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I have to admit that, even though I have been writing this post for over two weeks, I saved this question for last. Can you really just pick ONE moment, because I have had several in each chapter of my life? My husbands need for my affection, my mothers need to spend time with her only daughter and the everyday laughter of my young niece. Ouch…that was just a very painful realization. Oh…and because, television has helped to fill the void by occupying our free time with watching people living the lives we should be no, I am not just talking about The Real Housewives of…wherever!
Puppies breath, babies laughter, any new experience and sinking my toes in the sand while watching the waves crash against the shore. With that said, there are still times that I wish I could be more expressive about how I feel to the people that I love. Nope and having suffered from anxiety in the past, I had a butt-load of them!
I have been working for several years on retraining my mind to not obsess over things that have not happened and stay in the present. Though I sometimes fail like whenever I am flying , I try to worry about the bad things as they hit. Growing up in a loud and mostly chaotic Italian family, this memory captures a rare peaceful time.
Answering this question has made me realize that I do regret not telling my grandmother how much I loved her see 57 and now I am forced to relive the beautiful memories I have Hopefully help, because I have always tried to be a good, honest woman. For Heavens sake, I cry watching Kleenex commercials! Falling in love is the butterflies in the stomach as you are learning more about a person and are excited by all the things that you are uncovering. Being in love is the feeling of unconditional support, companionship, contentment, deep affection and respect bonus if you still get little flutters in your tummy.
Only myself. I believe that we are in charge of our own happiness and we choose how we feel about most circumstances we are faced with. Innocence is not having been exposed to the information to have an opinion, whereas, ignorance is choosing to ignore the information that is available to you. Perfection is a perception, just like beauty. If you think something is perfect or beautiful than it is.
A flower that is missing a pedal or starting to shrivel may be seen as perfection to somebody. So, yes, perfection does exist, the definition just varies from person to person. I am not a believer in fate, I believe that my choices have created my life in most situations. But, I bet I would find the same thing that is in my heart, but just not the loving feeling towards me. Their happiness is probably just reserved for someone else.
That I am not afraid to try…just about anything. My hunger is for experiencing new things and it is was I thrive off of. At the moment, I am uber-obsessed with going to Africa. I have a fantasy of learning an African dance, going on a safari and riding an elephant. Trick question!
Though I believe in thinking positively about whatever you are doing in your life, I also think that taking your passion and turning it into a career is life changing! So, by a thick, wavy hair, it is more important do what you love. I will never forget how they rooted, voted and spread the word for me.
What is your most beloved childhood memory? Many years ago I thought my existence should be all about acquiring more. Now I actively pursue…less. I would rather lose all of my old memories, though the thought of not remembering my grandmother truly breaks my heart. Prove them wrong. If I am being on the shallow side, I would say eating out!
Happy butterflies flutter in my tummy whenever I am going to have a meal at a new restaurant. Okay, I actually had to close my eyes to answer this one. Unfortunately, I see all the current and future days events unfolding like rapid-fire at the shooting range. But, more importantly, what I want to see is the serenity of the present moment. The thought that I could have a new experience, learn something or inspire someone. And butternut squash risotto. Because when you truly love someone you want them to be happy and sometimes that means without you.
I just celebrated on my way home from the market. I opted to take the side streets instead of the freeway during commute traffic, which was a total crap shoot. I hit every green light on the way for five miles, I was practically high-fiving myself. And my lemon sorbet was happy too! I vowed many years ago that I was not going to let fear hold me back from accomplishing goals. Which I have been mostly successful at doing. With that said, the one area I have a difficult time with is not letting fear hold me back from truly loving deeply.
Yes…I probably need massive amounts of therapy. Just one? If I absolutely, positively have to choose I want travel to Africa to go on safari, ride an elephant and learn an African dance. I am me because of my genetic makeup and my past experiences that created who I am today. The security of owning a successful business.
