just like waves, same but different.


Starfish and Steep Hills on Salt Spring Island

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The weekend is here and I’m dreaming of airplanes, beaches and far off, exotic destinations. I’ll admit, I suffer from a near constant state of wanderlust. Alas, those endless buckets of money I ordered still haven’t come in–wonder what’s taking them so long? 😉
In case you’re stuck at home this weekend (like moi), here’s a little virtual vacation courtesy of our easter weekend trip to Salt Spring Island–it’s the largest of the gulf islands, nestled between the mainland and Vancouver Island in the Salish Sea. Four years in Vancouver and Grant and I had never made the trip, so we decided to hop a ferry, bikes and picnic basket in tow, and do a little exploring…
Salt Spring is made up of hilly, winding roads sprinkled with hidden coves, purple starfish, tiny seafood restaurants, baby lambs, patches of daffodils, wandering geese, sculptors, painters, felters, cheese makers, wood…

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The Price of Happiness

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Chanel The Best Things
Tonight I’m heading out to watch Prince play at a small 1,100 seat theater. I’m over-the-moon-ecstatic about the singing, dancing and happiness that’s sure to ensue.
Unfortunately, grooving to Prince doesn’t come cheap. When I told people I was going to the concert, I received one of two reactions: “Whoa, that’s expensive” or “Whoa, you love Prince, that’s going to be awesome.”
I nodded my head to both reactions because I understand that Prince isn’t  awesome to everyone but that he is awesome to me.
It’s a somewhat pricey experience, but one that will undoubtedly raise my happiness quotient.
I didn’t always think that way.
Historically, when faced with a choice between something cheap and something expensive, I would unfailingly veer towards the middle, thinking that a compromise was better than under or over-indulging.
I would go shopping and think, “Yes, four pairs of…

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Rethinking the To-Do List

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Rethink To-Do
Sometimes I think, if I could just check every last item off of my to-do list, I would finally be able to think clearly. The world would spread out before me like a big blank canvas, and I would feel limitlessly creative and free.
When I was in real estate, my to-do list was a never-ending, never-enough-time-in-the-day futile exercise in completion. Checking one thing off usually meant adding three more in its place. My personal to-do list sat dusty and neglected somewhere underneath my half eaten lunch, mocking me. If I got to the grocery store in the evening and my phone didn’t ring after 10 pm, that was a good day.
Now that I have more time and energy to devote to the things that matter, I still find myself battling my to-do list. The things I want to do and the things I need to do…

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Five Senses … Tuesday

ImageThe last few days were some of my favorite days, ever. A group of six girls and I loaded a plane and left California behind for the vibrant red rocks of Utah. For four days, we unwound, hiked, did fitness classes, watched a cooking demo, took pictures, soaked, laughed, ate and did a teensy tiny bit of lounging. It was such an amazing and special trip, which I’ll be sharing throughout the week.

But for now, I wanted to pop in and do a quick Five Senses Tuesday, since I missed Monday. As always, feel free to play along in the comments or on your own blog. It’s more fun that way.

Five Senses … Tuesday

Radish sprouts — my new favorite salad topping from the salad bar I already miss. Quinoa, black bean and corn meatballs … good, but not as amazing as the Island Black Bean Stew…

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Thrills and Squeals

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This summer plans on being a wonderful concert filled event. 

Thus far, May will be amazing because I will be seeing the woman who sings the lyrics to my soul and who could be the only woman in this world that could make me consider lesbianism.  Marina and The Diamonds. This will be the third time I will be seeing her. My dear friend and I have practically followed her on tour, wherever we could. We went to Chicago, Dallas and now she’ll be very close to home in Lawrence.  
ImageAlso, the other band I’m supremely thrilled to see is Cold War Kids. I have loved them for so long and they are such an amazing band. I am like a little kid in a candy store excited! Such dashing and extremely talented guys. Ahh. So excited. 


The Lumineers will be headlining…

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