30 Days of Thankfulness — Day 27-30

“Life is an echo. What you send out, comes back. What you sow, you reap. What you give, you get. What you see in others, exists in you. Remember, life is an echo. It always gets back to you. So give goodness. ” ~ Unknown

Day 27: RAIN! So very thankful for some rain these last few days and being able to stay cozy inside the house for most of the day! We started a Harry Potter marathon and just soaked in our last day of vacation! 🙂

Day 28: Coming home to a house that smells like CHRISTMAS! We got our tree over the weekend and it just smells wonderful when you walk in the house. Later this week we will work on putting the ornaments on. For now, I will enjoy it’s delicious smell and our pretty lights. The holiday season is upon us!

Day 29: Today I’m very grateful for both of my parents. My mom and dad mean the world to me and I’m so lucky to have them as parents. They have not only made me into the person that I am today, but have loved and supported me unconditionally. I’m so thankful for all that they have provided for me over the years and for all their love. I love you mom and dad!

Day 30: Today I am thankful for long lasting friendships. We may be scattered all over CA and across the US, but I know we are always there for each other. THANK YOU to all of my girls (you know who you are) for being such wonderful friends and making my life all that much better!

Love you! ❤

“Let us rise up and be thankful,
for if we didn’t learn a lot today,
at least we learned a little,
and if we didn’t learn a little,
at least we didn’t get sick,
and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die;
so, let us all be thankful.”

~ Buddha

I really enjoyed doing another installment of 30 Days of Thankfulness. Thank you for joining me! I truly feel that we all have so much to be thankful and it’s important to take the time and really take stalk of what we have! I love keeping track of and writing down everything I am thankful for, not only for this yearly blog series, but throughout the entire year. If you haven’t kept a gratitude journal I highly recommend that you start one. Looking forward to doing this blog post again next year!

Happy Wednesday folks! Hope you have a great week.



30 Days of Thankfulness — Day 19-26

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” ~ Cicero

Day 19: Spending the weekend in Huntington Beach visiting with Chris’ mom. Saw an absolutely GORGEOUS sunset. This one just lit up the entire sky and made some of the clouds look like feathers. It was truly breathtaking!

Day 20: I have a few things for today that I am very thankful for:

Completing another 21 Day Meditation challenge! Meditation has become a huge part of my life and I am so very grateful and thankful for my practice. I am also so very thankful of my dear friend Cassie (who I’ve blogged a lot about before). She is the person who introduced me to this wonderful world of mindfulness and meditation. Thank you again Cassie for all of your inspiration, love and friendship! ❤ ❤


Also, grateful to have celebrated an early Thanksgiving with Chris and his mom. We cooked a turkey with all of the fixing’s and spent the evening relaxing and watching movies. So glad we got to spend some time with her! ❤

Day 21: Thankful for my mentors, especially some from UCSB. I’m so glad to still have these people in my life. It’s always wonderful catching up with them and having good conversations!

Also, Happy 5th Birthday to our sweet nephew Colton and to my sister-in-law Kristin!

Day 22: Feel truly blessed to work/know such wonderful students at SJSU. One of my students, Luna came by to visit me today. Over the summer she studied/traveled abroad and came by to drop off some travel goodies she got me while on her trip. I was so touched by her thoughtfulness. Totally wasn’t expecting any gifts. It was so wonderful catching up and hearing all about her travel adventures. I feel so lucky to know her. Thank you again Luna, you are one of a kind and I know will do fabulous things!

Day 23: Today I am thankful for Emma & Dash. I love these pups more than anything and they really make our family complete. I am so grateful to be their dog mommy and don’t know what I would do without them.

