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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 189 :: selfies from the road home

31 Jul

Day 3 on the train.

And just like that…. I am home. The trip is over. The adventure has led me back to where I began.

There are so many faces of the train.

  • The excited face.
  • The adventure has just begun face.
  • The amazing gawking look at that view face.
  • The sunset over the water wow face.
  • The coffee tastes so good in the morning face.
  • The I didn’t sleep a wink face.
  • The dinner on a train face.
  • The I can’t believe it’s almost over face.

So many faces. Here’s a few selfies from the road home.

So many moments.
So worth the adventure.
So kind in so many ways.

More tomorrow….

{kind adventures}

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 JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 188 :: rich beauty 

30 Jul

Day 2 on the train.

I love the train. I think it’s something that just gets in your blood. Tonight I had dinner with two older Australian gentlemen who are traveling the country visiting air shows. Last night I ran into the woman I boarded with originally in Chicago. She too had a layover  (trainover?) in Minneapolis and we found ourselves boarding the train again at the same time three days later.are

There’s so much that I love about the train. The people. The sights. The feeling of being slowly whisked across the country.  

And I really love the dining car.

The food is not a gourmet spread but it’s really not too bad. Better than any airplane food I have ever had. And, to be honest, probably better than my own culinary creations at home.

It’s been almost 24 hours on the train for me. My hair is getting a little bit greasy. My legs a bit tired. But the trip is still an adventure. The sights are still making me sigh with awe and disbelief. The beauty is breathtaking.  

It’s been a small gift of kindness to myself, to take the long way home. The slow train.

But so worth the richness and wonderment.

More tomorrow….


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 93 :: a trip in time 

3 Apr

Day 93: time warp

I have arrived in Chicago. And the Empire Builder was all it promised to be… scenic, insightful, beautiful, three-days long.

I met some really nice Americans, from all sorts of lives, with all types of stories and different destinations. But we all seemed to have one thing in common — taking photos all along the way.

From a Bellingham departure:

to the shores of Seattle…

To the Emerald Green Rivers of Montana

To Summits and Ski Towns and Sunrises:

To Glacier National Forest:

To moments like this:

To the wide open North Dakota fields:

To waking up in a Twin Cities Sunrise:

To crossing the Mississippi River:

To waving at Milwaukee:

To finally winding our way into the Windy City:

To remembering that sometimes you just have to see with your own eyes what a picture just cannot capture:

It’s hard for me to believe that people – real people – laid down the track that can take trains all across this nation (and I only went halfway!).

Sure, I ended up a bit sticky and couldn’t wait to take a shower. And, yes, there was a crying baby who made people slightly miserable for a few moments two nights in a row. And, of course, there were times when I just couldn’t find the right spot to get comfortable.

But I suppose all that comes with the time warp of train travel. It was enough to stretch my mind, to spin it out of my normal everyday life, to see something new, or something newly different. New views lead to new ideas. And that alone is well worth the trip.

And now I must stretch that other promise I made this year — it’s time for me to do some yoga!

More tomorrow.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 91 :: journeying

1 Apr

Day 91: standing out.  

A journey of a thousand miles begins with… the train.

I’m on the Amtrak headed to Chicago. And I feel like a little girl on an adventure.

The little boy sitting behind me with his grandmother keeps screaming with joy.
“The horn! The train! That’s the exchange! It’s a container train. Look, Santa Fe! I love Amtrak!”

And it’s totally okay. The train is so social.

The woman in front of me decided to travel the nation after her husband died.

I met a couple at the train station that gave me all the tips I need (Bank of America credit card earns you extra points) to travel on the Amtrak rewards program (their trip was free!)

We just passed what looks like an abandoned shipwreck. Puget Sound is on my left. The Cascades are in the distance. And inside the little voice in my head is saying:

“The horn! The train! That’s the exchange! It’s a container train. Look, Santa Fe! I love Amtrak!”

I have no idea when I will lose phone signal to post to my blog so I’m posting now. Even there is so much ahead of me on this trip. And, while the view is gorgeous, I realize in forty hours I might be really over it… but until then I’m enjoying the view.  We haven’t left the coast of Washington yet and the Rockies are still to come. Washington, Idaho, Montana, and more… all the way to Illinois.

And now, I’m trying to figure out where I’m going to do yoga tonight on this train. Head yoga. Feet yoga. Should yoga?

More on that tomorrow.

More tomorrow.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 212 :: travel choices

6 Aug
Travel day #1. Train day. Delay.

We still haven’t arrived at our final destination but it all has me thinking about bliss and coincidence.

Since this year is all about BLISS I’m having a hard timing forming words around my day. The train I am riding hit someone. It was quite abrupt, the delay has been long, and it was both shocking and incredibly sad.

More than anything it’s a reminder that choices matter. So tonight I’m dwelling on my own choices. I chose to take this trip north in order to see friends and family. Tonight I will be staying with one of my college roommates. Which brings me heaps of bliss!

And isn’t that the bliss we control?  Who we spend our time with, who we share moments, space and memories with on this road called life.

More tomorrow.
  {what are you choosing?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 161 :: flying away

15 Jun
Bliss is….anticipating my first West Coast train ride.
It all starts tomorrow. The worst part is leaving our amazing reunion weekend, family, fun and sun here in the Northwest.

Tomorrow we fly (or train) home. But just like the birds that fly over the sky here in the Pacific Northwest we know how to get back to the nest.

As they say in Italian, Ciao!
Hello and googbye.

More tomorrow.

  {where are you headed?}

Day 324: a saga of the chipped tooth and why you are smarter and stronger than you think

21 Nov

My tooth chipped.

So today I ran to the dentist — well, I RAN to catch the train to go to the dentist.

It made me realize that there is nothing more humiliating for a One-And-Done Marathoner than to fall completely out of breath into a seat on the commuter rail — after running one block to catch the train. ONE BLOCK.

I suppose the lesson here is that it’s time to start some cardio again.

It was all worth it though, I have a new set of teeth:

And I learned another lesson today too. 

Since this was the FOURTH time — yes #4 — I have had this same front tooth fixed by the same dentist (Dr. Davis in Boston — he is absolutely fabulous! Highly recommend.) I decided to look up the metaphysical symptoms behind teeth problems.

Here’s what I found:

TEETH PROBLEMS: Being indecisive, not being able to break down ideas for analysis and decisions.

AFFIRMATION: I make my decisions based on the principles of truth, and I rest securely knowing that only right action is taking place in my life.

It has me thinking. Which I will keep doing because I have clearly not learned my lesson in the tooth department yet.

Speaking of lessons…

While sitting on the train I overheard a grandmother say to her five-year-old grandson:

“We are always smarter and stronger than we think.”

To which he said:

“Nana, you know what? You know what we should do sometime…We should go in a space machine!”

Well said.
I agree with both of you.

So I will choose to go back in time and not bite the nail that originally chipped my tooth. Even though I do know that is not possible I also know that I will be just fine.

Because we are always smarter and stronger than we think.

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