Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Got through Christmas.
The New Year is here.
I haven't felt like I've been shining as you know from previous posts.
One of the thoughtful gifts I received over the holiday season was from my Young Living mentor, Becky. She formulated this wonderful (see picture) perfume in honor of mutual friend who passed away and included with this was the dearest note and two motivational books. The perfume is called "Diamond Dust" after Elizabeth Diamond. Becky posted to me "wear it and shine". And that I will do.
It is really important who you surround yourself with. And my Young Living family has been such a blessing to me in so many ways. Grateful!
I will make them proud of me this year.

Monday, December 18, 2017

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like....

So many Christmas' of past have been challenging. In looking back there is no way to weigh which are worse in some kind of top 10 list. But honestly like many people I want this time of year to be one of celebration, cheer, and... generosity. This year we have had so much occur and in just the last couple months it has been things like termites, our porch falling apart (and needing to be demolished), a skunk in our wall (spraying just about every night), and I can go on - and on. All of that which costs money to be taken care of in a year where I have felt fluctuation in my business that I am still working on and on and on.
And I read things about gratitude, positive thinking, and all that jazz. Stuff I really do believe in. But sometimes you also get tired of the gratitude, positive thinking, and all that jazz... and cry. It is December 18, we have no tree, no decorations up. And every year my husband gets so excited over the oodles and oodles of gifts I have wrapped for him under the tree. But this year so far there are just a few small things of which I have bought for him mainly from doing extra side jobs like online surveys. It pains me more than I can put into words to disappoint him. Tomorrow I shop for Hennessy's Christmas gifts thanks to PetCo and the $40 in Pal Rewards they were so kind to gift to me due to a shipping and technical mix up on her last food order.
I want things a certain way.
And just don't see them being that way this year.
My sister, aunt, and several friends have mailed gifts to Jim, Hennessy, and me already - and this year I do not know when I will be able to gift them in the way I would like. Even mailing cards to clients, friends, and family seems unlikely this year.
I want to be the powerful all mighty positive grateful force to be reconded with, but at the moment of writing this blog tonight I would not be honest with any of you if I preached that stuff when I am not feeling it.
Less than a week til Christmas.
We'll see what the week brings.
In the meantime, I want to end this wallowing post on a few notes of gratitude.
I am grateful to have the bestest smartest cutest dog in the entire universe as my dogauter.
I am grateful for a husband who gets me and still loves me. He is the greatest husband in the entire universe.
I am grateful for Starbucks hot chocolates (made vegan with almondmilk of course).
I am grateful for Yogaglo.
I am grateful for Young Living Essential Oils.
I am grateful for LA Kings hockey (and tonight's win).
Happy New Moon!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Magic of a PetCo Santa

The title of this blog is well...
A bit sarcastic.
Hennessy is my fur kid so every year since our first together in 2006 we have gone to see Santa wherever he is taking holiday photos with dogs. She's never been overly fond of the big red furry man, but she is always a good sport for me. And in thinking about it yesterday it amused me to think  when I have her do things with me like photos with Santa, the LA Kings Ice Crew, selfies, etc - those things just do not matter to her. It really is something to contemplate - the example and life lessons from Hennessy are significant - and she is never wrong!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

My Husband's Birthday

The above pictures are from my husband's birthday on Friday! We spent the morning having breakfast with dear friends, went for a hike in the afternoon, and I made his favorite meal for dinner. When I reflect on the insanity and unpredictability of the world and life, I am reminded of just how important it is to spend days like we did on Friday - celebrating my awesome generous caring funny husband. The amount of future catch up, people pestering me for answers on work stuff, cleaning up the house, etc isn't what is valuable... it is the time spent with those you love! Happy Birthday Jim!!!

Monday, October 23, 2017

The Streak Ended

Boo! Skipped Zumba tonight to cheer on my LA Kings but we lost and our winning streak ended. I know it is the beginning of the season and not realistic that we'd win every single game all season long - but a girl can dream! We got Ottawa up tomorrow. And it is going to be another triple digit day in the Lemon. Do I skip Zumba again? Go Kings Go!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

What Matters Most

This past year has been challenging for many. And in the daily upsets, grips, changes, and upheaval - the one thing that is my personal constant is my family (shown above in pumpkin form): me, Jim, and Hennessy. Grateful for love; thoughtfulness; playful times. And in that there is peace (or at least the light of it) when things are blah.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

2017 LA Kings 5K

The Annual LA Kings 5K (and this year also a 10K) to me is like the pre-beginning of the hockey season every year. This year's race took place on September 9. It benefits the Hydrocephalus Association. For the past 4 years my husband, dog, and I have participated. Hennessy gets her picture taken with the ice crew every year.

And I see how many Kings players I can get tongued tied talking to (though this year I got more tongue tied talking to Jeff Carter's wife then I did him since I really admire her work in animal rescue).

My husband runs the race (and always does incredibly); Hennessy and I walk (and always lag along enjoying the morning).

Tomorrow is officially opening night of the new hockey season. I am nervous. So many changes in the organization this year from coaches to players. I'll be watching! I may be yelling at times. I'll be cheering.... Go Kings Go!