The trick is going to be trying to figure out how to do it while still owning the restaurant that I love. At this moment freedom translates to simplifying. Not being tied down by possessions, not letting them own me. I would ask my grandmother if she had any regrets in her life. Spending everyday having new experiences, exploring the world, learning, enjoying gastronomical adventures and inspiring others to step out of the box.
To take my writing to the next level, by creating a larger following and having more articles published. Depends on the day. For the most part, I am proud of myself for all of the things I have accomplished and the person that I am. With that said, there are definitely times when I feel like I should be further along in life and during these times I need to take an inventory of my beliefs.
The trick in my life has been learning how to set goals, achieve them, revel in the success and create new goals while still being grateful for what I have done. This has been that hardest question for me to answer, because the word NEVER is so strong and I can not foretell my state of mind in the future. Before you judge me as a terrible person, can you say that you have never told a lie or never broken the law? Have you ever gotten a speeding ticket or hid the receipt for those cute new shoes? I can say with a strong conviction that the moral rules I would never break are homicide or incest.
That you have to truly love yourself and let go of all of your insecurities about being hurt by that person. Working on it…. My little niece who is so sweet and innocent that you feel such a deep, unconditional love for that is never questioned. Done it. Ate it. My dignity.
But, pretty much everything else is fair game! When I am being creative, whether it be a new experience, recipe or art project. I enjoy how the concentration forces you to be in the present moment and the satisfaction of accomplishment. Being in the restaurant business, there are times when we are giving donations, not only to support the cause, but to also get exposure for potential new customers. Though, when it comes to personally helping individual people it is usually a selfless act. To control my mind from obsessing about things I have no control over and continuing to stay present.
Beyond that, mastering the perfect souffle is pretty darn difficult too. I listen to my intuition, take note of my general moods each day and analyze what I am eating. Living a life that is filled with happiness, new experiences, good food and nurturing relationships. That I could spend the rest of my life inspiring others to have new experiences, helping them step out of the box and learn something new. A blog about a terminally ill teenager, Alice Pyne , who created a bucket list as a way to document her precious time with family and friends.
In the process she and her sister are raising thousands of dollars for cancer research and getting hundreds of people to sign up for bone marrow donation. She is the epitome of inspiration. The day I got married. It would be phenomenal to once again have all my family and friends together to celebrate with love, the funky chicken, free-flowing bubbly and lots of cake! Beyond daughter, wife, sister and aunt, I am a caring, adventurous, motivated being. Simply by accepting. To love myself enough to treat me with respect.
To talk to myself as if I were talking to my best friend. To be my own best friend. Tough question for a person who believes that anything is possible. I am amazed everyday by what people and nature are able to accomplish; we can throw a seed into the ground and watch it grow, get wi-fi 30, feet up in the air and launch into space. So, even though I might not be the one accomplishing the goal, someone can…and will. I matter to my mother as a daughter, I matter to my husband as a wife and to my nieces as an aunt.
I matter because I spend time trying to enhance the lives others. I have learned what makes me happy, to be calm and passionate. In the next five years, I hope to perfect doing what makes me happy, being calm and passionate. I am certain that I will feel sadness, happiness, pain, joy and fear.
I am also sure that I will die. Otherwise, life is totally unpredictable which is what makes it one big adventure! Settling is what you do when you think that you do not deserve better than what you have, whereas, accepting is deciding to be content and happy with where you are at the moment. You do deserve more! That totally depends on the circumstance.
Trust to jump in front of a car to save my life or trust that they are not going to poison me for a million bucks? Sitting atop marshmallow clouds, eating a large Italian meal without gaining an ounce with all of my loved ones and surrounded by pure happiness. My body. Not, in a vain way…really…I have cellulite too. Only me and my choice. I believe that you choose happiness by the way that you look at life.
For the most part, when I am unhappy it is because I chose to be that day. I think everyone has some beautiful quality to them. It could be internal or external, sometimes both. For me, what I find most beautiful in a person is someone who is being authentic to who they are. In other words, owning themselves and making no excuses about it. Yes, when the goal is not worth the pain you endure, essentially causing you more harm than good.
