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inspiration, gratitude & surprises

1 Aug


We are off on another weekend getaway with the Garahan’s! This time we are going camping. I’ve definitely warmed up to the whole idea of paying to sleep in the dirt since the first time I camped with Brian in Big Sur a few years ago. This will be my third time camping (last year we did Mammoth with Mike & Loni). This weekend we choose a campground a little closer to home and are heading to Ojai. Considering camping was on Brian’s “summer to do list” I know he’s very excited about the next few days. Surprisingly, I’m actually looking forward to it too. Nothing better for the soul then a little nature, right?

what inspired me this week?

I saw the movie “Boyhood” and simply loved it! Such a beautiful and poetic film. I think Richard Linklater is a genius

 “Things don’t happen to you- they happen for you”

this quote…”Two things define you. Your patience when you have nothing, and your attitude when you have everything.” – unknown

This weeks project 30 post

what am I grateful for this week?

the arrival of baby Liam

Erin Haslag for letting me know about the brilliant website Skillshare. What an amazing resource. I’ve already watched a bunch of online classes on photography. love

what surprised me this week?

when I received a bill from my the surgeon who performed my gallbladder surgery for 63,000….yes 63,000!! After I had a full blown panic attack, I called his office, only to learn that they had made a mistake and forgot to include my insurance. I actually owe 0…yes 0. Seriously, they could have killed me!


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inspiration, gratitude & surprises

24 Jan


what inspired me this week?

this quote another blogger shared…

Whenever you start guiding yourself by caring about how you feel, you
start guiding yourself back into your Stream of Source Energy, and that’s
where your clarity is; that’s where your joy is; that’s where your flexibility
is; that’s where your balance is; that’s where your good ideas come from.
That’s where all the good stuff is accessed from.
— Abraham-Hicks

29 ways to stay creative

a session with a possible new life coach

putting together a book club with some of my favorite ladies. first up- the goldfinch 

spending time with my new little sister

compiling a list of inspiring ladies to approach to do the project 30 q & a

what am I grateful for this week?

we booked our honeymoon to Vietnam and Bali! April 24th-May 17th!

my momma for being the best grandma a pup could have…she takes frankie on dates when I have to work long days.

I finally finished our wedding thank you cards.

frank…that little guy can brighten the shittiest of days

white roses

candles…seriously, I can’t imagine a world without candles

my girlfriend Jen for always saying the right thing

my little brother returned safely from his three-week adventure in Australia…meaning his overbearing sister can now breathe a little lighter

my husband…always my husband

what surprised me this week?

I’m going to go with when Brian dropped coral paint all over our concrete patio

meeting new neighbors that I like

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project 30 – bianca

24 Sep


Bianca, 36

What would your 30 something self tell your 20 something self if you could?

I would tell myself to slow down. To ease up on over-thinking everything. That where I think I’m going to be in 10 years will in no way resemble where I actually end up and yet it will all make perfect sense when I look back on it all. That life has its own plans and loves nothing more than to pull the rug out from underneath you, but that if you put your faith and trust in its wisdom it will always show you the way back onto your feet. That even the great heart breaks will come to feel like old friends, reminders of your immense capacity to find the light, even in the darkest hours. •

What do you wish you took more seriously in your 20’s?

Honestly, not much. I feel like you kinda need to say “F-U” to a lot of things in your 20’s so that you can look back later on and say “I had my time as a rebel, I left no stone unturned”.

What do you wish you took less seriously in your 20’s?

Time. I wish that I didn’t put so much pressure on myself to get certain things done by a specific time. Everyone’s life is as unique as their fingerprint, and there’s no need to compare yourself to anyone else. Just because so and so had the family and kids and house and dog by their 25th birthday doesn’t mean that needs to be your story. We spend so much time fighting against our natural progression and it doesn’t make anything happen any quicker, it just makes you miss out on the ride. Your life is the beautiful story about YOU. Live it without apology. You are exactly where you are supposed to be for the lessons you need to learn at any given moment.

Favorite memory from your 20’s?

Driving down the coast when I moved from Seattle to Los Angeles to pursue my dream of becoming an actress. The world was my oyster. Anything was possible. What a pure, pristine moment, I will never forget that feeling.

In your early 20’s where did you think you would be (work, live etc) by 30?

Oh for SURE married to Leonardo Dicaprio and living the dream with my first of many Oscars on the mantle. Hey, I like to dream big.

And where were you by 30? What did your life look like?

hahaha ohhhhh, on my way to a divorce and on a network sitcom where I felt artistically frustrated and unchallenged. So, you know, REALLY CLOSE to the above vision.

Were you ever worried that it wouldn’t all fall into place?

ONE THOUSAND PERCENT. I felt like I had failed at everything I set out to do. I felt like a child. I felt lost and confused and scared of what might come next. So I did the only thing left to do… I asked for help. From family and friends. From wise teachers. From my dogs. I asked for help from anyone who stirred something within me. And very slowly, I started to find my way. I started to see that I was never really lost and that everything was unfolding as it should.

