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Fabulous 60

I don’t know of that many people turning 60 who really are fabulous, but my mom (aka Rosemary) most definitely is!  At 60, I can only hope to be as vibrant, fun, and lively as she is. She loves her family, being retired, and living life—inspired!! She travels, she loves great food and drink, she exercises, she laughs, and she kisses you every time she sees you.  For her birthday, we went with two of her BFF’s to Wassabi and enjoyed a little of everything they offer on their huge menu, then headed to the Daily Grill where I finally got my chance to have their grapefruit lemon drop I keep hearing about–at the happy hour price!!  It was such a fun celebration!  Here she is (on the left) with 2 of her BFF’s.  They’re all so fun together!

Happy Birthday!!

The zebra cake was her birthday gift from me.  When I made the cake, I just wanted to do something fun but didn’t know how perfectly it would go with the celebration.  When we showed up at Wassabi, Rosemary was wearing black and white, both of her BFF’s had zebra stripes on their shirts, and one of her gifts was red, black, and white-zebra themed. And none of that was planned–it was all perfectly fun!

Claire Betner - Wonderful pictures and you all look so happy. Rosemary looks on top of the world! Beautiful cake as usual and so many wonderful times were shared by all, I’m sure. Love your “blog”. I guess that’s the correct term. I’m new at this but trying to keep up. Love you all! Claire - So awesome! The cake turned it perfectly and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ROSEMARY!! She is amazing and truely inspirational!! xoxox

More on Inspiration

I can’t think of a feeling that gets me more excited than being inspired.  Driven, compassionate people inspire me. The future inspires me.  My son inspires me.  Real lives captured on a great blog inspire me.  And people who seemingly have ‘less’ but really are filled with joy and hope inspire me.  Inspiration drives my motivation.  Whether it’s motivation to plan for the future, enjoy the moment, be healthy, be disciplined, or give back to others in some way, inspiration fuels my motivation to think about a change, then act on it.  Thought turned into action is so empowering!  So, I hope to diligently seek out inspirational people, ideas, and movements to encourage me to live life outloud.

Recently I was inspired by an article in the Costco Connection on TOMS shoes.  The article highlights the TOMS company and their “One for One” movement: for every pair of shoes they sell, they give one pair to a needy child.  The company has donated over 1 million pairs of shoes since it launched in 2006.  Amazing!  The article also highlights how TOMS has inspired other companies to take on the “One for One” message to further extend resources to help those in need.  Click the link above or the photo below  to check out the article.  Here is TOMS founder, Blake Mycoskie, with children who have benefited from his thoughts turned into action.  Look at the joy on their faces!



One conversation with my husband sparked the beginning of this blog…”Tell me what you want to do while you are still alive.”  I sat on the couch with a pen and note pad and asked Nick to give me his bucket list off the top of his head.  My original intention was just to start a fun and spontaneous discussion.  By the time we had run out of ideas for our lists, I felt excited about what we have yet to experience in our lives and inspired to have a place to capture some of it.  Lately I feel that rushed sense that time really is passing too quickly and I hope to use this blog as place to combine snapshots, thoughts, and emotions to create an authentic scrapbook of memories.  If I’m able to connect in a new way to my family, friends, and future blog-friends because of this page, then I’m all for it!  So, to end my first post, I’ll share with you one of my bucket list items:

Visit Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

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Kimberly - Yay! I love it love!

Heather - I love your bucket list! So excited to see and hear about it all on here! Side note: Can I please come with you when you go to the Great Barrier Reef…seriously isn’t it amazing?! Love you girl and cheers to your blog!! :)