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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 117 :: trust in laughter

27 Apr


Today was date day. Usually, this kind of fun would be reserved for date night but since it was a Saturday we had a whole day and a new movie, a dog park and a long nap to get caught up on. 

  For a long week behind, laughter is the cure for a good week ahead.

Trust me!
More tomorrow.



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 301 :: second-hand

28 Oct

Saturday night, movie night. I watched a movie called Secondhand Lions. It was borrowed on a recommendation from my friend Lauren. And it has me thinking about the kindness. The kindness of sharing – especially with friends.

The movie was sweet. And friendship is even sweeter.
How kind.

More tomorrow…


{how kind}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 356 :: oh bliss, finally it’s here

26 Dec

Today’s bliss…tomorrow.

The night before Star Wars and all through the house…
Not a creature was sleeping (or barking) not even a mouse. 

What’s better than Christmas morning? 

Tomorrow is Star Wars movie time, tickets in hand, matching T-shirts ready to go. Finally. It’s. Almost. Here. 

Tomorrow is the day. The only thing standing between us is sleep and counting sheep (or storm troopers). So, night, night.  

The force, and the anticipation of bliss, awaits. 

More tomorrow.

{is the force with you?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 9 :: friday fun

9 Jan

Ahh… it’s good to be Friday night. And it’s good to feel better (now that I can breathe post cold epidemic cough). I already feel one step closer to bliss.

I’ve got bliss on the brain these days. And I’m thinking bliss may come in the form of what we are innately drawn to, doing what we love, losing track of time because the moment is so full of focus.

So tonight I asked Justin to share one of the things that makes him blissfully happy… movies. (And something that always stumps me… movie trivia.) 

So here’s a Movie Trivia Question for you from Justin:
What is the name of the first movie Clint Eastwood directed? 

Will share the answer tomorrow! Or… you can Google it.

More tomorrow. 


 {what is your favorite pastime?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 332 :: from frozen to chef, fear to love

30 Nov

In a Thanksgivingpalooza moment we made a turkey tonight, complete with mashed potatoes and stuffing… and cranberry sauce. What can I say? We were tempted. The turkey was half price! Why not do Thanksgiving all over again? 

So we did. 

We also watched two movies in the spirit of the Turkey-Weekend-Bonanza. I must admit we are a year late to the Frozen arena, but now I am up to speed. Let it go… Let it go… will never mean the same to me now that I have actually seen the movie. I mean, honestly, I thought Elsa was the main character with all the Halloween costumes of little girls in baby blue… but I think it was actually Anna?

And then, tonight, we watched Chef.

Both movies are peak performance masterpieces in their own right.  In many ways, both are about optimism and challenge. Uniqueness and passion over outcast differences. Mostly they profess the power of choosing love over fear.

Another theme in peak performance.

It takes a boldness, a knowingness, a vision of what can be in order to make it so. Whether it’s in a castle of ice or a food truck on the street. Building a snowman or a career based on passion. Work, play, every single day…. the lesson seems to be the same.

Choose love.
More tomorrow. 


 {do you want to build a snowman?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 175 :: into the wild

23 Jun

Oregon is wild. Wild things grow here. Including these blackberries that I picked yesterday.

They were sour. Not quite ripe, even the dark juicy ones. They need a little more time in the wild.

Ironically, last night, we watched Into The Wild. It’s one of the movies on our Summer Movie List. (If you are counting we’ve made it through two so far!)

As I watched, I thought the movie was so sad. It broke my heart in a way. But this morning I woke up with a new perspective. The kind of perspective that only a great movie can give.

It stays with you. The story, the characters, the deeper meaning of it all.

I couldn’t help but realize that this sad movie was quite beautiful in its own way — and not in just the rugged, majestic scenery cinematography way.

It was a coming of age, a finding your way, a life lived sort of beauty unfolding. Much like the wild blackberries that all ripen at a different rate and speed. Each one turns blossom into berry when it’s ready and no sooner.

I suppose, that, may just be the epitome of peak performance and sweetness.

And a little bit of beauty too.

More tomorrow.

{what is sweet to you?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 321 :: a month of inspiration :: new leash on life

17 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share the love of books and dogs. 
As in the book, and movie and now the sequel of MUST LOVE DOGS.

Check out what Claire Cook, author, posted on her facebook page today:


6 hours ago

Just in case you missed it over on my author page, Must Love Dogs is going to be a series!!! Book 2, Must Love Dogs: New Leash on Life, will be out in February and I can’t wait for you to read it! To celebrate, I’m giving away a signed and personalized copy of the original book (which contains an excerpt of Book 2) and a DVD of the movie, plus movie-watching treats for you and your dog (or cat!). To enter: 1) Post a comment below. 2) Share this post. 3) Go to www.ClaireCook.com to enter. Good luck, everybody!


Claire, all I can say is… woof! woof!

Of course, by now, you know I get much inspiration from dogs. Ever since my first dog, Pepper, was sent to my room to protect me and take aware my nightmares from a scary movie that I stayed up way too late with the older kids to watch.

Pepper saved me from King Kong that night and slept on my bed every day after.

Until he could no longer make the jump up to the mattress. (That is exactly when I would get down on the floor with him just to give him a little comfort.)

I should have known my first marriage was destined for ruin. The man didn’t like dogs, didn’t want a dog, didn’t understand dogs.

For me to live without a dog in my life is like walking around without my shadow. I guess that’s why I’m so gaga about our dogs. I lived too long without one. I’m like a convert to a religion… the most outspoken, the most passionate, and probably the most annoying too.

But I can live with that.
I just can’t live without dogs.
Dog gone it.

