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15 Dec

bows – 16 days to go

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 sundays – 23 days to go

8 Dec


There are 23 days left of The Promise 365! But there are only three Sundays left in the year and this blog. So today I ruminate on Sundays.

First of all, there are the let down Sundays like today, where the Patriots lost the afternoon game. (There have been many winning Sundays along the way too!). Then there are the inspiring ones like the times I have visited churches on islands and cathedrals in Paris. There are also the long-awaited ones where I hang on to the weekend with a tight grip and a good book before the workweek begins again.

But most of all there are the Sundays that represent new beginnings. They symbolize new days ahead with new ideas, new adventures, and new experiences. These are the rest of the Sundays in December of this promise and this blog. Because, while The Promise 365 is ending that means the future is beginning. 

And there is no greater adventure than the future.
Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 20 :: trust is a team sport

20 Jan


I am exhausted after watching the Patriots pull out another overtime, nail-biting win. Even though I grew up as an athlete, learning how to recover after losing and be fueled by winning, these last minute games make me break out in full body sweat.

It’s an amazing feeling, the euphoria of the win. And devastating to lose. So much of being an athlete is learning to trust, in your team, in your coach and in yourself.

But something about watching the Patriots play tonight, I am reminded that trust is a team sport. Whether it is in athletics, home or work. We all have teams that fuel our success.

Teams are connections are built on trust. We are only as strong as the person next to us, catching us when we fall and holding us up when we win.

That’s what teammates (including workmates and homemates) do best.
Trust your team.



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 34 :: the joy of pats

3 Feb
{twas the night before}

‘Twas the night before the Super Bowl and all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even a Pats fan. And when I say Pats fan, I mean Justin. He is as giddy as a little boy on Christmas morning. In a few hours, Justin will board a plane for Minneapolis for a date with destiny. Thanks to a few cousins and some lucky last minute tickets.

The funny thing is, he has been waiting his entire life for this day. His favorite team and the Super Bowl all culminating into one big game in a brand, grand new stadium. It’s everything the little boy in him always dreamed of — especially when the Patriots were terrible. Like…. really terrible. For years. Decades. Yet, he has remained strong and steadfast. Always a believer.

It’s easy to forget those years now… the New England Patriots are a dynasty in the making. If not already a legend and a legacy. But there were days when the team was only this special in the hearts of little boys and a few grown men.

One of those little boys who is now a grown man, will be in a seat at the stadium that Minneapolis built. Rooting for his team. From the sidelines. Just like he always has… with passion in his soul and hope in his heart.

And that reminds me…this is what JOY is made of.

What a joy to see someone’s dream come true.
Priceless, really.

More tomorrow… (Go Pats!!)



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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 21 :: tears of joy

21 Jan
{nail biter}

We woke up in the middle of the night to no power. No electricity, no lights, nothing but darkness.

There was a huge windstorm that blew all over town and blew down trees and then blew out all the power in our neighborhood. I took the dogs out in the darkness. I drove to Starbucks just to get my hands on hot water (for my prescribed morning tea).

On my way home I saw a dog walking down the street and noticed he was hopping along — on three legs. He was missing a leg but it didn’t stop him from hopping along after his owners. He looked as happy as could be. As if he had no clue that dogs usually come with four legs.

It may have been a sign.

The power came back on at  12:00 PM.  The Patriot’s game started at 12:05 PM.  Just. In. Time. But, the tension didn’t stop there.

The Patriots played the first three quarters like a dog with three legs. Hopping along but not quite hitting their stride. It wasn’t until the final two minutes OF THE ENTIRE GAME that we Patriot’s fans could breathe again. The Patriots came from behind for the AFC Championship win but a few of us almost had a heart attack in the process.

Justin, of course, was as cool of cucumber. But when the game was over, I cried. Tears of joy – and possibly some pent up, sitting on the edge of my seat pangs of panic and frustration.

Easy to say on this side of it all – winning in the final minutes. And I think that may be where tears of joy come from… the hope that everything will turn out the way you want.

Oh, Joy – on to the Superbowl!

More tomorrow…



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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 298 :: boston’s bliss

29 Oct

Today’s bliss…. oh Pats!

Even from the west coast we can feel the love.

There’s something very special (even for someone like me who doesn’t know the first thing about football) about watching your team win. 

Boston’s bliss.

More tomorrow.


JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 10 :: holy crap that was a game

10 Jan

There are a lot of blissful New England Patriots fans tonight.

And all I can say is that game was stressful. I literally had to close my eyes because it was so difficult to watch at times. It was not a blissful experience until Julian Edelman threw a little surprise quarterback magic (wow!).

It’s amazing how a little leather ball can cause so much pain and suffering, stress and worry, and incredible bliss too. 

But I’m happy (and relieved) to see the Pats win and advance forward. Let the games really begin!

Speaking of games…

From yesterday’s Movie Trivia:  

What is the name of the first movie Clint Eastwood directed?
If you answered Play Misty For Me you were right!

More tomorrow. 


 {what brought you bliss today?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 307 – a month of inspiration :: wake up

3 Nov

Did you catch the eclipse this morning? If not, you can catch some photos of this amazing occurrence here.

As for me, I slept in. That’s why we have the internet, right?

I have to admit, missing the moment does have me thinking about the moon and the stars and what it means to wake up.

So today, in this month of inspiration, I dedicate today to waking up… in all sorts of ways.

First, a little tune to rev you up and wake me up.

Apparently, this eclipse is ushering in a new opportunity for all of us. I don’t follow astrology, but I do find this list of ways this eclipse will wake you up fascinating from Mystic Mama:

“This eclipse marks an opportunity to stop and take stock, turn within and ask ourselves some probing questions about what’s really going on in our lives…”


“Focus on what is working. Focus on the good in your life.”

No matter the season, the moon or the stars, I love the idea of starting off with a FRESH SLATE. The good news is… we all have a fresh slate.

Every single morning.

In fact, we are waking up to an entirely new season today. Did you set your clocks back?

And finally, no matter where you are right now, I have to highlight this from Kelley Rosano:

Define yourself by what is true for you.

Need more inspiration to start your week?  

Check out 37 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change The World from our friends at Bright Drops.

Now, please excuse me, I’m off to prepare for the Patriots Game which is scheduled to be aired on the west coast according to the CBS coverage map. (See? An abundance of miracles are all around us!)

How will you wake up this week?

More tomorrow.
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Day 332: when it’s love

29 Nov

We are still on the road…literally posting from the passenger seat tonight.

It comes with some beautiful views:


And for those who are wondering…..
We do not have a seat strapped to the top of the car (wheeeeew!) although Justin was bummed that our mechanic wasn’t interested in selling that original seat from the New England Patriot’s original stadium.

We do however have Thursday night football on the radio…

Speaking of the radio, we heard this song three times (in three different states) today: Van Halen, When It’s Love



It is officially a road trip.

Day 280: for the love of a patriot and a big bird

7 Oct

Today, Justin wouldn’t let me leave the house without wearing some sort of New England Patriots’ gear.

So he gave me his sweatshirt:

And the team won. Hey, I’m not saying my patronage had anything to do with it, but you know those fans. They LOVE their team (and superstitions).

Speaking of fans… I hear Big Bird may be in need of some more. You can check out the Million Muppet March here if you are so inclined.

And if that’s not your thing, then I say…
Just follow your heart. 

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