How is an apartment like a dorm?

I’ll tell you: you see your neighbors in the hallways, elevators, common areas and parking lots. You “borrow” sugar, butter, can openers and cooking tips. You chat for an hour when you cross paths. You share the hot tub and meet new people every week. And sometimes, you even see someone in their undies!

In college, I loved my dorm and my roommate! And then I loved my apartment and my roommate. My favorite things were the camaraderie and sharing!

My favorite part of living in an apartment now is that there are always friends around.  My challenge to you: Enjoy a chat w/ your neighbor. Meet someone new. Make it loads of fun.

How are you doing with that?

Aloha,

Denise

Stand on my head?

That’s how I completed my Power Yoga class yesterday….I stood on my head! Twice! I tried a new excercise class, to jolt my muscles, and the moves were similar and familiar. The only big difference today was that we stood on our heads for several seconds. I was giddy when I came down.

Here’s the take-home lesson: let go of attachments and pre-conceived ideas (Oy, I can’t do that!) and just do it! I’m so happy I did.

What did you do today? Did you stand on your head too?

Aloha,
Denise

Party people

Who are you friends with? How much do you have in common with your friends? I like to read, surf, shop, travel and meet new people. I like to be around people who share my interests and who can teach me about their interests. I am about lifting people up and being uplifting.

I met some new people at a party and enjoyed the lively conversation. I’m always fascinated to know where people are from and what brought them to where they are now, namely Hawaii. I think party people are fun people.

If we all keep an open mind and heart, we can grow our circle of friendships and originating circle to include remarkable people.

How are you doing with that?

Aloha,
Denise

What do you choose?

During this hustle-bustle time of year, when people are scrambling to buy the “perfect” gift, remember to be grateful, patient and loving. The holidays are also a time for reflection, for making plans and for savoring each moment with special people.

I choose to be in the moments. I choose to BE vibrant, joyful and happy.

What do you choose?

Aloha,

Denise

Here’s a riddle…

What do ten pounds of potatoes, matzoh meal, eggs and oil make?

Yes, you guessed it! Latkes, or potato pancakes. A traditional delicacy this time of year. Jews prepare them as part of the Chanukah fare. They are fried in oil, representing the oil that was discovered after the destruction of the first Temple. They are commonly eaten with apple sauce. I combine apple sauce and pineapple chunks for a tasty topping.

Well, I made latkes for the Jewish seniors in my community who will join together at our synagogue to celebrate Chanukah. I love this contribution to my community.

What do you enjoy contributing?

Aloha,
Denise

Relax in December?

I had a most relaxing weekend. We stayed in most of Saturday and Sunday and worked on computer stuff, cleaning up, wrapping gifts and reading. Is it really December? I see the mall parking lot filled on the fourth floor and hear lots of activity on the streets. People are hustling around and readying for the holidays.

I hope everyone takes some time to relax, rest and rejuvenate. Grab a cup of tea, spend time with a friend and enjoy the holidays.

How did you spend your first December weekend?

Aloha,

Denise

 

P. S. Happy Birthday, Alan! (tomorrow)

Spreading some love

There are a few treasures in life: a great family, wise lessons, experiences and true friends.

I have been blessed with all four.

Last week, as I celebrated Thanksgiving with my family, the Schnitzer side, I gave thanks for 16 of the most amazing people I am privileged to be related to. I am thankful for their love, health, spirit and adventure. I also gave thanks for my side of the family: I spent time with 12 wonderful people whom I love and who love me. More blessings came to me when I spent an hour with five friends from high school.

Today a warm feeling overcame me as I spent the day with moms, my new dear friends.

I think Thanksgiving is an ongoing celebration of love, gratitude and joy. Let’s keep the love alive!

What are you grateful for?

Aloha,
Denise

Bold and brilliant words to live by. Werner Erhard

We can choose to be audacious enough to take responsibility for the entire human family. We can choose to make our love for the world what our lives are really about. Each of us has the opportunity, the privilege, to make a difference in creating a world that works for all of us. It will require courage, audacity and heart. It is much more radical than a revolution – it is the beginning of a transformation in the quality of life on our planet . .If not you,who?
 If not now, when?
 If not here, where?”                                        – Werner Erhard, 1980

Aloha,

Denise

Home from the holidays

We had a spectacular weekend in Dallas seeing family and friends. We ate great food, saw the workings of a major trucking company, expressed our thanks and gratitude and captured the family in a portrait. What a blessing to all be together!

We are all on our way home…to pick up where we left off last week. School, work, chores, errands etc. we are all better for having had this time together.

Happy to be home and thankful for all my blessings.

What are you thankful for?

Aloha,
Denise