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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 54 :: joyous investing

24 Feb

My first Kiva! And I couldn’t be more proud.

This is the introduction of Pretty Pockets, a company that is empowering moms with nothing but elegant and practical accessories they are proud to wear.

I love this diaper bag backpack that also holds a bottle and diaper changer inside this very stylish package. It is a Kiva project that I participated in by giving a small loan to a woman with a big dream.

The irony is that it was a wedding gift to Justin and I… and it keeps on giving. I love following the development of the brand and the product as well as Madhu‘s updates in the process.

It brings me great joy. I don’t know if it’s the investment in someone else’s dream more than the return I get in my heart. But, joy it is.

And that has me thinking about investments. And investment in someone else’s dream is a contribution to your heart with exponential returns.

Pretty Pockets, indeed!

More tomorrow…



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 9 :: free kindness

9 Jan


I often say that words are free, but tonight this caught me by surprise.

Kindness is free.
And a great investment.
What a deal!

More tomorrow.

P.S.  Challenge #1 is on till Wednesday!  Are you Practicing Respect?
If you choose to accept this challenge, try one of the following acts:
– admire someone with kind words
– point out a particular and appreciated detail with kind words
– use thoughtful words to compliment someone on an achievement

{Kindling Kindness?}

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Day 316: where you invest your love, you invest your life

13 Nov

“In these bodies we will live, in these bodies we will die
And where you invest your love, you invest your life”

These words from Mumford and Sons struck me today. They jumped out of my Pandora radio speakers as if screaming… “wake up!!!”

It’s that simple I suppose.

Where you invest your love, you invest your life.
A good reason to invest wisely.

Day 199: to shop or not to shop, that is the question

18 Jul

I shopped today.  Not for me.
I was Justin’s shopping “wingman” as we popped in and out of stores to pick up a few items.  I haven’t put myself in the throws of department store finds for a while and I have to say it’s quite a shock to the system.

I shopped, but I didn’t buy.
Shopping, yet not shopping for myself, was a great feeling. It’s still a rush but without cheating on The Promise 365.  (I actually thought of you Holly Getty!  And what it must be like as you help others spot great fits and finds.)

I did get a little sidetracked.
Distracted by cool summer dresses, fun and fitted knit sweaters perfect for a wrap or cover-up.  The smell of new denim!  The array of summer sandals!  Ah …dreamland.

Back to reality.

Here’s a very realistic question that popped up today on Twitter.
How much have you saved this year?

The answer is this: I have saved much.
I have saved countless articles of clothing from the ultimate sentence of living out their days in the back of my closet, never to be worn, never to see the light of day, still wearing their tags.

I have saved strappy sandals and leather boots from decay in a storage shed.

I have saved hundreds of hours of time not searching on Gilt or Rue La La or Overstock or Nomorerack for the perfect something-something to match my already something-else.

So far, I know this: my experience has been more of a shift.
I have shifted my time and my money once spent on cover-ups to support the best ways to uncover my head (books, countless internet searches for the best organic foods, what to eat, what to avoid, what causes what, what you never wanted to know in the first place and why you wish you didn’t already know it) and my body (yoga, massage) and my heart (vacation!) and I’m still sorting out that soul thing.

So, today, while my wondering eyes did appear — looking all over the store at the new jeans, the new dresses, the new shoes, seeing them sit on a shelf just waiting for a new owner to scoop them up and take them home — I felt at peace.

Because if there is one thing I have learned so far, it is this:
Home, I am, already.

Day 11: hot yoga

11 Jan

I have a power yoga hangover this morning.

I feel like my body has been forced through one of those homemade spaghetti makers. I am noodle.

It feels so good.
I am both dehydrated and re-energized.

Which makes me think, maybe I should have called this blog THE SHIFT 365 or INVESTMENT 365.

While I am not spending money on clothes or shoes or other things to decorate or adorn my body, I am investing in my body and in activities or other healthy ways to take care of my body, soul, head, heart.

I am merely shifting my spending to new categories, with the plan to get much greater bang for my buck.

Hot Yoga was the best 20 dollars I have invested all year.

Now, please excuse me, I need to go invest in a large glass of water…

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