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Days 14 & 15~ And What Days They Have Been…

16 Jan

Day 14~ Dinner is at 10 pm.

I had dinner with a group of girlfriends on Saturday night at a restraunt (sort of) in West Hollywood.  None of us really understood what we were in for (or did they?), and the night was one to remember.  Forever.

What makes it so memorable?  Well, of course the laughter, the memories, the photos, and a video that better never leave a certain someones flip camera (Warning: Disco balls are bigger and heavier than they appear), but also the lessons learned, the insights shared, and the acceptance of what what is, and of who we are as women and Sisters.  True friendship is radically authentic and rich with lessons.  (Er, I mean, blessings.)

Gratitude for today, Day 14

1.  For comfortable shoes, and double trouble.  In West Hollywood, there is limited parking other than by permit, so we parked WAY south of the…restaurant.  I was grateful for the time spent catching up in the car ride together, and for the pre-party laughter on our walk from San Diego to West Hollywood.

(Ok, it wasnt that far, but still..)

2. For the LAST TABLE AVAILABLE for the night–apparently, someone didn’t make their reservation, and it was Reservation Only.

If we had not been gifted the last table, I never would have had that chololate molten lava cake with ice cream and hot fudge–man that was good.

And I would never have taken that great photo of Catherine with Marilyn Monroe.

(Or whoever that was.)

3. For friends who fly in from other places and remind you of how much you love where you live.  Being a Southern California resident has it’s disadvantages, most places do, but also like most other places, there are huge advantages, and it’s easy to forget how blessed we are until a fresh perspective shows up with the reminder.

I’m also grateful to understand that we take our personal culture with us–what we give out is what we attract.

4. For the opportunity to feel ABUNDANT gratitude for the female relationships I have in my life–women I’ll be playing cards with over Bloody Mary’s when we’re 85..

5. For my 5 best Sister-Friends in life.  I can count them on one hand, and call them at any hour.  I’m blessed beyond measure to be loved by some of the most astounding women on the planet.

Even if I do snort when I laugh, eat dessert first, and have our retirements planned out for us all…


Gratitude for Today, Day 15


1. For “Free Days”.  Sunday is traditionally my “Free Day” (thank you Jack Canfield), and a day I reserve for reflection, connection and family.

2. For how much there still is yet to learn.

3. For antique linens in a box at the back of the garage–they still smell like Nana’s house.

4. For bedtime stories…I wonder how long I went on before he fell asleep.

5. For the things kids say.

Just before I tucked him in and opened the book, he said, “Mommy, can you pull my tooth out?”

“No, it’s not ready yet”, I said.

And he said, “Well, it may not be ready, but I am!”


Ultimately, I convinced him to wait a day or two (or five), but I love his fearless gusto.


What are you grateful for today?


Write it down, make a list, send a thank you note, log the gifts in a daily gratitude journal–invite Joy into your life.  Joy is in fact, your birthright.



Day 7 – He had me at “Meow”.

8 Jan

If you started with me 7 days ago, then you’ve got 35 Self Inspired reasons to celebrate your life today ~ And do you notice yourself seeking out the blessings? Do already feel a shift in your perspective? Do you find you’re more in tune to the good in your life?

I’ve been journaling since I was a child (I still remember my mother buying me my first diary at drugstore called Sprouse Ritz on Ocean Ave, in Laguna when I was about 7 or 8 years old. It had a small lock, 2 golden keys, and Holly Hobby on the front). As an adult, my diary grew into a Gratitude Journal; I know firsthand the power of our own thoughts, words and attention. We really do write our own story—some cards are dealt to us (that’s life) but most of it, we choose, and whether it’s dealt, or chosen, the lens you see it through, is up to you.

And if you’re just joining in, then welcome! You’re right on time.

What are you grateful for today?


Blessings for Today, Day 7

1. Saturdays. I love Saturdays.

2. The things that kids say:

7 yr old Sprout- “Mom, I need to sell some of my toys.”

Me- “Why would you want to sell some of your toys”

7 yr old Sprout- “Well, some are for babies, and besides, I could use the money.”

Me- “What do you need money for?”

7 yr old Sprout- “I’m saving for a vacation. You can come with me if you want to.”

I’m still unsure where we’re headed.

3. Shirley Temples with extra cherries

4. The cat next door. (I miss my cat—I’m so grateful that the fur-guy next door is such a love, with his one eye, and his crooked tail—he had me at “Meow”.)

5. Hot-rollers. Today was my second attempt. I couldn’t go out anywhere afterwards, but I think I’m getting better at it, and practice makes perfect.

Thank God.


Tell me, tell me…what are you grateful for today?