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JAMIE'S BLOG – YEAR 9 dreams – 27 days to go

4 Dec


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There are 27 days left of The Promise 365!

I’m off to bed and looking forward to a good night’s rest. As I lay my head down on my pillow, I hear these words, “Hold onto your dreams!” 

This blog has been nine years of discovery, adventure, and dreams. But the best dream of all is the next one you have. 

Stay true to you. Trust your desires. And go after your dreams.  

Trust me!
More tomorrow.Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 321 :: adventures – 43 days to go

18 Nov

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There are 43 days left of The Promise 365! Tonight I celebrate new adventures.

It’s almost dinner time in Deutschland and I am both hungry and tired. But mostly tired. The redeye flight is not the easiest way to travel but it is indeed an adventure. I think my personal motto is to say yes to new adventures, and tonight that will be my first dinner out in Germany (ever!). There is only one time you can say that with any new adventure, the first is always the first. 

The fact is that adventures bring me joy. There was a year where my promise was to focus on joy (and it brought me the biggest adventure in my life, a marriage proposal, and a surprise wedding too!). Because joy is something you carry in your heart, always and forever. No matter where the next adventure takes you. 

Now bring on the some food!

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 321 :: blend – 45 days to go

16 Nov

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There are 45 days left of The Promise 365! Tonight I celebrate blending. 

I just opened up my brand new Vitamix blender this week. I couldn’t be more excited about it and I also find it quite ironic. In my first year of blogging and my very first promise, I bought my first blender, an Oster. It didn’t work out so well, as you can read here. Now, in my last year of blogging I find myself with the blender of my dreams, the much dreamed of Vitamix.

I found it on sale (of course). Also, another point of irony and juxtaposition of Year 1 and Year 9 of this blog. I no longer have to make or break a promise when I want to shop or buy something. But the lesson will always be with me. 

My first blender taught me the power of whole foods, green smoothies and raw cacao nibs. This blender is much more powerful, graceful and effective. I would like to think I am too, somehow, after spending the last nine years reflecting on life and love every single night.   

If I have learned anything, it is this. We are all a blend of our promises and pursuits, success and strife, dreams and determination. So blend up something good! 

Trust me!
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 311 :: love – 54 days to go

7 Nov

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There are 54 days left of The Promise 365! Being this close to the end brings me a new kind of excitement, something feels special about endings much like beginnings. So today, I am going to take us all the way back to the beginning. Year 1.  

Year 1 was my promise not to shop for an entire year. It was hard. I mean, really hard. I couldn’t shop for anything frivolous, no clothes, no shoes, no beautiful sheets, curtains, furniture, you know, stuff. Even my emails were screaming at me to Buy, buy, buy!!!

Of course, you know the end of the story, I did it! And this is the first lesson that I learned along the way. What we crave, whether it is a sexy little dress or a comfy couch, is really just a reflection of our needs. Stuff represents the hole inside of us that needs to be filled.

So those cute patterned sheets were really just a reflection of me wanting a better home instead of our crappy little apartment. That amazing red coat was really just a reminder of how I wanted to feel, put together, large and in charge instead of late for a meeting.

What my first promise to give up shopping taught me was to fully understand what I was putting into my life. And it all points to love. 

So on this night that marks 54 more days of The Promise 365, I am reflecting on the many lessons it has brought me along the way. Including the wisdom to realize when I really, really, really, want something, all I need is love… and a promise!

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 249 :: stay with it

6 Sep

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I am sore. Today was my third day in a row at OrangeTheory, in the morning class no less. I am pretty proud of myself for making it happen and being consistent and going to the morning class.

It’s not just a move of being consistent, although that is important to me.  It’s really the matter of putting myself first and treating my own body as the greatest priority of the day.

As I left class today I bumped into a fellow worker-outer. She is always very sprite and wears a smile. She looks like she could be my mother’s age but she works out harder than I do. As I left class today she gave me a smile and said, “You’re doing great!”

I responded back, “YOU’RE doing great!” She nodded and said, “It never ends you have to keep it up.”

And it’s true. She is beautiful and strong and such an inspiration to me.  

It also reminded me that strength and beauty but mostly consistency comes from within. Stay with it. Trust your body.

Trust me!
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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 223 :: shine

11 Aug

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It’s Sunday night and that means Monday will happen… tomorrow. It’s on Sunday night that the blues set in for the weekend is over. So tonight, I say, shine your light. 

Trust your bright light and shine on.

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 221 :: trust the present

9 Aug

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Tonight we watched the movie, “The Art of Racing In The Rain.” I cried through the entire movie. It’s a movie for humans and especially for humans who love dogs. It’s especially emotionally draining for anyone who recently lost their dog, but then again, there really is no moratorium on the heartbreak of losing your best friend. 

I cried mostly because of Pup. He has been gone for a little over a year now but he is still so present in our hearts and memories. I think that’s the thing about dogs, they are forever connected to the heartstrings of the family tree.  

One of the lines that stuck with me most from the movie was: “The best drivers don’t dwell on the future or the past. The best drivers focus only on the present.” 

That is what our pets do for us, refocus us on the present moment. The wagging of the tail, the panting of the tongue, the leaping with joy, the barking and the snoring with great verve. They are the best teachers of the present moment. 

Trust me!
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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 190 :: trust in faith, hope and love

9 Jul

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Justin is playing songs for me tonight, on an album called Faith, Hope and Love. It’s a flashback to our youth and a few familiar tunes. But it’s more than that, it’s a message of love which has me thinking about trust.

In trust, we intrinsically have all three: faith, hope and love.

Trust needs faith to stay the course, hope to stay inspired and love to fuel the mission. In trust, we move forward in faith, hope and love. 

Trust me!
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Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 186 :: trust yourself

5 Jul

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It’s already a hot, steamy morning here. Happy July 5th. We are escaping the confines of a broken air conditioner to head toward the coast and see a few mansions in Newport. Before we go I was inspired to post my blog early…. like waaaaaaay early for me, in the morning.

I usually post at night, after the rhythms of the day have caught up with me and my mind has had time to process the message of the moment. Because I made a promise to myself. It includes posting a blog every single day. It’s nine years later.

I have done this for almost a decade now. Not every day is spectacular or includes fireworks (like last night). Not every message is profound or life-changing, although some have been (like the time I survived three surgeries in 8 months). Not every day has been adventurous (hello, swimming with sharks) or beautiful (thank you, grand canyon) or transitional (goodbye east coast, hello west coast, hello again east coast). But I have been here every single day now. 

I only bring this up because I intrinsically understand the power behind a promise. So when I read this article this morning, “The Science of Developing Mental Toughness” I nodded my head in agreement.  

“Mental toughness comes down to your habits. It’s about doing the things you know you’re supposed to do on a more consistent basis. It’s about your dedication to daily practice and your ability to stick to a schedule.”
– James Clear 

Mental toughness is also about trusting yourself to show up for yourself, by yourself, when no one else is looking or cares. It is a daily practice (whether you blog or not).

Of course, it feels good to have a little help from our friends and cheerleaders and supporters too. But, mental toughness, I have learned is sticking to the calling in your heart even when no one believes in you, or understands you, or follows you. In fact, it might be most profound when they do not.

So here’s the dream in your heart and the persistence in your head. You got this! 

Trust me!
More tomorrow.
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 1589 :: trust in your full brightness

8 Jun

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On a warm, sunny, bright June day my trust thought of the day is to trust in your full brightness. I feel very bright today mostly because I had my hair highlighted. There may be no better day than highlights day!

On a bright, sunny, June day, it’s a good reminder to trust in your brightness. 
Trust me!

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Jamie

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