Bye May

Well, as we say good bye to May, we welcome summer with open, toned arms! Hello to swim suits, beach blankets, cold drinks, music and gratitude.

I am home to straighten up, pack up, relax and enjoy my blessings. We gave notice on our apt and now we are focused on our next adventure: getting the kids to school and us to who-knows-where. Stay tuned.

Whats on your plate for summer???



New journeys unfold when you let them

I saw sights I never saw…..driving along Topanga Canyon Road were trees, hills, flowers and a winding road that resembles a roller coaster. Yes, I am in Los Angeles! CA. The weather is lovely, the air is crisp and the interview is today.

Whatever journey is next,  could be determined today. Stay tuned…



More gratitude

As this monumental week comes to a close, I have but one thought. Gratitude.

I am grateful I met, married and had children with Mark Schnitzer.

I’m grateful that we raised lovely daughters.

I’m grateful I have fabulous parents and parents-in-law.

I’m grateful our daughters have been well-educated.

I’m grateful Emily graduated from the terrific La Pietra school and our moms were here to experience it.

I’m grateful for this wonderful week of celebrating.

How was your week filled with gratitude?



She did it!!!

Well, our daughter graduated from high school on Wednesday!!! Sorry I didn’t post then..lotsgoing on.

The ceremony was extraordinary! 38 lovely young women sang, danced a personalized hula, shared stories and collected a hard-earned diploma from La Pietra Hawaii School for Girls.

Now we celebrate. The grandmas are here to laugh, eat, shop and kvell over Emily and her accomplishments?

I am a very proud mom. She did it and she curtsied like a lady.



I’m whole, complete and joyful

The  weekend in San Francisco was magical. It all came together as a well orchestrated production. In  between the meals, breakout sessions, keynote speakers, poster sessions and shares, we’re hugs, acknowledgements, accolades, high-gives and a whole lotta love.


The  2012 Conference for Global Transformation and the Power and Contribution course are complete.

I registered into the Partnership course next and for the 2013 Conference for Global Transformation.

My promise to the world is by 2031 that all teenagers will know love and feel nurture. I serve the world through my promise. I am a stand that all teens smile and feel joyous.

I’m coming home family…

I left my heart in Honolulu.





My heart felt hello

I am in San Francisco,CA this weekend for the final weekend of the Power & Contribution course. It’s also the 12th annual Conference for Global Transformation.

Let me tell you, I’ve met some incredible people, learned some very valuable lessons and had conversations I never thought I’d have….already and it’s only the first day!

Lesson 1: love yourself!!! We’re all incredible !! Give up the suffering! There is no power there!! There is only power in forgiving.

Lesson 2: to be “right” you’ve already lost. Generate and create what needs to be done. It doesn’t matter who does it….no one needs the credit. This is a big world and we’re all in it  to win it.

Lesson 3: just say “hi, I’m Denise (insert your name here) and meet new friends! Put your self out there and play the game!!

Are you with me?!







On an island, near the beach

there’s people, places and eats.

Make a friend as you surely must,

you chat,  explore and love.

The spirit soars, my heart fills

the aloha runs deep, fulfills.



One happy mom

After 18 years of being a mom, I am proud, grateful  and empowered. My daughters are so fun.

Emily and Tara are delightful young ladies and I love spending time with them. For mother’s  day this year, they brought me a huge bouquet of flowers and a dozen cards. Then we went power hang gliding, a life long dream of mine. After that,  we ate junk food, explored some of the island and finished off the day with our traditional trip to the hot tub.

I am so fortunate and grateful. My mom and dad even sent me flowers!

I hope all moms enjoyed their day. Remember, we are blessed with great moms!



The true Aloha spirit

I met a man today who was making a basket using every part of a palm frond. The basket was lovely and his handywork exquisite. I told him. He made me a rose out of another leaf. Then I said I was on my way to pick up my daughters from school and he made them each a fish out of a leaf. His love of his weaving craft and his generosity really touched me. That’s the aloha spirit.

The woman at the grocery store was kind, efficient and friendly. She, too, extended the aloha spirit and wished me a nice evening as I paid for my food.

This evening I had a fabulous phone conversation with a dear friend in California. We used to see each other daily, laugh incessantly and dine out frequently. I haven’t seen her in two years; though I think of her often and fondly. It was great catching up with life, our kids and our guffaws.

The aloha spirit is in you, around you and about you. Embrace it! Are you with me?