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Did we all want to wake-up with a fairy godmother on New Year’s Day or at least a life coach to help get us through the rollercoaster that can be life? I sure did. Alas, there was no floating grandmother in my room with a wand ready to give me a new ride, a checking account full of cash money and a new dress for the charity ball so what’s a girl to do? Become the coach/fairy godmother/leading lady of her own life. That’s right. Pick myself up by the boot-straps, save the tears for Bridget Jones’ Diary Marathons and get-the-eff-on-with-it.

kid sea

A million books on the subject but in the end I feel most people just do what their instincts tell them. No new parent really knows what will happen or how their child will behave until it happens, no amount of reading can truly prepare one for the unknown. That said, advice, blogs, books all are informative and help but no matter what, it comes down to the environment and the culture in most ways. Since my last post, babies have still been on the brain. While abroad I took an opportunity to observe the parenting culture in Europe more…

airport

A lot of people dislike packing. I actually find it quite fun! Whether packing to move house or packing for a trip, there’s a sense of order and organization to it that I find therapeutic. Since I’m a planner, I enjoy the thoughtful process of selecting my best things for my trip and imagining what I’ll be doing while I wear them. It helps when your gal pal comes over to make a list and drink wine with you too! Having been traveling internationally for a decade now, I’ve picked up a few accessories and travel tricks I’d like to…

coffee

Squeeeeal! The sound of steamed milk rushing out of the machine hits my ears and makes me just as happy as the sound of a cork popping off a wine bottle. The click clack of the cup as the barista taps it on the bar after adding the coffee and before pouring in milk. My love affair with coffee shops began before I even liked coffee. As I mentioned before, coffee was always the go-to when meeting someone new. Everyone asked to go a tomar un cafe with me. I hated coffee (so I thought) and didn’t care for tea. What…

paris france

Often, all I can think about is being in Paris. Really, just the act of being. I imagine myself on Rue Cremieux, in the 12th, one of Paris’ most beautiful streets. I’m wondering through on my way to the baker’s to pick up a loaf of bread and perhaps some fromage as well.  The sun is shining and the breeze is cool and crisp. My heart sings when I hear my favorite two words in the French language, “Bonjour madame.”  There is just something so wonderful about being greeted in French; perhaps Hemingway’s best quote comes closest to describing it best;…

sea

You can be in your early twenties though usually the questions start coming around your late twenties, early thirties. No matter the age, the question will come. Your friends will begin reproducing, then they might have another and eventually look at you while you hold your martini and ask, “So, are you next?” In Europe children are expected much later in life. Most people don’t even get married until they are almost thirty or beyond. Most of my Spanish friends have just begun having kids and most have just turned thirty-one.  My husband’s aunt has children when she was thirty-six,…

passion

I never thought I would be fluent in any language other than my own. While my Spanish and Catalan aren’t perfect, I have certainly surpassed novice in both.  It was a real struggle at the beginning and it was a long journey before I figured out what really worked for me-what really could work for anyone if they try hard enough. It was already an obstacle when I was in a country where the locals spoke both languages so one sentence could begin in Catalan and the other could end in Spanish. I never knew which one I should start…

relax

People seem to like to say they are “so busy”.  In fact, I have found people say they are busier than they actually are in order to seem more important. Why? Why does anyone want to be pretend-busy? I am so stressed people say and while it may be partly true, is anything being done to manage it? Can anything be done? I find myself in stressful situations on the daily; student loan payments, work drama, deadlines, being pulled in a hundred directions, making time to be healthy and workout – if I dig deeper I could consistently find stress;…

zumabeachmalibu

We woke early and the sun was shining bright. It was warmer than it had been the past couple of mornings and we were grateful that the day had been saved for Malibu. The drive was beautiful and didn’t take long for us to make our way towards the residential coastline. We began to see the scene we had grown to love so much-surfers lining the beach, waiting to catch the next wave. The sand stretched out on one side and the rocky canyon landscape on the other. We rolled our windows down and breathed in the salty crisp air…

losangeles

I always change my mind about which day I prefer; Saturdays or Sundays. This weekend in particular, I didn’t mind because both ended up on my Top Ten List of Best Weekends in my life. Saturday started out overcast and a little chilly but that didn’t put a stop to our plan to visit Venice Beach and Santa Monica. We managed to find parking on the street and left our car there for the day. We walked along the fabulous beach homes that lined the shore, each one just a lovely as the last. We walked past Muscle Beach and…