To enter Claire’s contest, click here.
Good luck!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless!}

{what can you not live without?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 310 :: cherish the moments

6 Nov

Today, in my month-long nod to inspiration, I share a moment… 
‘Tis the season, really….

To take it in all the moments: the crisp air, the lights, the love, the cards, the wreaths, the candles, the gifts, the turkey, the stuffing, the hustle and bustle, the quiet moments and
the movies.

It’s about time for the holiday blockbuster season to light up. And just in time, About Time (from the creators of Love ActuallyKnotting HillFour Weddings and a Funeral) is here, or at least it will be everywhere beginning November 8.

I may not need to watch this movie. I might get enough life inspiration from the trailer and listening to the British accents alone.

Plus, I read this article: About Time: How About Time a Movie About Love Actually Gets Time-Travel Right. It’s worth the read.  It will make you mindful of not only the movie but how to make every moment count in your own life.

By using your brain.

“Mindfulness — paying attention to life, to things like the beauty of the place where you live, in Curtis’ case — is, according to this particular time theory, one of the ways to make the brain more active, thus slowing time.”

Ironically, yesterday I talked about Back to The Future.  And of course there is also The Time Traveler’s Wife (I personally loved the book  not the movie!)

One theme holds true in all of these time traveling stories —the power of the moment.

In every moment we have a choice.
And every choice matters.

I think it’s an important (and inspiring!) reminder.

And it has me thinking…
How do we become more mindful of each moment?
Especially when we can’t (not yet) go back in time to fix it?

I keep landing on what the movie says…
Cherish the small moments as if they are the most important. 

And breathe.
Of course that’s a good one too.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{How do you savor each moment?}

Day 191: four-letter words for summer games

10 Jul

It’s hot today and it feels like summer.
I just want to dip in a pool – any pool! 

But especially this pool where we stayed at the Four-Seasons in Scottsdale. We didn’t even get a chance to dive in, we were so exhausted from our Grand Canyon travels.


Alas, we are back on the Vineyard, where the neighbors have set up a ping pong table on one side of us and a volleyball net on the other.

Makes me remember a time when games were played outside, without a cell signal.

Down in the Grand Canyon, as the sun slipped away and it was just us PEOPLE staring at each other with nothing to do with our thumbs — no iPhones, iPads or computers — we played games too.

One night, we played a game called MOVIE and then shortened it to FILM because it was getting too late and going too long. It’s like HORSE but with movie and actor titles.

Here’s how it works (if you haven’t yet played or are a newbie to it like I was):

  • The first person to go names a movie.
  • The next person names an actor in the aforementioned movie.
  • The next person names a movie that aforementioned actor was in.
  • And, it continues.
  • Until somebody can’t produce a name and they earn a letter in the word M.O.V.I.E. (or F.I.L.M. for the shorter version).

It was so fun! 
I was so awful at it.

Let me be clear: I really sucked at it. Part of me would like to blame the guys I was playing with, all movie buffs, all trying to stump each other by naming some ridiculously obscure movie nobody on Earth has ever heard of before.

They were trying their darndest (is darndest a word?) to be nice to me and allowed me to throw out my mainstream Chick Flick movie titles in between their Sundance Film Festival premiers.

The good news about being terrible at FILM is when you lose and are awarded a letter you are allowed to choose the movie title to start the next round. Imagine me sitting with a group of men, shouting out, “Pretty Woman” and “Sleepless In Seattle” and “Legally Blonde” — they were all very impressed with my movie knowledge, indeed. I’m sure I’ll get an invite to play again soon.

But, really, I think it highlighted something I already knew — I am pretty much comfortable with the fact that I have terrible taste in movies.

But, I do love to play games.

My friend Diane plays this game with her granddaughter.
The four-letter word game.

I love it. Better than Words With Friends and MOVIE if you ask me.

Off the top of my head, for my short list, I came up with:

  • love
  • more
  • live
  • home
  • star
  • yoga
  • bold
  • raft
  • like
  • dogs
  • and, ironically, I might add — film

Obviously, if you were here with me, we would each take a turn.
What four-letter words can you come up with for this game?

Hey! There’s another four-letter word I love — game!

Enjoy your summer fun and games.

Day 131: f*ing friday :: frank

11 May

F*ing Fridays are back!
And, they will continue to occur on Friday. I mentioned some of my favorite F words back on Day 5 in Year 1, including: Fearless, Fabulous, Fine, Fun, Faith, Freedom, Forgiveness, to name a Few.

Last week I dove into the word Friends In France 

Today’s F*ing Friday is dedicated to the word:

As in, playing it forward.

This morning I opened up my email an found a gift in the daily love newsletter from Mastin Kipp.
It was a free rental of the movie May I Be Frank.
You can watch the trailer below or here:

In a sentence, this movie is about the transformation of one man in 42 days — on a diet of raw food, self-acceptance and gratitude.

As the subtitle says, this is a story about Sex, Drugs and Transformation. 

The movie got me thinking of that heavy duty word: transformation.

More than anything else, I reviewed my own transformation over this Promise 365 journey. I especially thought of everything I tried and stumbled upon last year in my promise not to shop for clothes or shoes and instead invest in my head, heart, body and soul.

What sticks out most to me now (especially since beginning my journey in year 2 to lovemore and fearless) is how simple and easy this transformation thing really is — and how overly complicated it always seems in the process.

What I have learned is this:
It all boils down to love.  

And service. 

So I am paying it forward to someone else.
Here is one free rental of the movie Let Me Be Frank.

First person to click here gets it.  Enjoy!

And …Happy F*ing Friday!

P.S. Speaking of LOVE… I can’t get the Jason Mraz theme song from the movie out of my head.  You can listen to it here, and ask yourself this question:  What would love do now?

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