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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 12 :: questions to stop asking

12 Jan
Questions, questions, questions. So many questions!

My copy of O Magazine arrived today and the article that jumped out at me was Martha Beck’s column listing all the questions we need to stop asking. 

There are some real gems, like: “Do I look fat in this?” and “How can I cheat death?” even “What will people think?” and “Why is this happening to me?”

I think these are great question to stop asking …And it has me thinking that maybe bliss comes not so much from what we do, but rather from what we STOP doing.

What question do you want to stop asking? 

More tomorrow. 


BLOG – GIFT DAY 312 :: want to play more?

8 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share something incredibly serious…

What kind of fun did you have today?

I have been thinking a lot about PLAY lately. Partly because this little guy lives with us:

His name is Brady.
And he loves to PLAY.

It’s quite inspiring really…
…when it’s not exhausting.

You cannot live with Brady and forget how to play. It’s just in his nature. Actually it IS his nature.

If he doesn’t have something to PLAY with he will FIND something to PLAY with.

That explains the half eaten eggplant we found on the couch this morning. And the cardboard tube from the toilet paper roll that we found in our bed.

And the zucchini that went AWOL from the kitchen table (until it was collected in bits and pieces from all over the house).

Let me just add, you have not experienced the total glory of zucchini until you have picked it up in bite sized pieces from every corner of your house.

As the old saying goes: One dog’s toy is another woman’s vegetable. 

Despite the fact that we are the humans in our house, I truly believe the two dogs teach us more than we teach them.

Pup teaches me patience. And how to be on time as he gently paws my leg at 5pm everyday to remind me it’s time to eat.

Brady, on the other hand, reminds me to have fun.
And play more.

Actually, in Brady terms it’s more like PLAAAAAAAAAAAY more.

So tonight we brought home a big bag of toys:

Dog toys.
They may not be as amazing as a toilet paper roll or zucchini for that matter. But they are toys and I hope that spares the rest of the eggplant from total mutilation.

It has me thinking… what would happen if we all played just a little more?
So, today, I share THREE reasons to play more.

First up, this from Martha BeckWhy you need more fun in your life  and what REAL FUN really is…

Then we have How to have more fun from Huff Post contributor Elizabeth Grace Saunders.

And finally, if this all feels like work, check out: 33 Things to Make Your Office Fun and Inspiring Again.

Or unroll a big wad of toilet paper until you get down to the inner cardboard tube. SCORE! Hey’s it’s free fun.

Could there be anything more exhilarating?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {playmore!}

{how will you play this weekend?}

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BLOG – GIFT DAY 265 :: what is your delight?

24 Sep

My adventure in ABUNDANCE continues. Along the way I most recently stumbled upon this talk with Martha Beck and team.

It’s all about discovering your passion and your path in life. Finding your calling if you will.

This reminds me of a quote I read from Mr. Seth Godin:

“Your drudgery is another person’s delight. It’s only a job if you treat it that way. The privilege to do our work, to be in control of the promises we make and the things we build, is something worth cherishing.” – Seth Godin

And that reminds me of our hideous couch. 

It’s really quite awful.

But Justin loves it. As does Pup… and Brady too. In fact, Justin asked me to stop calling the couch “hideous” because he really does love it.

And, you know what? I can respect that.
From this day forward the couch will not be used in conjunction with the “H” word. From this point forward it will be Justin’s treasure.

Your drudgery is another person’s delight.

I think the best gift of all is when you know what you love. When you stand up for what you treasure. When you can shout from the mountain top that which is your delight.

That, right there, just might be abundance.

Want to list to the Martha Beck talk? click here.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{what delights you?}
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