Necessary Pauses

Summer in California

Now and then it’s good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. – Guillaume Apollinaire A whole summer has gone by. A summer of adventure, new experiences, ups and downs. A summer much like the spring and winter and autumn before it. Except I haven’t blogged as much in this season as I did in all the others. After

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Red, White, and New Memories

Fourth of July Weekend

Let us celebrate the occasion with wine and sweet words. – Plautus Well, we didn’t exactly start off our Fourth of July celebration with wine, but this mimosa was a delicious alternative. Plus, there was plenty of sweet words between sweet friends during a sweet, sunshine-filled weekend to make up for it. This past weekend was the perfect way to

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Walk to the Sound of Your Own Drum

Walk to the Beat of Your Own Drum

Really rejoice in being yourself. Have your own drumbeat. – Kim Cattrall We hear it all the time. “Be yourself, and you’ll be fine.” A common phrase, yes. It’s often heard before a big job interview, or when a parent drops his or her child off on the first day of school. It’s prevalence, however, does not make the phrase less true.

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Feeling at Home in a New City

Feeling at Home in a New City

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. – Jane Austen Comfort. For me, it’s probably the most important thing that a home can provide. And I’m not just talking about fluffy couches and oversized pillows. I’m talking about the feeling you get when you enter a space that contains some sort of calming, cozy, or balanced aspect.

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It’s All an Adventure

It's All an Adventure

If life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. – Eleanor Roosevelt The unpredictable nature of life is what makes it an adventure. Each new day brings a new opportunity for something to surprise us, inspire us, challenge us. This day brings the start of my adventure before the adventure. In a few hours, I’ll

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Taking Note of the Little Things

Appreciate the Little Things

When I was seventeen, I couldn’t wait to pack up my belongings and head to college. I was young, energetic, and totally in love with the idea of living on your own and being independent. Plus, I knew there’d be a dorm room to decorate. My entire family helped me move in that first day. I think my dog was there, too.

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Road Trip to the West Coast

Road Trip to the West Coast

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.  – Confucius It’s been an interesting few months. Since moving forward from my teaching career last October, I’ve really had some time to think, explore, and prepare for the changes to come. When it came down to it, deciding to make a career change was the best decision

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Hockey Playoffs & A Day With Dad

Hockey Playoffs and a day with dad

My family has always been a sports family. Growing up, I watched my brother pitch in his little league uniform every spring, and traveled to his hockey tournaments every winter. I loved every minute. My sister and I were usually found cheering him on behind home plate or in the stands of an ice rink – while sharing a hot

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Two Ways to St. Germain

St. Germain Elderflower liqueur

The French Elderflower liqueur is in full bloom with these springtime spirits. This season, I’m crushing on more than just tulips in a vase. Flowers have made their way into my cocktails, too. An all-natural product from France, St. Germain is a liqueur made from elderflower blossoms that grow in the French Alps. After an interesting creation process, which includes

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