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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 144 :: breathing joy

22 May
{joy breaks}

For my Joy Break today, I went to the beach.

For just a few minutes, but they were well worth it. Feet in the sand (and butt in the sand) it was a good reminder to sit firmly on the ground and breathe in fresh air. 

When I finally left the hot sandy beach and put myself back into my car, I had a sudden urge. I wanted to call my mom. I almost reached for the phone to dial her up before I stopped myself and shook my head.

I haven’t felt that urge in so many years. I mean, of course, I think of my dear Mama Sling all the time. But I haven’t actually had a brain to muscle reaction to actually pick up the phone and dial her number in so, so long.

It was a familiar feeling. I used to call her at her office …like every single day. I’m sure my calls were annoying and interrupting, and yet, also eagerly anticipated. These days, I wouldn’t even know what number to call to reach her.

But today, I had a physical reaction to reach out to her. As if she was right there next to me and I just wanted to talk to her or hug her tightly.

I guess that is what happens when you breathe in fresh air. It goes straight to the brain. And then everything else falls away until you are only left with what matters most. What joy.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{joy breaks}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 240 :: letting go to grow

3 Sep
It’s that time of year. The garden is toppling over with bounty. And today we pulled out this bliss: a cucumber bigger than a hammer.


At first we didn’t see it. Because it was growing on the OTHER side of the fence. But once it came into view it was hard to miss.

Of course we picked tomatoes and peppers and filled our bowls with other vegetables too, but I haven’t been able to get that cucumber out of my mind.

That big, huge, overgrown, amazing cucumber keeps whispering to me. It’s a reminder really. Sometimes the most powerful way to grow is to plant a seed, water it, let the sun shine where it may and then let go, stop watching and forget about it.

Let it do what it wants to do.
(No matter what side of the fence it wants to grow.)
Because sometimes we have to let go to grow.

More tomorrow.

Lovemore, 
Jamie
  {growing?}
#lovemoredomore

BLOG – GIFT DAY 122 :: 21-day spring clean: let go

2 May

Day 15 over here.
Short. Sweet. To the point today. 

Spring Clean Tip #15: Let GO!

As in, what can you remove? What can you throw out, give up, just stop doing? If you were to wake up tomorrow and announce to yourself:

I am never going to do ______________  again.  

What would it be? 

More tomorrow.

Lovemore (fearless),

Jamie

{What are you ready to stop doing?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 110 :: 21-day spring clean: what will you let go of?

20 Apr
DAY 3  of the Spring Clean over here.

And, let me be clear — the spring clean is not about scrubbing the floors.

Although, if that’s what floats your boat (Sara, I know you vacuum your porch) you can check out this Housework Workout from Parade Mag.

The article has tips on how to sweep the floors and shape your abs at the same time.  But I digress…

I was super psyched to see the flag on the rock just beyond the beach raised today.

There was a group of people out there at low tide (when the water is so low you can walk out to the rock) raising the American flag. Boy scouts? Good Samaritans? Locals?

Who knows who it was, I just know that it is symbolically important.

We are all ready for a new day. Spring. A time to heal from the cold and dark that we have all witnessed over this hard winter, the sadness that has hit our hearts from the classroom of Newtown, Connecticut, to the plains of Texas, to the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

I think we are all ready to raise a flag over a new day.

To help do that, today I ask, what are you willing to let go of in your life?

What is holding you back?

Spring Clean Day 3: Let Go

I, for one, am willing to let go of my aversion to the kitchen. That’s it. It’s over. I officially claim the space between the stove and the refrigerator as a Jamie Friendly Zone.

I’m all in.

I let go of all my past kitchen anxiety. And, yes, if my sister is reading, this also includes burning a pizza that sent smoke billowing out the window of our house so hugely that it made my sister (who was playing across the street) believe our house was on fire.

As I said, I let go of that — but reserve the right to tell it as a true story at dinner parties to come where I woo the masses with my mad kitchen skills.

Starting today, I cook.
See below.


 

This is Quinoa Carrot Wraps that I made. NO, strike that — I invented. You see I did this without a recipe.

I know, it’s not rocket science, but it is a huge step for me.
All because I OFFICIALLY let go of kitchen anxiety.

What will you let go of?

Now, you must excuse me, I have a pizza in the oven to attend to.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),
Jamie

{What will you let go of?  Share in the comments section below.}

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