Here she goes….

After a carefully written, compelling and spell-checked email, our daughter Tara asked us if she can go to Dallas to attend the Texas state fair and see some of her family. We were so impressed by her email, it was very compelling, we agreed. She departs today.

Tara will stay with her uncle David and aunt Pamela. She will see her grandparents and several cousins. I am delighted she is going and she will be empowered traveling alone.

This young lady has so much talent, chutzpah and joy in her that I must share her with others.

Happy landing and safe travels, Tara!

Where will you go today!?

Aloha,
Denise

A sister’s promise…

Yes, it began with a promise. In 1982, Nancy Brinker promised her dying sister Suzy that she would find a cure for the breast cancer that cut her life so short. Since then, The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure has raised over 1.9 billion dollars. See more details on www.komen.org.

Yesterday, Mark, Emily, Tara and I joined over 6500 people in Honolulu walk the one mile course that was the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 2011. We locked arms with survivors, family and friends. We walked in our pink shirts and pledged our promise to help find and fund a cure. We walked with teachers, staff and students from our La Pietra school family. It was a moving, inspiring and heart-warming morning.

Remember how powerful a promise is. Stay in integrity when you make a promise. It can reach all parts of the world.

Aloha,
Denise

Sleepin’ in today…

Good morning sunshine friends!

I have to admit, I slept in today and I’ll tell you why….

My dear new friend Linda and I shopped on Wednesday to prepare for Exam Breakfast on Thursday and Friday. With lots of love and help from some Elf-like, Wizard-like moms, breakfast was prepared and served to 140 students, faculty and staff at our daughters’ school before they took exams on Thursday and Friday.

By the time I returned home last night, I could hardly wait to soak in a lavender bubble bath and go to sleep.

My magical husband washed the dinner dishes and prepared the morning coffee and here I am. All bright-eyed ready for today’s activities.

What a great day we have ahead of us. Good thing I’m rested and refreshed!

What are you going to do today?!

Aloha,

Denise

What’s in a number?

What’s in a number? Well, there’s volume, there’s trade value, there’s tenure and height and weight. There’s also how long you’ve been visiting planet Earth. For me, I celebrated my 50th year over the weekend.

I’m reflecting on how much living I’ve done: a half of century! When I was in first grade, we watched the men on the moon. I’ve seen presidents elected, impeached, pass away, retire and live in my home town. I’ve listened to classic rock, School House rock and Rock Lobster! I’ve traveled to several islands, continents and oceans. I’ve loved so deeply, laughed so hard and cried so violently. I have friends on six continents and I live with three of the most extraordinary people on the planet.

So, what’s in a number? Life…and I’m doing it in the biggest way I know how.

I love my family and friends and my life. I’m grateful for each of the fifty years I’ve lived…and I welcome the next fifty with open arms and heart. Life is too short to be anything but happy!

Aloha,

Denise

 

This is what a half a century looks like.

Happy Sunday and Happy birthday to me! I surf, dance, power walk, scuba dive, volunteer, sew, read, laugh loudly and love deeply. Today I turn 50. I am so grateful for these first fifty years. Oh my, I’m a half-century young!

I choose to eat, read, and do what I like, surround myself with uplifting and forward thinking people and live everyday as big as I can from sun up to way past sundown.

I have been empowered and empowered others. I have loved and am loved. I look forward to the next 50 years and will live with grace, ease, joy and zest.

Thank you for being here with me on my birthday!

Remember, 50 is the new 30!

Aloha,
Denise

Sharing the Aloha…

Last week Jews all across the world celebrated Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. We said “L’shana tovah” to each other as a greeting of new years blessings.

This weekend we welcome Yom Kippur, the day of atonement. Tonight we hear the Kol Nidre sung by cantors, choirs and the voices in our hearts.

I wish you ALL a blessed weekend, new year and lifetime. No matter what your faith or background, we all share blessings.

I think how grateful I am and I thank God for all the blessings in my life.  When I stop and think about who and what is in my life, I am fortunate to have this life. I invite you to stop and reflect and be grateful.

Wishing you all a fabulous Friday and TONS of blessings and bliss! Remember, share the aloha….

Aloha,

Denise

How do you know?

How do you know if it’s going to be a great day? Well, you create it. You set out the intention of having a great day. Be proactive. When your day is complete, you have a complete list of accomplishments and you feel fulfilled.

How do you know that my prayers are “working?” I see the results. My dad is getting better daily and he is progressing to the next level of recovery. My life is rich and full and strong.

How do you know if you’re making a difference in the world? You see the world as a positive, abundant, joyful place and your heart and soul are filled to the brim. That is my feeling.

How do I know that I’m doing the right things? I just know.

How do YOU know?

Aloha,

Denise

What’s up for you?

It’s October, fall in some places, summer in others. The leaves are changing colors and here, they are still green.  October begins the final quarter of this year. What’s up for you until the end of 2011?

For me, I’m enjoying the sun, sand and surf. Mark bought me a custom 8’6″ surf board this weekend to commemorate my birthday. I intend to compete next year and this is the board I want to ride. I’m so excited; I’ll be out in the water again this week. He is generous and supportive and an amazing inspiration.

I also plan to declare my impossible promise to the world. I’m working on it, but I’ve not nailed it down yet. Over the past two weeks, I have made some personal declarations. I’m happy to say, I’m still on track.

And, I’m relaunching my business and I’m really excited about it.

What’s up for you?

Aloha,

Denise

 

Live a life that matters.

I have been a big fan of Michael Josephson for many years. I’ve listened to his commentaries on the radio, read his posts and subscribe to his blogs. He is a real mensch.

Please watch the video link below. I hope it touches your heart as it did mine.

Remember, life is for the living! Have fun. Live all out. Love hard. Play big. You only have one chance to make it work. Live a life of abundance, significance and love. Happy October.

“What Will Matter”?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-Lm_U9yEP0

Aloha,

Denise