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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 209 :: trust the journey

27 Jul


Tonight we wrapped the party, tore down the set and cleaned up the stage. Endings are celebrations just as much as beginnings sometimes. And, tonight, I am pausing to take a breath and remember the journey. 

It’s a good reminder to breathe and take it all in. Every step of the way. 

Trust me!

More tomorrow.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 141 :: saturday joy

19 May
{weekend joy}

Today joy has me thinking about beautiful journeys. I travelled to Seattle and back again today, on an acupuncture adventure. Every time I go I have a total and complete sense of serenity. I also get visions.

They come to me as I am on the table. Popping into my head like pictures. Sometimes, they are familiar, like I have seen them before. Maybe a past memory or two. Other times they are foreign and delightful, like a glimpse of my future. 

The past and future are intertwined with a golden thread. I suppose that is what is most beautiful about all journeys. Remembering the past and seeing the future.

Thank you, joy, for the reminder.

More tomorrow…



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 40 :: grace and joy 

9 Feb

Day 40. Reset.

Yoga for the night is complete. And before I turn in, I’m compelled to share two words: grace and joy. They have been following me around lately. Grace. Joy.

As in, graceful moves, joyful moves. Graceful. Joyful.


I’m not necessarily an expert at either – far from it. I trip, fall, stumble. I sometimes get too obsessed with the end result and miss the joyful journey along the way.

And so, this yoga promise of mine has me thinking…. Maybe I’m learning to be more graceful with my body …and more joyful about the journey.

I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

More tomorrow. 

{grace and joy?}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 249 :: rising strong

12 Sep


I just started listening to the audio version of Brené Brown’s book Rising Strong. And while I feel like I could probably write my own personal account on this topic, having survived three cancer diagnosis by the age of 40, I also know there is so much more to learn on how to rise and stay strong … and be blissful in the aftermath. 

I’m fascinated by this statement from the book:  “The middle is messy but it’s where the magic happens.”

Because I agree.

Everything messy that I have ever had to deal with always turned out better than I could have ever expected. There was always a lesson. There was always a purpose. It was in the sticking through, leaning into the mess, that led to the light.

And that makes me wonder…. does Bliss have to always come at the end of the story? Whether it’s the prince in shining armor, the gold at the end of the rainbow, or the happily ever after?

Or can Bliss just come along for the ride too?

More tomorrow.

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 213 :: never too late for a reinvention

1 Aug

One of the best things to come out my surgery was a little down time. I spent a three-day weekend in a hotel room with Justin. He caught up on Sports Center and I put my nose in a book.

This book, to be exact: Never Too Late by Claire Cook 
And I absolutely loved it.

I don’t remember the last time I spent an entire weekend reading. Of course, I was between oxycodone naps and a few painkillers but it was glorious to have a few days to read at my leisure.

Claire Cook’s latest book is all about reinvention.  And it couldn’t have come at a better time. Peak Performance Promise. Post cancer diagnosis. I think I am in a little reinvention of my own.

Claire is the Queen of Reinvention. The author of a few of my favorite books chronicling memorable characters inside their own reinvention (Must Love Dogs and Wallflower In Bloom). With her latest project she promises to hold your hand as you embark on own your next reinvention.

And I call it a “project” because it feels like a handbook of sorts (you can actually download a free workbook here).

Inside Never Too Late she shares everything you would love to ask her over a cup of coffee.

  • How she wrote her first book in a minivan at age 45
  • How Must Love Dogs became a movie (and then didn’t and then did again)
  • Her writing process (and how it applies to anyone’s reinvention process)
  • How she uses social media, built a website, and other important PR tips for budding authors
  • And finally, how she has reinvented her own career in a changing publishing industry

Her writing is so easy and honest I felt like we were actually sitting at a Starbucks together, comparing notes, and sharing life long memories.

One of the reoccurring themes in the book is: Karma is a boomerang. 

