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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 magic – 25 days to go

6 Dec

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There are 25 days left of The Promise 365!

I am two movies into a Hallmark Holiday on the Hallmark Channel on this Friday night. They are admittingly corny and sappy and all end in the same way. But isn’t it nice to know you count on a happy, sappy love story every Christmas?

I like knowing there is a place in this world that still holds onto a little magic, happy love stories, and Christmas carols. After all, magic is only magical if you believe in magic.

Happy magic.
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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#lovemore

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

8 Nov

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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 292 :: float

22 Oct


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It’s funny this thing called trust. It’s like floating. Letting go of expectations and soaring on hope and desire 

Here’s to floating. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 46 :: for the love of a tee shirt

15 Feb
Oh, la, la! We have a winner!

But first. I want to say thank you for all the really wonderful notes you sent. It makes me want to give EVERYONE a Lovemore Fearless tee shirt!

But, alas, the contest said one winner.

So we have a winner!
Congratulations to Kim B. of Naples, Florida. 

Happy lovemore fearless day! I hope it brings you bliss!

More tomorrow. 
Lovemore,
Jamie

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2014 BLOG – DAY 58 :: lean in or opt out?

27 Feb

So there are days and then there are days. And, today, well has been one of those days.

My annual OB appointment.

I was actually delighted to go to the doctor today. Just approaching the women’s center made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It was beautiful. Like a spa. All tranquil with waterfalls and pretty landscaping. Ahhhhhh.

I made a pact with myself that this would be the start of a whole new experience with me and doctors and appointments since my track record hasn’t been so good.

I instantly loved my new doctor. She seemed to be close to my age. She was fun to talk to. She gave me a list of the best restaurants in town. I almost asked her on the spot if she wanted to be friends. Since I can use some new friends in this new town that we live in. But that seemed a little unprofessional, or at least a little too forward as I sat with my feet in stirrups stripped down to my skivvies.

Then, she dropped the bomb. As she did the annual breast exam she found a lump.

“What???” I shrieked. It felt like a cruel joke.

“Don’t panic.” She said. “No panicking. I can move it around. That’s a good sign. I’m not concerned.” She talked me off the pretty, pretty walls of the exam room.

Right. Breathe. No panicking. I’m not panicking. Wait. I am panicking. My thighs started sweating. My head started spinning. I didn’t even feel the pelvic exam. Because I was panicking.

Because this was supposed to be my new start. My GOOD appointment.

Since then, the mamo has been scheduled. My heart rate has done somersaults. I have calmed down and now I wait.

It’s a funny thing, this living in a woman’s body. The hormones. The cycles. The thyroids. The breasts. Why can’t they all just get along?

And then I remembered my promise of peak performance. And I remind myself that this is what I’m good at: staying the course, perseverance, surviving, moving through, day by day.

As I sit here tonight, I think of the latest woman power mantra of “Lean In” and I realize that all I want to do is “Opt Out.” I want to just wish this away. I want it to quietly retreat, disappear and disintegrate. I want to opt out of the panic, the worry, the stress.

So I vow not to panic. It’s useless anyway.
Besides, the doctor isn’t worried.

I toyed with not even writing about this, because hey, that would be one way to opt out. But then I had an epiphany. Or, at least a slap across the breast sort of reminder.

I am not the only one. This is bigger than me and my two boobies. It’s something we all get to share, in the this thing called womanhood.

As I reflect tonight, my only regret is this:
I should have asked her to be my friend.

I’m guessing I will have another opportunity.
Until then, no panicking.
Doctors orders.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

 
 
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BLOG – GIFT DAY 204 :: turning lemons into lemonade… or how to make surgery fun

23 Jul
We are one month out. Surgery officially begins in 30 days. And, I am determined to make it fun. So last week I designed and ordered this tee shirt.
It’s kind of silly for something so serious. But that’s why I love it.

My dear Mama Sling would always say, “If I have to be there, I might as well have fun.”

So in her brilliantly loving spirit, I say, “They took my thyroid and all I got was this awesome Tee Shirt!”

Of course it says “lovemore fearless” on it too. And that’s the funny thing about this promise, this journey, this adventure.

I made a promise to love more and fear less last year. And I made a promise to find abundance this year.

As it turns out I feel caught right in the middle, where love and fear and abundance intersect. 

There is nothing more precious than health. And, for good health, I say, laugh more.

More tomorrow.

Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie…
P.S. The Card Crusade continues!  Yesterday’s cards went to Sara Schaeffner and Janet Shea. This is all made possible by Green Ink Gallery. Check out their beautiful fine art cards!P.P.S. Today’s card went to someone I am related to… she has known me my entire life!

{how can you laugh more?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 135 :: 30 days of love: something so powerful it had to…

15 May

It’s DAY 5 over here of the 30 Days of Love. We’ve already had two yummy recipes and a Giveaway underway!And, my love of today is this: 
The Story of the Lovemore+Fearless TeeJust in case you didn’t already hear all about it, I want you to know where this Tee comes from because it’s pretty powerful in a change your life sort of way…
It all started with a promise.Back in 2011, I made a promise not to shop for clothes or shoes for one entire year. What? Yes…no shopping, for the things I love, mind you.Over the course of that year I made a switch — instead of spending my money on my wardrobe, I invested in my head, heart, body and soul (and blogged about it every single day!).


This promise sent me to the spa for hot rock massages, on 30-day cleanse (where I discovered I was addicted to sugar, chocolate and coffee!) and into all sort of new adventures: facials, brazilian bikini wax, green smoothies, pilates, running, and a lot of learning.

