God is in the details

I do not make New Year’s resolutions.
I accept as truth that I am an unfinished work in progress-which means my resolutions can strike me on any of the 365 days of the year-not just on New Years Day.

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But this year I will make a New Years resolution.
… well, maybe not so much a resolution, but a theme for my year, blossoming on this, the first day of the New Year.

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And here it is…

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…Pay attention to the Detail…

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…Live my life with eyes wide open.

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Noticing the detail of the beauty that surrounds me feels like the best New Years Resoultion I can make as I peer through passages seeking breathless wonder.

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“And now we welcome the New Year. Full of things that have never been.” –Rainer Maria Rilke
Bohemian-Austrian poet and novelist

WISHING YOU A YEAR OF BREATHLESS WONDER

“ONCE A YEAR GO SOMEWHERE YOU’VE NEVER BEEN BEFORE” ~ DALAI LAMA

On a day, just like any other normal day, I answered my phone.

But unlike any other normal day, I received an invitation to go to Alameda.

Now, being from California I have heard of this town by name, but that’s it- didn’t know anything about the town-never been there-never knew I should go there. But after I heard Victorian houses with Christmas decorations I said to myself…when the universe calls you with a gift…girrrl, say yes!

So that is how I found myself in Alameda-a small island 7 miles East of San Francisco-for a whirlwind 3 days of sisterhood fun.

We landed on the heels of a much touted storm, but here’s the thing about travel & weather-you need to be as prepared as you can but more importantly you need to be flexable.

Which for this trip meant boots, rain jacket and umbrella all packed & ready.

Turns out I only needed my umbrella for 20 minutes, the jacket 50% of the time, and the boots 100% of the time.

I luv boots…and yet I live in Hawaii where we wear slippahs…so any day I can wear boots is a good day!

And my boots are made for walking…

http://www.garnethill.com/gentle-souls-buckled-up-boots/18603

This brand is wonderful on your feet…I can walk for miles and miles… And have in Paris with these same boots-ditto their sandals They are pricey for sure, but when you factor in hurt feet=crappy time –they are so worth the money.

Ok…Enough side shoe talk back to the adventure…

With no real expectations for this adventure except knowing whatever was going to happen was bound to be good-After all, I was going to be in Alameda, a small island chock full of Victorian Homes and Bungalows,and in the company of some fabulous women.

Really-how could it not be good?

And it was fabulous!

Each day & night we took long walks around the island.

Scenes from a winter walk:

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Loved, loved, loved the houses.

From the Painted Ladies…

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To the Stately & Grand & the sweet little Bungalows…

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And the Whimsical…

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And the houses dressed for Christmas…

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We walked and walked in breathless wonder of the sights before us.
Stopping to admire every detail of what we were seeing…

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When we needed a meal or a drink this is where we landed…

Mexican food at its best! La Penca Azul www.lapencaazul.com

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And

Burma Superstar-great food Burma Style www.burmasuperstar.com

-excellent food, mojitos & company equals Happy Girls!
Apparently we all got the memo, wear black or a shade thereof…

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And

A stop at Jays for Mexican hot chocolate- made just like Moms!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jays-Coffee-Tea-and-Treats/268222489950524

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And, of course,

no one had to twist my arm to stop at Tuckers Ice Cream…they have been making ice cream since 1941-yum!

http://tuckersicecream.com/about-tuckers/

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And a nightcap at where else for these Hawaiian Girls…the Forbidden Island Tiki Lounge

http://www.forbiddenislandalameda.com/photos/

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…After 3 days of breathless wonders it was time to click our ruby reds

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The Art of Traveling

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As I about to leave on a new adventure, traveling to somewhere I have never been before, these words remind me of how to behave and why I get into a flying tin can, zoom up in the sky, across the ocean, in search of wonders that take my breath away.

The Art of Traveling was written by Wilferd A. Peterson, a very wise man who lived an inspired life as a writer and traveler.
He was born in 1900 and lived on this earth for 95 years perfecting the Art of Living.

Besides writing The Art of Living & the below Art of Traveling, he also wrote for many magazines including This Week and a monthly column for Science of the Mind magazine.

The Art of Traveling
By: Wilferd A. Peterson

When you pack your bags to explore the beauties of your own country or to travel around the world, consider these keys to a happy journey:

Travel lightly. You are not traveling for people to see you!

Travel Slowly. Jet planes are for getting place, not seeing places.

Take time to absorb the beauty and inspiration of a mountain or a cathedral.

Travel expectantly. Every place you visit is like a surprise package to be opened. Untie the strings with an expectation of high adventure.

Travel hopefully. “To travel hopefully,” wrote Robert Louis Stevenson, “is better than to arrive.”

Travel humbly. Visit people and places with reverence and respect for their traditions and ways of Life.

Travel courteously. Consideration for your fellow travelers and your hosts will smooth the way through the most difficult days.

Travel gratefully. Show appreciation for the many things that are being done by others for your enjoyment and comfort.

Travel with an open mind. Leave your prejudice at home.

Travel with curiosity. It is not how far you go, but how deeply you go that mines the gold of experience. Thoreau wrote a big book about tiny Walden Pond.

Travel with imagination. As the old Spanish proverb puts it: “He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him.”

Travel fearlessly. Banish worry and timidity, the world and its people belong to you just as you belong to the world.

Travel relaxed. Make up your mind to have a good time. Let go.

Travel patiently. It takes time to understand others, especially when there are barriers of language and custom; keep flexible and adaptable to all situations.

Travel with the spirit of a world citizen. You’ll discover that people are basically much the same the world around. Be an ambassador of goodwill to all people.

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Excellent words to remember for a fine adventure…

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