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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 78 :: practice

19 Mar

Day 78: Trying out.

We just returned home from a theater performance like none other. The Missoula Children’s Theatre rolled through town this week and along with it came dreams, aspirations, and some serious costumes. And, of course, flowers.

Lots of flowers. It is flower season here in the Northwest (the tulips are coming! the tulips are coming!). But these flowers were roses and they belonged to the little hearts and minds on stage. Some for the first time.

As I sat watching our 8-year-old and 9-year-old nieces in newly donned costumes, I was moved by the power of theater. Not to mention the incredible timeframe: they tried out on Monday, learned their parts, practiced, memorized and then performed an entire play by Saturday.

The stage is quite magical.

It may be the only place we get to practice being someone else, trying on a new costume, a new persona, a new part. Moving differently, singing out loud in public, giggling backstage from the freight… knowing in the pit of your stomach it all doesn’t really matter and then again, at the same time, feeling like everything is on the line …as you step out before everyone you know …and everyone who loves you.

And that made me think of the power of practice.

Both the kind that we do because it matters, because everything is on the line and we don’t want to mess up … And the kind of practice we do for ourselves when no one is looking, when no one is keeping score, when there is no audience to cheer us on.

And that leads me back to yoga.
Yoga is teaching me the power of practice.
The magical power of practice.

There are no flowers in it at the end. There is no audience to cheer me on (although I do love my new yoga buddy named Justin who joins along!). No matter the day, the time, the reason, the place, the moves, the pain …the magic is in the practice.

Practice. Practice. Practice.
(…and maybe some pretty flowers too!)

More tomorrow.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 75 :: practice 

16 Mar

Day 75: Presence.

Before I’m off to finish this day with a little yoga, I’m sharing a little yoga inspiration that was shared with me (thanks Jill):

More tomorrow.


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2014 BLOG – DAY 42 :: peak performance: practice

11 Feb

A saying has stuck in my head.

“Practice makes permanent.”

I’ve written about this before. My high school basketball coach repeated this over and over. I think she was trying to make a point.

It stuck.

It’s fascinating what stays lodged inside your brain. Even after years of “real life” and the adventures of adulthood. Somehow, this saying has adhered itself to the membranes of my overstuffed noggin.

“Practice makes permanent.”

It popped into my head again tonight as I watched a recap of Olympic workouts on TV. As in, how real athletes lift weights.

It’s heavy stuff.
It’s also the thing champions are made of.

What we do over and over again becomes a part of us. It is in fact the sum of our lives.

And that makes me wonder what I’m made of… (other than coffee, carrots and hummus…)

What are you made of?  

Practice makes permanent.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{what are you made of?}

Day 244: practice, practice, practice

1 Sep

Practice. Practice. Practice.  

I have been practicing my yoga more intensely this week. It helps that the Martha’s Vineyard Yoga Festival is here, good motivation of course.  It also helps that I am showing up to class.

Being more active this week made me question… why not all the time?

What does it take for me to consistently show up for yoga?
A friend to go with?
A festival?

I’m not sure. All I know is I feel better when I practice on my mat. Whether it is in a class or with a DVD, or using my trusty iPhone App. Doesn’t matter. The results are the same — I feel great.

So today, as I sweated it out at Tapas Hot Yoga, I looked down at my feet and saw a tennis ball speaking to me.  (Why a tennis ball? We began our practice with tennis balls cushioning under the neck as we stretched.)

It may have been the 105 degree heat in the room that got to me. It could have been too many downward dogs. But I swear that tennis ball was sending me a message.

As I looked and refocused my eyes on it, I let out a little chuckle under my breath. Right there, on the side of the Wilson tennis ball was the one word that I am convinced makes all the difference — in yoga, in sports, in work,  and in life.


Practice. Practice. Practice.


Day 64: spring training

5 Mar

What color sox do you wear?
It’s all red over here.

Today was spring training in Fort Myers.
It’s been a long day of home runs and foul balls, so this is a quick post.

The Red Sox lost handily.
But, I’m not complaining.

The split team lost 11 – 2 to the Marlins today, and the Boston fans were:
happy, elated, relaxed, in the flow.

The funny thing about losing during spring training is this:
It doesn’t matter.

The season hasn’t started.
People are just happy to be in the sunshine in Florida.

And the mere thought of baseball means summer IS coming.
Plus, these games don’t count towards October.

Makes me think:

It is just spring…
And I am still in training.

It doesn’t matter if the game ends with a win or a lose.

Here’s to soaking in the sunshine.
And showing up.

Day 57: i made my first million

26 Feb

Today I made my first million.
Of course it was in paper money and I can’t really deposit it at the bank.

Semantics, schemantics.
All that matters is I felt what it was like to make my first million.
As my high school basketball coach, Coach Kohring, would say, “practice doesn’t make perfect, practice makes permanent.”

Back to today.
I made my first million over a cup of coffee at a little french bistro, playing the game CASHFLOW 101.

My friend Rosemary introduced me to the game because of The Promise 365. It definitely affected my head, since the concept of where I invest what is so top of mind.

The game is like Monopoly in concept, but with less emphasis on bankrupting everyone else.

In their own words:
“CASHFLOW® 101 the Board Game teaches you how to get out of the Rat Race and onto the Fast Track, where your money works for you instead of you working hard for your money.”

Let me put it this way:
There is no Get Out of Jail Free card
Instead there are DooDad cards which represent all the little “things” we can purchase in life.

I drew these DooDad cards:
Buy a Fishing Pole $80  (I need a fishing pole like Pup needs a dress)
Replace Tires on Car $200 (an expense that never feels good)

Ironically I never did draw this little ditty:

What I appreciate about the Cash Flow game is it poses deeper questions like:
What’s your dream?
Is it freedom of time?
Is it unlimited resources to travel the world?

It’s not just about buying up the entire block.
It’s more about being clear about what you want and how to get there.

Twenty years later, I am clear about this: Coach Kohring was right.
Practice does make permanent.
What I do today affects who I am tomorrow.

So …here’s the question:
What did you do today?

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