Our Adventures Part 1 – August 2014

2014 has been a year of “intention” for Mike and I.

The intention to be grateful everyday, no matter the circumstances.

The intention to be still and live in a state of conscious and spiritual awareness.

The intention to put our family first above any outside commitments.

The intention to live  financially free.

The intention to start fulfilling our dreams and desires.

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One of our biggest dreams and desires has always been to travel more.

Together.  Just the two of us.

We did the entire family vacation thing while the kids were growing up and as I recall, we took them to some pretty fun places including: Hawaii, New York, Texas, and Colorado to name a few.

I traveled quite a bit around the world when I was a flight attendant back in the day.  (long long ago)

And Mike continues to travel quite a bit internationally for his job.

While we want to travel more globally to places like Machu Picchu, Italy and Ireland, we know this is more in our future than in our present.

However, we desired to make traveling a reality NOW in what we can do, rather than always preparing for something that may  not ever happen.  Cause as we know, life has a way of changing in a blink of an eye.

We have decided to stop making excuses of why we can’t live our dreams and desires now and make them a present reality.

So back in August, we decided to do an adventure a month.  Whether it is a weekend, or a week, we are investing in our life together, and not letting another year go by with “wishing” our life away.

Life IS meant to be lived.

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There is so much to be seen just right here in California, and that is where our first adventure took us in August of 2014 for my 49th birthday.

Petaluma/Santa Rosa.

Mike actually surprised me with this quick weekend getaway.

We love the little town of Petaluma.  So much fun to wander its streets of shops and enjoy an amazing Italian dinner of tapas and wine.

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We spent most of our time at Quarryhill Botanical Garden.  It’s a Japanese garden with some amazing art structures placed throughout the grounds.

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My favorite place at the garden was at the very top where there was an altar of prayer flags.

We spent quite some time there, just taking in the quiet, the scenery, and did a bit of our own meditating amidst the sound of the flags moving with the breeze.  It filled my spirit.

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If you are in the Sonoma area, you can’t not stop at atleast one winery.   So we picked the Kunde Family Estate Winery.  

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It was a great way to kick off our new intention of an adventure a month.

September Adventure:  San Diego and a seaside wedding.

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