Bye July ~ Hello August

As the clouds disappear; the tides roll in and out, so, too, do the months of summer. We bid farewell to a great July and usher in August.

July was full of sunshine, reflection, packing (youngest daughter is repatriating for college) and a lovely trip to Bangkok.

As I look back I am happy and grateful. As I look forward, I am powerful, hopeful and determined. Good things are coming!

Goodbye July. Hello August! How will you usher in the new month?



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Another countdown in my life

Ten days from today my youngest daughter will “fly” the proverbial nest. She leaves our home to begin her journey in college. I have moments of bliss, pride and encouragement. I also have moments of body-shaking sobs. I know this is normal; and it’s breaking my heart.

I’m proud of her and her accomplishments. I’m delighted how funny and intelligent she is. I enjoy her company. She’s a great girl!

How have you dealt with this? I’d love to hear from others on how to get through this smoothly, with class and smiles.



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Part of this life

Said “good-bye” to  expat friends this week.

Life IS richer when surrounded by cool people. That’s part of this life.

We’ve had great conversations, walks, outings, dinners, breakfasts, parties and school events together. Part of expat life is making new friends quickly and then having to say “a hui hou” ~ Hawaiian for until we meet again.

I don’t think it gets easier. I think it hurts because it matters.



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Weekend exploring a new city

What I learned in Bangkok, Thailand over the weekend:

Happy greetings are exchanged upon entering and leaving a place, and/or in the company of a person.  The people are so friendly and generous.

The food is great and as varied as the population. I ate Mexican, Thai and Spanish foods. I participated in a Thai cooking class and will bring my new recipes to my family very soon. The spices and mixtures seduce the senses with flavors.

There are old and new tall buildings, amazing temples, enormous malls, a large outdoor weekend market, statues, and homes on stilts over water that appear at the end of their life expectancy. The elevated metro train is easy to use and navigate, albeit lacking “change making” machines. My only surprise was when I entered the taxi at the airport and the driver was sitting on the right side of the car! There were flowers on trees, in potted plants, lining the sidewalks and arranged in patterns in parks.

The rich culture, history and modern vibe washed over me as I enjoyed the weekend.

What did you learn about over the weekend?



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Everyday has goodness

Some days are more productive, FUN, relaxing, fulfilling than others. We all have good days and better days. Yes, sometimes we have bad days.

Find the good in everything ~ count your blessings. Listen to and learn from wise people; glean all you can from people who have walked in your shoes.

Of course, there is heartbreak, heartache and headache; but we can still find good in each day.

Be the kind of person you’d like to be friends with. Give thanks for what you DO have.

Any thoughts on this?



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Special shout out to my dad

Tomorrow is my dad’s 80th birthday! I’m so proud of him for all his accomplishments and his life well-lived.

Please join me in sending good vibes to him tomorrow, July 18th, as he celebrates another “anniversary of his birth” alongside my mom, his bride of 59 years.

I love you, Dad!



Silly selfie with my Dad (Dallas, April 2015)

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Half the year to review

We’ve lived and loved half of 2015, so it’s time to reflect, restore, recharge. Here’s my review:

January ~ kicked up training schedule to include sand-walking, yoga, weight training and 10,000 steps daily

February ~ intense sand-walking training continues; family trip to Muscat, Oman to see Tara dance; girls’ trip to Sri Lanka

March ~ accomplished the Women’s Heritage Walk, 140 kilometers thru the desert over 6 days

April ~  Completed 2-yr Board position with American Women’s Network as Coffee Chairman; trip to USA to see family & friends

May ~ began love for and participation in beach yoga classes; Winding down my participation with school activities

June ~ watched our youngest daughter graduate from high school (both grandmothers came to Abu Dhabi for the celebration); celebrated 30 years of marriage

July ~ began broadcasting on Periscope;  girls’ trip to Bangkok

Wow, that’s neat to reflect back on what I’ve done so far this year. Of course, I look forward to more FUN in the next half of the year.

Jan – July what were your goals? what did you accomplish?



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