I believe that comes with trusting in yourself and knowing that you recognize right from wrong. I find peace in the present moment, not thinking about the past or the future. Also, as I sink my toes in the sand while watching the waves crash at the ocean. During the first two weeks of owning our restaurant, Sugo Trattoria.
I specifically remember falling into bed feeling as if every part of my body had been drained…especially my brain. But, it was also exhilarating, liberating and empowering. When a dream is coming true, the work seems to take a back seat to the excitement. In general, I am an active dream achiever, but if I had only a year to live I would put my goals into super highspeed. My problem is that I have so much ambitious and there are not enough hours in the day! Massive amounts of therapy! I hope that I would have the strength to do what is necessary to pay for my mistake as well as heal in order to feel happiness again.
This is such a broad question and I believe we just answered the more narrowed version last week with question — How many people do you trust with your life? My Iphone — loaded with all my photos and favorite music My Grandmothers wedding band — it was given to me to wear with my wedding ring and it is precious My Engagement Ring — because my husband picked it out himself and it reminds me of how special it is when you find someone you want to marry Greeting Cards — all the memorable, sweet cards my husband and family ever gave me Poems — the poems, written on scrap paper, by my stepfather who creates one for every holiday My Laptop — it holds all my memorable photos, future business ideas, bucket list goals and books I have started to write.
There are many times in life where silent actions mean way more than words. Blogging at the local coffee shop, finding serenity through yoga, trying new restaurants with friends and drinking jammy red wines at the wine bar. Not because she is extremely wealthy, but because she has managed to make a fantastic living doing what she loves, has helped thousands of people along the way and is happy.
There were so many different things over the years; psychologist, actress, graphic designer, radio dj, real estate mogul. What I do today is a stepping stone to five years from now. It is part of the path to my future even though I may not know where it leads. As I am writing this, I am sitting in the emergency room waiting for a friend who severely cut her hand.
Every night I diligently work on my blog in order to build up readership. I am not one who lacks motivation, I lack limits. To plan a trip around the world. This, of course, is a several step process. I am currently concentrating on the first, which is setting up my restaurant to be run remotely. With that said, what I am doing today is not in vain, it is a step in my path to conquer my dreams. The answer leads the way. Know that I have had an adventurous and full life, no regrets.
I hope that all the memories we have shared will bring you joy and you realize that even though I am not here, I am with you. The experiences we have shared have been some of my most cherished. I hope you think of me every time you eat something bizarre, have a new adventure or enjoy a nice bottle of Zinfandel. Never forget me, but also find happiness with someone who supports and loves you like you deserve.
That is true friendship. We have been through so much together and I will never forget your support. I would be looking down on you sending you angels of happiness for you and your girls. Brad Pitt in Mr. The end of the path. I have trained my mind to be in present moment, so visualizing what I want my long-term future to look like is extremely difficult. My next major travel adventure, which will be to Spain and Morocco. Right now, I am completely obsessed with the planning of this amazing experience, because it builds the anticipation.
When I was younger I had a serious panic attack that sent me to the emergency room. They hooked me up to machines to monitor my heart and I had a hard time controlling my fear, thinking I was on the verge of death. I am now grateful for this experience because it taught me a huge lesson about controlling stress and anxiety. My best girlfriend, who has a full-time job and raises two young girls on her own. She has been through some serious trauma that would have broken most people, but still believes in trusting, love and the pursuit of a happy life.
There would be an oversized picnic table planted in the sand on the beach. In most cases, I believe there is no reward without the risk. It has definitely been a labor of love. I am also proud of the incline in readership to my blog. Both instances have proved that passion perseveres. Maybe you are all quicker learners than me, but I did believe in trusting all people. Though, I do still believe in trusting until you are proven untrustworthy, I am cautious with who I share my private life with. You would think that is a bad thing, but on the contrary it made me stronger to rely on my own intuition.
