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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 85 :: taking joy time outs

28 Mar

Today we took a timeout. A JOY timeout, that is!

It was a quick jaunt tot he golf course to hit a bucket of balls… because, why not?

Timeouts can be so good (so good! so good! as every Red Sox fan knows ūüėČ
it’s always a good time to stop and stretch it out. So I wonder why I don’t do it more often?

Maybe, just maybe, that’s what JOY is trying to teach me.
When did you take your last timeout?

More tomorrow…


{it’s time}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS ¬†DAY 170 :: doing less

11 Jul

Kind Time.

I am reading a very cool book (still) it’s one I picked up months ago called Real Power, Business Lessons from the Tao Te Ching (the world’s oldest leadership manual, written, according to legend, by the sage¬†Lao-tzu¬†in the sixth century B.C.E..)

The chapter tonight was all about doing less, or rather “Doing Nothing and Leaving Nothing Undone.” It’s a hard concept to grasp in this busy, busy, busy world. But they have a point.

We all need time to think. Time to be silent. Time to reflect. And it’s hard to find that time if we don’t unwind or disconnect to find our thoughts and brilliant ideas.

So today I did something crazy! I went to the pool and sat with my thoughts. It was wonderful – and in so many ways, so very kind.

Kind Time.

More tomorrow….

{find kind time}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS ¬†DAY 106 :: timing and kindness

19 Apr

Enjoying time.

Kindness is teaching me much this year – already.
Including the respect of time, and timing, and divine timing.

It’s a hard lesson to learn, for me, one who pushes and pulls against the strands of chronological time. Always wanting more. Always pushing for more. Always feeling as though the hourglass needs more sand.

But, today, I was gently and firmly reminded that we have time. Lots and loads of time. Beyond our imagination and perception and calculations.

And I cannot think of a KINDER way to look at life. This life. In this time.

With great kindness, enjoy your time.

More tomorrow….


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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 265 :: it’s almost october

24 Sep

Egads I had a realization today.
It’s almost October. October!

Where did the time go?

More tomorrow. 


 {what can you start today?}

Jamie’s BLOG – DAY 225 :: my best time saving tips

13 Aug

I have been thinking a lot about time lately, specifically how to save time and maximize it. Partly because this week in Chicago I led a workshop on setting goals.

It’s something I care about deeply.

I believe peak performance is directly related to goal setting. Beyond goals, I also believe that peak performance is directly related to time.

Time is a funny thing isn’t it? It’s here and then it’s gone. Look, there it goes! Just like that. Time is what we make of it and yet we all have the same amount. The great equalizer. Twenty-Four hours, seven days a week.

And yet, some people get SO MUCH MORE done!

I was actually asked to write about my time shaving tips by The Dollar Shave Club, the makers of making razors easy to order. (Which is a good thing since I’m always stealing Justin’s razors for my legs.)

And honestly, I’m glad they asked. It’s made me think even more about time.

  • There’s the time we have in life — who knows how long that will be? And believe me, with three surgeries in the last eleven month under my belt, this¬†sort of time has become even more precious to me.
  • There’s the time we have in the day — exactly twenty-four hours. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s an exact science.
  • And then …there’s the time we PUT into what we have — that’s the time I care about most. This is the time slot that makes the biggest difference. And this is the time I believe we¬†must fiercely protect. ¬†I call this Productive Time.

So here are my top five tips for Productive Time.

Tip #1:  Get Clarity
You can’t save time if you don’t manage time. Managing time means be clear about your goals, roles, responsibilities and major tasks. I recommend a book called Eat That Frog! By Brian Tracy if you need or want a little¬†inspiration¬†about¬†getting¬†CLEAR on¬†your goals.

Tip #2: Use Technology
Find apps or programs that help you stay organized and efficient with your time. My favorites are Asana for project management and Boxer for wrangling email.

Tip #3: Stop Doing & Start Thinking
The only way to get ahead of time is to think your way there. Meaning, have a clear strategy about how you will accomplish your goals before you just jump into action. Activity is often mistaken for results. Set aside time up front to plan out your strategy, your goals, and all the tasks it will take to reach your desired results. Then do it.

