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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 321 :: daily thoughts – 41 days to go

20 Nov

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There are 41 days left of The Promise 365!  

I started this blog (nine years ago) with one thought in my mind — you can do anything for one year. This is the excerpt from one of the first blog posts I ever made, Day 6

Someone once told me you can do anything for one year.

At the time I heard her say this, I was skeptical. Very skeptical. Possibly because I was just 20 years old, still in college and living on an erratic schedule of school-on and school-off, summer break and J-term days.

Quite possibly, it was also because she was describing her time in the Peace Corp living without food and eating bugs.

That’s what I said nine years ago. Today I would say something different. You can do anything for one year holds a much deeper meaning to me now, on this side of this promise. 

It is true that you can force yourself to experience something new like eating bugs, and that is significant. I believe in pushing yourself to your edge. But, what I have learned over these past nine years is this: when you make a commitment, and show up, and then keep showing up, your own personal truth will reveal itself to you. 

You might learn that you are resilient, or patient, or creative. You may find what fires you up, slows you down and stops you in your tracks. You might also learn that the adventure of life is full of lessons that you will miss if you don’t have a moment to reflect.

And that is the power of this promise. You can do anything for one year — and you will benefit from it for the rest of your life. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 322 :: small is big – 42 days to go

19 Nov


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There are 42 days left of The Promise 365! Ah, my favorite number and the answer to everything. There are 42 days left, people! I can’t believe this year is almost over and this blog is almost complete. 

Tonight, I reflect on yoga (which may be the answer to everything). I am in Germany on business and completely jet-lagged. So tongiht, I did some yoga stretching in my hotel room. It took me all the way back to that time I made a promise to do yoga every single day of the year.

Of course, I thought by the end of the year my body would end up ripped and shredded and muscle toned like a magazine cover model (it didn’t). Instead, I learned a much greater lesson – small is big.

Meaning, that even small moves make a big difference.  

That year brought me peace of mind and heart, but it gave me the gift that keeps giving — namely a self-led, home yoga practice that I can pull out of my hat (or mat) no matter where I am (including Germany). 

Before my Year of Yoga, I relied on yoga classes, yoga DVD’s, yoga YouTube videos. After a year of “practicing” I learned that practice doesn’t make perfect, instead, it provides flexibility. The kind that you can take with you throughout your entire life.

Namaste, and Gute Nacht!

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 320 :: tell your story – 46 days to go

15 Nov


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There are 46 days left of The Promise 365! Tonight I celebrate stories.

I have to admit, I have had my doubts about stopping this blog and ending this wonderful, crazy, daily adventure. Even though I know, in every cell of my being, that this is near completion and it is time for a happy ending. But my mind questions things. Mabe because this blog is like a limb of mine. 

Which brings me to today. We visited the Louisa May Alcott house in Concord, Massachusetts. I was in awe of the brown, colonial home, preserved so sweetly I expected Louisa to walk into the parlor and greet us, herself. Instead, we had a lovely young docent who guided us through the home site. She shared stories of the Alcott family that I wasn’t aware of and the transcendentalist beliefs they honored (including educating women!). 

But it was Louisa and her story, Little Women, that brought the family wealth and stability. The family was friends with many great thinkers of the time and influenced by Emerson, Waldon, and even Nathaniel Hawthorne, of House of Seven Gables fame. Ironically, we just toured that house last weekend. 

What I didn’t know was that Hawthorne spoke of women authors disparagingly, calling them “ink-stained Amazons” who were “without a single exception, detestable,” even forbidding his daughter from writing. 

Despite this, Louisa wrote and hew work chronicling life in the Concord house was it’s own shot heard round the world. Her works created wealth for her family and literature dreams for many little girls to follow. 

Today, while we were walking through Louisa’s house, I heard her whispers in my head. “Tell your story,” she said. “Share your words and touch the souls of others.”

I believe that is what I have done over these past nine years, and I hope Louisa is proud.  There is part of me that finds comfort in knowing words never end and stories live forever. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 58 :: joyful

28 Feb
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 I was thinking a lot about faith today. The power of keeping the faith. The importance of believing in your dreams and passions, even in the face of diversion. I once read that the setback is really the set-up. The stepping stone to what is next.

It has me thinking that Faith is the thread that pulls us forward when we can’t see in the dark. And JOY is on the other side…pulling and tugging and drawing us near.

Here’s to faith – and joy! 

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 36 :: happy choosing

5 Feb
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Joy has me thinking about choices. And happiness. And the difference between joy and happy? Happy and joy?

Either way, I do know this: Joy is a game of choice.  

What we think we become. And what we choose we create. There really are so many different choices we can make… and sometimes we take a different path but arrive at the same place, same conclusion, same difference.

Joy is teaching me that it really comes down to a choice. 
We can choose to be happy.
We can choose to be sad.
We can choose to think happy thoughts while we are sad.
It really is a choice.

Happy choosing.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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