The day my niece was born, I was ecstatic for my brother and sister-in-law to finally have all their dreams come true. My mother would never have known what it was to have a daughter, my husband would have never eaten lambs brain and that some people would have never started a bucket list or stepped out of the box. Dedicate myself to taking one step everyday setting up my business to run remotely; staff the right employees, create systems that are easy enough to use for anyone and write down all the recipes.
Because, due to their passion and dedication, they have become leaders in their fields and accomplished things we wish we could. I believe that being angry is a choice, so I try not to do it too often. With that said, this concept severely challenges me when people are mean for absolutely no other reason than they are unhappy people. That there is no substitute for hard work. They taught me to not just expect good fortune, but to work for it. Love, for me, is when in your heart you want nothing more than that person to be happy, even at the expense of your own happiness. Also, when you feel a sense of mutual trust, respect and a connection that goes way deeper than those of acquaintances.
Puppy breath, cappuccinos in the morning, sand in my toes, eating tiramisu for breakfast, trying something new, happy hours and cuddling with the warm laundry. Stop worrying about the stuff that is not important in the grand scheme of life. I spent way too much of my precious time concerned about how others felt about me and fretting over things in the future that probably would never happen. Life has been so much easier since letting go. For the most part, the only person that I now try to impress is myself. I am consistently pushing my life to the limits, continue to learn, take opportunities when they present themselves and have created a life filled with everyday adventure.
There have been times when I want to pat myself on the back for a job well done. When I was young, I got a splinter in my finger that I could not get out. My neighbor told me that if I left it in there it would turn into a peanut. I believed him for the next five years. I have definitely said some non-intentional, mindless things that have hurt the people that I care about. This usually ends up making me feel worse than them in the long run. I have also made a couple of boys cry by ending our relationships, but not in a mean-spirited way, just by being honest. How can I run a successful blog and restaurant at the same time?
What steps do I need to take in order to do so. Anything spectacular; true love, a fine meal, an amazing adventure, a first kiss. I wish that after I graduated high school or college that I took a year off to backpack around the world. I do love where I live, but it is my dream to spend every other month in a different country to experience the culture. The thought of creating something deliciously fabulous that my customers will enjoy eating that day.
Last night, I do wish I went to bed at instead of Feeling it this morning. My greatest strength is my seemingly never-ending motivation, but my greatest weakness is tackling too many goals at once. When my little niece came for a surprise visit at work. It was unexpected, sweet and it immediately brightened my day.
Pay bills! I usually remain pretty even-tempered.
When, to find out, she really just wanted a weekend off. My grandmother. She was always around cooking her fabulous Italian food, speaking in the cutest broken English and telling us stories of the past. My last year has been a learning experience filled with triumphs, new adventures, some failures and lots of hard work! I went skydiving on a whim. It was a spur of the moment decision that I am so grateful for, or else I would have been scared for weeks until I jumped out of the plane! Being able to walk from my restaurant to my moms new deli for a quick visit before work.
It is one of those simple events in your day that means a lot. I need to simplify my life and get my business set up to run more remotely. So many. But, one that stands out is death. I would have never been able to fully understand the emotions involved in the passing of a loved one if I did not experience it.
I love where I live because it is centrally located between the beach, San Francisco and dozens of vineyards. The only thing I wish is that it was 10 degrees warmer all the time! That I am the ultimate dreamer who believes that just about anything can become a reality with passion, hard work and persistence. A random invitation to go on the Playboy Kandy Kruise. A reader of my blog, and fellow bucket lister, invited me to go on this once-in-a-lifetime cruise.
After working through the initial fears of insecurity, I accepted. Yoga, hiking, the beach and a glass of jammy red wine. It is a bonus if they all occur in one day. It was so memorable because it is a rare occasion when most of your loved ones are gathered together in celebration. The day my grandmother died.
Even though she had lived a full life, I still found it to be so unexpected. It was the first major death I had experienced, so it was extremely tough working through the emotions I had. On the positive side, it has helped me to cope better with every death after hers.
