Monday, November 26, 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

sunday 11/25

today i am thankful to have had a lovely 5 days off of work for the holiday, and to get our home ready for christmas!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

friday 11/23

today i am thankful for a "re-set" day spent lounging around the house, with nothing on my to do list but relax.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

thanksgiving 11/22...

today is my favorite holiday and i woke up this morning with a smile in my face and a warm heart.  i am thankful for all the blessings in my life and i am so excited to share a fabulous dinner with amazing family and friends.  i love this holiday because i feel like it is one of the few holidays that remains not overly commercialized and we truly celebrate the roots of the meaning.  wishing all my friends and family a joyous day filled with love, laughter and of course good food!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

tuesday 11/20

i'm feeling very thankful today...thanksgiving is right around the corner, we have good friends in town, i have an extra day off of work for the holiday, we have some unexpected guests at thanksgiving that i haven't seen in a long time, i have some fun wedding stuff to do with jarad, and of course for the health and happiness of those i love.

i had a rough day yesterday, because when trying on my wedding dress i realized it was too short, a hard thing to fix, and with limited time i am not sure what the solution will be.  amongst all the other things i mentioned that i am thankful for, i came across this quote today and it helped me put things in perspective, and it is a concept that jarad is always trying to help me learn...it can be this simple!

"nothing external to you has any power over you"
~ralph waldo emerson

Friday, November 16, 2012

friday 11/16

today i am thankful that i am marrying the man of my dreams in exactly 4 months.  i truly believe the best is yet to come...

Thursday, November 15, 2012

thursday 11/15

today i am thankful for sisters and family.  where would we be without the support and love of our family?  and i am looking forward to dinner with my sister!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

wednesday 11/14

today i am thankful for my health.  this time three years ago, i was going to specialists and having tests done to diagnosis a lump on my face by my earlobe.  i had surgery in march of 2010 to remove it and have had no side effects since.   i feel fantastic and have been making lifestyle changes to improve my overall health, energy and well being, such as juicing, taking vitamins, sticking to an exercise routine and a healthy diet.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

tuesday 11/13

today i am thankful for a restful nights sleep and a relaxing morning during the work week.  it was awesome to enjoy a healthy dinner last night, catch up on our favorite TV show and then fall asleep early while watching a movie in bed.  then this morning i was well rested enough to get up early (before my alarm) and even do a work out at home, start tonights dinner, fold laundry and do a little wedding research :)  i love feeling productive in the morning before i have even left the house to go to work!

Monday, November 12, 2012

monday 11/12

i am thankful for stumbling upon little bits of wisdom that help put things in perspective.

"there is no such thing as a bad gift...therefor if everyday is a gift, there is no such thing as a bad day..."

"your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn"

"there is freedom that comes from awareness, because with it comes the opportunity to make a choice"

"curiosity breeds wisdom"

weekend catch up...

friday 11/9 today i am thankful for days off of work spent shopping, eating, and drinking in the sun, with the best of friends!

saturday 11/10 today i am thankful for the newest addition to the kooshki family...welcome baby mila (we have been expecting you and cannot wait to meet you!!!)

sunday 11/11 today i am thankful to come home.  vacations are the best, but it makes you realize that "home is where the heart is".  jarad picked me up from the airport and we headed straight to have brunch with some of my old college friends.  it was a fun afternoon of catching up, re-kindling old friendships and making new ones.    

music...midnight oil

midnight oil, "beds are burning"

Thursday, November 8, 2012

thursday 11/8

today i am thankful for vacations and visiting friends!  napa here i come!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

wednesday 11/7

today i am thankful for speaking my mind and getting stuff "off my chest".  i hope to see the change that needs to happen, and that by communicating i will be able to have a clear head, open mind and the patience to get through a difficult time at work. 

"be careful always to hold positive expectations for you will attract to yourself anything you project into the universe" sri parahansa yogananda

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

tuesday 11/6

today i am thankful for freedom, being able to vote and also for the election to be over.  it is disheartening to see how ugly and nasty people get when you don't see eye to eye on politics, it seems to bring out the worst in people. if you want your voice heard, go to the voting polls.