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” Roger Caras


“My goal in life is to be as good of a person my dog already thinks I am.” Author Unknown

Also wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving Eve everyone! Hope you all enjoy yummy food, friends and family tomorrow. Enjoy the day! ❤ ❤

Day 24: happy-thanksgiving-images


Today I am thankful for so many things, but most importantly I am incredibly thankful for FAMILY. FAMILY is EVERYTHING! I’m looking forward to eating lots of yummy food, relaxing and just enjoying the day together. I love my family so much and don’t know what I would do without their love and support! Hope you all enjoy the day with loved ones. ❤ ❤



Day 25: Grateful for some post Thanksgiving wine tasting at our favorite winery, Bella. We absolutely LOVE going here and are even double club members! Dogs are allowed at the winery so that makes it even more fun. So glad to have a relaxing day, drinking wine and spending time with my little family! ❤


Day 26: Today I am thankful for brunching with my childhood best  friend Ann and her sweet little Olivia! We always have such a great time and Olivia is cuter than words.


Ann and I have been friends since we were babies and I’m so grateful that we’ve remained such close friends. She’s my oldest and dearest friend and I love her so much! Thanks for being such a great friend Ann!


Happy 3rd Birthday to our sweet twin nieces, Kendall and Madison! I can’t believe these little girls are already three years old…time is just flying by. Love then and can’t wait to see them soon!

“Make it a habit to tell people thank you.  To express your appreciation, sincerely and without the expectation of anything in return.  Truly appreciate those around you, and you’ll soon find many others around you.  Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.” ~ Ralph Marston


30 Days of Thankfulness — Day 12-18

“Gratitude always comes into play; research shows that people are happier if they are grateful for the positive things in their lives, rather than worrying about what might be missing.” — Dan Buettner

Day 12: Thankful for new friends/couples! Met Jen and her finance Greg for wine tasting and a picnic at a potential wedding venue for them! We had such a great time drinking lots of wine and enjoying a relaxing and carefree day. So glad to have friends like them close by!  15027927_10105041502530347_541117310048162697_n

Day 13: Lazy Sunday! Sometimes you just have to do nothing and that’s totally OK!

Day 14: Thankful for co-workers that have turned into really great FRIENDS! I’m talking about you Lilly and Ashley! It’s always a good time when the McConnells/Gangais/Defensors get together! Love having people that Chris and I can hang out with outside of work. These two couples are one of a kind and I’m so glad they are in our life! ❤ ❤

Day 15: Happy 2nd Birthday Dash! This little guy is such a joy in our life and certainly keeps us on our toes! We love you so much buddy! ❤ ❤


Tonight we will celebrate with new toys and lots of playing! Doggy cupcakes will come tomorrow night!

Day 16: Dental care! Visited the dentist today and am very glad to have a clean bill of health for my teeth!

Day 17: My hubby. This guy is my best friend, partner in crime, love of my life and the one who makes me complete. I am so thankful for his continued support, encouragement, love and push to be the best version of myself! I love him more than words can describe and I don’t know where I would be without him! Thank you Chris (Tof) for all that you do and for loving me unconditionally. LOVE you Tof! ❤ ❤

“Troubles, they may come and go, but good times, they’re the gold.”

~ Dave Matthews Band

Day 18: TGIF! Looking forward to a long weekend in Huntington Beach…we will be visiting with Chris’ mom for an early Thanksgiving. Can’t wait to get down to SoCal. I miss the gorgeous fall sunsets and palm trees!

“None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” — Fred De Witt Van Amburgh


P.S. Have a great weekend everyone!


30 Days of Thankfulness — Day 1-11

Welcome back friends! Glad you are joining us for another 30 Days of Thankfulness. I first started this blog series in 2013 and am very proud to have kept it going. Bring on year #4! You can check out previous post from 2013, 2014, and 2015.

In today’s world there is so much to be THANKFUL for in this life. It’s really important to take the time to count your blessing and just pay it forward. Thank you for letting me share with you!

Day 1: A new month and Day #2 of another meditation challenge Depak Chopra & Oprah. Check out their 21 Day Meditation Challenge and join me!

Day 2: Mindful U Retreat. Spent a wonderful day in the mountains soaking up all of Cassie’s wisdom and doing something good for my soul. (I will do a separate post all about this retreat).