Since my blog is all about new experiences and adventures, I have many. But, some of my favorites are swimming with stingrays , rappelling into a cave and eating lambs brain on my anniversary. At this moment, I want to feel content with where I am in life and the direction it is taking. Also, to concentrate on being happy in the present moment, forgetting about the past and not fretting over the future.
I am consistently setting baby goals in order to achieve the aforementioned. There is always a lesson to learn through suffering. Most of my suffering has made me stronger in order to deal with the situation when and if it should happen again. As far as my restaurant goes, receiving a Michelin Recommendation was the last major accomplishment. With my blog, I am proud that my Alexa rating has dropped from 1. Alexa ranks blogs by popularity. Both of these accomplishments have taken a lot of work. We have been extremely busy and shorthanded, so I am distracted by covering shifts and training new employees.
A few more weeks and I will be back on the motivation track! Relaxing in Arizona. Every few months my husband and I alternate vacationing in Arizona. This week is my turn! I am looking forward to enjoying the sun, seeing old friends and exploring the state. There are several restaurant owners, bloggers, wives and friends who I learn from on a daily basis. Is there anything really certain about life? The one thing that I am pretty sure about is that I will always be a dreamer who has a passion for new experiences. If I am lucky…nothing! But, most of the time, it involves the tasks I need to accomplish the next day.
Due to my blog, I am pretty much an open book. Either work on my travel blog , cook something or try anything new. I would rather have any new experience than lay stagnant in monotony. If I had to choose between shopping and skydiving, the later would win every time. I believe that being content is always nice, but being happy is far superior there is a difference. I want to take advantage of all that life has to offer, even if it means eating lambs tongue or making a complete jackass out of myself. Actually nothing. Yesterday was a great day. I am on vacation in Arizona and started my day eating Chambord French toast with Peter, went shopping, met a girlfriend for happy hour, drove through the streets at night with the windows down because it was 90 degrees, watched a movie and still got to sleep early.
Can I just relive it the same way? Cleaning the house. Everyone tells me to get a house cleaner, but I am too darn cheap! In my opinion, there is nothing like the feeling of accomplishing something because of your intellect. Mostly to my husband about the money I spend on clothes. I am not sure why. He could care less because he knows I am cheap and would never overspend. We have stabilized our bills, rented our investment properties and hired enough employees at the restaurant so we are not covering as many shifts. This is all in an effort to have more freedom to travel and experience different cultures.
That I am a strong woman who can be hit with hard circumstances and still survive with my dignity in tact. It would start with waking up to a cappuccino and crunchy, berry scone. Then, I would take a road trip to explore the culture of a new town and accomplish a bucket list adventure while I was there. I would then dine at a memorable restaurant that serves creative food and a fabulously jammy red wine.
Great music would be playing on the radio the entire way back home and I would jump into a bed with freshly washed sheets, an inspirational movie and popcorn. I admire that my mother has opened over seven successful restaurants by shear will and hard, back breaking work. She is never afraid of getting in there and getting dirty. I admire my dad for his attention to detail and patience when it comes to the tasks he does. You always know that anything he has a hand in will be completed to perfection.
Because every day is a learning experience and with more days under my belt I feel that I could learn to be my best self in order to help others. I would like to have her level of influence and connections for a day so I could spend it moving mountains to help people. I have made a decision to only read inspirational books, to seek wisdom from the friends I choose and to focus only on the facts of my life instead of creating scenarios based on fictional thoughts in my head.
I also have been more concentrated in my yoga practice. Even though my friends, husband and family all make me feel good about myself at times, I realize that it is ultimately me who is in charge of speaking positively to myself. That I did not take a year off after college to experience the world.
It makes it harder with the more responsibility in our lives. But, it is definitely not impossible! Oh jeez…just one? I would like to get rid of the bookkeeping portion of my restaurant. For some reason, seeing a stack of bills and doing payroll gives me anxiety, even when we are doing very well. Designing logos. I was a graphic designer many years ago, so I am occasionally asked to design business logos. Summing up an entire business in one little logo is stressful on my brain. Someone who thinks that they are always right, even when they are blatantly wrong. Just admit it.
