2010 has come and gone. Wow, what a year it has been. As all of you know, I love to travel and the end of 2010 found me in bliss. In September to the middle of October, my husband and I visited London, York, the Cotswold’s, Oxford, Madrid, Segovia and Toledo. From the UK to Spain it was one hell of a ride. Then back to Los Angeles for a month and off to Maui Hawaii for Christmas break. The end of 2010 rang in 2011 with a whole lot of fun.
Now that we enter 2011, I am excited to see where this year brings me, what far off destination, what exciting new adventure awaits. Today I sit back and revisit my last few months with a big smile and a light heart. I believe one can never travel too much. To me, travel is the best source for an education. If one chooses to sink into the culture and drink up every moment, move on and drink from the fountain of life again and again, one can be the richest of all people. To allow yourself to step outside of your comfort zone and experience life is to fill your soul with the energy of this vast world and engage in mankind. This is how we become better, well-adjusted, tolerant, loving and giving human beings.
So now I will take a moment or two and think of all of my new friends, from the UK, to Spain from the island of Maui and my home in Los Angeles.
Happy New Year!
Soon we will be off to London and Spain once again. We will first visit London for about two weeks. This will be in part business and part pleasure. What I am most excited about is the shopping, the markets and visiting York.
We will spend our last weekend in York…the most haunted area in all of England…well that is what I am told. We will spend it with our two friends who moved to England from Los Angeles a little more than a year ago. This will be great. Haunted tours, beautiful and frightful history, and markets; oh how I love markets/
Then after two glorious weeks in London, our two American friends will travel with us to Madrid Spain. This will be our time to show Kevin and Tony around, enjoy great Spanish food and pastries and enjoy the laid back relaxed lifestyle of Spaniards.
1.Your presence is a present to the world.
2.You are unique and one of a kind.
3.Your life can be what you want it to be.
4.Take the days just one at a time.
5.Count your blessings, not your troubles.
6.You will make it through whatever comes along.
7.Within you are so many answers.
8.Understand, have courage, be strong.
9. Do not put limits on yourself.
10.So many dreams are waiting to be realized.
11.Decisions are too important to leave to chance.
12.Reach for your peak, your goal and you prize.
13.Nothing wastes more energy than worrying.
14.The longer one carries a problem the heavier it gets.
15.Do not take things too seriously.
16.Live a life of serenity, not a life of regrets.
17.Remember that a little love goes a long way.
18.Remember that a lot … goes forever.
19.Remember that friendship is a wise investment.
20.Life’s treasure are people together.
21.Realize that it is never too late.
22.Do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.
23.Have hearth and hope and happiness.
24.Take the time to wish upon a start.
AND DO NOT EVER FORGET ….
FOR EVEN A DAY
HOW VERY SPECIAL YOU ARE !
All these I KNOW…and yet, sometimes, in life we need to go through our own mistakes in order to realize who we aren’t ….
Today like every morning I started my day with a run around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. It was 8am and the heat was already a scorching 95 degrees, but what can you expect when you live in the dessert. As I got out of my car, I noticed that there were many more men running half naked than usual. Now, I am not one to complain about spending time with half naked, very young, and very hot men, but common. So I looked from afar, as I adjusted my IPod to just the right tunes and started on my run. About ten minuets or so the heat started to get to me. The sun was intense and beat down upon my face, like the heat from the flames under the backside of a skillet.
Ok should I continue or will a faint from heat exhaustion? As I stood still for a moment and contemplated my dilemma, a group of about 10 or so young bronze Gods ran past me shirtless and glistening from the sweat that poured down their chest from the intense summer sun. Ok I might be slightly older, but how can they run so fucking effortlessly in this heat while I feel like I could keel over at any moment. That is when I thought how unfair, men can run around half naked, when us women have to be covered up or we will be arrested or even worse kill our backs from our breast bobbing every which way. I am telling you, if there is a God, than he mostly is a man. Tomorrow the gym, nice and air conditioned.