Day 3: Having a short work week! Today is my Friday so that always feels good!

Day 4: Headed to Indianapolis, Indiana for the annual NODA conference! Last year I was incredibly lucky to have attended the conference as well as OPI (Orientation Professional Institute) prior to the conference. Feel very fortunate to attend again this year! Can’t wait to re-connect with old friends, meet/network with new colleagues and learn more about the field of Orientation, Retention and Transition! (Will also do a separate post about my conference).

Day 5: Thankful for the opportunity to explore a new city (ya for INDY) with my fellow colleague from SJSU. We had a blast getting to know each other more, having deep conversations and exploring a new city! Thanks for hanging out with me Rigo!

Day 6: Presenting for the 2nd time at a national conference! Since graduate school, my professional “bucket list” has had presenting at a national conference on it. Accomplished that goal last year and feel very grateful to have been able to present again this year! TWO years in a row baby!

Day 7: Attending a fabulous Author’s Luncheon during the NODA Conference! This was one of the highlights for me. It was incredible to be in a room hearing from these five authors on topics that are so true and relevant right now. I felt truly inspired by their works and can’t wait to read their stories.

Day 8: The ability and privilege to VOTE!   vote-counts1

Day 9: Thankful for a weeknight dinner and drinks date with my college bestie, Caitlin and our friend Jen (who also went to UCSB). It was so wonderful meeting these girls for dinner, talking about life and just spending time together. Cait lives in Davis, so we don’t see each other too often. I am so thankful for our friendship and love whenever I get to see her. My goal is to make a better effort to see her more often. Jen, recently moved from NYC to the San Jose area…no excuse now in not seeing her now! Glad to have such great women in my life!

Day 10: TRUE statement! Every day IS a NEW beginning and we always have the chance to start over! I love this quote and feel like it rings especially true with everything that has happened since the election… We need to unite together, continue to fight the good fight, keep our heads up high and remember to LOVE! Lets keep moving forward and start again!


 Day 11: Thank you to all our military personnel for the sacrifices you have made for our freedom! Today we HONOR YOU and THANK YOU!! HAPPY VETERANS DAYS!


Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie




Happy November 1st

Hello All! Happy November 1st! Hope everyone has recovered from the Halloween celebrations last night. We had a pretty low-key evening…ended up having to get my co-workers prescription filled (she was at the ER in the middle of the night with super bad neck and arm pain) so we brought over her meds and a PIZZA! So glad we could spend some time with her (even though she was in pain). When we got home, we hung out with the pups and I soaked up/enjoyed all of our Halloween lights and decorations ONE.LAST.TIME. I mean, everything will still be up/on, but we will start taking everything down this week. 😦  #sadhalloweenisover

And like that…October is GONE and November is here.


Where the heck did October go?!?! It seemed to just fly by, am I right? I say this EVERY year, but I honestly get a little sad when the month of October is over. It’s may favorite month and Halloween is my favorite holiday haha. So sad when it’s all over and done with. Oh well..until next year October/Halloween…you will be missed!

Ok, so now onto Novebmer! For the past 4 years, during the month of November I do a 30 Days of Thankfulness series on my blog. This blog series first started in 2013 and I am very proud to have kept it going all these years. I’ve been keeping a daily gratitude journal on my phone for a few years as well, but really like to do this blog series during November. Bring on year #4! You can check out previous series post from 2013, 2014, and 2015. Please feel free to join me in this series/challenge. I will be posting a recap every 8-9 days so not to totally inendate you with blog posts haha. My first post is scheudled for November 9th. Hope you join me!


30 Days of Thankfulness — Day 26-30

“We should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.” Neal A. Maxwell

Day 26: Happy Thanksgiving!




Today I am thankful for so many things but most importantly my family! I’m looking forward to eating good food and just enjoying the day together. I love my family so much! Hope you all enjoyed your day with loved ones.

