My bucket list.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Now that the LSAT is over and my life has slowed down (somewhat) I've decided it's time to make my bucket list. This entails all things I want to do in Arizona before I start law school, but also includes some of the things I want to do in life, period. Bare with me - these are only the first 20:
1. See the green light right before the sun sets.
2. Get my 'grace' tattoo. But first I have to convince my dad, aunt & uncle to go with me and of course my mom&brother.
3. Climb Machu Picchu.
4. Go 'clubbing' in downtown Phoenix.

5. Take a cooking class at Sur La Table with my best friends.
6. Drive cross-country following Route 66.
7. Celebrate New Years in London and New York, in the same year.
8. Learn how to surf in Australia, throw another shrimp on the barbie and eat Vegemite.
9. Ride a camel in Egypt and take dorky pyramid pictures in front of the Pyramid of Khufu at Giza (the largest Egyptian pyramid).
10.  Go on a sailing excursion.
11.  Go to Pepperdine law.
12. Ice-skate on a frozen lake, not just a man-made rink.
13. Have 15 minutes of fame.
14. Have tea at the Kilauea Lighthouse.

15. Live in Italy again.
16. Take a girls trip to New York.
17. Throw a fancy cocktail party with no real purpose besides celebrating each other.

18. Write a book.
19. Go bar-golfing with everyone.
20. Inspire someone.

There are no requirements.

Monday, September 28, 2009

What defines a best friend? What are the requirements to be a good best friend? How many hours a week does it entail? Stupid questions that have no answers. A best friend is not defined by how many times they talk on the phone, or how many hours they hang out together. It is not defined by how many sleepovers they gossip at, or how many inside jokes they have. There are no requirements or laws that state that a good best friend must hang out with them every weekend, or tell each other every little detail. A best friend is a matter of opinion. It is the person who has been there for you through everything, not just through the fun things, or the little things. It is the person that you call when you are at your absolute worst, it is the person who saves you when you didn’t even notice that you needed saving,  
mostly it is the person who accepts you for who you are, and the person that you are becoming.

It's here.

Friday, September 25, 2009

After 8 long weeks and more preparation than I could think of - it's finally here.

The countdown is over - Let's do this. 180 baby.

the problem.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

"Don't give up. Your problem gets better next month."

Things change.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

When I graduated from college,
I knew things were going to change.

I knew relationships wouldn't be or stay the same. I knew the people I enjoyed the most would go away, I knew the daily grind would change and I knew that I was never going to be the same person I was in Malibu. But I also knew that, while some things changed others we're going to stay the same. Those I depended on most in college would be the people I still depend on. Those who I loved, laughed & cried with, would be the ones that would tell me "she's just trying to ruin our lives" and make me laugh about the whole stupid situation. I knew all these things, and I was right. They're still there. And after a much needed catchup sesh,  and a facebook email thread - they're still there, being the same amazing, dependable friends I always knew.
I miss 223.

Let's go back.

insecurity, glamour & fashion.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

this might be my new favorite trashy soap.

...and he might be my new celeb crush: Nico Tortorella

No questions asked.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Do not think that love, in order to be genuine, has to be extraordinary. 
What we need is to love without getting tired.
-Mother Teresa

For life.

"We are friends for life. When we're together the years fall away.
Is that what matters? To have someone who can remember with you?
To have someone who remembers how far you've come?"
-Judy Blume

I know a place.

When all else fails and you long to be
Something better than you are today
I know a place where you can get away...

The greatest gift.

Happy Birthday Dad!
Enjoy your day!

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, 
he believed in me.” 
-Jim Valvano

My list.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

A lot happens in life that can make a person cynical. There are a lot of 'why me' moments and a lot of them are rightly deserved but what happened to the little, daily things that are there to be happy about? Those little things that put a smile on your face and make you excited to wake up in the morning. I found this website called, "14000 things to be happy about" and its inspired from the book (I want the book!) written by Dr. Barbara Ann Kipfer and I absolutely love it. It makes me excited about the little things. Maybe if everyone took the time to write out their list, they'd find happiness is the small, minute things and for one minute it would take their minds off the rest of the 'horrible' things going on.

