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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 289 :: what promise will you make?

18 Oct

It was another amazing day uplifted in the presence of Miss O. In fact, she came so close to us today that we all stopped paying attention to our assignment (yes, homework) and started taking photos of her touching the crowd.


Beyond the reflection and homework, there were many words of wisdom, which I will share tomorrow. But for tonight, here’s just a few nuggets to hold onto:

“Stop trying to squeeze your life into one that doesn’t fit.” – Iyanla Vanzant

“When you don’t know what else to do, just love.” – Iyanla Vanzant

And of course, my favorite….
“What promise are you willing to make today?
A promise you are willing to keep?” – Oprah Winfrey

Of course I am partial to promises. They go deeper than goals. And so, tonight, as I sit here soaking in all the messages, and reminders, the wisdom and the reflections …I wonder… what promises are you willing to make?

(We can talk more about this one tomorrow!)

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {what promises are you willing to make?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 288 :: a night with oprah #LifeYouWantHou

17 Oct

Where do I begin? How about the goodie bag!!? What’s not to love about a goodie bag!?

It was of course an amazing goodie bag (although I’m pretty bummed that the Mophie juice pack doesn’t fit my 5c iphone … it only fits 5 and 5s….wah!). But I am really not complaining, not at all. I am on a little bit of a high that I’m sure will continue for a few days.

There were so many highlights, I’m not sure where to start or where to stop. So why don’t we start at the beginning.

We arrived in O Town this morning to a crowd of women bursting with energy inside the makeshift town hall, or maybe it was more like O’s version of the county fairgrounds?

As we walked around the tents peering inside to see what lovely surprise waited for us a woman stopped us.

“Would you mind talking on camera about fashion?” she said.

I almost laughed out loud. Boy, do I have a lot to say about fashion! Mostly about not shopping and what it does for the head, heart, body and soul. And how it sent me down an entire journey of lovemore-fearless, abundance, peak performance, goal seeking, looking for the beauty in life adventures.

But they just wanted a sound bite.

So in front of the camera I just summed it all up as beauty starts on the inside. And I believe that… because of all that soul-searching said adventure that not shopping has sent me on, including being here at Oprah’s Live The Life You Want Weekend.

Finally, show time arrived. The lights dimmed. Little lights twinkled all around the stadium. Our wrists lit up too!

Oprah walked onto the stage in a long, yellow gown. She seemed lit up from the inside out, and as the spotlights followed her down the stage it was almost as if she was also lit from somewhere else. Something else, more powerful, channeling a message of life and love.

Her first question as she gazed over the crowd was, “Why are you here?”
I felt as if she meant it on a deeply profound level, way beyond the walls of the Toyota Center.

Oprah then shared her life story and the lessons she has learned from living a big life. Her struggles, her triumphs, her major life moments. As she sang to the crowd, she seemed to summon every part of her being into the hour and half address. Part journalist, part actress, part little girl singing in the choir, part fashionista, part network media mogul, and part spiritual leader. She seemed, in many ways, to be doing her greatest work and sharing her most powerful message. No surprise, it all comes down to LOVE.

As I sit here tonight reflecting on the experience I am in awe of her spirit, her bravery, her vision, her energy and her love.

It was, indeed, as if I witnessed a peak performance.

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {why are you here?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 287 :: running into oprah

16 Oct

I ran into Oprah at CVS today. Well, not really, not the REAL Oprah. Her face did jump out of the magazine rack at me.  And I was like, “Oh, hi! See you tomorrow!”  Wink. Wink.  Then I bought my toothpaste and tampons.


The reason I am going to Oprah’s event tomorrow is because right after my mastectomy I received a text message. It was from Kim. She asked me if I wanted to be her guest at Oprah’s Houston event. Even on intense pain killers and mind numbing medications at the time I instantly knew the answer was a wholehearted YES! In all caps!

So I have to admit, I am excited to participate in Oprah’s event tomorrow and hear what all the speakers have to share and say about peak performance in work and in life. I think it’s the perfect way to round out my peak performance year (thus far). And I have Kim to thank for bringing me along for the ride. For making this little dream come true.

And for that I want to say something. Thank You.

I am convinced that it’s never just one person who makes their peak performance dreams come true.  There is a long line of teachers, mentors, friends, doctors, scouts, lawyers, accountants, assistants, family, and miracle workers standing behind us.

Who knows what dream you made come true for someone else yesterday, today, tomorrow … right now.

All I know is that it takes a village. That’s how I have come through with flying colors after a year of three surgeries and shocking diagnoses. I had a long string of strong-willed, big-hearted, never give up on me people carrying me through the worst of it. They were by my side for the good, the bad and the utterly confusing.

And now I’m on the other side. So it’s time I give back.

Next up! A new series from me to you. I will be interviewing one of my “helpers” next week. If you would like to find out more, please click here

I will share more from Oprah in Houston tomorrow. Until then, you got this. Whatever it is that you have ahead of you. Because there is a long line of people rooting for you — and I am one of them.

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 

 {what’s your dream?}

Day 355: when serendipity has other plans

21 Dec

(Submitted at Gate 23 Houston airport via iPad. Not a small feat. Will post photo tomorrow when I have real computer access.)

We just arrived in Houston on our way to Seattle. We arrived at Gate E3 and our next flight leaves out of Gate E2. Justin and I both looked at each other thinking of serendipity and said “That NEVER happens!”

Turns out it doesn’t.

After eating a sit down dinner (including alligator bites) we arrived at our gate only to find a plane headed to Mexico. Gate change. Off to Gate C23.
On our way to C23, in the middle of the airport hustle and bustle we heard a joyous cry and stopped in our tracks. It was Kim and Dave Justin’s cousins! There we all were heading to different gates amongst gate changes and holiday travel taking us to different parts of the country. As if we were supposed to meet in the middle. As if serendipity wanted to say happy holidays.

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