82 Degrees for Christmas

This is why people love California. It was 82 degrees in San Diego today, and I’d say a little got actually.

We decided to visit the Hotel Del Coronado with friends and family today and couldn’t believe how warm it was.

The Hotel Del was built in 1888 and is a historic Victorian wooden beach resort. It is one of California’s historic landmarks.

It felt like it could have been historic Disneyland with all the hordes of people.

I loved dipping my toes in the water, people watching, and watching the sunset the most.

We also enjoyed walking through the town and exploring someplace new.

Here are a few of my favorite things from today, living it up, laughing out loud and being in the moment.

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Hotel California

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True life for me.

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Not all who wander are lost.

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The Wizard of Oz house, side view as someone was sitting on the front porch.

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Tide pools at low tide.

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Sun setting.

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I love my life and the sun on my face and with my toes in the sand. Doesn’t get much better than this.

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Except for this!

I am happy and grateful and wish the same for you. Everyday we get to practice and I wish you all the best.

Happy last night of Hanukkah!

Let your light shine from deep inside your soul. xoxo

My Valentine

Love yourself.

What does that mean?

What does that look like?

What does loving yourself feel like?

Why is it important?

It took me several years to really learn this lesson. To know it. To feel it. To really do it. And to realize that this process changes and is never done. And it’s ok, more than ok, and we should be celebrating our happiness and creating more happiness. It’s contagious and I want to share it.

If I were to share my valentine gift with you, it would be this:

Figure out what makes you happy and make time to do that. TODAY.

If you don’t know what makes you happy, then sit for 15 minutes and try to make a list. If nothing is coming to you, then focus on just breathing and relaxing and freeing your mind for 15 minutes. Create some space and time so that your creativity can flow. And then tomorrow, pick something from your list and spend 15 minutes doing what makes you smile. Everyone has 15 minutes to squeeze in joy and it’s a huge investment in your daily well being and productivity and the happiness you can give out to the world.

This Valentine’s Day – instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers or chocolate or to be romantic, make time for yourself and do something that you love. Give yourself the freedom from responsibility and duty to live it up and love it out and create joy – even if it’s only 15 minutes.  Loving ourselves needs to become a habit, something we practice and become good at. Because the more we love ourselves and see the good that we are, the more love and more goodness we have to share with others. This is the endless circle we want to create.  The happiness circle that keeps on growing and growing and fills our earth, filled with love and happiness. Oh, I like that visual… don’t you?

Love me. Love you.

So simple.

Happy Valentine’s Day to YOU! Wonderful YOU!

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Bloom.