So, here is my list of 50 things to be happy about (in no particular order):
1. Henry waking me up in the morning.
2. Coffee dates
3. Having breakfast with my mom every morning.
4. Going to church with my dad.
5. BBM'ing & text messages.
6. Arizona summer nights
7. Clean sheets
8. Lazy Saturday nights with my family.
9. Birthday dinners.
10. Driving alone.
11. Arizona sunsets.
12. Florence, Italy
13. Disposable cameras
14. Salt-water, preferably in Ocean form
15. Socks in the winter.
16. My entire (extended) family spending Thanksgiving together.
17. Tom&Camila.
18. Green M&M's
19. Hot yoga during Arizona summers.
20. The excitement of the unknown.
21. Freshly vacuumed carpet.
22. Speed-dial.
23. Movie nights with Coti
24. When Henry sleeps next to me while I blog.
25. Sitting on the patio at night
26. Chicago.
27. Coffee table books.
28. New CD and song recommendations from friends.
29. Pepperdine.
30. The smell of fresh paint.
31. Arizona sports fans.
32. Pedicures.
33. Cold pillows.
34. The bridge of your favorite song.
34. Studying with Whitney.
35. Erin's laugh.
36. Encouragement from Lauren.
37. A phone call from a long-lost friend.
38. Watching Gracie and Henry play.
39. A good youtube video.
40. A stiff drink.
41. The smell of my dad's cigars.
42. Tom's sense of humor.
43. My mom being better than Martha Stewart.
44. Breakfast at Sunnyside.
45. The smell of the rain.
46. Ironed shirts.
47. Adventures with Kate & Kate.
48. Disney movies
49. Faith.
50. God's grace.

Some of those might not make sense to the average reader, but to me those are a few of the many things that make me happy. Now all I have to do is look back at that in times when nothing else seems to be going right and remember the little things.

It gives us the power.

"Grace is the central invitation to life and the final word. It's the beckoning nudge and the overwhelming, undeserved mercy that urges us to change and grow and then gives us the power to pull it off.”
-Tim Hansel

When did the tables turn?

Friday, September 18, 2009

Suppose I called you up tonight
And told you that I loved you
And suppose I said I wanna come back home
And suppose I cried and said I think I finally learned my lesson
And I'm tired of spending all my time alone

If I told you that I realize you're all I ever wanted
And it's killing me to be so far away
Would you tell me that you love me too
And would we cry together
Or would you simply laugh at me and say

I told you so
Oh, I told you so
I told you someday you'd come crawling back
And asking me to take you in
I told you so
But you had to go
Now I found somebody new and you will never break my heart in two again

If I got down on my knees and told you I was yours forever
Would you get down on yours too and take my hand
Would we get that old time feeling
Would we laugh and talk for hours
The way we did when our love first began

Would you tell me that you missed me too
And that you've been so lonely
And you've waited for the day that I returned
And we would live and love forever
And that I'm your one and only
Or would you say the tables finally turn

Would you say I told you so
Oh, I told you so
I told you someday you'd come crawling back
And asking me to take you in
I told you so
But you had to go

Now I found somebody new and you will never break my heart in two again.

The fabulous birthday girl.

Happy Birthday Ang!

I'm so sorry I couldn't spend it with you,
but I can't wait to pop a bottle of wine and celebrate soon!

I don't care.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

You take it with you.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

"It's amazing... the love inside, you take it with you."
Such a stud. RIP Patrick.
Don't forget about him. One of the greatest scenes ever. 

Birthdays are fun!

Happy Birthday Kate! 
Today is YOUR day - enjoy it and celebrate it. 
Don't let anyone take away from that.
(ps. this is the picture that started them all)

I just have to decide.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sometimes all we have to do is decide to be happy. We have to make that decision because life gets hard, life gets complicated and sometimes its our own subconscious that doesn't allow us to be fully happy. It's like our mind is playing tricks on us. You know that feeling when you're sitting in your room late at night and its like a rush of cold air hits you? That kick in the stomach and before you know it the tears are rolling down your face? Maybe if we just make up in our mind that we are going to strive for happiness- then it'll come. We have to decide to be happy. That pit in your stomach will go away and we can finally be content. Content with our decisions, content with where we are. There comes a point when what everyone else says doesn't matter. There comes a point when its my life, my decision and regardless of what other people say, prod, encourage and push - I'm going to do what I'm going to do. Just one little spark starts the fire, it looks like its my time to make my spark.

You can't make it feel right when you know its wrong.

Don't let go

"The best thing to hold on to in life is each other."
- Audrey Hepburn

Have your moment.

"Maybe we can try this again?"
Beyonce proved once again that she really is a class act.

It's a heartless beating.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Los Angeles - The City of Angels.

September 11th - Eight years later.

Friday, September 11, 2009

We're never going to forget.
Where were you eight years ago?I was I was there to see it in person.

The longer I live.

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company …a church …a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past …we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.
Charles Swindoll


Friday, September 4, 2009

Malibu - my little bit of sanity in the midst of the chaos.

Accelerate your life.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Of all people, I know you can do this.
But...please be safe & come home soon.

Because sometimes there is no easy way out. You just have to grin and bear it. Sometimes the only escape route is to go straight through the flames, just brace yourself and bite your lip. Sometimes you have to sever the ties clean off. [I miss you] Because in every relationship there comes a point when the damage is too much and no matter how good it once was, the memories can’t sustain you. You have to save yourself knowing all the while it will hurt like hell. Because you can’t keep giving someone everything if you get nothing in return.
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