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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 166 :: 4-letter word friday

7 Jul


Today’s 4-letter word is LIFE… as in life is better in the mountains.

It’s been a challenge returning to “real life” after vacation – especially after a vacation filled with a family reunion and a wedding! We were indeed at the top of a mountain – both physically, geographically (8,000 feet high!) and emotionally.

It’s hard to come down to Earth when life is so high. But, there’s something else I know about mountains – sometimes the mountains we climb (or slog up) in LIFE just prepare us for the best part: the view from the top.

Enjoy the view!

More tomorrow….

{the view}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 184 :: this moment 

9 Jul

Day 184: Present.

This image says it all… life exists.

Happy weekend.

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 75 :: practice 

16 Mar

Day 75: Presence.

Before I’m off to finish this day with a little yoga, I’m sharing a little yoga inspiration that was shared with me (thanks Jill):

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 11 :: choosing focus

11 Jan

Day 11. Focus.

Tonight’s yoga focused on an easy practice to do at home – in a small space. And so it has me thinking… about what we choose…to focus on. 

And then, I received this beautiful blog post from a friend. Written by Rosi.  To quote her, exactly: 

“It is NOT a world of gloom and doom, I conclude, but a world of infinite variety. And, gratifyingly, we are free to choose our focus and attitude. By doing so we create a world of our own making.”

It seems serendipitous timing, landing in my inbox. And it has me asking myself:

What are you focusing on?
What are you choosing?
Thank you Rosi.

More tomorrow.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 343 :: the game of bliss

13 Dec

Today’s bliss…flying. 

As in time.
Time flies when you’re having fun. Something I am learning as I pay more attention to bliss. Time flies when you are in bliss too.

So today, I thought it ironic while playing the game of LIFE with my little nieces.

The game of course is really an APP. All electronic, fast-paced digital eye candy. There were no cards to draw or little people to place inside cars. It was a LIFE adventure that played out before your eyes on a screen.

How time flies. And how I could almost smell the mildew on my own board game of LIFE that I played as a child — (mostly because we left it out in the rain or some sort of soggy place). And how the world turns. 

And so did this digital game of LIFE. Weddings. Babies. School. Homes. Jobs. Losing Jobs. Taxes owed. Wedding Gifts. Twins! Baby gifts. New Career. Twins again! And then before you know it, Retirement. 

That’s how you “win” the game of LIFE. Retirement.

And it left a sour taste in my mouth. Just the word alone makes me cringe. As if you are supposed get all TIRED out. Or roll over and play dead until you actually do expire. Well, maybe we all do have an expiration date stamped somewhere on our foreheads. Invisible it is, which is maybe the best part of LIFE. The not knowing when our expiration date will arrive. 

Which brings me to this. It’s the one year anniversary of my Aunt Denita’s exit date, or expiration, or whatever we call the passing on into the ether and divine. As I sit here tonight thinking about the game of LIFE all I can think is that Time Flies.

Even more reason to enjoy taking a spin, on the risky track or the safe track, or whatever track floats your boat (that you mortgage) but keep spinning I say. Don’t tire out before the expiration date arrives. because really, if there is anything I have learned in this Year of Bliss it is this: 

Life is a game.
We call the shots.
So why not choose bliss?

More tomorrow. 


JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 314 :: blissful memories

14 Nov

Today’s bliss…memories.

I pass this photo everyday. It hangs in a frame on the wall in my hallway. It’s a beautiful memory for me. The once in a lifetime moment when my bestie Sara was in Paris at the Same. Exact. Time. I was in Paris.

What are the odds of that?

I look at it fondly every time I pass it. In me, the Eiffel Tower seems to be growing out of my head. But in my heart I runneth over with LOVE.

In this photo, in this Paris, I am loving this moment. Loving life.
That’s what Paris does to me. And that’s how I choose to remember her, focusing on her beauty. I have learned in my own life struggles to always focus on the beauty, and dear Paris, that is what you do best.

And, that, brings me comfort and a little bit of the promise of bliss. For the future.
Focus on the beauty, Belle Paris. 
la vie de joie

More tomorrow. 

{beauty. love. life.}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 244 :: happiness at work

7 Sep

Happiness At Work. It’s a topic that my Curiosity Stream dealt me tonight. So I bit. Since this is the year of Bliss, it seemed like a relevant topic.

The video basically explores the topic of how to make money and have fun, and how some companies around the world are tackling the balance.

But can money buy you happiness — or bliss?  

It’s a great question. Age-old question. Maybe even larger-than-life question. Based on the interviews in this documentary the word on the subject came down to factors that go beyond salary, like…

  • Sense of purpose
  • Respect
  • Doing something bigger than themselves and doing it with other people
But the biggest one was that trusty old T world: TRUST. Which seems to make sense to me.

And that has me thinking….In work and life, in happiness we trust. 

More tomorrow.

  {what makes you happy at work?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 212 :: travel choices

6 Aug
Travel day #1. Train day. Delay.

We still haven’t arrived at our final destination but it all has me thinking about bliss and coincidence.

Since this year is all about BLISS I’m having a hard timing forming words around my day. The train I am riding hit someone. It was quite abrupt, the delay has been long, and it was both shocking and incredibly sad.

More than anything it’s a reminder that choices matter. So tonight I’m dwelling on my own choices. I chose to take this trip north in order to see friends and family. Tonight I will be staying with one of my college roommates. Which brings me heaps of bliss!

And isn’t that the bliss we control?  Who we spend our time with, who we share moments, space and memories with on this road called life.

More tomorrow.
  {what are you choosing?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 90 :: lessons to live by

31 Mar

I wasn’t sure what to write tonight… there are some days where my mind is just blank. But then Regina’s words popped up on my computer screen (thank you Sara!). And she seems to know a bit about bliss. So tonight I give you Miss Regina Brett. 90 years old. Bliss on baby!


Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 42 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it..

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first pay check.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

12. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it…

14 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

15. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

16. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

17. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

19. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

20. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

22. The most important sex organ is the brain.

23. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

25. Always choose life.

26. Forgive but don’t forget.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does..

31. Believe in miracles.

32. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

33. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.

34. Your children get only one childhood.

35. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

36. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

37. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

38. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have not what you need.

39. The best is yet to come…

40. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

41. Yield.

42. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

More tomorrow.

  {what lesson would you share?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 41 :: bring it on butterfly

10 Feb
I’m thinking of butterflies tonight. Mostly because it’s time for change, I can feel it in the air, with the blossoms on the trees, the seasons are a changing. 

There are butterflies all over my desk. On my notebook, on my pad of sticky paper, all staring back at me. As if saying…. get ready for change!

Transition. The butterfly is so good at it. 

“From egg, to larvae (caterpillar), to pupa (the chrysalis or cocoon) and from the cocoon the butterfly emerges in her unfurling glory.

What a massive amount of transition this tiny creature undergoes. Consider for a moment the kind of energy this expends. I daresay if a human were to go through this kind of change we’d freak out!”
Butterfly Animal Symbols

Yes. Freak out. I can’t help but look back at the calendar and realize I am on the verge of hitting the year mark of my life turning upside down. Time flies when you’re learning how to turn into a butterfly.

It’s part of why I chose BLISS as my promise this year. To pursue that which is what I think we all aspire to on some level. And it goes by so many names.

Happiness. Joy. Excitement. Contentment. Bliss.
Bring it on butterfly. Bring it on.

More tomorrow. 

  {what do you call bliss?}
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