Tip #4: Systems
To help save time, determine what¬†reoccurring¬†tasks can become systems.¬†Systems give you structure. For instance, how much time do you spend remembering your online passwords to various accounts (and then getting locked out of an account because you tried with the wrong password too many times?). There are many tricks to creating systems. You can set reminders on your calendar, create documents that house key information or even outsource tasks that take up all of your time. One way to¬†systematize¬†a reminder about your goals is¬†The Promise Daily. But of course, I’m biased ūüėČ

Tip #5: Celebrate
If you’ve been around here for a while, you know I¬†believe¬†in¬†celebrations. Partly because I need to stop, take stalk in what has been accomplished and also because I need a carrot dangling in front of me to keep going and to pull all the way through on a set goal. That’s why I’m able to write this blog every single day (for almost four years!) and it’s why I show up here over and over again. I celebrate the little wins (Yay! Blog post has been posted!) and I celebrate the big wins (I made it to Day 365! Bring on the spa treatments!). ¬†What can you celebrate when your goal is complete?

The time we PUT into anything always correlates with what we GET out of it.

But I¬†believe¬†there is always a choice. And it’s always YOUR choice. How are you spending your time?

If you have some time shaving tips, please feel free to share on the comments section of the blog. My friends over at¬†Dollar Shave Club¬†would love it… and honestly, someone else might be inspired.

Well worth the time if you ask me.

More tomorrow.



{how do you shave time?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 294 :: an abundance of sox

21 Oct

In keeping with my promise to seek abundance this year, here’s my¬†Abundance Photo of the Day… Lansdowne Street!

Before we left Boston and trekked across the country to this other coast, Justin made sure we saw one last Red Sox game in Fenway Park.

I originally put up a stink… I mean, we had to pack, there were cars to ready, boxes to move, people to see. So. Much. To. Do.

It felt like a waste of time.
Boy was I wrong.

I am so happy that we sat inside Fenway Park one more time, that we shared that moment together… especially now as this team heads to the World Series.

It reminds me that there is always time. 

We can always squeeze in more time for the things that matter, the things that bring us joy, and the moments we will never forget.

Go. Sox. 

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{what do you want to make time for?}
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BLOG – GIFT DAY 253 :: no turning back

12 Sep

In so many ways this year has been tough. 
So many changes, so many questions, and so much wading through the vast unknown.

And now, all of a sudden, I feel like I am on the “other side” of the surgery and all the “questions” that have occupied my head, heart, body and soul.

Being on this side feels like a new life, another chance, a re-start. 
I know this feeling all too well.

Every health issue I have ever had has served as a kick in the pants. A reminder that we are here to love, we are here to learn, we are here, period.  So just do what you want to do already!

Today I found a surprise in my suitcase. It’s a wine opener with a message that opened up my heart as soon as I read the words inscribed on it:

No Turning Back

It was placed there by Jaynane, in her signature style of heart-warming surprises.

She has been reminding me of this ever since we got the good news of my cancer-free clean bill of health — there is no turning back.

And she’s right.
There is only moving forward.

That is the precious present of time, although it comes with a double-edged sword that swiftly moves us forward whether we are ready or not.

So tonight I ask… if you know there is no turning back, how will you move forward?

What will you do next?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{what will you do next?}

BLOG – GIFT DAY 221 :: all journeys begin with a single step

11 Aug
Sometimes my most difficult task is peeling myself away from my computer screen … to eat, think, breathe, play.So, this morning, as I peeled myself away from my high speed internet connection and walked around Chicago, looking for a bite to eat, I realized I was really on a journey much greater than a food run.

It’s that journey you find yourself on when you don’t have enough time.
No time! No time! NO TIME!

I was only gone for 30 minutes but it felt like an adventure through a magical forest…. otherwise known as South Loop.

From magical fountains…

To mythical horses….

To luscious fields of flowers…

I found not just beautiful moments, world renowned art and voices from all over the world…

I found time. 

There’s always more time than we think. Whether it’s 5 minutes or 1 minute or 30 seconds… there’s time.

Time to walk a little more.
Time to breathe deeply.
Time to play.

Time to do the things you know you should but can’t peel yourself away from the computer-tv-book-game-internet-what-have-you to do.

Even if it’s just a detour on your way to breakfast to feed your soul instead of just your tummy.

