6 Perfectly Good Reasons To Smile

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6. Grace Jones singing, hoola hooping and dancing IN PUMPS in this video:


5. Love Is Everywhere

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This is probably one of my favorite things and I encourage everyone to try it.  I’ve been “seeing hearts everywhere” since I was 16 – the first time I got an SLR they just started popping up all over, and since then, I get visits from them on some of my hardest days.  It’s a huge affirmation to me that I am never alone and that Love is all around us, just waiting for us to be receptive to it.   Leaving yourself open to the possibilities of Love and Happiness being around every corner is essential to cultivating it without needing anyone or anything else.

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Sometimes it’s a misshapen tree, sometimes it’s a heart cloud, or a water stain or some graffiti, but they come up in the most unexpected places and always when I’m in the middle of making a very difficult decision.  I have a #seeheartseverywhere hashtag on instagram that’s gotten a little following and that makes me smile! 🙂

It also opens up other doors in life to keep your imagination open.  I got this book a few months back, and when I finally went to read it, around halfway through this was stuck in the pages:

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It was a testament to a lot of things for me: Love, Fate, Coincidence, Perserverence ( after all, if I hadn’t gotten through the book I never would have seen it!) and just complete Remarkability.  It was exactly what I needed to hear that day.

4. This Graffiti in Venice:

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Thank you to this person! Made my day!

3. This video of 11 month old twin girls FREAKING OUT from Happiness and DANCING at their Dad playing them music:

2. Fun In The Sun

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Even on crap days in SoCal, the beach is absolutely beautiful, the weather is temperate, and you can still get a tan without an ounce of sunlight (someone please explain this to me!)  There’s dudes serenading you with violins music WHILE singing, other guys walking on glass, cold organic beer and 1,000 reasons to smile.  Love you, Venice. 🙂

So maybe you don’t live on a cabana on Venice Blvd. (trust me… neither do I).  But you can absolutely make a picnic with a loved one, or your dog, or your Mom and go lay in the grass and soak in the sun!  Leave your phones at home and bring a good book!  This is the perfect time of year to be a little lazy & a lot of lovely!

1. Dog Birthdays

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Raelie’s Fourth Birthday was yesterday!  Four!  FOUR!  Do you know how old that makes ME?!  Time flies when you’re having fun, and we’ve been through a lot of good times together!  She’s seriously the best Dog-Daughter I could ever have asked for. Since I was shooting yesterday, we’ll be celebrating today (I’m making Organic Doggie Biscuits and jerky!), meaning I don’t have any photos yet, so until then I’ve compiled some Dog Birthday photos for your enjoyment for the occasion.   Cause what’s cuter than a dog birthday party?  I can’t think of much!

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Omg I want them all.

Thank you very much!


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