Merci San Francisco

San Francisco Golden Gate BridgeIt’s really hard to believe that I have been in San Francisco for over two weeks and I am getting ready to leave. My heart is heavy because it knows I am leaving it behind, but I must attend to more business in Los Angeles and process what new business and life is about to come my way.

These past two weeks, feels like a lifetime, but a very new, vital and good one at that. I packed a lot of living and wine into the past days and here’s a brief recap and thank you to those who made this trip a very memorable one.

Welcome to St. SuperyI came up here for business (which went well), but it was all about the connections and heart that mattered the most. I was able to see old friends, , met some really cool new people, attended Jeff Pulver’s #140Conference and cocktail party (thanks, Jeff!), met a real Cowboy who uses an iPhone & does an has an #AGchat on Twitter (thank you Jeff Fowle), got squeezed into Bloggy Boot Camp (thank you Tiffany Romero & SITS girls), stumbled through my first remote webcast (thanks to Cellars of Sonoma, Scott and Mike), Left My Heart in San Franciscosize-thumbnail wp-image-881″ />tasted wine at WinterHawk Winery, Everett Ridge Winery, St. Supery (thank you Rick Bakas), attended my first Napa Facebook Meetup (thank you Andrew Healy and Terra Valentine Winery), meet a cool chick who makes the number one iPhone app about wine NirVino (thanks Meli J.), attended Ubergizmo’s Digital Summer Fashion Show Event (Thank you Eliane Fiolet), visited with a friend who is an angel taking care of her ailing father to give her some support, met up with the love of my life to offer my support and most of all was embraced and in the company of a woman who’s outer beauty is only eclipsed by her inner light (Merci ma cherie Catherine!). Thank you all mentioned and for making this trip a perfect start of my YEAR of BLISS. If this is the way my year is getting started, I can’t imagine what’s in store for me over the next 11 months.  Bring it on….I am ready!

And so as I get ready to load up the rental car to drive back to the city of Angels (because I have too much wine to transport via airplane, of course!) I say au revoir and a bientot to the city of Angels I have left behind!The New Mariposa
San Francisco I came to you wrapped in a cocoon, I leave you a butterfly ready to take flight! Thank you, merci, gracias! I will be back soon…very soon!

In the Flow Thank You Liz Strauss!

Woke up later than I wanted to this morning. but I was dog-tired last night.  Every cell in my body ached.  Stress even if it’s good stress  still took its toll.  I was really amped up to be doing yesterday’s Life After Kids live broadcast on location so I needed more winks and a double dose of ibruprofen to recover.

After my morning toilette, I took off north, back to Santa Rosa. On the way there, I thought of how things went yesterday show.  Really great. Oops. I hadn’t done my post-show blog post yet. Not great, but not  sweating it.   It’s officially Day 2 of my Year of Bliss and for the next 364 days and beyond, I am committed to living in a world where’s there are no rules, no right or wrong – just want to be in the flow.

Next a stop at a corner cafe, Jackson’s Bar and Oven on Railroad Square, Santa Rosa for a cup of coffee, a plate of to die for focaccia bread, to write a post and to figure out which of the Sonoma wineries suggested by my pals at Cellars of Sonoma.  So many great wineries – so little time – but excited I will be checking off another item on my Bliss List!

As I savored the moment quiet empowerment I felt about starting this journey in earnest, my mind flashback to a time two years ago, when I first met my dear friend and mentor, Liz Strauss. Though we just met the day before, our bond was solidified over the six hours we spent in a NYC bookstore.  So much transpired in that time but what I remembered most about that glorious day, was how she genuinely cared to listen and offer some amazing ideas.  How blessed I was, CEO’s pay beaucoup bucks for an hour of her time and here I was, for six hours, chatting and going through the shelves  That day she introduced me to a variety of books that she thought would assist me as I searched for goals and meaning to the next chapter of my life.  Radical Leap and Radical Edge by Steven Farber were the two that I read right away and have since given away to others who I felt needed to read them.

One of the other, more fascinating ones was on the concept of optimal psychology,  Flow by  Mihaly Csikszentmihaly.  Forget that one could barely pronounce his name, as I glanced through it didn’t look like an “easy” read and it’s become one of those books gathering dust under my nightstand fraught with good intentions. But now judgment needed anymore because right now, in the flow in a rose-scented cafe in Santa Rosa, I think about that day, two years ago and the rough journey that brought me to now. I realize now I finally am so ready to dive into the book and live my entire life in the flow! Thank you, Liz Strauss for being one of those very special people that have been blessed to meet who have given of themselves so others can be more of themselves.

Add Flow to my Bliss List – check!

Add caffeine & carbs – check!

Start day 2 of the Adventures of a Mid-life, Empty-nested, Baby-boomer – check!

Always in Gratitude for people like Liz who flow into your life – check, check, check…..