Life is simply delicious! When I think about everything I have in my life I realize just how blessed I am. But tomorrow, July 8th is my 5th year anniversary. It feels like only yesterday I met and married my husband. He really is the best part of my life. I am more in love with him today then I was when we first married…if that is even possible.
I am one of the lucky ones. I married my best friend who I am head over heals mad about. I swear that every time I look at him my heart does little flip-flops and no it is not gas…this is the real thing.
I think why it works for us is the respect we have for one another. We completely respect each others individuality, dreams, passions and unique qualities that make us special. We both are very much responsible adults, but at the same time have not forgotten how to harness the child within and allow that inner child to come out and play. I would have to say though; I am more of the child in this relationship. I sometimes feel bad for my husband as I can embarrass him, but he is a good sport about it. We work hard and play hard and we never forget to play together.
I think why we work is we are going in the same direction. We look into the future together, not in separate directions. If I could give any advice on love it would be…find a mate that you respect, admire, see flaws but find those flaws unique qualities that make that person special, understand the way your mate ticks and know how to keep him or her charged, go in the same direction even if you have different dreams. When you fight do not raise your voice, call names, never threaten or put the person you love down, but listen and step back before you respond. In the morning always say I love you, have a great day and a kiss for the start of a new day. At night, a simple kiss, sweet dreams, a hug and I love you before you go to bed. Last but not least, ever forget to laugh; laughter is the key to success.
Happy Anniversary to the Love of my Life and my Best Friend
This past holiday weekend, me, my husband and about 20 of our friends spent the weekend in Malibu California. A very dear friend has an amazing home on a cliff overlooking the ocean.
When we arrived we drove up the mountainside to the gates of her home. The home was a beautiful Spanish style home with a modern twist. An artist herself, you felt as if you were walking through the doors of a masterpiece by Pablo Picasso. This home was a stunning array of color, a fusion of art, and an energy force to be reckoned with. From ceiling to floor the details were dramatic. White walls that showcased her favorite artist and friends, multi-colored tiles and geometric shapes graced the fire-places, counter-tops and swimming pool.
We were welcomed with open arms at the door of a master. She is as fabulous as the architecture that surrounds her. Born in China, raised in California, made in a world all of her fabulous self, Sue Wong, is grace, elegance, heart and soul. Standing only about 5’3 with a personality of a giant, this fasionista has more fierce energy than most people double in size.
The weekend pursued with delouse food, incredible conversation and laughter, wrapped up in love. Sue opened her home and her heart to her friends. We enjoyed barbecuing outside, sipping on margaritas and wine and enjoying sweets and even sweeter conversation from sunup to sundown, under the stars until the night came to a close.
Today is a new day, but it is filled with the sweet memories of great friends coming together in the pursuit if happiness.
Don’t you just love an afternoon lunch in Europe? I love people watching, seeing the streets fill with locals on their lunch break. Not to long ago, while my husband and I visited his family in Madrid Spain. We enjoyed what resembled a warehouse of restaurants and pubs. From end to end, and corner to corner there were shops of food, desserts and drinks.
The humming of people chatting each other up, the clinking of wine glasses being filled with tasty wines, and the satisfying look on everyone’s faces who were filling their bellies with delicious Spanish food surrounded us. I rarely see this in America. Usually during lunch I see people eating on the go, at their desk, or sitting one by one at a relatively quiet restaurant. But not here, it was loud and crowded and fantastic! People were talking over one another, laughing out loud, and although I could not understand a single word you knew by the look on their faces they were enjoying every second.
The one thing I love about Europe and especially Latin countries is their ability to enjoy life. Every meal is a new experienced to be savored. Life is not about always how many hours you put in at the office, but enjoying the time away, your family and friends. One of my dear friends who just moved back to Spain said something to me, “I forgot that you can still enjoy life and get your work accomplished.”