I dove into the wisdom of ancient Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic treatments, Energy Medicine and many new ways of thinking about love, life and health. I sat before some of our great wise gurus, including: Deepak Chopra, Joan Borysenko and Donna Eden.

Soon, I learned they were all teaching the same thing. There are only two forces in this world – love and fear. With this incredible insight I made my next promise, (can you guess what it was?) to LOVE more and to FEAR less.

The following year, I dove deep into my fears and embraced them with LOVE.

I swam with sharks off the coast of Burmuda, we rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon where I slept next to spiders and scorpions and all sorts of freaky looking bugs.

I traveled to Paris and threw my wedding rings from a previous marriage into the fountain of St. Sulpice. I removed the things that were holding fear inside of me.

And that’s why I created….

The LOVEMORE+FEARLESS TEE.

It came from a promise to change my life. To face my fears. To love and live with joy and abundance.

And NOW, you can win your very own LOVEMORE+FEARLESS TEE this week in my daily giveaway.

>Sign up at this link

Love on!

More tomorrow,
Lovemore (fearless),
Jamie

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BLOG – GIFT DAY 086 30-day gratitude challenge: day 10, lovemore fearless

27 Mar

Day 10 of the 30-Day Gratitude Challenge over here.

What are you grateful for today? 
What floats your boat? 
What has you singing the praises of fairy-godmothers and fabulous friends today?

Today I am grateful for: 

1) Sunshine so bright I had to wear shades.
2) Computers!
3) LOVE.

And, when I say LOVE I don’t meant the fairytale, bring me flowers and chocolates, fall head over heels LOVE.

I don’t mean the unconditional protect my tribe at all costs sort of parental LOVE.

I don’t even mean that hormonal attraction that makes your heart skip a beat brand of LOVE.

What I mean is this….
I am grateful that I have discovered LOVE.

The kind of LOVE that is the opposite of fear.
The kind of LOVE that is the glue between you and me.
The kind of LOVE that connects us all.

The LOVE that allows me to open my eyes and see things differently, as if you were me, or I were you.

The kind of LOVE that reminds me that we are all the same.
Same journey, different paths.

I am grateful to LOVE.
The kind that has been bestowed upon me.
And the kind that has been taken away from me too.

LOVE is a LESSON.
And it’s here for us to learn as we give it a go, take a leap, extend our hand and help each other along the way.LOVE is a lesson that will persistently pop up over and over again until we get it right. 

For that, I am grateful to LOVE.
And, what’s not to LOVE about that?


You can pin the above image by clicking 
here.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore (fearless),
Jamie

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GIFT DAY 044 lovemore+fearless valentine’s day

13 Feb

I looked up the best Valentine’s Day movies today and this is what I found from the Washington Times: The List: Best Valentine’s Day movies

They seem so CLASSIC but almost out of time and place.

So I made my own Valentine’s Day Movie List…
(because I’m a GIRL!).
But, FIRST… I want to take you on a walk of our little beach-front neighborhood — and what it looks like today.
We surveyed the damage. Amazing that we still have a porch left once you see what is floating in the marsh… refrigerator anyone?
Justin found our stairs. They were 1/2 mile up the road. Along with someone’s chair.
The wind certainly did some damage too, which was mostly why everyone was without power for so long. Downton Trees?


I’m sure the Open House will be rescheduled for the house that this sign belongs too… hopefully the house is still in shape to sell.


It’s not this one. Which is now condemned, the house is losing a porch and a roof.


The windows didn’t fair so well on this house, along with the porch. The area where this house is located in the neighborhood definitely got hit the hardest. (It’s less than a 1/2 mile from us.)


And, our stair-less beach view. You can see the bolt that sticks out, where the stairs previously attached to the house.

We are lucky this storm wasn’t worse.
In some odd way it’s made the neighbors more friendly, more loving, more willing to pitch in and help.

And that makes me wonder — why can’t we ALWAYS care this much about each other, our neighbors, or our community? Why can’t we always have an abundance of helping hands to go around?

Lovemore+Fearless?

Good thing there is a day devoted to love, right around the corner. Like… tomorrow!

Here are my top Valentine’s Day movies!

  • Sliding Doors
  • Clueless
  • The Notebook

I would love to see yours!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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Day 308: lovemore monday :: a grocery store story

5 Nov

As you know, I entered this year determined to be fearless. But, I don’t want more fear or less in my life.  I want more love.  So I made up a new word, lovemore!   That’s why Lovemore Mondays are here.

Today’s Lovemore Monday is a love story about the grocery store.

Tonight I picked up a few vegetables and some chicken for dinner. But I received something even better from the local supermarket.

As I walked though the meat aisle with all chicken legs and turkey legs sticking up in the air waiting for a family to take them home — I passed an elderly man.

He was standing in the middle of the meat aisle, just before the frozen food section, hovering between cold and frozen foods, talking to a woman who stocked shelves.

She said, “It’s so good to see you!”

He said, “It’s good to talk to you.”

She said, “I didn’t see you yesterday and I got worried.”

He said, “I like to come here just so I have someone to talk to.”

And then my heart broke.

I listened to him tell the stock girl that he doesn’t have anyone to talk to so he comes to the grocery store everyday just to connect with people.

It made me realize how important all of our roles are, even when we think we are just stocking shelves at a grocery store.

And that’s why, on this Lovemore Monday…

I. Love. It.

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