Today’s Daily Prompt was to tell six unique, exciting, or just plain boring facts about you. This is a continuation of my All About Me section of my blog.
1. I won a Young Author award in sixth grade. Sadly, I lost the state title to a book about a jungle adventure.
2. I hate to fly but I love to travel. Thank goodness for first class and all the free alcohol. I swear I am the best traveler after three glasses of wine.
3. My husband would call me inquisitive. I have no issue asking questions. I love to learn and I think the best way to do it, is by asking questions. I think you can also factor in the fact I will talk to anyone also makes me inquisitive. I love chatting and learning from people’s experiences.
4. Did you know only 4% of the world’s population has red hair? Yep, and I am one of the 4%. And yes, people do ask me if this is my natural hair color. And here in California people stop and stare. I even had a tourist, who was visiting California, stop and ask if they could take a photo with me. True story!
5. I worked for the Walt Disney Company. Yep, I was a cast member.
6. One of my favorite quotes is by e.e. cummings – “The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”
So today’s Daily Prompt was to explain why you chose your blog’s title and what it means to you. So here you go.
My favorite book growing up was “Anne of Green Gables” by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The main character Anne always seemed to find herself in some sort of situation. Now, it’s not that she went looking for trouble, it’s just trouble always seemed to find her. And as a young child, I swear trouble always found me. And like Anne, I never went looking for it, but somehow it found me. Always! I use to say it was the curse of being a redhead. And yes, that is another thing Anne and I have in common.
But one of the lines from the book always resonated with me.
“Isn’t it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?”
Now stop and think about that.
Every day is a new day.
Every day you can make your own happiness.
Every day you start fresh.
That is pretty powerful stuff.
So why did I pick the title of my blog? Because that quote has been a motto for me since I was 12 years old. Because I moved 2000 miles away from everyone I knew, so I could start fresh. Because it is a new day for me in San Francisco. And maybe it is a new day for someone else too.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness concerning all acts of initiative and creation. There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans; that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too.
All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen events, meetings and material assistance which no one could have dreamed would have come their way.
I have learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now!” – W. H. Murray
This is one of my favorite quotes that has helped me when I am challenging and questioning what is going on in my life.
I made a big decision to stop looking for work and start working on my dreams. It was not an easy decision at all. And I have questioned and worried about it more than I can write about. But it is my decision, and I am taking it in both hands and running with it until I fall over.
I have had numerous friends tell me I am delusional, that all this California air has gone to my head. How can you not work they say? So I remind them, I am “working”; I am just working on my dreams and what I want to do. How many people have an opportunity to do that? How many people are bold enough to do that?
Am I scared at times? Yes! A millions times yes! But I refuse to let fear run my life!
Two of my best friends from back home are visiting for the weekend. So what is on the menu of fun this weekend? LOTS!
Friday will see us touring Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Warf. We are then heading over to the Ferry Market Building for macaroons at Miette. YUM! Our dinner reservations are at Wexler’s, which has become one of my favorite restaurants in San Francisco. As for post-dinner entertainment, I would really like to head back to The Hidden Vine for a final glass of vino.
Saturday will see us heading up to Napa for some wine tasting. All of us have been to Napa/Sonoma a few times, so we are going to visit a few of our favorites. We will start at Elyse, and then over to Groth for their Open House, Stag’s Leap after lunch, and finally Sequoia Grove to finish out our Cabernet adventures. Dinner is planned for Bouchon, which I have never been, so I will have to give a review. And since we will be so close to Bardessono, I might have to stop in for a post-wine tasting drink.
Sunday will see us brunching somewhere before my friends leave. That is still being planned, as I hate brunch. And yes, I know brunch is a HUGE thing to do on Sunday mornings in San Francisco. But I never know what to order – breakfast or lunch? I always feel like I am being cheated out of a meal.