your life in one word.

October 25, 2013 | filed under consider this, plain cool | 2 Comments 

yesterday was a blissful day. i went to see the amazingly talented jazz vocalist gregory porter and had a great time. smile all over my face pretty much the whole time great. behind me, stood a beautiful and lively couple. the wife was such a huge music fan and had so much energy that after porter played two songs, i looked back at her and said, “i want to go to a concert with you.” she laughed, but i was serious. at the end of the night, i gave her husband my information and reiterated the idea.

on the way out, the mass of people slowly inched out of the door. impatient to get to abc cocina to see a friend who works there, i wondered what was taking so long. near the exit, stood mr. porter himself, shaking hands and signing autographs. having provided me with a wonderful, heartfelt evening, i had to thank him. he truly and humbly gives himself when performing. the dedication to his craft comes across throughout each moment. his band is world class, and their energy was incandescent.

as soon as i arrived to cocina, i was greeted with love by several key staff members. i was seated, then the couple i just met called to tell me they were going to abc kitchen. coincidentally, i was right next door and asked them to stop by. we all enjoyed a wonderful meal. sidebar: yes to the guac and chips, cauliflower, mezcal cured salmon, brussels, beets, and mushroom and kale tacos.

the evening was full of laughter, warmth, and appreciation. there was so much open-heartedness and love. it was such a gift, and simply amazing. in the midst of these beautiful exchanges, i wondered what one word i could use to summarize my life at the moment. ‘charmed’ came to mind first and is actually quite perfect. it brings my attention to everything that’s right and working well and provides me with a certain clarity and optimism regarding everything else i would like to get in order. after realizing that, my bliss level shot through the roof.

so i ask you, what one word would you use to describe your life right now?


October 23, 2013 | filed under #notetoself, consider this, inspiring, moment of truth, rewritable words | Leave a Comment 

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not, but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. - Epicurus

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bruce lee wisdom.

October 18, 2013 | filed under inspiring, rewritable words, watch this | Leave a Comment 

the cadence of bruce lee’s speech makes it so that i can listen to him talk all day. in addition to that, he’s got gems to share.

“my life it seems like is a life of self-examination and self-peeling of my self, bit by bit, day by day….”

“when i look around, i always learn something and that is to be always yourself, and to express yourself, to have faith in yourself.
do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.”

“empty your mind. be formless. shapeless. like water. now, you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup.
you put water into a bottle, it becomes the bottle.
you put it in a tea pot, it becomes the tea pot.
now water can flow, or it can crash. be water, my friend.”

“running water never grows stale, so you’ve got to keep on flowing.”

your power is yours.

October 15, 2013 | filed under #notetoself, challenge, consider this, moment of truth, my life changed when... | Leave a Comment 

your power is yours to keep. it exists within your thoughts, feelings, and choices. it belongs to you. don’t give it away. and don’t condemn others when you choose to give your power away because they chose not to. choose again. empowerment never comes from an external source.

suffering is a decision.

perception defines the inward experience of anything. choose better.

sit with that. feel it out. take it in.

to imply that choice alone is the difference between feeling bad, good, or great, or between feeling powerless and powerful is almost tauntingly, if not deceptively, simple sounding. however, it is simple, but not necessarily easy. the trick is that a half-hearted commitment won’t suffice. there is no middle ground.

here are some things that have helped me retain my power:

  • decide to feel good by being appreciative. thank your way through whatever you’re dealing with.
  • create meaning for yourself, your circumstances and life in general.
  • keep your focus on your goals and what makes you feel good.
  • smile anyway…just because it actually makes you feel better.
  • here’s to happy living!


    what my world sounds like: james blake

    October 15, 2013 | filed under listen, what my world sounds like | Leave a Comment 

    blissfully immerse yourself in the hazy, emotive world of james blake. while listening, there is no other way. his voice is so full of texture and feeling, words aren’t even required, but the music engages on so many levels. however, fortunately for the world, he’s been honing his songwriting skills and this second album is a solid follow-up showcasing his personal and musical growth.

    “retrograde” from overgrown
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