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A lesson wrapped in challah

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Happy New Year from San Diego

This past weekend was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. In over four decades, this is only the second time I’ve been away from home at this time of year. The first was six years ago. We’d gotten married in late August and took off for an around the world honeymoon, only to find ourselves celebrating the New Year in Berlin, Germany. This time, we’d taken off to escape winter in New York last December, and haven’t yet left San Diego. We found ourselves in this southern California city to ring in the New Year. Although short in length, these two experiences taught me endless lessons. Read the rest of this entry

Wish for Awesome!


Happy New Year!

On the 1st of January 2014, I officially left the land of education after fifteen years in the classroom. Jumping into event planning and travel writing with both feet, 2014 has been filled with new adventures, new challenges, new friends, and new opportunities. On this last morning of 2014, as I sit overlooking the San Diego marina in a city I hope will be a new home for awhile, I count myself incredibly lucky. I am lucky to be healthy, lucky to have supportive family and friends, lucky to have the freedom to take this leap and so very lucky to be able to do it all with my best friend. This year we traveled near and far, experienced new and favourite places, met some amazing people, helped in our own way, believed in ourselves, challenged fear, developed greater strength, changed perspectives, did our best to find our happy, and have gone in search of sunshine. This year I’ve celebrated smiles, magic, milestones, hugs, moments, people, adventure, hope, kindness, courage and love. I can’t wait for the wonder 2015 holds. For 2015, let’s all wish for awesome! Read the rest of this entry

Happy New Year to all!


Wishing Everyone a Very Healthy & Happy 2014!

May the New Year be filled with:

  • Time with the ones you love
  • Good Health
  • Ability to make memories at every turn
  • Smiles shared among friends and strangers
  • Adventure
  • Joy brought by family, friends & the kindness of strangers
  • New experiences
  • Delicious eats
  • Laughter & the knowledge needed to bring out your happy
  • Magic, wonder, curiosity & creativity

Thank you for the comments, tweets, posts, reads & visits this year. Here’s to a wonderful 2014 filled with safe travel, incredible experiences, amazing photography & adventure both near and far.

“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called “Opportunity” and its first chapter is New Year’s Day”. –Edith Lovejoy Pierce