Tag Archives: Washington

 JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 191 :: coolness is kind

2 Aug


It’s a hot summer. And getting hotter by the day. While it is NOT as hot here in Washington as it was when we lived in Oregon (109 today! in Grants Pass) it still feels like one hot summer.

Which brings me to this — is there anything KINDER than a cool breeze on a hot day?

Here’s to kindness. In all of its many forms.

More tomorrow….


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS DAY 48 :: a day in the capital 

18 Feb



History. Herstory. So many stories.

Today was spent among the Smithsonian Museums. Which always impress. And blow my mind in so many ways. My intentional act of kindness today was taking a photo of a family at one of the museums so they would have the memory to keep.

And that has me thinking about the kindness of preservation of so many American stories, of our heritage, our accomplishments, our collective past. So vast. So diverse. So worth saving and remembering.

More tomorrow….


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 251 :: living beauty

14 Sep

Day 251: So full.
I’m such a sucker for beauty. It makes me feel calm and alive, relaxed and energized. All at the same time.

And this is just one of the views I love from a place we now call home:

Calm. Alive.
Relaxed. Energized.

Maybe that’s the recipe that yoga is trying to teach me too?

More tomorrow.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 211:: on top of the world

6 Aug

Day 210: Up in the clouds.

Oh. What. A. Day.

Sometimes it’s hard to remember what is in my backyard. I see the peak of Mt. Baker every day, usually, when there is sun, peaking out from behind the top of a tree.. And yet… I had NO idea that Mt. Baker is actually THIS…

Until today.

Stacy took us on a seven-mile hike and up, up, up we climbed…

Through snow…

And yoga poses….without falling over or down the cliff I might add…

And flowers…

And with canine helpers too, this little girl was herding us all up the hill, and there was something quite reassuring about that. Like she knew the way.

And now, at night, as I am safely tucked in, sitting at my kitchen table, much closer to the sea than to the “ski” up above. But I am remembering what it felt like to be up in the clouds. In the fresh air, the cool wind and untouched beauty.

It’s breathtaking, really.

So far this year with this promise, I have done yoga on the beach, on a train, on a plane, and, now, on top of a mountain.

And no matter how high up we go, or low we land, (or wobbly our legs feel) I am learning to stay grounded.  Feet on the ground, head in the clouds, rolling with the waves. Like the Mountain, the Tree, and the Sea.

And maybe that is what yoga is trying to teach me?
To be with Nature.
Instead of pushing against her.

More tomorrow.


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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 31 :: magical woods

31 Jan

Day 31. One-Hundred Acre Woods.

It sounds like Winnie-The-Pooh and Robin Hood too. The One-Hundred Acre Woods. I’ve heard about it from a few people now. As in, “You live right next to the one-hundred acre woods!”

So, today, we set out to find them.

Not all 100 of them, of course that will take years I think (maybe… right?), but find a few of them we did! Pup sniffed his way through every piece of acre we covered. Brady helped too. Pointing us in the right direction.


It felt a bit magical in a Sherwood Forest sort of way. We didn’t meet any merry men but did meet several other dogs and their owners, and runners, and bikers. And I met a very sweet woman (named, you guessed it, Robin!) who stopped to talk with Brady.

“Vizsla?” She said.
“Yes!” I answered.

And in some odd way I felt like somehow I knew her, or had met her before. She gave me some local tips and then buried her face next to Brady’s and patted him on the head. Almost like she had met him before too.

Then off into the woods she walked. And I thought…Nice to meet you Robin. Thanks for sharing your woods.

Tonight, as I reflect on our day (and my sore muscles from our hike) I wonder what else there is to explore in our new world (besides yoga = which I already did for the day!).

It’s not Nottingham.. it’s Bellingham.
And I think she still has some magic to show us.

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JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 303 :: blissful views

3 Nov

Today’s bliss…. a little agua.

We found water today. And it’s just around the corner… literally.
Right. Around. The corner. Not even five minutes from our front door. 

