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Finished another of the Emily Giffin book series titled, “Love The One You’re With.” It’s easy reading, but I appreciated the last few sentences of the book about love. This Thursday is Valentine’s Day — one of the top commercial holidays — but a reminder to express your love to those closest to you. Hope it’s a day we all take to not only appreciate those around us, but to give ourselves some much needed love, appreciation, and ‘me’ time!

Just as I decided never to confess…how close I came to losing everything. Instead, I hold that day deep within myself, as a reminder that love is the sum of our choices, the strength of our commitments, the ties that bind us together.”

I want to underline the point that struck true for me:

Love is

the sum of our choices,

the strength of our commitments,

the ties that bind us together.”

Yep!

Sunrise

Denver Sunrise (photo is my own)

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20-12 wasn’t the year for my blog. Clearly, the year had huge time gaps where I posted nothing at all. But I’d like to think it was because I focused more on LIVING. I did miss the writing though. Capturing the moments through the year that inspired me, drove me, or were just plain cool.

 

So here’s my attempt to do 20-12 right and quickly share the top 12 moments for this year. 12 moments, for 12 months, for the year ’12. It’s never too late, so I’m taking charge and getting it done just under the wire πŸ™‚

Cheers and Happy New Year! See you next year.

 

Annual College Girls Reunion in Memphis!

Annual College Girls Reunion in Memphis!

Hiking up the tallest dune in the Great Sand Dune National Park.

Hiking up the tallest dune in the Great Sand Dune National Park.

My friend Jen and I having brunch in the Space Needle with 360-degree views of Seattle! Unbelievable.

My friend Jen and I having brunch in the Space Needle with 360-degree views of Seattle! Unbelievable.

Best shrimp truck in all of Oahu... Giovanni's.

Best shrimp truck in all of Oahu… Giovanni’s.

Trying something for the first time - sea kayaking. Harder than I thought and a great team building exercise for a relationship :)

Trying something for the first time – sea kayaking. Harder than I thought and a great team building exercise for a relationship πŸ™‚

Meeting Jaws at Universal Studios. Duh-Nuh...

Meeting Jaws at Universal Studios. Duh-Nuh…

Best theme park ever! It really is the most magical place on Earth. Disneyland!!!

Best theme park ever! It really is the most magical place on Earth. Disneyland!!!

Another first... letting the Sea World flamingos  nibble my hair! Apparently it's their way of helping me groom myself. They were gentle and quietly 'honked' while doing it. Classic.

Another first… letting the Sea World flamingos nibble my hair! Apparently it’s their way of helping me groom myself. They were gentle and quietly ‘honked’ while doing it. Classic.

My Laguna Beach sunset. Chased down and well worth it.

My Laguna Beach sunset. Chased down and well worth it.

Stomping grapes and touring Napa Valley wineries to ring in the big 3-0. Couldn't have asked for more for my special day celebrated with family!

Stomping grapes and touring Napa Valley wineries to ring in the big 3-0. Couldn’t have asked for more for my special day celebrated with family!

New York City at Christmas time was incredible. A 5-day work trip mixed with classic NYC moments...a great ending.

New York City at Christmas time was incredible. A 5-day work trip mixed with classic NYC moments…a great ending.

As fun as it is to look back, it's more exciting to look forward! From my family to yours, have a safe New Year.

As fun as it is to look back, it’s more exciting to look forward! From my family to yours, have a safe New Year.

 

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I’ve never been afraid to be dorky, laugh at myself, and be silly. It’s one of the things I like the most about myself. I don’t have to be mature or “act my age.” People often forget to be silly, use our imaginations and to just PLAY!

Something I’ll always remember from my childhood… Dr. Seuss.

When I was in Orlando this summer, I took a moment to appreciate the great Dr. Seuss area of the park. It brought back so many memories. My grandparents giving my brother and I a Dr. Seuss book to learn to read and enjoy. Loving the rhymes and characters. Even graduating high school, where many of us 18-year-olds got “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” and we believed it. Not even fully comprehending the meaning of that book until much later in our lives.

So don’t forget to play, and have fun, and to not be afraid to just be a kid at heart! Your soul will thank you too.

Green Eggs and Ham

The Cat in the Hat

That crazy cat

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Dr. Seuss books, most likely lead to my love of reading as a young child to an adult

What’s your favorite Dr. Seuss book? My vote is for “Oh, The Places You’ll Go”

 

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Just came across this video and I have to say I completely agree. Often times when I hear people (or myself) complain,Β it feels ridiculous. We’ve become such a spoiled rotten society. We don’t appreciate what we have, we only focus on the things we don’t have. In a constant state of “I need.”

I catch myself saying it all the time. Then when challenged with, “do you really need it?” The answer is always most certainly “no.” So how did we get to this place? Why is our focus so off?

Last year, I came up with an idea for an e-book, titled “We’re Missing It” and the concept (still in my head at this point) is similar to this interview with Louis C.K.

Take a look and let me know what you think.

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I read Gretchen Rubin‘s blog, The Happiness Project, and especially love her thought-provoking, happiness-understanding ways. It’s fascinating how happiness is something that everyone pursues, yet it can be achieved and destroyed so differently.

Have you ever watched the CBS show Sunday morning?

It’s old school, however I love it! The show’s format is similar to how I see the format when reading a magazine… fascinating stories on topics you never realized could be so interesting, long enough to really do the topic/subject justice and utterly relaxing. Plus, it showcases pictures/art/sculptures, you name it, of the sun. All submitted by viewers, how cool is that. Oh, and my other favorite part, the last few minutes of every show they transport you to another location and allow you to experience it by listening and watching. There aren’t any words spoken, just breathtaking sounds and sights, it’s peaceful and makes you stop and appreciate this world.

A recent Sunday Morning episode is about happiness. They speak to Gretchen Rubin to hear her findings from experiences and she simply says:

The key to happiness is strong relationships with other people…Show up…Take the time to show up.”

As I’ve gotten older, I realize how true this statement is. Connections are what make us happy. Sure, you can be happy on your own. I’m a huge fan of “me time.” But relationships with family and friends, even colleagues, tend to make us happy. I love the simplicity of her statement, “show up.” It will be a phrase I bring to life in my everyday happenings. I commit to showing up.

Are you taking the time, nah, making the time to show up?

P.S. – What’s also fun is that Boulder, CO is revealed to be the #1 city in the country where people are the happiest. As a current Denver resident, I believe it’s the Colorado lifestyle overall that allows people to be happier here (300 days of sunshine, the beautiful Rocky Mountains, and an active lifestyle), but the sense of community of Boulder is where its unique.

 

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I’m not sure if it’s the tune or how well done the video is, but I love Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” video. It instantly puts me in a good mood. I even find myself swaying and snapping my fingers πŸ™‚ So on this Monday, here’s to jammin’ out to good music, to whatever sets your day off on a good note, make it happen.

What song instantly gets you in a great mood? It’s Music Monday after all.

 

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When you look good, you feel good. And when you feel good, you look good. So…

SMILE!

TED Talk: The hidden power of smiling by Ron Gutman

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