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27 Dec


Even my niece Scout is done with Holiday parties!

 Sweet baby jesus did we do some running around this holiday season. I wouldn’t necessarily say it was a relaxing weekend but we did have loads of fun! It seriously feels like we celebrated Christmas a million times but there are some perks to this- lots of great meals, baked goodies, wine and presents. My holiday gifts this year totally cracked me up! They were all so domestic. I guess that’s how you know you are almost 30…when your holiday gifts go domestic. We got bedding, knives, a new French press and more cook books then I know what to do with! Thank God I have the week off to read them all. Brian also got a leopard print snuggie as a gag gift and I am in love with it. Genius idea I tell you.

The holiday breakdown goes like this…

Thursday night we kicked off our holiday weekend with a dinner in Pasadena (an easy 2hour drive in holiday traffic) to celebrate my Dad and Pamela’s 23rd wedding anniversary! It was a perfect evening other than the traffic! It’s fun to celebrate great couples and I happen to think my Dad and Pamela are one of the great ones.  I was also happy to have Brian finally meet Pamela’s family. After Thursday night I can safely say that if you are related to me and live in California you have met Brian.

On Christmas eve we went to Brian’s parents house for dinner and let me tell you this dinner does not disappoint. They have been hosting a Christmas Eve dinner for their friends for 36 years. What a lovely tradition huh? Last year was my first Christmas eve  there and I was happy to be back for round two. Great people, great conversation, great food, great wine and lots of laughs.

On Christmas morning we made the rounds separately (we HAD to divide and conquer or we would have hurt somebody’s feelings) and spent the evening at my mom and Irv’s house. Irv made the most incredible brisket…seriously it’s to die for ( I will have to ask him to teach me this recipe for the blog). After our delectable dinner and a gift opening session we hit the movies to see “Sherlock Holmes”. The movie theatre was crazy of course but it was a perfect way to end the day…in the dark…and not having to speak. Kidding.

Our last celebration was at my cousin Jo Jo’s for boxing day. This is the party where most people need a diagram to figure out the family connections. A blended family to say the least. This was also the party that Aunt Paule asked me to make her Kugel for and I was a touch nervous. It’s a big deal to be passed the Kugel baton in my family! But, I have to admit it was a hit…every last drop of it was eaten. I’d say Christmas was a success!

When Brian and I got home last night and were so exhausted from the weekend. All we did was lie around on the couch and watch Tv (me in my new leopard snuggie of course).

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2 Dec


What inspired me this week?

My morning walks on the beach

The movie “Like Crazy”– what an honest film about love

A note I received from this adorable 15-year-old blogger. She said- “I really love your blog”. How cool that a 15-year-old girl likes my blog. So sweet! Just wait…pretty soon you’ll be almost 30 too!

this note from the universe

Taking massive action on massive dreams amidst massive uncertainties, Kate, is pretty much where everyone had to start. 
And then things got way easier. 
Massive love,
The Universe

This Flock of Seagulls song…it’s been in my head all week…

What am I grateful for this week?

Movie date nights with my 16-year-old brother. He’s a great date.

M street Fleur de sel chocolate chip cookies – Why oh why did I have to discover you?!

Lazy weekends

Sleeping 10 hours two nights in a row (it’s true and I wasn’t drugged!)

What surprised me this week?

How easy life can be when you stop thinking it’s so hard.

What a bad connect four player Brian is or better yet I’ll say what a fabulous connect four player I am!! The score was 8 / 2 . It was ugly.


“Then let’s build you a net.”

Maggi Scharf


30 Aug

I LOVE a good vision board! Nothing gets me more excited for what’s to come than imaging it in detail. For those of you who don’t know what a vision board is it may sound a little silly and I may sound a little crazy (especially after yesterday’s post stating I wanted to be Gwyneth Paltrow in my 30’s). But, I am going to risk ridicule and share it with you because I find vision boards to be a brilliant tool for gaining a clear focus on what I want to bring into my life.