There’s time for that.

More tomorrow.

Lovemore {fearless}
JamieP.S. The CARD CRUSADE continues! And it is all made possible by¬†Green Ink Gallery.¬†Check out their beautiful fine art cards! Today’s card goes to someone in Chicago… again! There…. how about that as a hint…. are you confused yet?

{where can you find more time today?}

GIFT DAY 063: do you love your scars?

4 Mar

I have an abundance of scars.

Like the scar that runs down the center of my belly and the scars on both of my knees. There are scars on my hand and calf too.

They each have a story.
All lessons in courage, strength and faith.

The scar on my belly came from a cancer diagnosis. It taught me abut healing and gave me faith in life. I used to pull my shirt up and share my belly scar with strangers. I was so proud of it, as if it were bragging rights.

The scars on my knees came from a sand volleyball court. They remind me to go after my dreams and take a leap even if it means digging in deep.

The scars on my hands taught me all about puppy love. And, the scar on my calf, well …it taught me about how to avoid the kind of dogs who bite.

Justin is working on a new scar.
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The initial wound came from an unfortunate bounce from that pink buoy that washed ashore the other day. It bounced right up and hit him in the eye.

Who knew that those things have hard handles that attack?

(Good thing we have a few Keep Calm and Carry On bandages in stock!)

His eye will heal.
But just like my scars, only the story will remain. Which is the best part of a scar anyway — bragging rights!

I love my scars.
But the ones I love the most are the ones I cannot see.

They are the scars on my heart and inside my soul. The ones that healed through an abundance of love, prayer, reflection, time and faith.

The scars we can’t see are the ones we remember most. They are the stuff heroes are made of and the ones worth living for.

And, I think, they are the scars that make us truly beautiful — and alive.
Oh yeah… and those bragging rights too.

More tomorrow.

{Do you have scars your proud of? Do share in the comments section below.}

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Day 158: may i borrow you for a moment?

7 Jun

Yesterday, I promised to share the borrowed bits of my outfit, and I will.

But first, I would love to borrow you for a moment to share a bit about my day.

I was again in the amazing company of Debbie Phillips and Jan Allen as we zoomed around town to check-in with Columbus and check-out the fabulous space for our upcoming Women on Fire Day.

Today started out at the NPR studios of WOSU (yes, that’s right, WOSU as in OHIO STATE ~ don’t worry Michigan friends my blood still runs blue!) and it ended at the offices of Capital Style.

In the middle of all this zipping and zooming we eventually landed at the Ohio State House for a ceremonial unveiling of Governor Ted Strickland’s official portrait.

As we entered the hallowed halls of the massive limestone building I had a flashback.

A flashback to a time when I was Governor to the state of Idaho.
Girls State Governor that is, er, that was, like a long time ago.

Just walking up to the Governor’s office today sent a flood of memories back to the day that I sat in the Governor’s chair.

Sure, it was mock government run by a bunch of teenagers, but there was one very real event on that day long ago that I will never forget.

A death threat.
The building was shut down and there was a little bit of hysteria as someone proclaimed a threat on the Governor’s life.¬† Only problem was, the Governor, the REAL Governor, was not in the building.¬† Instead, in his place was a sixteen-year old version of me!

Security to the rescue.
The building was secured, the threat was handled and this mock Governor lived through my one-day gubernatorial term to tell about it.

Today, as I sat in another Governor’s presence, (a very real governor) I was deeply touched by the supporters, staff and lingering afterglow of his administration as it filled the cavernous room and reverberated off the massive granite columns.

I couldn’t help but think about the revolving door of leaders this building must have seen: all the outgoing governors and staff, senators and representatives, their proudest accomplishments and unrealized dreams.

It is truly a building of the people.
Which makes it all borrowed ~ borrowed time, borrowed moments, borrowed business.

All the sum of many borrowed bits.

If we flashback to Day 157 when I asked you to guess the borrowed bits of my outfit, if you said borrowed shirt and shoes you are correct!¬† The shoes were from Justin’s mom and the shirt was straight out of Debbie’s closet.

Each one is more than just a borrowed hand-me-down or second time around.
They are the dressings of my real life, which just like yours, is lived on borrowed time.

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