multiple glasses of water, the creative minds that find every ingenious excuse under a 3-year old sun (and moon) NOT to go to bed.

Turns out sleeping is just as important for adults as it is for kiddos.

Today, I read Dr. Ruth Buczynski’s expert interview with Dr. Rubin Naiman in a report from The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine.  (long name – good report)

I was stunned to see how the lack of good quality sleep causes so many health issues, including: impairing the immune system, creating disease, depression, even obesity!

Here’s one tidbit straight from the report:
“The American Cancer Society did a study of a million American adults and found a correlation, no cause and affect evidence, but a very compelling strong correlation between being a short sleeper and increases in cancers across the board.

The key takeaway?  Our immune system kicks in at night, particularly during deep sleep, so it’s good for the body.

This made me stop and reflect.
As I spend each and every day of this year thinking about my head, heart, body and soul (and not thinking about acquiring new shoes and dresses) I realize that I have yet to examine sleep — and how it affects my dreams (both the ones I am trying to live out in the daylight and the ones I have at night).

Turns out both are equally important.

You snooze you lose?
Actually, if you sleep you win!
And, I do like to win.

As Dr. Rubin Naiman said: “Most sleep doctors pay insignificant attention in my belief to the place of dreaming as a part of sleep health, and there is evidence that we’re actually dreaming less and less.”

His advice:
Develop a personal ritual at night, a personalized routine to get your body ready for sleep. He recommends an hour of time each night to slow down and relax before slumber.

Hum …a routine? 
How about a bedtime story, followed by a glass of water, then a stop in the bathroom, then another snuggle on the couch to watch TV before finally giving in to our dreams?  Maybe those 3-year old really do know the secret to a good night’s sleep!

There’s one more thing that Adam Mansbach and Dr. Rubin Naiman seem to agree on: laughter may help us all fall asleep faster. 

So, sweet dreams.  Night, night.  Don’t let the bed bugs bite.
And, Go the F**K to Sleep!
It’s good for you.

Day 55: yo bella!

24 Feb

Tonight, I had my first taste of this:


It’s not ice cream, it’s not fro yo, it’s actually called Yogurbella.

And according to their website it is: “Made with less than 4 major ingredients + our proprietary Yogurbella flavoring blend, it’s a simple and tasty way for supporting a balanced diet for healthy, active kids, men & women throughout the lifecycle.”

It felt like a flashback for me, to like the year 1987, when frozen yogurt was the latest trend.

Or, maybe to the year 2005, when I was a Brand Manager for Baskin-Robbins (yes, all 31 Flavors).

Maybe this is a new recipe?
Maybe it’s just a remix of the old school yogurt mix?

Either way, I can report that Yogurbella was tasty.
I even want to believe the marketing messages posted outside the door, that it is good for my head, heart, body and soul.

Well, all except for those chocolate peanut butter cups I ordered on top.

It may be cheating to call it good for my health.
But isn’t that what we really want to hear?


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