And I couldn’t agree more. So in the spirit of karma and reinvention and peak performance and a little inspiration from Claire.. I’m giving away a copy of her book to one lucky reinventor.  My treat!

Want it?
First person to tweet me at @jamieeslinger with #nevertoolate in their tweet gets an amazon download of Never Too Late.

I know it will find the person who wants it or needs it most …because karma is a boomerang.

More tomorrow.


{are you reinventing?}

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.


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.


More tomorrow.

{what are you looking forward to?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 122 :: 7 secrets for a successful surgery

3 May

It’s a wrap!

At least it feels like I have turned a corner over here. Surgery is a week behind me. I have had time to heal and reflect. So today I am sharing some of the things that have been most helpful for me.

Below is my list of the best ways I have found to move through a life event like a surgery (or, as some of my favorite little boys say: “operation”).

If you, or anyone you know, has a surgery in their future please feel free to share. Because I truly believe the process can go smoothly, with ease and grace.

1. Heal in a beautiful place.
This is my favorite tip!  It was very important for me to look forward to being in a beautiful place to heal. I chose a little town on the Oregon coast with expansive beaches to walk and waves to watch. But beauty can be anything in your own home as well. Adding even just a few beautiful touches to your bedroom or cleaning out the clutter before your recover would go a long way to create a beautiful space just for you to relax and heal.

2. Lean on others.
I have no idea how I would have healed if I didn’t have the support of Jaynane and Justin. There are so many little things I couldn’t do for myself (like pull up my pants or put my left arm into a shirt sleeve). I relied on Jaynane to help me take a shower, dry the water off my back, and literally pull up my pants. Not to mention the help I needed to keep track of which medications to take at what times. I am lucky that Jaynane is a nurse by trade, but really, anyone who loves you could help look out for your needs, from the little ones to the big ones. It’s essential.

3. State your intention.
Throughout this entire medical process I have kept my intention set on making it an easy and smooth adventure. Part of that meant telling my friends about this intention and asking for their help to keep my spirits high. I wanted to move through this without heaviness or sorrow. My choice was to be light and focus on the beautiful moments. It was wonderful to have their love and support …and it made a huge difference!

4. Build a team.
Many people advise patients to get a second opinion. I agree, but I want to add to that. I chose to build a team to support me. This idea is inspired by Dr. Lissa Rankin who advises people to be at the center of their medical team and act like the leader of many experts. Not only did I reach out to a trusted doctor friend to find the right surgeon for my needs at a hospital that I trusted, I also built a support team around me. This includes my friends and family as well as host of special people with special skills, like an acupuncturist, medicine woman, and other people in the healing arts. The most important part is to feel like you have built a team that respects your highest good and your true wishes for health and healing.

5. Release Anger.
This may be the most important tip. Maybe it should have been Number 1, regardless, it’s a crucial step for preparing for a smooth recovery. I chose to weed the garden and wield a hoe in my hand, pounding the ground and releasing my anger. Mother Nature could handle it. And for me, it was a much needed (and healthy) release.

6. Focus on the Beauty.
After the initial shock of my diagnosis, and after I had worked through my anger, I decided to focus on the beauty — all the beautiful moments leading up to surgery and all the beauty around me in the meantime. It was in many ways a life saver. Try it…. it’s amazing and powerful and healing. You may be surprised what you see.

7. Breathe.
Finally, my last tip, while it is quite obvious, is good for the head, heart, body and soul. Just breathe. Taking deep breaths increases oxygen to the body which tells your cells that all is well. While stress shuts down the breathing reflex which decreases oxygen and starts the fight or flight response. So breathe. Deep, deep breaths will slow down your system and bring you back to a neutral state of mind. Which is so important as you make these important medical decisions.

Whew!  Onward and upward we go. May you and your loved ones have good health and a smooth healing journey.

More tomorrow.

{what are your secrets for healing success?}
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