Well, it's not really "my own private beach"... but some days it feels that way. This picture was taken one day over the summer at a beach called Table Rock that is in the town of Laguna Beach. It is not that well known, except to the people that live near it, and so some days it is pretty deserted. And due to the hundreds of steps you must go down and then back up, there are rarely kids or families with tons of stuff, which tends to make this beach feel very peaceful. Table Rock has quickly become one of my favorite Orange County beaches.
i recently moved into a small house in corona del mar, which is a quaint, little town nestled between newport beach and laguna beach. i am really enjoying this new neighborhood and living with a roommate. here are a few pictures of the place...
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they're a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.
just a quick post, because i recently came upon this list and really wanted to share it...
by Nithya Shanti 1. Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day. And while you walk, smile. 2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. 3. Sleep for 7 hours. 4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy. 5. Play more games. 6. Read more books than you did the previous year. 7. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives. 8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6. 9. Dream more while you are awake. 10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants. 11. Drink plenty of water. 12. Try to make at least three people smile each day. 13. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip. 14. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness. 15. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment. 16. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime. 17. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar. 18. Smile and laugh more. 19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others. 20. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does. 21. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree. 22. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present. 23. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about. Don't compare your partner with others. 24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you. 25. Forgive everyone for everything. 26. What other people think of you is none of your business. 27. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 28. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch. 29. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful. 30. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. 31. The best is yet to come. 32. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. 33. Do the right thing! 34. Call your family often. 35. Your inner most is always happy. So be happy. 36. Each day give something good to others. 37. Don't over do. Keep your limits. 38. Share this with someone you care about
i hope everyone is having a wonderful new year! each new year i am filled with so many goals and desires for the following year... but this year is different... i am kind of in a weird place... feeling out of sorts and kind of a bit confused about many different things. changes are on the horizon, and while change may be necessary it is not always easy, and at times can be very stressful. i feel i need to take a step away from this blog for awhile and just breathe. so, i am going to take a little break from this blog... and that means, goodbye, but just for now.
this year we celebrated christmas in many different places. on christmas eve we went with our friends, matt and stephanie, to their sicilian family celebration of the feast of seven fishes. we brought oyster shooters and sushi rolls, which were a big hit.
on christmas day we went to j.d.'s house to open gifts, then to my cousins' (detra, jamie and tracie's) parents house for their annual christmas morning brunch. this year it was also a celebration of jamie and alex's recent wedding in las vegas. after that we went to my aunt laurie's house to visit with her and my aunt linda. then later that evening went to my cousin ryan's wife's family's philipino celebration. whew... what a great couple of days feasting and celebrating the holiday!