Reflect, relax and really enjoy today

Reflect: think back on your life and what makes you happy.

Relax: “kick back and relax” (KBAR) is a saying from my youth. To me it’s a reminder to breath deeply, think, look at the scenery and take my time moment to moment.

Really enjoy today: be myself; be with people I love; do what makes me happy; be grateful; have fun.

My invitation today:  reflect, relax and really enjoy!

Aloha,

Denise

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Spring has sprung!

With the official kick off of Spring 2014, I salute the sun, flowers, fresh air and life anew.

Here’s a friendly reminder: remember to STOP and smell the flowers! That’s not just in a literal sense; I invite us to  “smell” and “explore” and really enjoy our surroundings and communities. Walk a different way to work or school. Cook using different spices and flavors. Visit some new places.

My pledge is to do just that: smell new flowers, eat the newness, and welcome it all. Are you with me?

Aloha,

Denise

Spring tulips
Spring tulips

Lovingly spoil my daughters

I read an article about the “9 things we should get rid of to help our kids” and thought about them carefully. I have “done” a lot for my daughters. I spoil them; I adore them; I teach them; I let them learn but I tend to “catch” them before they fail hard. That is my regret: They haven’t made too many mistakes, failures or hard lessons. Well, I’m sure they will as they grow up.

Here’s my thoughts: if it wasn’t for my teaching, preaching and guiding, then my daughters would be lazy, rude and unkempt. They are not! In my (humble) opinion, my daughters are talented, driven, lovely, thoughtful young women. One is on the other side of the world from us in her second year of university, and the other lives with us and gifts me with joyful surprises daily.

We all want the world for our kids. They don’t come with a manual or directions; advice is worth what we pay for it. We do the best we can at every moment.

I say spoil your children! Love them foolishly and share all the joyous moments you can!

Aloha,

Denise

Abu Dhabi Wildlife Center

This place is off the island, off the map and off the beaten path. It is a sanctuary for big cats, old tortoises, ostriches and other exotics.

Our friend Michelle told us about this center; and we made a new friend when we entered. It turns out this place is very far away from where we live, work and play so we took a taxi. The driver followed our directions and arrived at the place, only recognized by the small bouquet of balloons strung on a construction fence. As we entered it became increasingly obvious that we’d never get another taxi, so we invited our taxi driver to be our guest and stay with us for our tour. He agreed and we set out to see the animals. Another family NDB (never done before).

This place is not a zoo: there are no activities, no food sales, no signs, nothing except the rescued and loved animals under the care of the Brazilian couple who own the property.

We loved and learned from our adventure.  The plea is to take care of the lions, cheetahs and tigers for now and future generations.

Aloha,

Denise

photo credit: Tara Schnitzer

Lion at the AD Wildlife Center
Lion at the AD Wildlife Center

Brunch, Beach and Banquet

We’ve eaten our way thru Abu Dhabi with our guest, my mom-in-law. I’ve shared about the wonderful  and voluminous food here….now we’re sharing it with her. EEK, so much good food!

We had a brunch overlooking the sea; beach time overlooking another view of the sea and dinner (at my fav restaurant) overlooking the sea and a swimming pool!

We’ve shown her the town, the history, the shops, the foods, the school and our lives. So far, so great!

Fun, food, friends and family = great life and great shares.

Aloha,

Denise