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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 the last post & the grand finale

31 Dec


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I dreamt of this blog last night. Then I woke up and in a daze realizing I forgot to write a blog post. I have never missed a post in nine years. Apparently, two chocolate martinis and a night of fun with friends were enough to allow my mind to drift off to sleep without a blog in between. Maybe it’s a sign, that it is time to wrap up this adventure in blogging.

So today, I present the grand finale. The last post. The final blog. It hardly seems possible. 
There have been some amazing moments, including: 

Spa moments where this blog started: 

Paris Redo moments where I learned my name means LOVE.


Surprise moments with friends across the pond!

A fearless Swimming with Sharks moment!

Rafting the Grand Canyon moments

And there have been the years of big promises: 
Peak Performance which led me to surgery and Oprah (thank you Kim!)

There was a year of Bliss and Mary Poppins! 

And that year of Kindness where we finally tied the knot — as a surprise pop-up wedding at the family reunion in Estes Park!

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There were messages of Joy…

And there was that time that I did Yoga for a Year

There were trips from the Grand Canyon

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To Lake Powell 

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To my homeland of Germany and the little town of Esslingen

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There have been friends along the way:

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There have been moments with family:

Reuniting with family: 

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And memories pulled from the scrapbook:

There was always Pup right by my side, including my suitcase:

And then there was Brady…lovable and mischievous:  

There have been teams:

Taking one for the team: 

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And there were storms: 

But the best part was surviving the storm: 

There was marching in Seattle: 

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And cheering in Boston:

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And drinking on Lake Powell

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And at music festivals:

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I have learned to fall and to fly: 

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So many of my posts and inspiration I owe to this one amazing angel, Mama Sling

And there has always been this guy, right by my side, looking out for my best interest, picking me up when I needed it, and always, always, always surprising me along the way: 

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It’s hard to believe we are entering a new decade. And yet, the timing feels right. If I have learned anything it is to follow your dreams, set a goal and make a promise. The gift is the adventure. All you have to do is show up.

Thank you for being here. Thank you for reading. Thank you for your notes of encouragement and words of wisdom. You have made a difference in my life, and this adventure would not have been the same without you. 

Happy New Year. 
Happy New Decade.
May your dreams and hearts desires find you along the way.

For one last time…Trust me!

You got this.
Lovemore

xo
Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 merry christmas – 7 days to go

24 Dec


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There are 7 days left of The Promise 365. 

Tonight, I just want to say Merry Christmas. May all be calm and bright…. and merry!

There are seven days left! May we enjoy each moment. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.

Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 the little things – 9 days to go

22 Dec


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There are 9 days left of The Promise 365 and this year. 

If there is any time of year to practice joy, it is now. I am reminded of the year I practiced joy and learned the power of enjoying the little things.  

May the little things bring you big joy.

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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15 Dec

JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9
bows – 16 days to go
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There are 16 days left of The Promise 365!

I love Sunday afternoons. Today, I spent the day wrapping presents, watching the Hallmark Channel and watching the New England Patriots win. Brady sat next to me the entire time, tuckered out from all the activity.  While watching was the easy part, doing is always harder.

I can watch my share of Hallmark Christmas specials, and I can cheer on Patriots touchdowns, but I cannot wrap a present as my mother. I’m not knocking my own skills. I am a wrapping paper expert. I know all the secrets to making a present pop, including creasing the corners and lining up the design on the papers just perfectly. Alas, I cannot make a bow like Mama Sling.

I tried. Many times. I started over many times too. I used tape (it snapped) and yarn (it broke) and wire (it slipped). 

So much of this blog has been dedicated to the fond memories I have of Mama Sling. There are so many amazing memories and moments, and there are so many incredible things she taught me. But she didn’t teach me how to make her famous bows. 

The bows that she spent hours on, the bows that she wouldn’t let us smoosh under the tree. We had to Tetris all the presents under the tree to specifically make sure no bow would touch another bow. There was no bow smooshing allowed. This won’t be a problem this Christmas since I cannot replicate the Mama Sling bow.

But that’s not really the point, is it? I still have the memories of her laughter and her love and her magical Christmas bows. Even though I do not have her or her bow making talent, I have her in my heart, which keeps her by my side.   

