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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 97 :: average or beautiful, how about real self-love?

8 Apr
I love beautiful things. They brighten my day. I love the concept of beauty and I love the concept of finding something beautiful in everything.

Whether it’s the flowers popping up out of the ground or the people all around. (Like these beauties that just appeared in our yard!)

The most beautiful person I ever knew was my mother. That’s not hard to imagine. She was amazingly kind and wonderful. She radiated love. She practically glowed. But she once told me that her father called her homely. And he meant it sincerely.

I think the exact quote was, “It’s a good thing you’re so kind because your looks are so homely.”

I was just a teenager when she told me this. It made me want to cry, for her. It sounded so mean and horrible to me. I could not imagine anyone saying that to someone they loved. Especially to my mother! My Mama Sling!

Which is why I cried today while watching this Dove commercial circling around the world. The video shows a stunt forcing women to choose to walk through a door that said “Average” or “Beautiful”. The marketer in me was impressed, the human in me was dismayed. At first, I contemplated which door I would choose, and then I thought about my mom, and which door she would choose. Then I read this from Buzzfeed, and thought…why yes, why should women have to choose?

What if the doors had said things like:
Funny! Loving! Kind! Awesome! Smart! Self Starter! Quirky! Patient! or …A Kick In the Pants!

Words matter.
A lot.
They stick to your skin longer than any soap ever invented.
And beauty runs stronger than skin deep.

So that said, I am sharing my first #LoveMoreDoMore Sunday Interview. It’s with Amy Leigh Mercree, self-starter and self-love expert. In it we talk about self love among other things and I share my silly little self-image struggle with my thumbs. Yes, my thumbs 😉 I know, silly, but real. Find out what Amy recommends for my thumbs (and I did it!!).

I was going to wait to release this interview, but I can’t. Not after seeing that Dove video today. (To listen to the interview by telephone please dial 1-302-202-1115 and enter Recording ID: 25240879 when prompted for it.)

Love on dear, awesome, kind, smart, quirky, patient, kick in the pants beautiful ones! Love. On.

More tomorrow.

  {what word describes your awesomeness?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 328 :: just do it, the moment of failure

26 Nov

What was your peak performance moment of the day?

As we wrap up a short work week over here and get ready to celebrate some serious PIE and TURKEY, I am happy to report my new record.

One minute and forty one seconds! 

That was my plank today. I am amazed at what showing up and sticking to a routine can do for the body. Specifically for my pilates plank. If you have been around here for a while, you know that I started off at 30 seconds. I keep inching forward, every week, without practice, to a longer plank.

And it’s getting easier. Because I keep showing up. Even on days when I don’t feel like it, when I’m tired, when I’m sad, when I’m worn out, stressed out and laid out.

I keep showing up and doing that damn plank.
And you know what, it keeps getting better. Because I am pushed to the moment of failure. I go until my arms shake so hard my body starts to lose it’s grip.

But it’s the moment of failure that makes me stronger. (Isn’t that always the case?)

And that makes me remember some really important advice:
Stick to it.
Keep on it.
Just do it. 

Here’s to your peak performance. 

More tomorrow. 

P.S. Official invite here. If you are a fan of Abraham-Hicks you will find my next peak performance interview fascinating with a capital F (as in blow your mind).  Click here to learn more.


 {what can you stick to, keep up, just do?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 294 :: building stamina

23 Oct
Oh stamina! I am slowly building up my stamina.  And today was a good test of it and really a great day. (But not this kind.)

Today was great because I hosted a marketing webinar and then later a teleconference interview. Both required my undivided attention – not an easy thing to come by in these days of multi-tasking frenetic multi-screen work. 

But today was also a reminder to me of the power of personal energy and how, really, stamina is like a muscle. One that needs to constantly build up to get stronger and maintain strength.

So tonight is short and sweet, because today was long and wonderful — and full of good energy.  Another key component to peak performance. 

More tomorrow. 


 {how do you build your stamina?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 293 :: an interview

22 Oct
Tomorrow night kicks off a new interview series over here, and well, you’re invited!

If you want to know more about how I made it through this year, this breast cancer diagnosis, this surprising turn of events with my head, heart, body and soul still intact, then you might want to tune in and find out more!

Tomorrow night, as part of my peak performance year I am interviewing the woman I turned to for help and healing ….my medicine woman! Yes, that’s right. Medicine. Woman. She is incredibly powerful and graceful and inspiring and if you are even just a little bit intrigued I hope you sign up to hear more.

Here’s a little note from my medicine woman to me:


From Levity Laughing Star to Jamie’s spiritually adventurous posse:

Close your eyes, center, be still, be empty….ask “Will I benefit from this introduction??”
   If “yes” – be there or be square!!!!!

Tomorrow I will share how I began working with a medicine woman, why I made the decision, what it was like and how it helped me. You will also hear directly from her on what it means to be a medicine woman and how her work began.

The big bonus is that if you sign up you will receive a recording of the event and a meditation you can take with you. If that sounds amazing, well, see you tomorrow night.

If that sounds just plain wacky, then no worries. I will be interviewing other amazing people in other lines of work in the near future. All in the name of peak performance!

More tomorrow. 


 {who do you turn to for help?}

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. 


 {what’s your dream?}

Day 315: lovemore monday :: an open letter to the young woman in starbucks

12 Nov

As you know, I entered this year determined to be fearless. But, I don’t want more fear or less in my life.  I want more love.  So I made up a new word, lovemore!   That’s why Lovemore Mondays are here.

Today’s Lovemore Monday is a letter.

In fact, this is an open letter to the young woman sitting next to me at Starbucks tonight.

Dear beautiful, young woman:

I want you to know this:
You are more than the captain of your soccer team,
student government leader,
academic all star…

“Do you want to be a big fish in small pond or a small fish in a big pond?”

I cringed when the man interviewing you for college asked you this question — and so many other questions that just don’t seem to matter in life.

“How will you differentiate yourself?”


I wanted to grab a hard-backed Starbucks chair, run over to your table and plop down right next to you.

To his silly, antiquated questions, I wanted to sing:

What do you totally, absolutely love?
What do you love to do in your spare time?
What flips you out?
What makes you cringe?
What humongous, crazy, totally outlandish, big, fat, wild dream do you have for yourself?

What makes you, YOU?
What will you never, ever, give up because you love it so much?
What makes you want to dance? sing? run? laugh until your sides hurt?

No matter where you go to college, no matter what school or club you go to, get kicked out of or never fit into…

You have YOU.
And that, my dear, is the most precious gift of all.
Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

Oh, yeah… and one more thing:

No matter what college accepts you — follow your heart.

All my best wishes for a fantastic life,

From The Stranger Who Believes In You

P.S. You can do anything.

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