What is the greatest gift about being a woman in your 30’s?

For me it has been embracing humility and learning what real love means. I thought I was such a badass in my twenties! Now I’ve got my number… I don’t let myself get away with much. Now it’s about living a life of compassion and truth. It’s more important to me that I leave a legacy of kindness than a bunch of statuettes on my mantle. I believe that when you set out to live an honest life, that’s when all your dreams come true.

When you look out onto the horizon. What do you hope your life looks like at 40?

Well for me, forty’s more like at the water’s edge than the horizon 😉 So I guess I would say I hope it looks a lot like now. A happily married work in progress with a little more experience, wisdom, and humor thrown in. If I’m lucky, maybe the pitter patter of some little feet around the house(although with my kids I’m sure it’ll be less pitter patter and more herd of wild boar).

What’s a quote/ saying you try to live your life by?

Without question, my go to quote is by my favorite poet, Rainer Maria Rilke.

“Let life happen to you. Believe me, Life is in the right, always.”

To me, there is no greater comfort than to trust in the almighty flow of life itself. It is the beginning, it is the end, it is everything.



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inspiration, gratitude & surprises

28 Jun


what inspired me this week?

finishing my personal essay for a writing class I’ve been taking. I’m proud of what I turned in

equality- Gay marriage is ready for a comeback in California

the beauty of the Alabama Hills

what am I grateful for this week?

TODAY is the day I pick up Frank!! I’m beyond excited. I’m apologizing now for the massive amount of puppy photos heading your way.

warm summer days

my calm & peaceful state of mind

home cooked meals on the grill

sweet emails from Ali

tuesday date nights with Rachel at Venice Beach Wines

west elm- seriously I need to go to a west elm support group. I can’t stop buying home stuff.

our home is coming together and I’m loving it

what surprised me this week?

I’ve woken up at 5:45 four mornings in a row to go to a 6:30 bar method class. Shocking. It felt amazing though and I’m hooked on early morning workouts. I wonder how that will all work out with a puppy

Lastly…this has nothing to do with inspiration, gratitude & surprises but I had to share because it made me laugh out loud.

It’s wedding party time


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inspiration, gratitude & surprises

21 Jun


what inspired me this week?

my extremely talented little brother debuted his first short film (that he also happened to fund by raising money on kickstarter ) this week to close friends and family. I was so impressed with it and him. He’s only 18 and he wrote, produced, directed and edited a FILM. He’s crazy talented and inspires me every day.

summer nights! On Wednesday night Brian and I took a looooong walk in the early evening to grab dinner. It stayed light until 8:30pm. Heaven.

pushing myself with taking writing classes and showing up for therapy sessions. Is it totally ridiculous to inspire yourself?  I hope not

what am I grateful for this week?

you guys. Seriously, thank you for commenting and supporting this blog…I am beyond grateful for you.

the new girlfriends in my life. The last year has been a year filled with new connections and I am so grateful to have their energy in my life. Like REALLY REALLY grateful.

my bright and cheerful home

unexpected monday date nights with Bri

I finally got “365 til” trademarked! It’s been a long battle and I was shocked when the piece of mail came this week announcing the news.

what surprised me this week?

We are heading to the Mammoth this weekend to camp (it was Brian’s one and only request before we get Frank next weekend and are homebound) and I’m actually excited about it! I’ve grown a lot since the early days of this blog, huh? If you have never read about my adventures camping before you can here… PART 1, THE TENT & THE HIKE & THE CHICKEN


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inspiration, gratitude & surprises

31 May


image via one part gypsy

what inspired me this week?

– a wine & watermelon margarita fueled Friday afternoon with new friends Mary, Jacki & Lindsay and old friends Rachel & Erin. It was an epic afternoon in the sun. They are a seriously soulful and interesting group of woman.

– my new personal essay writing class at Writing Pad with Taffy Brodesser -Akner. There really is nothing better than spending a few hours once a week with other writers.

– yoga class with Tamal on Tuesday night. Every time I leave his class I wonder why I don’t make time for it everyday. I swear it changes my whole perspective.

– the new healing crystals (pink opal, serpentine, blue topaz & aventurine) that I bought in Sedona. I sound like a total hippy, don’t I?

– the book “Why We Write

– the book “How To Write A Screenplay in 10 weeks”. You know I love goals.

what am I grateful for this week?

– I think I found Frank!!

– finding a new therapist I loooooove.

what surprised me this week?

– everything you need always shows up exactly when you need it. Why do I forget this?


“In order to lead a fascinating life- one brimming with art, music, intrigue and romance- you must surround yourself with precisely those things.”

inspiration, gratitude & surprises

26 Apr



What inspired me this week?

creating at my desk space


feeling alive with ideas

being able to see the end goal again (it was getting kinda blurry there for a minute)

bettyvision – such a fabulous site! I’m having so much fun with it.

the women in my life who have participated in the “project 30’s” q & a. Two of my recent favorite quotes from the series…

“With age you realize that sometimes life has a better plan than you do and your job is to enjoy the journey and show up to be the best version of yourself each day”Aireka 

““Yet I now find solace and comfort in the result of what is, and not what isn’t.” – Chantal

What am I grateful for this week?

