30 Days of Thankfulness: 18-27

“The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.” ~ Dr. Robert Holden

Day 18: Thankful for a short work week! Only 3 days of work and then it’s off to Huntington Beach and San Diego for a loooong weekend! 

Day 19: Today I am thankful for my friendship with my freshman college roommate Caitlin Buggy! Little did I know that I would luck out with one of the greatest roommates, but that we would remain friends throughout college and after! Caitlin and I lived together a few years in college and for two years after college in a sweet downtown Santa Barbara apartment. She was also one of my bridesmaids in my wedding. We have shared so many laughs, tears, travel adventures (NYC), and fun memories. I love her dearly and am beyond grateful for our friendship. Here’s to more years for fun! Image

Day 20: Thankful for the rain!

Day 21: I am so thankful for my nephew Colton. He turned 2 today and we got to celebrate with him in San Diego! Colton had fun getting pushed in his car by Uncle Chris, playing with some play dough and he LOVED his Clifford stuffed animal and new books! Happy Birthday Colton! We love you so much! Also Happy Birthday to my sister-in-law Kristin as well! How lucky are they to share the same birthday?! Image

Day 22: Today I am thankful for getting to spend time with Chris’ mom and making a yummy Thanksgiving dinner.

Day 23: Grateful for awesome breakfast burritos and a sunny day in Southern California!

Day 24: So thankful that Emma got to spend the weekend with her best friends (Spanky and Rascal) while we were out of town! Thank goodness they all get along and love hanging out with each other!Image

Day 25: Running water and being able to take a hot/relaxing shower! Sometimes it’s all about the small things!

Day 26: Today I am so thankful to become an auntie again…this time to TWIN girls! Meet Kendall Rose and Madison Isabel who arrived via c-section. One weighed 6lbs. and the other 6lbs. 4 oz. and 21 inch. long! Uncle Chris and I are beyond excited that you are here and can’t wait to spoil you rotten. I love them so much and can’t wait to meet them in person this December. They are so lucky to have an awesome big brother too! What a happy and joyous day! Congrats Mom & Dad you are now a family of FIVE!!! Image

Day 27: Today I am thankful for getting to have lunch with my friend Tori. We actually went to lunch yesterday, but I still wanted to include her in this post. Yesterdays thankfulness clearly HAD to go to the birth of my TWIN nieces hehe. Anyway, Tori and I first became friends when worked together at UC Merced and then at Stanford. She now lives in Seattle and works at UW. I’m so glad that we got to catch up in person while she was in CA for Thanksgiving and that we have stayed friends! Miss ya girl! Check out her blog here. Image

Only a few more days left of the 30 Days of Thankfulness! I’m looking forward to some time off from work, turkey and getting to see friends and family!

“If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.” ~Meister Eckhart


30 Days of Thankfulness: 8-17

“We think we have to do something to be grateful or something has to be done in order for us to be grateful, when gratitude is a state of being.” ~Iyanka Vanzant

Day 8: Thankful to be making an impact/impression on students I work with, especially one of the peer advisors in my office. I love being a mentor and getting a chance to talk to students about their future career in higher education/student affairs!

Day 9: Thankful for good friends that live close by! It was fun watching the USC game (they won!), do a little bbqing and just have fun together!

Day 10: I am thankful for fresh fruits/vegetables and being able to put good food on the table!

Day 11: Thankful for all our veterans who have served our country and continue to fight for our freedom. Thanks to ALL of you! Happy Veterans Day!

Day 12: Today I am thankful for my friendship with a childhood friend Ann Mitchell. We have been friends since we were babies! Although we went to different high schools and colleges we have made the effort to stay in touch, see each other as often as possible and remain close friends. I’m so thankful for our recent day (last weekend) spent getting mani/pedi’s and having a delicious lunch.Image

Day 13: I am so thankful for my husband Chris! I don’t know where I would be without him. He has been so supportive the last few years and for that I am beyond grateful. I know that we can tackle challenges and get through anything (we already have) and that nothing can break us. Thank you and I love you Tof!

Image          It’s an oldie but a goodie! Sure miss living in SB and being able to hang out at the Mission.

Day 14: Thankful for my education! Proud to be a UCSB gaucho (B.A. Art History) and a USC Trojan (M.Ed. Postsecondary Administration & Student Affairs)

Day 15: Thankful for BatKid and Make-A-Wish Foundation! I love SF and the fact that they were able to MAKE a little boys dreams come true!