…and, oh bliss, that makes this feel like home. Barnacles and all.

More tomorrow.

{what’s in view?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 301:: big leaf bliss

1 Nov

Today’s bliss…. big leaves!

It’s been raining for days, and the crazy thing is…. it hasn’t bothered me at all. I’m still in Washington awe. I have the eyes of a child. Everything is brand new.

Including these ENORMOUS leaves… they are HUGE!

(Just to put it in perspective I wear a size ten shoe and that is ONE leaf.)

And if you look closely the smaller yellow leaf is the shape of a heart.
Oh, bliss!

More tomorrow.
{seen anything new?}

JAMIE’S BLOG – DAY 277 :: blissfully landed!

9 Oct


Today’s Bliss…..arriving.
Hello Washington. Goodnight World. See you tomorrow.

More tomorrow.

BLOG – GIFT DAY 247 :: does the sun set better on the west coast?

6 Sep

The sun sets in the west. This we know is true.

But the sunsets are way, way better on the West Coast.

Tonight we surprised family. I hitchhiked (really, just road shotgun) with Jaynane home to Mt. Vernon, Washington.  And tonight we surprised Jill, Danny and the girls (our nieces). They didn’t know I was coming up here and when I walked into the room jaws dropped.

Surprises are so much fun. 
Not the kind of surprises that come in the form of bills, medical issues or pink slips of course. But the kind that come in hugs, butterfly kisses and soccer games on a Saturday morning.

I am full of excitement and anticipation to see the girls play soccer tomorrow morning. I can almost smell the fresh grass stains!

And tonight as the sun sets I am reminded that this is just one more reason why we moved WEST.


More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}

{what was your last surprise?}

Day 2: celebrating the past 365 days

2 Jan

Here we are in Woodinville, Washington at the beautiful Willows Lodge.


I waited 365 days for this, to relax and unwind and celebrate my promise of 2011.
It’s my holiday spa-la-la-la if you will.

The lodge is located within a stone’s throw to numerous wineries (Chateau St. Michelle, Columbia, etc) and comes complete with spa services and yummy restaurants (The Barking Frog, Herbfarm and Redhook Brewery), plus, to top it all off, our room is scrumptious.

The showers have digital hot temperature sets and the hotel is so pet-friendly they even offer a doggy turn-down service.  (But we won’t tell Pup since we left him at home.)

My favorite, is the over-sized bathtub that looks into the bedroom with cozy fireplace. The tub is built at the perfect angle so you can watch TV while submerged in bubbles.

It works.
Believe me.
I tested it out.

I share all this only to prove one point — the importance of celebration.

I have a few celebrations lined up to reward myself for this past year of taking care of my head, heart, body and soul.

  • A few days at this special spa with my honey, Justin, whose support was unwavering this past year.
  • And then, of course, a personal-stylist-consulting-shopping-extravaganza with the one and only Holly Getty.

I promise to take you along for the ride.

But, tonight, I promised to share the rules for Year 2 of The Promise 365 (plus one leap year day of course, but who’s counting).

As I wrote yesterday, I am dedicating this year to LOVE.  That’s right, that four-letter word that runs the world.

The reason I am doing this is much deeper than just some lovey-dovey idealistic notion.  It’s actually pretty scary.

You see, over this past year I learned something simply profound:  there are only two forces in this world:

One is love.
The other, fear.

And, it got me thinking.  A lot.
What would it take for me to get over my fears?  Is it just a matter of love?  Could it really be that simple?

Well… this year we are going to find out.
So that’s it — over the next 365 days I have to face my fears.  Believe me, I have some fears that are everything from friendly (large crowds) to fierce (spiders). It scares me to death, but I know it will be worth it.

Oh, yeah, and write every single day.  As if that isn’t scary enough.

More tomorrow.
Until then, I hope you find some time to celebrate your past 365 days.
I will be over here floating from my facial.


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