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

5 Jul


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.


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Day 34: f*ing friday :: follow-up (a love letter)

3 Feb

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 Fish

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

As in, a love letter to sharks.

It’s hard to believe a week ago I swam with sharks.  Just seven days ago, I was within reach of my terror of the seas.

So, in keeping with February’s love letter theme, today’s F*ing Friday is an ode to sharks.

Dear Jaws and Friends:

I’m sorry you are so misunderstood. I’ve heard so much about you, I really don’t know what’s true.

You go to sleep if held upside down?
You sense your prey from miles away?
You are endangered?

I’m sorry to admit, even still, I am scared of you.

Even though I know I have a greater chance of getting struck by lightning than turning into your lunch, I shiver with fear when I dive into your water.

Despite this, I want you to know that I totally appreciate and adore what you are — deep, down inside, a spectacular creature that survived 400 million years.  A pretty good run if you ask me.

I want to thank you for helping me take my first big leap over fear this year. Because, if I can swim with you in your waters, what can I be afraid of on dry land?

For that, I love and adore you.

Yours truly,

P.S. Here’s an ode to you — my f*ing follow-up from last week — a video of me swimming with you!  (if video doesn’t display, click here)

Day 27: f*ing friday :: fish (as in sharks)

27 Jan

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 Figure.

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

As in, sharks.

Today was the first official fear breakthrough of the year.
I swam with sharks.

Well, I swam above sharks, with a well behaved crew of tourists.  Who knows, maybe the sharks are trained circus sharks, pretending to be real ones performing a show for us in the Bahamas.  But, I don’t think so, they were big.  They were real.

Doesn’t matter.
I got in the water, and that was a big act of fearlessness (lovemoreness!) on my part.

It was incredible.
And I almost missed it.

Just as the captain began explaining the rules of swimming with sharks (hold on to the rope, don’t move your arms in a big motion, only stay in the water for a short amount of time) I almost gave up before I got in.

Just as I started taking my flippers off, Justin coaxed me into the water.  I begged the captain to let me be the last one in the water so I could be the first one out of the water — and it worked.

That’s all I needed to relax, find a place of control and move past the fear.  Just because I knew that nothing stood between me and getting out, it enabled me to take a leap and jump in.

So, today, I swam with the beautiful fish of these crystal clear waters.  I swam around a coral reef, I fed turquoise, purple and bright yellow tropical fish out of my hands.

And, today, I also swam with f*ing sharks.

I have to admit, I feel more free and more alive…
But, I’m glad I’m out of the water!

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