Also a very Happy 2nd Birthday to our sweet nieces Kendall and Madison! They are growing up so fast and are as cute as can be! We love these sweet girls so much!

Day 27: Having a lazy post-Thanksgiving day. Watched some movies and ate leftovers! Seriously just the best!

Day 28: USC beating UCLA (finally!) and heading to the PAC-12 National Championship game!!!!! FIGHT ON! GO TROJANS!!!

Day 29: My own bed! After being out of town for the past four nights it felt glorious to sleep in my own bed!!!

Day 30: Thankful for our health as well as the health of our friends, family and loved ones! Also loving this cold weather (woke up to 33* in San Jose)! Nothing but sweaters and lots of scarves!

“If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily.” Gerald Good

I really enjoyed doing 30 Days of Thankfulness again and hope you all did too. I have so much to be thankful for and I’m sure you do too! I love keeping track of and writing down everything I am thankful for, not only for this yearly blog series, but throughout the entire year! If you haven’t kept a gratitude journal I highly recommend that you do! Looking forward to doing this blog post again next year!

Hope you all had a wonderful long weekend celebrating Thanksgiving with friends, family and lots of good food! Have a great week!

30 Days of Thankfulness — Day 9-16

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.” Eckhart Tolle

Day 9: To be alive!


Day 10: Having flexibility in my job/work schedule. Caught naughty Dash standing/hanging out on the kitchen table via our video cameras and had to go home from work to clean up the mess. Good thing I did because he ate some Halloween chocolate/candy. Thankfully I was able to stay home from work and watch him in case he got sick (he did not!). Thank you Sara for letting me go home and not making it a big deal! I really appreciate the flexibility I have and your support.

Day 11: Thank you to all our military personnel for the sacrifices you have made for our freedom. Today we HONOR YOU and THANK YOU!! Happy Veterans Day! Had a lovely day off from work hanging out with my work bestie.

Day 12: Developing strong, positive relationships with people at SJSU. It was really nice to have lunch with one of these people. Thank you for continuing to encourage and support me!

Day 13: Having a great conversation with a faculty member I met at OPI. So thankful to have been able to go to NODA last month and participate in OPI. Feels good to have another cheerleader in my corner.

Also thinking a lot about the events that happened in Paris. Sending lots of love and prayers to everyone in Paris and hoping for peace. As Deepak Chorpa posted about the events; “Attack is on all humanity. The world must come together to stop the madness.” 12239758_10104257832241887_5202561625225816989_n.jpg

#prayforparis #peaceforparis

Day 14: Double date night with my work wife/bestie Ashley and her hubby Erwin. We went to SmashBurger for dinner and then saw the new Bond movie Spectre. We had so much fun with them and are already looking forward to the next time we can get together. I’m so thankful for my friendship with Ashley! She makes going to work much better! Hehe. Love you work wifey!

Day 15: Happy 1st Birthday to our little pup Dash! You’re a big boy now! We love you so much even if you cause a little trouble! We celebrated with new toys, lots of playing and cupcakes! This little guy sure has been more mischievous then Emma, but I’m still so glad that we got him! He really makes our little family of mini schnauzers complete. Don’t know what I would do without my pups.


Day 16: Thankful for long lasting friendships with girlfriends that I have known since college. No matter where we are (in the country of world) we always manage to keep tabs on each other. Just today (maybe it was last night) I got an email update and the core group of us were all on the email. After college we used to do this updates pretty often and then over the years have slacked off a little. It was a really nice surprise for a Monday morning. I love those girls more than anything and feel so lucky to have them in my life. It’s been a crazy ride from college to life as “grown-ups.” We’ve been in/or at each others weddings and now some of us are having kids (#1 or #2), adding dogs to the mix instead of kids or moving across the country. Although we might not see each other as often as we would like, they know me to the core and I know without a doubt they will always be there for me. Thanks for being such great girlfriends, I love and miss you!

“Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of words. Gratitude is shown in acts.” Henri Frederic Amiel