Day 16: Today is a big one! Thankful for awesome friends like Ashley and Jenny Lawrence (I have known these two since the 7th grade) and everyone who came from near and far for their early bday celebration! Huge thanks for CLASH who put on the best scavenger hunt around SF! We had a blast dressing up, running around the city doing crazy stuff and celebrating their bday in style! So grateful to spend the day with great people all while having an absolute blast! Check CLASH out at http://clashsf.com/ they are AMAZING!!!! ImageImage

Also very happy and thankful that USC finally (after 4 years of losing) BEAT Stanford 20-17!!!! It was an awesome game and I sure had one very happy hubby! FIGHT ON. GO TROJANS. Heck YES!Image


Day 17: Today I am thankful for our pup Emma! She has the best personality and is beyond sweet! We really are lucky to have her in our life. Mom and Dad LOVE YOU Emma!Image

 “Trade your expectation for appreciation and the world changes instantly.” ~Tony Robbins

30 Days of Thankfulness-Day 1-7

Since we are now seven days into November (how the heck did that happen?!) I decided that for each day I will write/share something I am thankful for. I certainly have a lot to be thankful for and I think it’s good to stop, give thanks, and really be appreciative for all that we have. Here’s a re-cap of the first few days. Enjoy!

“Gratitude opens the door to…the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door through gratitude.” ~Deepak Chopra

Day 1: Today I am thankful for a new month! I love October (clearly as in my previous blog post), but there is something so refreshing about the start of a new month! I sure have a lot to be thankful for!

Day 2: I am thankful for the Mindfulness Retreat I attended. It was so wonderful to have a few hours all to myself, reflect on my life and all that’s happening, to reconnect with my meditation practice, and spend the day in silence! I felt so refreshed, relaxed, and more centered after the retreat. Cassie is an amazing teacher and I am so thankful to have met her and continue to practice with her. To learn more about Cassie and her MBSR course check her out at http://www.thealternatepath.com/. Last November I took her 8 week MBSR course and it was honestly one of the best experiences!

Day 3: Thankful for that extra hour of sleep and spending time with these two at the dog park! Image

Day 4: I’m thankful that we got all of our Halloween decorations put away over the weekend. Our place looks a little bare/empty but we put up few fall/thanksgiving decorations to make it a little more festive!

Day 5: Grateful to come home to dinner ready and on the table!

Day 6: Thankful that my husband Chris does the “long” driving for our commute from San Mateo–San Jose every day. Even if there is a lot of traffic we still enjoy the time together. He really does make the best commute buddy! Thank you!

Day 7: Today I am thankful that Chris and I are in good health and that our families are healthy as well!

Halloween 2013 and my first blog post!

For those of you who know me you probably know that I LOVE October and especially Halloween. My love for Halloween comes directly from my family. As a kid I remember always decorating our house to look really spooky, carving pumpkins, and getting awesome costumes that my sister and I probably wore multiple times before Halloween even arrived and for weeks after. Our family took Halloween very seriously and had so much fun! We always looked forward to each Halloween and all the festiveness that goes along with it. I don’t have any pictures from my Halloween’s as a kid, but I will have to find/scan them and share at some point. My love for Halloween continued throughout my childhood and into my adult life. Halloween was even a BIG deal at UCSB where I went to college…lucky me! I’ve been adding to my Halloween decoration collection and now have 6+ boxes. My hubby Chris has come to love and appreciate…ok maybe tolerate my obsession and embrace Halloween too! He always gives me a hard time because sadly we only have 2 boxes of decorations for Christmas. I keep telling him we’ll get there, but Halloween will always be my favorite!

Here’s a quick re-cap in pictures of our October and Halloween.

A few weeks ago we headed out to Half Moon Bay and jam packed our day with as many fall/Halloween/festive activities as possible. We visited two pumpkin patches, ran through/get lost in a corn maze, scared ourselves silly in a haunted house, took a hay ride, and just had fun with some friends. Image

With the hubby picking out our pumpkins. We even got to use a wheelbarrow to carry our pumpkins around! Image

Our carved pumpkins. Not as fancy as in years past…but they still look great! Emma did a great job carving her pumpkin!Image

The surgeon and Peter Pan PA! I love dressing up and ended up being the only person in my office who did dress up! Most of my students enjoyed meeting with their “surgeon” instead of their academic advisor yesterday. Of course Emma had to partake and dress up for Halloween but she wasn’t very impressed…the pumpkin sweater came off right after the picture was taken. Silly girl!Image

I can’t wait to have kids of my own someday to dress up, decorate the house with, take trick-or-treating, and share my love for Halloween with them. Until then the hubby and pup will have to tolerate my obsession. Hope everyone had a great and Happy Halloween! I’m already looking forward to next year!