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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 believe – 24 days to go

7 Dec


{trust}  

There are 24 days left of The Promise 365!

In many ways, it’s easier to believe in hope and faith during the holidays. The lights are twinkling bright, the world seems to put reality on pause and believe in magic. I think that’s part of why the Christmas season is so special. But I also know that hope and faith are the secret, invisible forces that make magic happen all year long.

I have experienced so much hope, faith, and love over these past nine years, and all I can say is that you have to believe. In season, and out. 
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 218 :: hope blooms

6 Aug

{trust}  

Thoughts on trust tonight… Hope is what allows dreams to bloom.

Without hope, it’s hard to have faith, and without faith, it’s hard to focus on love. And, without love, it’s hard to have passion around your plan, and without a plan, well…you know. So, here’s to hope, faith and love with a plan.  

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 190 :: trust in faith, hope and love

9 Jul

{trust}  

Justin is playing songs for me tonight, on an album called Faith, Hope and Love. It’s a flashback to our youth and a few familiar tunes. But it’s more than that, it’s a message of love which has me thinking about trust.

In trust, we intrinsically have all three: faith, hope and love.

Trust needs faith to stay the course, hope to stay inspired and love to fuel the mission. In trust, we move forward in faith, hope and love. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 88 dreams are made of trust

31 Mar


{trust}  

Trust me. I’ve been thinking about this topic of trust for a while now… at least 88 days. It has me spotting things, or I should say, looking at things in a new light. Like the flowers trying to spring out of the ground and the trust it must take to push through layers of soil to follow the sun.

Or the winning shot at the end of a basketball game, and the trust it must take to keep pushing forward. Trust is a game of faith and hope and its the stuff dreams are made of. 

But without trust, I’m not sure it’s possible to go after your dreams. You have to trust there is a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. You have to trust there will be sun after you push through the soil. And you have to trust that game-winning shot will leave your hands and fall through the hoop. Maybe that is why it is called March Madness. 

It’s quite mad to believe in spring, that the sun will melt the snow and the flowers will come out to play. But we do. We trust it will happen. And it does. 

What a beautiful reminder from Mother Nature to keep the faith, hope… and trust.  

Trust me!
More tomorrow.

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 29 :: trust is…

29 Jan


{trust}  

It’s Day 29. Almost a month into trust and I feel like I really haven’t figured it out yet. So I looked up the definition again, you know, just as a gut check.

“To hope and expect that something is true….” is one way of defining trust as a verb. I like verbs because I like taking action. I don’t like sitting around waiting for others. I don’t feel comfortable when I’m not in control. And I don’t like waiting for results.

Funny thing is… trust doesn’t care about those things at all. Trust runs on hope. And hope is something that feels really good to me, yet out of my control.

So maybe this year, this Trust Promise is teaching me to build up reservoirs of hope as my action verb.

Hope. Hope. Hope. Hope.
I’m getting used to the sound of that…. 

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 78 :: why not?

21 Mar
{today}

Justin arrived home early today and surprised me with a golf outing. It was a beautiful afternoon and so I said… why not?

I’m wondering why I don’t say that more often? Why not?  

Why not now? Why not today?

Love, Hope & Joy are all meant to be shared, in the now.
So… why not?

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 65 :: the joy of womanhood

8 Mar
{femme forward}

Happy International Women’s Day. 

What joy it is to be a woman. It’s also full of hormonal highs and lows, the most excruciating heartbreaks and incredibly heartwarming moments the world could ever offer. There are days of intuitiveness and powerful conquering of mountains and molehills and everything in between.

Everyone’s experience is unique and different. And yet, it’s a huge circle of so many interrelated things.

And it’s so worth the ride. What joy it is to be a woman.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 351 :: christmas kindness

18 Dec
{rock star}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

Last night, after spending days upon days in bed, I finally surfaced. I crawled out of that protective cocoon and faced the light of day. And the fact that I ran out of Gilmore Girls episodes…

Amidst it all, I also felt something new… Aches. All. Over. My body, bless its heart and soul, was done with being sick but still had some healing to do. I could barely move my shoulders with all the aches and pains and finally asked Justin if we had a heating pad… or something that could act like a heating pad. He’s good at finding things so whenever I need something I have learned to ask. To put Justin on the task.

He thought about it for a while and then, just when I thought he had forgotten he walked outside. In the mud and rain mind you. When he returned inside he had his hands full of rocks.

“What are those for?” I asked.
“For your back. I’m going to heat them up, like a hot rock massage.” He replied matter of factly.

Oh… My…  Love… he had me at hot rock massage. My most favorite spa treatment in the world. But could we do it at home?

Turns out, the answer is yes! Justin washed and heated the rocks and then placed them on my back. And then heated them up again for a second round. They weren’t perfect like the rocks I have had in spas … but it was perfectly timed.

It was so gloriously relaxing.
And he is so amazingly kind. A rock star in my book.

It’s times like these when I realize that for all the KINDNESS I have been trying to infuse into my life and others this year, all I really needed to do was open my eyes. Sometimes being kind is remembering to ask for help.

Because the helpers will show up.
Sometimes with rocks in their hands.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 259 :: winning a million dollars

16 Sep

In a rare quiet moment I am watching people compete for a million dollars. It’s America’s Got Talent and I am mesmerized by the peak performances.

They are amazing to say the least. Ahhhhhmazing.

It has me reflecting about passion and clarity and goals.  Having goals is one thing. Having the clarity about what it will take to go after your goals is another. But having a passion that leads to performances like these, well it’s just awe-inspiring.

I mean seriously, one contestant is twelve years old!!?

But I think more than anything each performance is a moment of hope. As one contestant just said, “dream do come true.”

And that’s worth a million dollars.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {dream a little dream}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 169 :: rubber duckies, soft boobs and hard strength

17 Jun

My new friend wrote to me with an epiphany tonight.

Let me just preface this with a statement: it’s amazing what you can easily forget ever existed.

So what was the epiphany?
Soft boobs.

My new friend came through surgery with flying colors …and softer boobs. The implants have replaced the expanders and along with that is a new softness. I’m next in line of course and tonight I couldn’t help but think how foreign that word sounds.

Soft.

You see these expanders feel like rubber. They look like rubber. They are hard. So hard in fact, Justin said “I think we could bounce a quarter of of those things.”

I haven’t tried but I’m sure it’s possible.

I suppose it’s a good analogy of this journey. You have to harden in some places before you can soften. Namely, you harden in your gut, and all the places you hold your resolve, your strength, your hope, your determination.

Then, somehow, inch by inch you step over, or rather, bounce like rubber to the other side. And that’s where I think there is softness. Softness in making the journey, stepping through the fear, swimming in new waters. It is in fact where the heart softens as it reflects from the inside out and knows deep down inside that there is more. There is more here.

I’m so happy for my new, softer friend. She has officially crossed the divide and landed safely — and softly — on the other side of the mastectomy journey.

As for me, for now, my rubber duckies are just fine. But I look forward to stepping over the rainbow to softer days ahead.

Ssssssoon.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{what are you looking forward to?}
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