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13 Dec

f*ing fridays – 18 days to go

There are 18 days left of The Promise 365! And that means only three Fridays left in the year (including today!). 

In my first year of blogging, I celebrated Friday with a series called F*ing Fridays and in another year I had 4-Letter Word Fridays. So tonight I wil share another Friday. Tonight, I dedicate this Friday to Family.

Christmastime is the best time of year to remember and celebrate family. It’s the secret ingredient to the holidays.

So here’s the Fridays we have together and the holidays we create together. 
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 343 :: joy is holiday cookies

10 Dec


I am stuffed. Tonight was another holiday dinner, yay! WIth cookies! Yay! It leaves me stuffed and overjoyed. ‘Tis the season for joy and cookies. 

Ho, ho, ho, holiday cookies! 

More tomorrow… Lovemore,


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 360 :: the last jedi

26 Dec
{jedi traditions}

Tonight marks a beloved holiday tradition. One almost as big as Santa himself… Star Wars.

It’s still vacation around here and the holiday magic continues. Soon it will be 2018 and an entirely new year to welcome and celebrate with plans and wishes and surprises in store.

But tonight is reserved for the Jedi. The magic of storytelling. The smell of movie theatre popcorn. And, of course, the best part, family traditions.

How kind.
May the force be with you.

More tomorrow…


{the force}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 358 :: christmas kindness

24 Dec

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

We decked the halls tonight. Football. Sunday. Church. Family. Games. Elf on a Shelf. Christmas Eve dinner. Tracking Santa’s sleigh on an app. Calling family.

It all makes for a beautiful tradition. And the kindest moment of all was just being there.

Tonight, in church, the pastor spoke of the importance of “being” is the kindest gift of all. The biggest gift we can share. The most we can possibly give to those we love.

And I agree.
So, here’s to being.
Thank you for being here. May you have a very Merry Christmas and beautiful holiday traditions.

What could be more kind?

More tomorrow…


{being here}

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Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 188 :: the 5th of july

5 Jul

I love the day after a holiday. It’s like a bonus gift.

There’s still an “air” in the air all around. Made even better if there is time to linger and lounge. To read. To watch. To sit in the stillness that is the day after. To dip your toe in the proverbial water of summer.

So much is planned and prepped to start a holiday.
So much is soaked in and reflected as it comes to a close.

Happy end to a holiday weekend.
Happy start to the rest of summer.

As the sign in my office reads: “Enjoy simple beauty, pause right now.”

More tomorrow.

{how was your holi-day-after?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 360 :: #home

26 Dec

We just made it home!

Our drive was long but so worth it.
Of course we spotted many beautiful views on our drive from Washington to Oregon, including this:

But I think Brady’s face says it all.
We are part happy and part sad. It always feels good to arrive home and yet it always stings to leave family behind.

Another holiday gone by.
Another year almost over.

But so many good memories.
And so many good stories.
All tucked away for another time and another holiday.

For the time called next time.
Until we meet again.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{what memories did you make?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 350 :: dog gone it!

16 Dec

I may have found the best holiday card for dog lovers. 

If you have a soft spot in your heart for puppies of any kind I think you can appreciate these cards by William Wegman.


For me, of course, it will come as no surprise that I experienced love at first sight. And some of you lucky peeps will get one of these in the mail from me this year.

But I have a few other cards up my sleeve too… so watch your mailbox!
Until then…. please check out The Card Crusade and help us spread some cheer this year.

You could win a FREE year’s worth of greeting cards from Green Ink Gallery!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

P.S. Today’s gift is a card in the mail. For The Card Crusade!

{who do you want to cheer up?}


Countdown to 2014: 


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Day 307: a courageous holiday :: 5 strategies to stay on track with sugar

3 Nov

It’s a cold day here but I’m all bundled up and warm inside.

It helps to have some green tea at my side.  Believe me, coffee sounds way more warm and delectable. But I’m learning that tea does the trick.

There’s so much to look forward to this winter.
For one, we leave for Florida in the morning. (On the 6 AM ferry—ouch!)
But once we arrive in the sunshine state there will be warm weather, followed by holiday travel and friends and family to visit.

I know this winter and holiday season will take great courage for me to get through without totally breaking down and breaking my promise around coffee and chocolate and sugar.

I just opened my O Mail tonight from Oprah’s Life Class and the headline reads:
What will you do that you’ve never had the courage to do before? 

It has my holiday heart spinning.
I will embark on a new tradition this winter — one of taking care of my head, heart, body and soul — instead of taking every opportunity to sample all the treats, cookies, candies and pies!

In order to have the courage to follow through with this I need a plan.

Step One: Get Boundaries
My daily intake of sugar is limited to 25 grams.  It’s easy to stay in this range when I don’t have sweets and stay away from packaged goods.  Fruit alone can fill this requirement.  So, while, my holiday boundary will remain the same, 25 grams a day, I will have to plan out my sweet tastes.

Step Two: Get Real
I realize there will be temptation and I need to be real about my own expectations.  If I REALLY want to stick with my sugar pledge I have to be sweet to myself.  Planning nightly baths and good self-care will be in order.

Step Three: Get Support
I will ask the people who love me most to help here. Sometimes just saying it out loud and from the heart is all people need to hear to understand the importance of this sweet commitment.

Step Four: Get Cooking
Hey! If I can’t eat what’s there maybe I need to make my own sweet treats. Looks like I need to find a no sugar recipe to share this holiday so others can enjoy what I bring to the table too. And when it comes to holiday eating can you ever have too many options?

Step Five: Get Out
If all else fails, flee the scene of the crime!  As in, take a breather or a break.  Drop the cookies and get some fresh air.

It may sound silly.
But I think it’s courageous.

Either way, this holiday will be a test — one I’m willing to take!

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