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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 65 :: the joy of womanhood

8 Mar
{femme forward}

Happy International Women’s Day. 

What joy it is to be a woman. It’s also full of hormonal highs and lows, the most excruciating heartbreaks and incredibly heartwarming moments the world could ever offer. There are days of intuitiveness and powerful conquering of mountains and molehills and everything in between.

Everyone’s experience is unique and different. And yet, it’s a huge circle of so many interrelated things.

And it’s so worth the ride. What joy it is to be a woman.

More tomorrow…


{embrace the joy}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 213 :: magic moments

9 Aug

Day 213: Beauty.

I’m sitting here thinking about magical moments. I’ve had quite a magical day. I’m watching the Olympics, appreciating the magical moments these athletes are experiencing, as all the days they have been living most of their life for unfolds in this moment.

And then I’m appreciating the magical moments I share with the women in my life – my aunt, my nieces, and my mom’s best friend. From moments of shopping, trying on bathing suits to giggling like little girls with little girls.

There is magic that happens when women get together. Even if it’s just shopping. There is magic all around us.

Pure magic.

More tomorrow.

P.S. And now I yoga!

{magical moments}

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 68 :: women’s history month

9 Mar

Day 68. American Pie.

Yesterday was International Women’s Day. And March is Women’s History Month.

But today I had the pleasure of lunching with a 96-year-old woman who has lived more history than most of us can imagine. 96! Years! Old!

She was beautiful. And shining and brilliant – and even though she walks with a cane she had more poise and strength than most people I run into. On her 96th birthday she was surprised by friends and family with a birthday party, and today she told me that she hasn’t had a party on her birthday since she was 4-years old.

That’s a long time to wait if you ask me. But the wait must have been worth it because this woman was so alive. She told me she not only has children, and grandchildren, but she also has great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren!

And that’s something to celebrate. It has me thinking a lot about birthdays, and longevity, and surprises.

This same, amazing, 96-year-old also told me a story about how her niece one day out of the blue left a note on her door, asking her if she wanted pie for breakfast.

I wonder how many of us can do that? Not just eat pie for breakfast, but go out of our way to invite the elder mentor women in our lives to enjoy a sweet treat — just because. It makes me want to go leave a note on somebody’s door. It makes me want to eat more pie!

My 96-year-old friend, of course, said yes to the pie — which has me hoping and wishing that could be the secret to a long life!  Or maybe it is more surprise parties? But probably, it has more to do with showing up, shiny and brilliant, celebrating the history we are creating each and every day of our lives.

Then, again… it could be the pie.

More tomorrow.

P.S. Yoga next!

{who are you celebrating?}

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2014 BLOG – DAY 84 :: happy birthday, GLORIA!

25 Mar

Today is an amazing day. Gloria Steinem turns eighty. All I can say is wow – I hope I look this good at 80!

Of course, what I really mean to say is what an amazing life. What an amazing woman. What an amazing leader, visionary, do-er and dreamer.

While I can’t get the song Gloria out of my mind, I also can’t help but wonder if she knows how many lives she has touched over 80 years.

Here’s to you, Gloria. Thank you for the wisdom and inspiration.
Happy Birthday.

Singing Gloria!

More tomorrow.

{who inspires you?}

Day 83: f*ing friday :: fire it up

23 Mar

It’s F*ing 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 Free Food. 

Today’s F*ing Friday is dedicated to the word:
Fire it up.

As in, passion.

Tonight, I led a Women on Fire Tea at Cottey College.

It was significant for me because it my first time leading a Women on Fire Tea.

But, even MORE significant is the fact that the tea was for young women at my alma mater, Cottey College.

I am so impressed with and on fire about these young women.

Tonight’s tea was dedicated to Debbie Phillips ~ the founder of Women on Fire ~ who was also leading a tea in New York City at the exact same time we gathered around our table in Nevada, Missouri.

And, I think that’s the special magic of being a Woman on Fire.
To be connected, over years, miles and a mission.
To share dreams, passions, goals, yearnings and unfounded joy.
To weep, laugh and cry.
To honor and applaud each other as we all take the next step – together.

It’s somewhat ironic to me that the room where we gathered tonight was in a building called the Women’s Leadership Center.

But, it’s no surprise that floating above, throughout the entire night, shining towards us all, was a sparkling, colorful, glowing…

May we all help each other grow wings, fire it up and fly. 

Day 272: taking a shot

29 Sep

I’m feeling a bit under the weather today, so my new friend Carrie Saba, who met me for breakfast while I am visiting Columbus, Ohio for the fabulous Women on Fire Day (tomorrow!!!), suggested I try something new.

A shot with a chaser.
Of wheatgrass followed by an orange slice.

They say wheatgrass juice provides the nutritional equivalent of 2 and 1/2 pounds of leafy green vegetables. It is also said to:

– increase red blood cell count

– act as an anti inflammatory

– rejuvenate the body

– reduce high blood pressure

So I took a double shot!
Who knows if it helped my head cold today or my body?  But, it sure was fun to try something new.

And, I can tell you what really eased my head, heart and soul today — connecting with a new friend.  Thank you Carrie!  It was so wonderful to spend time in your sunshine.

Thank you for introducing me to a fun new place (North Market) and thank you for listening and laughing too.

As I sit here tonight typing away, on the eve of Women on Fire Day, I can’t help but wonder about all the new friendships that will spark tomorrow in the presence of open hearts, warm, wonderful, and super dynamic women.

There’s one thing I do know for sure: it’s always worth taking a shot at making new friends.

Fireworks await.

Day 68: pup n’ boots

9 Mar

Packing successful.
Sweater, check!
Stockings, check!
Suits, check!

Shopping, check! —-> I mean, noooooo.
No Shopping, check!

I am officially packed for snow.
Maybe with my rain boots instead of snow boots, but they will do.  Boots and all, nothing new was purchased. Whew!

I had a little help of course from my friend Pup.
He didn’t like the idea of a bag being packed without his supervision.

If only he knew where I was going.
If he knew I am traveling to the S.N.O.W. zone of Michigan — something that this little fellow for all his lying around in the sun, loves — he might be whining instead of wagging.

I feel pretty lucky actually.
I get to hang out with Ms. Debbie Phillips for an entire weekend at the R.E.N.E.W. event in Alpena, Michigan, where she is the keynote speaker.  Set up in part by a very dear Woman on Fire, Ms. Mary Ellen Jones, this weekend is all about transformation.

Are you ready for a little transformation?
Spring is almost here (officially March 20)
Daylight savings is just around the corner too (this Sunday)

I actually read about some transformation statistics today on DailyWorth:
It includes a link to the US government issued “Women in America: Indicators of Social and Economic Well-Being.”

In just a few decades, women are now earning more college degrees and graduate degrees than men. Women do more volunteer work and they still living longer than men.

But, there are some pretty sad facts too.
Along with lower wages and more depression, women seem to have some heavy lifting to do towards equality.

So here’s my thought of the day:
I believe transformation can be fast.

The first report on women was issued in 1962.
The next will be issued around 2060.

As I do my final packing for the R.E.N.E.W. conference,
I can’t help but wonder where women will be in another 49 years.

My hope is we all (men and women) are headed for brighter days.
With a lot less baggage to carry around.
(really cute boots excluded of course!)

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