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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 dear diary :: 40 days to go

21 Nov


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There are 40 days left of The Promise 365!

Tonight, I am reflecting on my diary. I had one once, a long time ago when I was a little girl. Back then, I wrote in my diary every night and shared all my dreams and heartache and drama. 

A few years after I was given that diary I re-read it. I was horrified and embarrassed. So I tore all the pages out of the little book. I think about that little diary as I write this blog post. There are nine years of diary posts on this blog. Nine years of growth and certainly moments I could look back and be embarrassed about I’m sure. But there is a part of me that is grateful that almost a decade of my life is captured for eternity (or as long as this blog is hosted by Word Press). 

Tomorrow I go to Esslingen, the land of my ancestors. It will be interesting but more than anything I am happy it will be recorded here unto eternity
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 321 :: daily thoughts – 41 days to go

20 Nov

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There are 41 days left of The Promise 365!  

I started this blog (nine years ago) with one thought in my mind — you can do anything for one year. This is the excerpt from one of the first blog posts I ever made, Day 6

Someone once told me you can do anything for one year.

At the time I heard her say this, I was skeptical. Very skeptical. Possibly because I was just 20 years old, still in college and living on an erratic schedule of school-on and school-off, summer break and J-term days.

Quite possibly, it was also because she was describing her time in the Peace Corp living without food and eating bugs.

That’s what I said nine years ago. Today I would say something different. You can do anything for one year holds a much deeper meaning to me now, on this side of this promise. 

It is true that you can force yourself to experience something new like eating bugs, and that is significant. I believe in pushing yourself to your edge. But, what I have learned over these past nine years is this: when you make a commitment, and show up, and then keep showing up, your own personal truth will reveal itself to you. 

You might learn that you are resilient, or patient, or creative. You may find what fires you up, slows you down and stops you in your tracks. You might also learn that the adventure of life is full of lessons that you will miss if you don’t have a moment to reflect.

And that is the power of this promise. You can do anything for one year — and you will benefit from it for the rest of your life. 

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 322 :: small is big – 42 days to go

19 Nov


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There are 42 days left of The Promise 365! Ah, my favorite number and the answer to everything. There are 42 days left, people! I can’t believe this year is almost over and this blog is almost complete. 

Tonight, I reflect on yoga (which may be the answer to everything). I am in Germany on business and completely jet-lagged. So tongiht, I did some yoga stretching in my hotel room. It took me all the way back to that time I made a promise to do yoga every single day of the year.

Of course, I thought by the end of the year my body would end up ripped and shredded and muscle toned like a magazine cover model (it didn’t). Instead, I learned a much greater lesson – small is big.

Meaning, that even small moves make a big difference.  

That year brought me peace of mind and heart, but it gave me the gift that keeps giving — namely a self-led, home yoga practice that I can pull out of my hat (or mat) no matter where I am (including Germany). 

Before my Year of Yoga, I relied on yoga classes, yoga DVD’s, yoga YouTube videos. After a year of “practicing” I learned that practice doesn’t make perfect, instead, it provides flexibility. The kind that you can take with you throughout your entire life.

Namaste, and Gute Nacht!

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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 320 :: boarding – 44 days to go

17 Nov


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There are 44 days left of The Promise 365! Tonight I celebrate boarding. 

I am boarding a plane… and it makes me think back to all the travel I have done over these past nine years. Tonight, I will be going somewhere new and old. The homeland. Germany. It’s a work trip but it’s a personal homecoming, to the place of my ancestry and my name: Esslingen.   

I will share the adventure with you and until then, as we take off, I am reminded of the lesson to try new things and go to new places. It opens the heart and the mind and it’s good for your soul!

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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! 

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 320 :: tell your story – 46 days to go

15 Nov


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There are 46 days left of The Promise 365! Tonight I celebrate stories.