A sense of stability. Things are always changing rapidly in my life, which, for the most part, I love. This question really toys with a womans body image issues. I feel fortunate that I am naturally thin. I vowed many years ago to not let fear stop me from following my dreams. With that said, there have been many times I have had to push, shove and kick through the fear to get to the other side. That sounds selfish, but let me explain. And by pleasing yourself, you can be the best you possible. I try to not hold grudges because holding on to hurt only negatively affects my life. Even if someone does not deserve forgiveness, I forgive because I deserve to have the freedom from my mind.
About a year ago there was a point when I questioned whether I could trust anyone around me or, for that matter, if anyone was a truly honest person. At that time, I felt like a had a severe misunderstanding about what life was about. Though, because of that time, I now know that I just need to trust myself to make the right decisions when I am faced with any situation. Same as — That I did not take a year off after college to experience the world. Uncontrollable laughter. I love it when something is so pee-your-pants funny that you can not control your laughter.
To be surrounded by toxic people. I have many wonderful people in my life, but, there are a few who suck my spirit dry. It is too difficult to say since so many people have impacted me in different ways; my mother has taught me to have a work ethic, my husband showed me the importance of completing a task to the best of your ability instead of half-fasting it, my dad gave me a love of exploring, etc. Though, I will say that finally being able to control my anxiety has had the GREATEST impact on my life and that was all about me saying enough was enough and working so hard for years to change my thought patterns.
It is still a work in progress, but life has never been happier. Yes, because I have worked my tail off to get where I am at. Our restaurant is successful, my blog is on the rise, my marriage is stable, I am fortunate enough to have amazing adventures, my spirituality is stronger and we live a comfortable life. I am extremely grateful. So much. A sense of pride and ownership. Strong friendships. Increased strength of character.
Boosted level of skill. The best days with my grandmother, my wedding day, the beautiful countries I have visited and amazing adventures I have had. The fact that we have started to etch some significant time to travel, our restaurant has surpassed my initial goals and I have just received my first press pass to an event. I appreciate that I was able to share the amazing adventure of swimming with stingrays with my husband while we were traveling to Grand Cayman. Need some travel inspiration? We all were at the hospital when my niece was born.
My brother and his wife wanted to be parents so badly that it made the birth of their first child so precious. I hate to admit that the television is always on when I am home for background noise. Though, most of the time i am on my computer and not paying attention. I watch about hours per week, mostly reality shows. I am always actively working towards my goals and believe that they are achievable, But, would benefit from more time.
I know what steps I need to be taking, I just need to set aside the time to take them. I love every aspect of my job that promotes creativity. This relates mostly to creating new recipes. After trying several different types of exercise I realized that I love yoga. Prior, I had always thought it would be way too slow for a fast-paced girl like me. This was stated in a book I was reading and referred to surrounding yourself with people who teach and inspire you. And that when you are in the constant presence of toxic people your personality, in some ways, emulates these people.
After taking an inventory, I believe this to be true and I took action, which is not so easy when some of the people closest to you are the ones hindering your growth. I have always preached that you should only take advice from people who have acquired what you want, but this took it one step further. Continue to train my mind to be present, positive and filled with gratitude.
I know, corny. But, it works! Trusting myself to know that I can handle any situation that presents itself. Honesty even when it hurts , humble nature and compatibility. Though I initially love it when friends always stick up for you, I respect it when they tell you when you are wrong. Melts my heart. Depends on why I am feeling down ;.
Weird, but I mostly like to listen to Eminem when I feel like I need a motivational kick in the pants. I farted. Out loud. But, it happened while we were watching TV and we both were laughing until the point of tears. He threatened to put it in his Facebook status, but I threatened his life! When people defend themselves when they know they are wrong. Even though I have vowed to never let it hinder me traveling the world, it is painful every time I fly!
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I was told that someone loved my blog , thought I was way younger than I am and that the dish I cooked was spectacular. Not all in the same day…damn.