The best part of Christmas is not the gifts we buy, but the moments we give each other that last long beyond the time we are together. Thank you, Mama Sling, for being by my side throughout these past nine years, and these past nine promises, and every Christmas in between.

Even if I can’t make a bow to save my life!  

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 today – 26 days to go

5 Dec


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There are 26 days left of The Promise 365!

If there is anything that blogging for nine years has taught me it is this — appreciate today. Each day. Every day. I know there will be times that I will miss the process of writing this blog and capturing all the beauty and adventure of each day. Because that has been the gift over these last nine years. Capturing the fun moments, the funny mishaps, the small gifts, and the big, life-changing experiences!

If there is any advice I could possibly share after these nine years, it would be this: dedicate yourself to today.  Or you might miss it.

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 4-letters – 28 days to go

3 Dec


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There are 28 days left of The Promise 365!

Love is a four-letter word. Tonight, I present an ode to four-letter words, and to my dear friend Diane who taught me the four-letter word game. It goes like this…

Kind is a four-letter word
Love is a four-letter word
Play is a four-letter word

You get the idea. My point isn’t so much about the game as it is about the person. Diane has been a fixture of this blog for nine years. Mostly in the background, sometimes in actual posts, but always reaching out and giving me encouragement behind the scenes. She reads the blog and emails me almost daily with a little tidbit of feedback or appreciation. She is The Promise 365’s Number One fan. 

So tonight, I dedicate this post to Diane. She may be old enough to be my grandmother but she is young at heart. She reflects love, she is kind, and she loves to play the four-letter word game. 

May you always be surrounded by many GOOD four-letter words and KIND friends. 
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 easy – 29 days to go

2 Dec


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There are 29 days left of The Promise 365!

I love it when things are easy. Today I went to the dentist and he fixed my chipped front tooth. It was easy, so, so easy. And, it feels so good to have experts to rely on when you need them.

It’s taken me a long time to learn this lesson. Relying on others is a gift, and accepting and allowing the gifts of others to impact your life is a blessing.

So, I say… focus on what’s easy. Just as the snow is falling outside my window in an effortless fashion, we must also allow and let go into what is easy. 

Be like the snow… fall into place in an easy and effortless way.
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 focus on the light – 32 days to go

29 Nov


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There are 32 days left of The Promise 365!

The darkest day of the year is almost here and it has me thinking about the light. The process of blogging over the past nine years has forced me to focus on the light, because, if there is anything I want to leave in this world it is more goodness, less of the bad stuff and a little bit of inspiration. 

There have been dark days over these nine years, and it was my teacher, my “medicine woman” who taught me this: if we dwell on the darkness, if we tell stories of the bad things, if we spin tales of that which we don’t want we draw it closer to us. 

I took her advice to heart and vowed to only focus on the light, on this blog, and in life. So it is that I learned to meet the darkness with my light. If there is anything I can pass on I hope it is this, and I hope it is a brighter spot than how I found it. 

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More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 support system :: 34 days to go

27 Nov


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There are 34 days left of The Promise 365!

We are watching Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings tonight. I have loved her since I was a little girl, her songs, her humor, her grit. Justin found the new show for me and as we were watching episode two tonight I mentioned that I had to do my blog.

Justin’s eyes got really big and said, “Let me do it!” I laughed. He was serious. So, tonight, I am handing the reigns over to Justin for his very first guest appearance or as he said, “Guest-starring Justin Aiken.” His words are below. I did not edit a word. 

Dolly is the tits. I’m not saying that because of her endowments, but because my beautiful wife and life partner absolutely adores her, as do I. She has never disappointed anyone in her performances or appearances, just like my wife. I used to think that showing up was the best thing you could do, but it’s not. You do have to deliver, and Jamie does every time. I know her blog is coming to an end, but she still shows up every day and always delivers. If I’ve learned anything in my life it is this, Jamie always delivers, Jamie never disappoints, and I’ll always adore her. She is my Dolly. Tits and all.

What can I say? The man is sweet and he makes me laugh. More than anything, he has been by my side every night of this blog for the past nine years. He is my support system in more ways than one, and that, right there, is the biggest lesson of all. 

The secret to success is a support system. May you always have one that thinks you are “the tits” as one might say. 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.

Jamie

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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!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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