Blessed, Grateful, Packed and Ready

Reflection: I am very blessed. I have a great family, wonderful friends and an amazing, generous husband (of 31 years). I live in the city of an interesting and rapidly changing and growing country. Life is really good. Then, there’s the not so good parts. I won’t write about that, because it will give those parts power, and I choose otherwise.

I choose happy. I choose to look on the positive side, the bright side, the silver-lining sides. That’s where the power is.

I’ve recently been blessed with the opportunity to go on a girl’s trip and we leave in the morning. I am beyond excited. I awoke at 2:15am wide-eyed with anticipation and glee. We don’t leave for 24+ more hours. The power of living into the future creates excitement and gratitude.

Aloha,

Denise

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Reflect and recalculate

I reflect on my last year, month, weekend. Are you creating the life you love? Are you living to your fullest? Recalculate goals, living spaces, experiences in the next year, month, week.

We will never have this time again, so we must make it great. We are getting older, wiser, better, stronger and more creative. I have had a most excellent year (albeit a few bumps in the proverbial road), month and week so far.  Sometimes, there are extenuating circumstances that derail us (me), so we (I) must persevere. I will have FUN everyday. I will attend to my family, friends and neighbors. I believe we are ALL destined for greatness and to live our lives to our fullest potential.

Today is the day: I will make it GREAT! Will you?

Aloha,

Denise

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Lovely spare time….

What do you do in your spare time? I like to read, explore, drink coffee, sit at the beach or pool, watch movies and play word games. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my Mark and my framily (friends I choose as family.) Over the weekend, I did just that: worked out, read at the pool, relaxed on a yacht with friends, watched movies and had coffee. Lovely!

Think about what you like to do and do it. Your life is better when you are happy doing FUN things, with FUN people, in FUN surroundings. I count my blessings every minute!

Happy Sunday!

Aloha,

Denise

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Yacht day!
Yacht day!
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Coffee with friends

Happy Weekend!

The sun is out, the sky is clear. Oh boy, lots of people are getting out of here. It’s a holiday week, so buckle up. The weekend’s just starting, so let’s go have FUN!

This weekend kicks off the Muslim holiday of Eid Al Adha (more details at http://www.ibtimes.com/what-when-eid-al-adha-2016-key-facts-traditions-history-muslim-feast-sacrifice-after-2413156 ) The BEST part of living my amazing expat life is the cultural lessons I learn and get to share.

Eid Mubarak to all who observe. Stay well, happy and in touch!

Aloha,

Denise

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To have a friend is to be a friend ~

“To have a friend is to be a friend.” This is a statement my mom shared with me early on in my life. I have tried hard to follow it.

A true friend is not someone you’ve known the longest. Rather, someone who shows up for you, goes to bat for you, is always on your side and in your corner.

Thinking about my friends, I know who is true and I am so grateful. How about you?

Aloha,

Denise

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Communication is key!

Whether you use the internet (uh, who doesn’t?) or write letters (uh, who does?), we communicate with our community for business and pleasure.

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Which ever method you choose, it’s key to keep in touch with people. I’ve recently gone through all of my photos on my computer and my mobile phone (to clear up space, if the truth be told) and re-lived some really joyful times. I love that I have such a playful and culturally diverse life. I have amazing friends from all over the world; and we do really cool things. The one constant I have is my Mark….he’s been by my side for almost 39 years, and we have had so much fun living and exploring.

When I meet new people, I’m always happy when our lives connect and if we (them or us) relocate, I’m happy to reconnect and revisit them. Wherever we go, we have friends to visit.

I welcome communication! How do you keep in touch with people?

Aloha,

Denise

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3 more happy thoughts 🚴🏻🏊🏽🏃🏼

Late start, slept in. Check the media, fill me in. Sun is out, sky’s clear. I’m heading out, I love it here!

3 more happy ideas to jump-start the day:

Go for a bike ride! With the wind in your face and the sun kissing your skin (remember to wear sunscreen & helmet), you’ll feel alive, refreshed, energized!

Go for a swim! In the pool, lake or ocean…get wet, splash around, use your muscles in a non-impact way!

Go for a walk! Take to the streets, beach, dunes, paths, trails or whatever is around you. I’ll take to the streets of the city today. I notice of things I miss when from a car or bus. Enjoy the journey!

Happiness is up to you! Enjoy the day and make memories!

Aloha,

Denise

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Bye August….Hello September, Fall, FUN 🍂

What a lovely summer we had here, in Abu Dhabi: sun, 🌞eats, 🍣 friends,🙋🏼 Olympics,🏊🏽 beach, ⛵️ and FUN 🎉.

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Now, we welcome September, Fall, FUN. Schools and Universities begin and learning awaits. Make new goals and achieve new milestones.

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What will you do to ring in September? I have a new article in this month’s Tempo magazine ( http://ow.ly/55CR303MEat) page 26+ I have new projects to tackle + new fitness goals for this quarter.

Aloha,

Denise