Monday, November 5, 2012

monday 11/5

today i am thankful for surprises.  my friend jen went to mexico city for vacation and sent me a text this morning asking if i could stop by her house before my dance class tonight to pickup a surprise she brought back.  i wonder what it is!?!?!  it is a special feeling when someone is kind enough to think of you and surprise you with a present, whether it is a sweet treat, a note or a gift, it's nice to be thought of :)

p.s. she brought me back a day of the dead skull made out of sugar and spicy watermelon lollipops!   what a sweet way to start the week.

this is one of jen's pictures of the sugar skulls

a month of thankfulness...

it has been way too long since i have updated my blog, and unfortunately i have neglected doing something that i love and makes me happy.  a lot of times life gets in the way, and i am realizing that way too much lately.  they say "a woman's work is never done" and i completely understand why.  my typical work week consists of waking up extra early three days a week to hit the gym, an hour commute to and from work, working a 9 hour day, making dinner, laundry, grocery shopping, cleaning the house and planning a wedding!  yes, i can balance it all and i think i do a great job of it too, and most nights i am lucky enough to even get 8 hours of sleep, but i have always battled with insomnia.  when the weekend rolls around, we usually have plans with friends, family, and of course the typical chores and house hold errands.  it's no wonder i feel run down and exhausted.  a few days off would be nice, a relaxing vacation would be amazing, but i am making it my goal and priority to take my life back.  i believe that if i practice a more balanced lifestyle, i would have the time and energy for both personal and professional obligations without feeling the mental and physical exhaustion.  while it sounds like i have just been complaining and whining, i do know how very grateful and blessed i am.  i have read books such as "the secret", "the alchemist", and "the happiness project" and i think the common theme amongst these books is showing and feeling gratitude.

i liked the concept of the book "the happiness project", but it was hard for me to connect with author and i found her overall "unlikeable".  her concept was to devote a year to making changes in her life to promote her happiness.  i found this book to be like a binge diet.  when you make extreme changes you tend to crash and feel failure, but when you make lifestyle adjustments you stick with them longer and eventually they become second nature.  i don't want a year of happiness and i want a lifetime of happiness, and i want to share it with the ones i love.  and please don't get me wrong, i am not unhappy, but there is always room for improvement and i am starting now.  the month of november is the start of fall and with my favorite holiday (thanksgiving) around the corner, this is the perfect time to reflect on all that we are grateful for.  since i believe that gratitude and happiness go hand in hand, i'm going to write everyday about all the wonderful and good things surrounding me.  since i am a few days behind...i have some catching up to do.

thursday nov 1st -  with the aftermath of super storm sandy hitting the east coast, i am very thankful that all of our friends, family and co-workers are safe.  everyone that i know had minimal damages and no injuries.  while some are still without power, it is the kindness of neighbors and strangers that helps a community get through a difficult time, and that is heartwarming.

friday nov 2nd - today i am thankful for the "small things".  for getting off work early so i can take a much needed nap, for a funny joke, a cute dog on the street, for jarad making dinner so i can relax.

saturday nov 3rd - today i am thankful to be able to celebrate others.  it was my aunt's birthday yesterday and today we (my mom, sister and cousin) took laura out to the venice canals for a nice walk, some shopping and a great lunch.  it was good girly time and a chance to catch up, laugh and celebrate "laura".



sunday nov 4th - today i am thankful for our beautiful home and meeting new friends.  we re-planted our garden box, and i am excited to watch it take off and grow our own produce.  after all, our first garden box was what inspired me to start my blog.  we also made a team effort (jarad and i) to spend a little time cleaning the house.  i realize what a beautiful home we have created that is filled with warmth and love, and somehow when i know it is clean and all my household chores are checked off my list, i just sleep better at night.  we also went to a work party for jarad, where i was introduced to some of his co-workers and their significant others.  it was fun to meet new people and make new friends.  

music... REM

REM, "orange crush"