Archive for June, 2012

June 29, 2012

Many, Many Stories to Love

Many, many moons, too many moons, have passed since my last post. Many of you have asked about my next post and I’ve promised you one soon. My lack of posting has not been due to lack of stories to write about. In fact, the past many moons have taken me to many places across the state, the country and even the world. I continue to experience new places and people, and am so very blessed to have a career that I love. I believe I get to have these experiences, because I am passionate about living life and I have never, ever stopped dreaming. And while many, many stories have occurred since my last post – I will do my best to share only the highlights.

I usually like to save the best for last – but I’m too excited today for that. The absolute highlight of the past couple months was most definitely my sister’s wedding in the Dominican Republic. The wedding went off without a hitch, the weather was better than expected, 75 of her friends and family were in paradise for a week-long celebration to an awesome wedding. I know I’m biased, but I promise you it was an awesome wedding. To give you the facts, the ‘fun’ level at a wedding can always be determined by how many people are on the dance floor, versus how many people are in their seats. The dance floor in the Dominican Republic certainly won that battle, and we rocked it out until whatever time in the morning. The setting was beautiful, my sister looked absolutely gorgeous, and it was truly a time to remember. The week was incredible – relaxing on the beach, scuba diving, massages, and cocktails in hand spending quality time with our family and friends. Thank you to everyone who made the trip, and made the trip so special. My sister is married!!!

I could go on and on about our time in paradise, but many other experiences happened in the many other moons to my story. I got back from the Dominican Republic, and a few short days later – one of my best friends came again to visit me in San Francisco. We painted the town red (isn’t that what they used to say?)! Dinners, neighborhood festivals, shopping and a trip to Napa! I’m truly blessed to have such a good friend, who has known me through thick and thin, yet our distance has not even smudged a distance between our hearts. (Ameel & Schug shoutout).

Only a day went by, and I was then off to Washington, D.C. for a work trip. My office is located one building down from the White House, and the views we have from our board meetings is just phenomenal. I spent some time with friends in DC, some old, some new, and really fell in love with the spirit, history and beauty of our nation’s capital for the fourth time. From there, I ventured off to visit my brother in Charlotte, North Carolina. I finally met his puppy (who isn’t a puppy anymore) for the first time, just got to hang out in his and his girlfriend’s life for a few days. Charlotte is such a neat city, filled with young professionals with good hearts. I even ran into my two Sam’s while they were there, lucky me! From Party Bike Pedaling uptown, the Taste of Charlotte, my brother’s fine cooking, and discovering Pimento Cheese; I just loved my time in the South.

I was then back to San Francisco, and not even two days later, picked my parents up from the airport! My dad and I went to the U.S. Open – talk about something to remember. It was a crazy cool experience, and I loved spending the day with my dad in one of his upmost happiest moments. While we were out on the course, my mom was exploring the city, snapping pictures, shopping, got a facial and was soaking up the sun. We had a great dinner that night at a small family owned Spanish Tapas restaurant with some of my friends, and then spent the next day exploring more that SF has to offer and walking around the North Beach Festival. I am so blessed to have parents that have done everything they can to give me the best life possible, let me live my own life, and care enough to come visit me in it. I dropped them off at the airport, and then was off for more work trips to Sacramento, Pleasanton, Oakland, San Jose, and Turlock, California.

The next weekend, I was able to spend some quality SF time in the city that has stolen my heart, and then was off again for another trip. I have been in the Los Angeles area the whole week for work, experiencing a very different side to LA than most think exists over the Hollywood Hills. The beaches here are beautiful, and some undiscovered by tourists. The hills are the rolling rich Golden State Hills, the weather has been perfect. I toured the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Air Force One, and sincerely recommend it. I have had very successful meetings and continue to love meeting people who care about public policy and business, as I do.

The point to all this, might I add, is not to brag, boast, or to butter you up. I like to tell my stories. I like to tell my stories, to inspire you to enjoy your life as much as I do mine. I like to tell my stories, to inspire you to open your eyes to the little things around you. I like to tell my stories, to show my gratitude for the people in my life, the places I’ve been, the career I have, and the family I have. I like to tell my stories, to inspire you to keep following your dreams. I like to tell my stories, to inspire you to never stop dreaming.

So while I sit here in my LA hotel, I hope my stories will inspire you to love your stories.

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