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I just finished the fifth of the Emily Giffin book series, Heart of the Matter, and like the others I couldn’t put it down. The other thing this book has in common with the others are little nuggets that I find interesting, compelling or thought-provoking.

The book series seems to focus on relationships and the ebbs and flows that occur in our lives.

The books are entertaining, easy reads, but still if one can glean little nuggets from fiction stories that can apply in the real world, than a-okay.

 

I think of how each person in a marriage owes it to the other to find individual happiness, even in a shared life. That this is the only real way to grow together, instead of apart.”

 

Heart of the Matter book cover

Heart of the Matter book cover

It’s funny how as you get older, you learn how important knowing yourself is. I believe it’s important to find your own happiness, find the person that accepts you for who you are including your individual happiness, and then bring that happiness into the relationship. I appreciate how this book says it eloquently. Something I plan to remember.

 

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We Need a Pep Talk

You may have seen this online, but it’s too good not to post, in the chance that you haven’t gotten a pep talk yet.

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I love TED and the many speakers they bring in to discuss various topics.

This one is from General Colin Powell and it’s about how structure helps kids grow up smarter and become their best.

Kids need the gift of a good start…They need to be a part of a tribe, community, family…There are kids that can make it, if you give them structure…All of us have to have a commitment to do that…We have to invest in our future.”

Some good insight from General Powell and worth the watch.

Always be looking for that which you do well and that which you love doing, and when you find those two things together — man, you got it.”

Thanks for the perspective and good advice. What do you think? Do kids need structure?

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I don’t know about you, but I tend to like some of the more quirky artists because they’re just that. I like Lady Gaga because she takes her own creative interpretation on fashion, music, lyrics, appearances and more. She pushes the boundaries of traditional thinking, sure, but I believe she’s living what she wants and not doing it simply for attention. I’m sure attention-seeking is part of it though.

A unique fashion choice

     A unique fashion choice, but only she can rock it the way she does!

 

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Sometimes there are artists who take this creativity to how they present their music in a video — enter Gotye featuring Kimbra and their hit song “Sombody That I Used to Know.” It could quickly be deemed odd or weird, but there’s something about it that to me is amazing, genius and open for discussion.

 

If you haven’t seen it yet, take a look and let me know what you think. Let’s discuss! Creative or Attention-seeking artists?

 

 

 

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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 🙂

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 🙂

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’m convinced that there are rare moments in our lives that if we pay close attention, we are given a glimpse of what is ahead of us. This may sound crazy, but when I was on a road trip in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park, I swore a lake we’d come across was exactly what I envisioned heaven to look like… without the mosquitos 🙂

See for yourself and tell me what you think…

 

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A Daily OM to remember perspective

Hidden Treasure 
Finding Another Vantage Point

Seeing the world from another perspective can introduce you to all sorts of hidden treasures.


The ocean can look very different, depending on whether you are standing at the shore, soaring above in a plane, or swimming beneath its waves. Likewise, a mountain can look very different relative to where you are standing. Each living thing sees the world from its unique vantage point. While from your window you may be seeing what looks like a huge shrub, a bird in its nest is getting an intimate view of that tree’s leafy interior. Meanwhile, a beetle sees only a massive and never-ending tree trunk. Yet all three of you are looking at the same tree.

Just as a shadow that is concealed from one point of view is easily seen from another, it is possible to miss a fantastic view. That is, unless you are willing to see what’s in front of you through different eyes. Seeing the world from another perspective, whether spatially or mentally, can introduce you to all sorts of hidden treasures. The root of the discovery process often lies in finding another way of looking at the world. The common human reaction to insects is one example. Spinning its web in a dark corner, a spider may seem drab, frightening, and mysterious. But seen up close weaving silver snowflakes between the branches of a tree, they can look like colored jewels.

Sometimes, there are experiences in life that from your vantage point may seem confusing, alarming, or worrisome. Or there may be events that look insignificant from where you are standing right now. Try seeing them from another point of view. Bury your face in the grass and look at the world from a bug’s vantage point. Explore your home as if you were a small child. Take a ride in a small aircraft and experience the world from a bird’s eye view. Just as kneeling down sometimes helps you see more closely when you are looking for lost treasure, so can standing back help you appreciate the broader picture of what you are looking at. In doing so, you’ll experience very different worlds.


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