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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 315 :: who you are – 50 days to go

11 Nov


{trust}  

There are 50 days left of The Promise 365!

If there is anything this blog has taught me over the past nine years, it is who I and who I am not. As this promise began it was to take care of my head, heart, body, and soul but as it neared the end, it began to unveil who I really am and what I am made of. 

For one thing, I believed my entire life that I was part Native American. It was a story told by my family and my mother about her mother and so on. When I took the 23 and Me test last year, I couldn’t believe the results. I was more French than German (which my last name hails from Germany) and more British than I ever knew. The Irish part was not a surprise but the fact that I have absolutely ZERO Native American lineage is astounding.

While that is all very interesting (to me) and an adventure in genetics and ancestry, what I have really learned over these past nine years is who I am as a person.

I am dogged and dedicated. I never expected to blog every single night for nine years but I have (and will) and if nothing else I have learned that nothing can stop me when I put my mind and heart into it.

I am soft and hard in all the right places. While my body has fluctuated and I am a few organs short of a full set now, I have learned that my heart is softer than I ever knew it could be. I have learned so many lessons in love and gained new insights in loving (myself and others). But I am hard in all the right ways, sometimes stubborn, but all for the right reasons. 

I am positive. Maybe not a surprise since I was voted “Most Likely To Be Positive In A Nuclear Holocaust” in college, but when you force yourself to write every single night you begin to see patterns. The pattern I have weaved is one of wanting to leave a little more sunshine than rain. I have collected up inspiration wherever I found it and shared it with you – even on my darkest nights when I couldn’t face my own sad moments. Maybe that was in part to make myself feel better but I genuinely, absolutely, positively believe the glass is better when it’s half full. Because doesn’t the world need more hope? 

In all these years, I have learned so much about who I really am. And after all that, I can positively say it’s good to know, who you are and who you are not. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 312 :: fear less – 53 days to go

8 Nov

{trust}  

There are 53 days left of The Promise 365!

Each year during my promise, I always learn something profound. It usually happens around the month of October, after weeks and weeks and months and months of blogging, each year I finally learn the lesson I was meant to absorb.

In my very first year of blogging it was the power of love. At an event in Naples, Florida I heard Marianne Williamson speak on Day 75 where she spoke about love and relationships. It was she who also taught me that there are only two forces in the world, love, and fear. We can only think and operate with one at a time, either love or fear. Never both at the same time.

So, in Year 2, my promise was to Love More and Fear Less. I even made t-shirts!

This promise sent me on many adventures to face my fears. Justin and I swam with sharks in the Bahamas. We rafted the Grand Canyon with family (and slept on rocks crawling with spiders). I threw my old wedding ring in the fountain of St. Sulpice in the center of Paris.

Right after I threw that wedding ring away I was convinced to dig it out and sell it for money instead of leaving it symbolically sitting in a fountain halfway across the world. It was a perfectly good diamond, worth good money, and the responsible thing to do. So I did.

When I returned home, I took the diamond ring to a jeweler. He inspected it under his magnifying glass and declared it was cracked. Cracked? Right through the middle. Of course! Just like my first marriage, even though it was shiny on the outside, it was totally broken on the inside.

Sometimes we want things to be better than they really are, sometimes we see things through rose color glasses. And sometimes, we have to love ourselves enough to quit the things that might be shiny but are irreparably cracked. I think this is the definition of self-care – to say yes to only the things that nurture you and no to everything else.

In many ways, this has been the theme of The Promise 365. The blog came into my life soon after that divorce and with it came many lessons to take care of my head, heart, body and soul, and of course my mantra, to love more and fear less.

So, on this night, with 53 days left of this promise as we know it, I share this mantra once again. Wherever life finds you, may you always focus on the love. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 225 :: choosing

13 Aug

{trust}  

It’s only Tuesday and it already feels like Friday! Maybe that is a good thing? Maybe it is a choice. I have been thinking much about choices lately, the ones we choose and the ones we let others choose for us — namely when it comes to attitude.

Attitude, it seems is the only thing that we have control over, and choice. To choose our attitude no matter the circumstances.

One time, a while ago, I did a No Complaint Challenge. The gig was to count the number of days in a row that you could rack up not complaining. It was, well, challenging. There are so many ways to complain, and so many little under the breath or to the side gripes that count in the complaint department. But complaining is not a reaction, it is, rather a choice.

There are so many reasons to have a good attitude, we just have to choose one. 

It’s amazing how the world changes when we make different choices. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 151 :: joyful love

30 May
{grace}

I am so overwhelmed with love today. So many beautiful notes and messages from friends about saying goodbye to Pup. You don’t know how much it means to me…

….well maybe you do.

It seems that losing a cherished pet is a universal exercise in grief. And in so many ways a connection from the animal world straight to the heart of the matter.

There is so much in this world that is hard to agree on, but, not when it comes to saying goodbye to those we love. Especially our pets.

That is an exercise in love. And in joy, there is always love.
Thanks for the love. I will repay the favor when and if the day comes.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 60 :: loving more

2 Mar
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On this Friday night, I’m just thinking about love — and how much it relates to joy. Someone asked me last week the difference between pleasure and joy? And I’m thinking about the difference between love and joy. All so very similar… on the same plane and in the same range. But so very different.

At the core of them all, I still find love. And so tonight, I’m still thinking about love — and loving more.  

Period.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 16 loving kindness

16 Jan

#MLK.

This seems like enough to post today. It’s a message of love but it’s an act of kindness.

May you walk forward in love, kind soul.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

P.S. Challenge #2 Is On: Confidence 
If you choose to accept this challenge, please join me in

  • Feeling certain. Tap in and trust your most kind self.
  • Believe in the best of any situation. Hold onto and trust that the most kind outcome will be yours.

{loving?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 295 :: monday bliss

26 Oct

Today’s bliss…. the week has begun. Simple as that.
Sometimes that’s the best sort of bliss… just getting started and loving a Monday for what it is…another start.

Which reminds me of this quote spotted on a coffee shack drive up window.

If you love life, life will love you back.

Goodnight Monday.
See you soon Tuesday!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie
{feel the love?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 246 :: priceless bliss

9 Sep
Tonight, this is my BLISS:

Doctor’s Appointment = 30 minutes
Time spent driving to and from doctor’s appointment = 8 hours
Slug Bugs seen on the way = 30
Receiving a clean bill of health for another year = PRICELESS!

The girls are back in town.

More tomorrow.

Lovemore, 
Jamie
 {feeling grateful?}
#lovemoredomore

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 45 :: heart-shaped bliss

14 Feb
Happy Valentine’s Day! This is what I woke up to. It was a total surprise.  The pancakes and the strawberries are heart shaped. Thank you Justin!

Oh, la la! Talk about thoughtful bliss.

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More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

  {happy valentine’s day!}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 29 :: time lapse #bliss

29 Jan
It’s hard to believe that January is almost over. Where did the time go? I am reminded about the phenomenon known as “time flies when you’re having fun.” Or maybe better said, sheer bliss.

So, tonight I share a Pug and his bath. I don’t know why this feels significant, other than it reminds me of those moments when happiness comes from something as simple as warm water and bubbles.  

Maybe sheer bliss is really being so dopey that we forget what time it is….
Then again, maybe it’s just bubble bath?

Ask the Pug.
#bliss

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

 {does time fly when you have fun?}
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