A vision board is simply a visual representation or collage of the things that you want to have, be, or do in your life. It consists of a poster or foam board with cut-out pictures, drawings and/or writing on it of the things that you want in your life or the things that you want to become. The purpose of a vision board is to activate the Law of Attraction to begin to pull things from your external environment that will enable you to realize your dream. I feel like 365 til 30 is one big vision board for what I want to attract in my life.

The picture above is the vision board I made 8 months ago when I had no idea I would start 365 til 30 but when I look at the images on the board I see my 29th year in clear focus…I see 365 til 30.

{How To Make Your Own Vision Board}


Compile your pictures. Start by going through magazines and compiling all the pictures that you can find that are relevant to your goals. Don’t evaluate the pictures or start pasting them onto your board. Just stack them into a pile. Make sure that each image that you put on your board resonates with your heart and makes you excited at the mere look of it. It’s also important when selecting pictures to include anything that is congruent with your goal, such as any changes in your life that might result from obtaining your goal. So if your goal is to have a six figure income, then select pictures of a lifestyle that is congruent with your six figure income. Asking yourself the following questions might help you design a congruent vision board:

What would you do differently when you realize your goal?
Where would you travel?
Where would you live?
What would you wear?
What things would you own?
What kind of vehicle would you drive?
What would you do for work?…Or would you work?
Who would you help?


Sort and Cut. Go through your pile of pictures and select the ones that impact you the most emotionally. Cut the extraneous material away from the image.


Arrange and glue. Start arranging your pictures creatively on your board. Don’t worry about being artistic—that’s not the point. The point is that your board should resonate with your emotions. Arrange your pictures in a way that gives you an emotional connection to your vision board. After you are satisfied with the arrangement, glue all your pictures in place. Additionally, you might want to add writing or drawing on your vision board if you feel that it would better resonate with your emotions.


Strategic positioning. The most important part of having a vision board is having it in a strategic location that gives you as much visual exposure to it throughout the day. For most of us, this is in the office, but if that is not possible or appropriate, then try your living room or your bedroom. Some people I know mount their vision boards on the ceiling above their bed so that it is the first thing they see when they wake up and the last thing they see when they go to sleep. If you are sensitive to what others might say of your vision board, then be sure to keep it in a safe area where only you will see it. Negative criticism or justification of your dreams can kill the energy that your vision board releases.


Update your vision board. Your vision board has to inspire you. It has to charge you with renewed passion every time you look at it and over time and as you progress closer towards your vision, you might find that some of the images or pictures on your vision board don’t really carry as much emotional impact on you as they did before. When this happens, you’ll want to update your vision board with new fresh images that do inspire you. You’re vision board is not a finished piece of art after its initial creation. It’s a dynamic piece of art that shifts and changes as your vision shifts and changes. Therefore, if you find your level of passion that your vision board gives you is growing weaker, then update it to bring fresh new emotions to it.

{Steps found on selfgrowth.com}

{I made my last vision board in a class with my amazing life coach…Maggi Sharf .Seriously, she changed my life. Trust me try her!}


“Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions”

Albert Einstein


22 Jul


Week 2’s “Inspiration, Gratitude & Surprises”  from a very tired, sweaty and Chardonnay sipping girl sitting at the Fernwood Grill, Big Sur.

-What inspired me this week?-

A session with my life coach Maggi (www.maggischarf.com).

Conversations with Rachel (www.onepartgypsy.com) about future dinner parties, dogs, Thailand and life.

The music filled scenic drive up the 1 highway to Big Sur.

-What am I grateful for this week?-

My first camping experience with my best friend and lover (and guy to my right sipping beer)

The fact that my sister Brooke (really second cousins) is moving back to LA.

My sweet friend Ari.

-What surprised me this week?-

The fact that Brian and I completed a 8 mile hike today…I even carried a heavy (I think) backpack!!

How in love I was with old town Cayucos.

How handy Brian is in the wilderness…he even put fire gloves on at one point to handle our campfire.

How cold Big Sur is in the summer (could be because I am sleeping in a tent)

How quickly a majestic redwood forest can turn into a bug ridden den.

The fact I am getting wireless service when I can’t even get cell service.


“In order to change our way of thinking about the environment, a deeper change has to happen within us”

Yehuda Berg