So many wonderful work opportunities have come into my life recently. SO SO SO grateful for them.

Celebrating my little brothers 18th birthday. I love him so

What surprised me this week?

I’ve already been engaged for 7 months?? Holy SHIT! And I’m getting married in 6 months?? OY!


“The universe is a multi-dimensional creative process, constantly forming new facets of possibility for you and all living things. Expanding our awareness of the process, we allow ourselves to experience more of it. Every moment we can remember that ANYTHING is possible in a realm of endless possibility.” – Marianne Williamson

inspiration, gratitude & surprises

19 Apr


What inspired me this week?

BettyVision – what a fabulous site!!

22 things happy people do differently

planning my bachelorette party! Yay for sun, pools, the desert, girlfriends and cocktails.

sending my book proposal out. Goodbye little one! I hope you come back with good news!

reading my friend Cicely’s blog

the project 30 q & a this week

a five-year old called me fat

I literally cannot put down “Gone Girl

my  other new book “Why We Write”

this quote – “inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”- Pable Picasso

oh and this quote – “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”- Socrates

What am I grateful for this week?

My mom-mom (grandmother). SO happy she’s on the mend after being in the hospital for the last week

sweet Brian for surprising me with a compilation CD of songs he thinks could be contenders for our first dance at our wedding. Probably the most romantic thing ever

I am so grateful for Rachel of One Part Gypsy for taking our engagement photos. I honestly didn’t know I could love pictures more.

My home. It’s always filled with light and I feel so lucky it’s my space to live and work in

reading in the bubble bath on Sunday afternoons

recently my life has been filled with unexpectedly lovely surprises, especially regarding work. I love it when this happens. So much better than a string of unexpected shitty events, huh?

eating a red velvet cupcake while reading in bed

What surprised me this week?

I had my first therapy session after many many many years. I expected it to be hard to pull out of my shell but instead I was SOOOO CHATTY. Couldn’t shut me up.


My favorite song this week…


inspiration, gratitude & surprises

5 Apr


Hello Friday!! So happy you’re here! Other than shooting engagement pictures on Saturday with Rachel, Brian and I have no plans. YAY! I honestly can’t tell you how excited this makes me. I’m going to sleep in, write, read, cook and watch movies. I may even stay in my pajamas all day on Sunday. Just because I can. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

what inspired me this week?

I’ve started reading “Gone Girl” and I’m loving it. The writing is so good.

A Bucket List For My Baby

My friend Katie who’s traveling through Vietnam all by herself! I just love that. I’ve never traveled to a foreign land by myself but she’s inspiring me to start thinking about it!

Looking through all my road trip pictures from driving across the usa last year. Sometimes I forget how lucky I am to have had such great experiences. Expect a post about it next week!

what am I grateful for this week?

Rachel…we had a beautiful afternoon talking about life and drinking wine- on a wednesday! So naughty of us. So grateful for her friendship, love and support.

Taline for being such a good maid on honor. She has so many great ideas!

Acupuncture and chinese herbs

what surprised me this week?

That 365 til 30 was named top 100 self-help blogs!


“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck” – Dalai Lama

inspiration, gratitude & surprises

29 Mar


This weekend is packed but it should be a fun one! Tonight my girlfriend, Taline is coming over for a night of food, wine, wedding talk (she’s also my maid of honor), tv and hanging. We are both in need of some quality time together. Tomorrow I finally start ballet classes. I’m reaaaaaally excited and slightly nervous I’ll make a fool of myself. It’s been twelve years since I’ve danced. Like riding a bike, right? That reminds me I have to buy ballet shoes this afternoon! After class I’m stopping over at my gorgeous cousins house for an afternoon glass of wine to celebrate her birthday. Then Brian and I are meeting our dinner club crew, Rachel & PJ and Loni & Mike for a night out on the town. For those of you who don’t know, once a month we pick a new restaurant to all go to. This month we picked Mercado, a mexican style restaurant in Santa Monica. Having dinner with this crew is something I look forward to every month! Then Sunday we are off to an easter brunch with Brian’s family and in the evening we are hosting a birthday party for my step-father, Irv.

What are you guys doing this weekend??

What inspired me this week?

What To Learn From A 6 Year Old Who Has Autism

You Don’t Have To Be Anything But Real 

our bright new garden plants. Lavender in lime green planters is quite a brilliant combo.

What am I grateful for this week?

I had my first essay published on MindBodyGreen! I can officially say I am “published” now.

a date night with two lovely ladies Katie & Erin. A dinner filled with inspiring talks about writing, being authentic, love and traveling.

hanging with my girlfriend Melissa. To say that I adore her would be an understatement.

the wedding is coming together!

What surprised me this week?

being referred to as a Glodney

How many people continue to respond to my piece about anxiety. It’s incredible how many people suffer with it on different levels.


“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic- the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.”  – Charles De Lint