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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 365 :: a kind finale

31 Dec
{farewell 2017}

And here we are! The last day of 2017. The grand finale. The big hurrah… to a year of kindness.

There are so many words for kindness… I know because I looked them up:

And because I also just lived out an entire year pondering the power of kindness… Intentional acts of kindness to be exact. While I entered the year thinking I would be sprinkling kindness around the world in grand and amazing ways, what really happened was this — I found kindness in my own heart.

So much closer to home.

That always seems to be the way it goes with these promises. They open up areas inside of me I never knew existed. Never could have expected…and definitely didn’t plan on discovering. Even though they were there the entire time.

That’s the magic and the power of a purposeful promise. It’s always a game of setting an intention and then just showing up. Every single day. That’s all it takes. And then it will take you on the adventure of a lifetime (or at least a year!) full of twists and turns and surprise and delight until you end up sitting at your computer on the last day of the year realizing how perfect the entire year unfolded right before your very eyes.

Thank you, kindness. For letting me chase you this year, and then showing me you were right here all along, pulling at my heartstrings.

Thank you, kindness. For teaching me to look for you, starting inside myself and then spotting you inside the smiles, eyes, laughter, and love of others.

Most of all, thank you for teaching me to be more kind.

Tomorrow I announce a new promise for 2018… want to join me!?
Drumroll, please……

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{thank you, kindness}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 363 :: a kind lesson

29 Dec
{these two}

It’s been a year, 2017. Amidst it all two things have been constant: Pup and Brady.

Sometimes for comic relief, other times for adventure. One thing I am absolutely sure of… there is nothing kinder than the love of a dog and the wag of a tail to the rhythm of joy. Times that by two and you’ve got a pretty kind life.

If there is nothing else in this year to teach me the power of kindness, there are these two dogs. They are cuddled up on their dog bed right now, wrapped around each other and snuggled in for the night.

In this year of Kindness, they have taught me this: Lick it better and shake it off.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{shake it off}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 361 :: a kind year

27 Dec
{reflecting}

It’s beginning to look a lot like 2018… everywhere you go!

Before we get there, I’m beginning to reflect on 2017 – where the year has taken me, the path we have walked together … and how we got here.

What were your lessons from this year we call 2017?
I called it my Year of Kindness.  And it played out in ways I couldn’t imagine, as it always does with this promise work. I set a theme, I make a promise and I go into each year writing about it each and every day. Some days are way more exciting than others.

For instance, I never would have guessed a surprise pop-up wedding in the middle of Colorado would happen right in the middle of the year! Surprise. And, yet, it seemed so perfect — why didn’t I see it coming? I don’t know. (And how did we keep it a secret – long story!)  And yet, that is the magic of making these promises.

You never know what is going to happen. Until you try. And then, what transpires is always beyond my wildest dreams — and plans. They are even better than my own plans my own head could come up with — really.

And that is what makes this work so exciting. Sometimes you have to take the brain out of the equation and listen to your heart. And learning to do that is what one might call kindness.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{kindness of the heart}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 359 :: merry christmas

25 Dec
{miracles}

Happy holidays. Merry Christmas. And good tidings.

Today, we awoke to a little Christmas miracle. A blanket of snow. It was pristine and beautiful — and a surprise! Which reminds me of the power of miracles.  

Last night at dinner we tracked Santa’s sleigh with an online App. We also discussed the weather and all wished to wake up to a white Christmas. We then watched Santa make stops in Bolivia and Costa Rice, Canada, the USA, and Mexico all on a phone held in our little hands while sitting at the dinner table (what a miracle!).

Then, this morning I awoke to Jaynane singing Christmas music from the living room and announcing, “It’s a White Christmas!”

I thought she was referring to the song. And, of course, the Christmas music wafting into our room. As I stumbled out into the living room in my pajamas she turned on the porch lights to show off the blanket of snow outside. It was a Christmas miracle – a snowclad world sparking outside.

We dreamt about it. We talked about it. And then we woke up to it. It may seem small but it was a magical way to greet the day. And it reminds me that Miracles can come in all forms.

Last I checked, Santa delivered 7,281,439,471 gifts around the world on this Christmas holiday. How kind of him. What a feat! A true miracle if you ask me.

Maybe the biggest miracle of all is remembering to believe.
In the power of loving each other.
Of being kind to those in our lives all year long.
And recognizing the magic in our everyday experiences.
Even when it’s just surprise snowflakes out the window.

That may be the kindest Christmas gift of all.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{miracles}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 349 :: christmas kindness

16 Dec
{the pause}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

Tis the season! For winter colds. I hit the pause button again today to nurse this little cold away.

There is power in the pause. A moment to reflect, and in my case sleep. It’s a kind act. A gift really to give to yourself.

Thank you, Kindness, for so many lessons this year — and so many insights too.

#bekind

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{enjoy the pause}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 347 :: christmas kindness

14 Dec
{resting}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

Tonight it seems, my body has one thing in mind for me… to rest. That’s what it wants, so that’s what it gets!

And, I couldn’t think of anything more kind… well, except watching season 7 of Gilmore Girls… good thing I can do both at once!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{resting}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 344 ::christmas kindness

11 Dec
{receiving}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

Today I was on the other side of kindness….

I received an early Christmas gift. It was a bundle of yarn to crochet. I have not “crocheted” (is that a word?) since I was a little girl. My Mama Sling taught me how to hold the yarn and weave it together in a gentle way that eventually created a scarf.

My scarf was crooked with wobbly holes. But I loved it. I loved it so much I gave that scarf to my friend Kari for her birthday. We were maybe in second grade and I’m sure the “gift” looked just as wobbly as my little fingers as they mimicked my mothers weaving magic.

But it was the thought that counted the most. And that brings me to this:  Sometimes the best part of kindness is receiving.

Being open to gifts and the love that comes with it might just be one of the secrets of Christmas.

And now…. I crochet!

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{receive}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 343 :: christmas kindness

10 Dec
{giving and receiving}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

Today I made an investment donation on KIVA.org. It was a wedding gift from our dear friends Sheryl and Webster. I had not yet experienced the land of Kiva until we received this beautiful gift that was given to us to give to others to help spur their dreams.

It took me months to finally decide on the “right fit” loan to give on Kiva. There were SO many stories, and SO many ideas, and SO many good works. And in the season of giving, Kiva has me thinking about giving and receiving and giving some more.

Maybe the best gifts are those that truly do keep on giving.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{keep on giving}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 343 :: christmas kindness

9 Dec
{the best}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

Today I drove to Seattle, to see the best acupuncturist around. She came highly recommended, and even though there was time and a bit of distance and too much driving… I chose the best.

There is kindness is choosing the best. The best for you. The best for your goals. The best for your promises, your big ideas, your path and everything else that your dreams are made of…

Sometimes the best kind of kindness is as easy as getting clear on the best fit. For you.

Choose the best.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{the best}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 340 :: christmas kindness

6 Dec
{listen deeply}

Today I continue the month of Christmas Kindness!

If there is one thing I have learned in this year of Kindness, it is to listen. Deeply. I’m not saying I’m good at it, or have a full grasp on the fine art of deep listening. But I have learned this:  listening deeply is the best remedy to most of life’s issues.

Listen to someone.
Deeply.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{listen}
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