A drive along a country road: top down, hair blowing, radio singing and conversation continuing. That’s what I experienced yesterday. My new friend, Mary, showed me a lovely scenic road, lined with gold, red and green trees, heading to a small town. It looked as if it stopped in time, but then I saw construction and renovations and modern additions.
Exploring a new city takes time and insight. Yes, Yelp, maps, magazines and the internet adds to the ease….but nothing is better than a new friend sharing her experiences and enthusiasm.
I’ve always considered Friday the 13th a lucky day. I choose happiness, joy, and FUN.
I look outside and see the sun peeking through the clouds. I see the construction site cleaned up every afternoon and begin early every morning. I see my weekend plans coming to fruition. I count my blessings and all the things I see that money can’t buy.
I am lucky. Today is a good day. Find the “lucky” the “funny” and the FUN in everything.
Wear the dress! Use the wine glasses! Refresh the flowers! Put on the nail polish! Tie on the tie! Squirt out the lotion! Make the calls; send the texts; write the letter! Don’t wait to enjoy it all, do it now!
I’ve realized that the wet wipes dry out if you “save them.” The dress will go out of season if it just hangs in the closet. The shoes won’t feel as good in the box as they will on my feet.
Hearing the voices of dear friends makes my heart sing. Receiving real greeting cards in the mail sends joy down my spine. Opening the mailbox to see envelopes from loved ones is like sunshine in that small opening!
Make today amazing: use the stuff, call your friends, eat the cake!
Today I celebrate another lap around the sun. I’m in “mid-life” so I’m going to take a leap here and say, the 50s are the new 30s. I like to journal all the things I am grateful for, so today I share. This list is in no particular order, but I’m deeply grateful for each entry.
my parents, Annette and Hank
my Grandma & Nana
my education (Greenhill, W.T.White, Texas A&M, Landmark Education)
knowing Michele, Kathie, Lori & Grandon
living in five US states and two foreign countries
floating on the Dead Sea
my sense of adventure and travel
National American Teen pageant (Finalist)
National Aerobics Championship (Bronze winner, Regional)
dancing at half-time on the field of a professional indoor soccer game
power hang gliding
stand up paddle boarding
repelling (though I did NOT like it)
seeing an opera in Oman
hiking in the Arabian desert
hiking in Jordan
hiking in Alaska
white water rapids in Alaska
Gluten Free food
traveling in a private plane
going on the Good Year blimp, twice
driving in an armored car with a police escort
swam with a dolphin named Spot
meeting Ambassador and Deputy Ambassador of USA
meeting Ambassador of Japan
meeting Ambassador of Italy
meeting Ambassador of Egypt
social media, staying connected and reconnected with friends
writing my blog consistently since 2011 (www.alohadenise.com)
writing for an international website (www.iamatriangle.com.mn)
mostly being a “yes” to new things
my language skills
my mobile phone
celebrating another amazing, FUN, eye-opening year on Earth
These are the things I’m most grateful for…on this, my birthday #56.
As I watch the leaves dance on the trees, the sun climb higher in the sky, and the cars jet past the building, I begin my day with positive, happy and hopeful thoughts. My intention for today is to enjoy and absorb everything that comes my way.
My wish for today: feel the sunshine on your face, the kindness in your heart, and the joy in your soul.