“If you truly love nature you will find beauty everywhere.” Vincent Van Gogh

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I also believe if you truly love life you can find beauty everywhere.

In my teens I lived with a family that had a small book in the bathroom that seemed to me as thick as a loaf of bread.  It was titled simply, “14,000 Things To Be Happy About.” I have since looked the book up and it was published 25 years ago and recently revised with 4,000 more items added to the list.

Rabbit tracks in the snow.
Kiteboarding and kitesurfing.
Caramel gelato.
Scoring super-high on a Scrabble turn.
Babies burping.
Summer storms.
White cupcakes with multicolored sprinkles.
Big red barns.
20 minutes all to yourself

The author, Barbara Ann Kipfer, started this list as a child.

It impressed upon me, at a very young age, the importance of taking time for gratitude in the small things.  It feels as if the news and Facebook and social media is focused on the opposite.  I see arguing and name-calling and so much comparing and artifice.  I am so grateful that I found a job that allows me to hold the mirror up to my clients and say, “Look how wonderful you are!  Just as you are!”  And at the same time I remind myself to do the same.  It is the best job I could ever ask for.

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I remember opening up to a client about some challenges I was facing and she said, “Wow, you always seem so happy.  Nice to know that your life is just as fucked up as the rest of ours.”  Thank you?

I was chatting with a dear friend about my upcoming birthday and I realized that I have one more year of my 30’s left!  (Its June 27th and I’d like a 2019 White Chevy Corvette ZR1 or a gift card to Lush, in case you were wondering.)  I was a bit taken aback.  It’s not the age thing, the wrinkles thing or the fear of death and colostomy bags, (Although, those last two are the same thing in my book.) but the place I am in my life.  I want to climb more mountains, wear more fabulous hats and see more exotic beaches!  Got to get cracking!!!

But still I keep having questions directed my way about when I will have kids, will I get a dog, do I have a 401K?  Probably not/geriatric pregnancy status, no/maybe and no/but I should/will open one this Friday I promise.  The first two are expensive and require more housework than I care to do and the last one I have been putting off because, frankly, I didn’t think I would live this long.  “Drive fast, live dangerously and leave a good-looking corpse” used to be my motto.  Now it’s more like “watch for cops, take a multi-vitamin and don’t forget to pluck your nose hairs.”  (What?!?  I have unusually elongated nostrils.).  I guess without little ones and married to a man who travels quite a bit I constantly get the urge to move to another country and learn languages and how to cook Paella in Spain or Soufflés in France.  I promise this will benefit you when you come to my delicious dinner parties!

I believe this life is right around the corner.  I have been moving things forward to my Socialite status by getting certified to teach a Life course that focuses on building the life of your dreams and getting a TEFL certification or Teach English as a Foreign Language.  And I have heard that “you teach what you most need to learn.”  I would agree.  I have so much to learn and I really love teaching.  (And if you follow my blogs you know I could use a hand with grammar and my passive voice obsession.  Thank God for Spell Check!)  I find the idea of a sort of Endless Summer Yoga and Dreams workshop so appealing.  I have already two penciled in, one for late this summer in Maui and one for next year, early spring in Mykonos, Greece.

The next blog posts will focus on the basic principles of the workshops I will present.  I hope you will let me know what you think of them.  Do you find them helpful?  Is this something that interests you?  Do you also suffer from unusually large nostrils?

I am not sure where my dreams and desires will take me.  I am so excited to find out.  Please keep in touch.  Let’s see the flamingo’s in Aruba together!

P.S. My social media platform of choice is Instagram for its instant, feel-good energy I try to show on my page, albeit without the hair removal realness.   Say “hi” at   @faabulous_frankie

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