I have to admit, I have had my doubts about stopping this blog and ending this wonderful, crazy, daily adventure. Even though I know, in every cell of my being, that this is near completion and it is time for a happy ending. But my mind questions things. Mabe because this blog is like a limb of mine. 

Which brings me to today. We visited the Louisa May Alcott house in Concord, Massachusetts. I was in awe of the brown, colonial home, preserved so sweetly I expected Louisa to walk into the parlor and greet us, herself. Instead, we had a lovely young docent who guided us through the home site. She shared stories of the Alcott family that I wasn’t aware of and the transcendentalist beliefs they honored (including educating women!). 

But it was Louisa and her story, Little Women, that brought the family wealth and stability. The family was friends with many great thinkers of the time and influenced by Emerson, Waldon, and even Nathaniel Hawthorne, of House of Seven Gables fame. Ironically, we just toured that house last weekend. 

What I didn’t know was that Hawthorne spoke of women authors disparagingly, calling them “ink-stained Amazons” who were “without a single exception, detestable,” even forbidding his daughter from writing. 

Despite this, Louisa wrote and hew work chronicling life in the Concord house was it’s own shot heard round the world. Her works created wealth for her family and literature dreams for many little girls to follow. 

Today, while we were walking through Louisa’s house, I heard her whispers in my head. “Tell your story,” she said. “Share your words and touch the souls of others.”

I believe that is what I have done over these past nine years, and I hope Louisa is proud.  There is part of me that finds comfort in knowing words never end and stories live forever. 

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 319 :: home – 47 days to go

14 Nov


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There are 47 days left of The Promise 365! Tonight I celebrate home.

Over these past nine years, we have lived in 7 different places and 4 different states (Massachusetts, Florida, Oregon, and Washington then back to Massachusetts). We have never really felt at home in any of those places, knowing that the next place would come to us in a matter of years, chasing jobs and chasing dreams back and forth across the country.

But one thing has held true, this blog has been my home. Each night I have visited it like a safe little haven, a touchstone to my head, heart, body and soul.

Our adventures in moving have taught me that home is really not a place, it is a feeling. And this blog is not a diary, it’s a reflection of my interior mind design. 

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 317 :: life is beautiful – 48 days to go

13 Nov


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There are 48 days left of The Promise 365!  Tonight I celebrate one of the most poignant lessons I have learned in this blogging adventure. It is simple and clear: focus on the beauty. 

I began working with a “Medicine Woman” after I spoke to all the doctors who recommended surgery. My medicine woman came into my life at the most perfect moment and precisely when I needed her most. She helped me prepare emotionally and spiritually for my upcoming surgeries but mostly she helped me “Focus on the beauty.”

In fact, it was her prescription for me to get through all three surgeries. So every single day I searched for beauty. I watched flowers bloom. I spotted puppies walking down the street. I planted a garden and gasped in awe at how a little purple flower turned into an eggplant.

I lived in awe of everything. Beauty was alive, I just needed to look for it. 

Focusing on the beauty did wonders for the ugliness in my life. It took my mind off of my worries. It redirected my energy. It reminded me that I was indeed alive, a creature of beauty, boldness and big things to do in this lifetime. It also introduced me to an entire ecosystem that I was completely ignorant about…one called Mother Nature.

That was years ago now, but the lessons of beauty have stayed with me. Every time I see a flower bloom, or a leaf pop, or a bird fly above my head, I am reminded that I am alive.

And life is beautiful. 

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 9 – DAY 316 :: showing up – 49 days to go

12 Nov


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There are 49 days left of The Promise 365!  And if there is one lesson I have learned over the years it is if we simply show up, magic happens.

I think the formula is simply this: when you show up as your full self, you fulfill your full promise and draw to you the perfect helpers. From running into Fairy Godmothers, Medicine Women, Helpers, and Sisters, this promise has put me in the path of exactly who I needed to meet at exactly the perfect time.

In all the moments of life, the most important are the ones we show up for. 

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