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11 Dec

JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9
power – 20 days to go
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There are 20 days left of The Promise 365! 

Sometimes the most simple things are the most powerful. I have learned many lessons over the past nine years, including love, fearlessness, abundance, peak performance, bliss, joy, and kindness. All of them have one thing in common, trust. 

It’s funny to be on this side of making promises. Now, that I know this is my last one (who would have thought trust would be the grand finale?) I am in awe of how they all connect together through the power of trust. 

It takes trust to love. It takes trust to be kind. It takes trust to go after peak performance and to follow your bliss, tap into joy, and live in abundance.

It is the simple power of trusting yourself. And that is simply powerful. 

So here’s to trusting yourself in all that you do.
You got this 
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 believe – 24 days to go

7 Dec


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There are 24 days left of The Promise 365!

In many ways, it’s easier to believe in hope and faith during the holidays. The lights are twinkling bright, the world seems to put reality on pause and believe in magic. I think that’s part of why the Christmas season is so special. But I also know that hope and faith are the secret, invisible forces that make magic happen all year long.

I have experienced so much hope, faith, and love over these past nine years, and all I can say is that you have to believe. In season, and out. 
Trust me!
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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 let it snow – 30 days to go

1 Dec

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There are 30 days left of The Promise 365!

It’s the first day of December and the first day of Christmas and the first snow of the season! The back patio is already covered with a blanket of snow which makes the twinkling lights inside shine even brighter. It already feels like Christmas.

There is something special about the holiday season, despite all the loved ones it makes me miss. Over the years, the last nine years, I have written many times about my dear Mama Sling and it is always her that I miss the most.

The holidays are synonymous with Mama Sling, still. So many years later and it is always her that ties the holiday bow in my heart. The rest of my holidays will also be without her but not without her love. So I say, bring it on. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

Here’s to a beautiful holiday season. 
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 don’t give up – 36 days to go

25 Nov


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There are 36 days left of The Promise 365!

You can do this. You can do anything. That has been my mantra for nine years.

You got this.
I have said this phrase to myself many times over the years. Which brings me to tonight’s lesson. Don’t give up on yourself.

There have been times where I have been pushed to believe in myself, even when nobody else did. There was one note I received in the first week of my second year of blogging. Basically, a reader who unsubscribed from this blog wrote me a scathing note, letting me know I had let her down. She didn’t find my writing interesting anymore. She thought I had “lost appeal.”

Everyone is welcome to their own opinion. But this comment really threw me. It hurt. I had been sharing my daily life goals and had such encouragement from readers, friends and family. Her comment not only hurt, it made me second guess myself, my writing, my message, my promise. 

In many ways, it was a gift.

She gave me a tiny dose of disappointment but she couldn’t take away my commitment. Or my promise. Or my experience. These are all things that only I control, create and share with the world. 

In the grand scheme of life, this is just a tiny blip on the radar of self-doubt. But it was a big lesson in believing in myself and my goals. 

If there is anything that I can offer to you now… nine years later… it is this: Don’t give up on yourself. 

You got this.

Trust me!
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 311 :: love – 54 days to go

7 Nov

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There are 54 days left of The Promise 365! Being this close to the end brings me a new kind of excitement, something feels special about endings much like beginnings. So today, I am going to take us all the way back to the beginning. Year 1.  

Year 1 was my promise not to shop for an entire year. It was hard. I mean, really hard. I couldn’t shop for anything frivolous, no clothes, no shoes, no beautiful sheets, curtains, furniture, you know, stuff. Even my emails were screaming at me to Buy, buy, buy!!!

Of course, you know the end of the story, I did it! And this is the first lesson that I learned along the way. What we crave, whether it is a sexy little dress or a comfy couch, is really just a reflection of our needs. Stuff represents the hole inside of us that needs to be filled.

So those cute patterned sheets were really just a reflection of me wanting a better home instead of our crappy little apartment. That amazing red coat was really just a reminder of how I wanted to feel, put together, large and in charge instead of late for a meeting.

What my first promise to give up shopping taught me was to fully understand what I was putting into my life. And it all points to love. 

So on this night that marks 54 more days of The Promise 365, I am reflecting on the many lessons it has brought me along the way. Including the wisdom to realize when I really, really, really, want something, all I need is love… and a promise!

Trust me!
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 231 :: trust

19 Aug

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I spent the day at eTail Boston, with brand marketers and acquisition marketers and eCommerce gurus.  What we will do for a brand we love! Shoes, paint, clothing, cars… if there is one thing that ties the marketing suite together it is passion. Because, before all the ROI and ROAS and ROE data, there is love, passion and a reason to follow your heartstrings with your wallet. 

I find it ironic that I sit here tonight writing about love and trust and following your heart — after being in eCommerce meetings all day long. But it just seems obvious, that we love what love, we trust what we trust, and we trust what we love. Even if it is a brand.

In business and in life, follow the trail that leads you to your heart. 

Trust me!
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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 230 :: love and trust

18 Aug

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Today I watched the 2018 documentary, Won’t You Be My Neighbor? It’s a retrospective of Mr. Fred Rodgers, or what I knew as a little kid to be Mister Rodgers Neighborhood. 

It’s amazing how much of his message from that show are still with me, and I imagine so many others from his 30 years on television. But it was more than insightful for me to revisit it today through the eyes of an adult. In fact, it made me cry. Not just a few nostalgic tears, but rivers of tears dripping down my face.

It feels to me that our world needs another Mister Rodgers. Maybe an updated version to some degree because certainly, the world has changed. As I watched the documentary today I couldn’t help but wish that the void he left was filled, on television and now, social media. I remember being glued to the television watching puppets and actors and Mister Rodgers himself deliver the message of the day. Now, looking back I realize I had no idea how honest he was being, how insightful his teachings were and how safe he was making me feel in this very big world.

One of his quotes strikes a chord of trust with me today: 

Love and trust, in the space between what’s said and what’s heard in our life, can make all the difference in this world.”

Everything comes back to those two words: love and trust. 

Trust me!
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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 221 :: trust the present

9 Aug

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Tonight we watched the movie, “The Art of Racing In The Rain.” I cried through the entire movie. It’s a movie for humans and especially for humans who love dogs. It’s especially emotionally draining for anyone who recently lost their dog, but then again, there really is no moratorium on the heartbreak of losing your best friend. 

I cried mostly because of Pup. He has been gone for a little over a year now but he is still so present in our hearts and memories. I think that’s the thing about dogs, they are forever connected to the heartstrings of the family tree.  

One of the lines that stuck with me most from the movie was: “The best drivers don’t dwell on the future or the past. The best drivers focus only on the present.” 

That is what our pets do for us, refocus us on the present moment. The wagging of the tail, the panting of the tongue, the leaping with joy, the barking and the snoring with great verve. They are the best teachers of the present moment. 

Trust me!
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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 204 :: trust & love

23 Jul

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Trust thoughts from Chicago for the night. Trust is a matter of love. And I love Chicago pizza! 

Trust me!

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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 190 :: trust in faith, hope and love

9 Jul

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Justin is playing songs for me tonight, on an album called Faith, Hope and Love. It’s a flashback to our youth and a few familiar tunes. But it’s more than that, it’s a message of love which has me thinking about trust.

In trust, we intrinsically have all three: faith, hope and love.

Trust needs faith to stay the course, hope to stay inspired and love to fuel the mission. In trust, we move forward in faith, hope and love. 

Trust me!
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