Happy New Year loved ones!  Wishing you a beautiful evening and sending you love and light wherever you find yourself tonight!  xo

When you’re dancing and laughing and finally living, hear my voice in your head and think of me kindly…


2011 Life Lesson List

It was a trying year for Dre. I walked around for most of it feeling like I just got kicked in the gut. Mostly because I had been. But it wasn’t all bad. Some of the lessons, tricks and treats for me this year came in places I went, people I met, the dear souls who soldiered right along with me, and the feelings that delivered me. Here is my Life Lesson List for 2011:

1) Passion

2) Compassion

3) Abandonment

4) Stillness

5) New Friendship

I am so blessed to have made so many new friends this  year…

6) Doctors, patients and patience

7) Solitude

8) San Francisco

9) The Dalai Lama

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck” ~ Dalai Lama

10) Cancer

11) Chemotherapy

12) A Hero

13) Loss

14) Age

15) Sadness

16) Betrayal

17) Horrible Bosses

18) Death

19) A beautiful Russian

20) Agape- a spiritual community

21) The Artists Way and Vision Quest- A Creative Community

22) New York

I took this photo in April in Central Park…

23) Rumi

“It’s good to leave each day behind,
Like flowing water, free of sadness.
Yesterday is gone and its tale told.
Today new seeds are growing.”
~ Rumi

24) Lost Love

25) Movie: Midnight in Paris

Ernest Hemingway: No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.

Gertrude Stein: You have a clear and lovely voice.  Don’t be such a defeatist.

26) Movie: Beginners

Oliver:   You can’t be ugly.  Except to people who don’t understand.

27) Movie: 50/50

Alan: You want a macaroon?
Adam: Oh, thanks I’m alright.
Alan: There’s weed in ’em…

28) Allowing myself to cry… buckets!

29) Pema Chodron

“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.” ~ Pema Chodron

I read her book “Taking the Leap” twice this year…

30) Self Discovery

31) Love

32) Art, writing and bravery

Julia Cameron’s book “The Artist’s Way” and Kelly Morgan’s Artist’s Way class in Los Angeles, was one of the greatest gifts I gave myself this year…

33) A poet and a couple Bloggers (you guys can fight over which one of you is the ninja)

34) Yelp Friends

35) Therapy

36) Runyon Canyon

37) Silverlake

38) Long Beach

39) Koreatown

40) Hollywood

My view.  “One always begins to forgive a place as soon as it’s left behind.” ~ Charles Dickens

41) Downtown LA

to live and die in L.A…

42) Steve Jobs

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me.  Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” ~Steve Jobs
43) Oprah (the finale season!)

“Nobody but you is responsible for your life. It doesn’t matter what your mama did; it doesn’t matter what your daddy didn’t do. You are responsible for your life. … You are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself, and you’re responsible for the energy that you bring to others.’Please take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space.'” ~Oprah on her last show

44) A lion

45) Adele 21

46) Family

I encourage you to make a list of people, places, words, and things that come to mind when you remember this year as it comes to an end. Then, and this is the hard part; Be Grateful. Be grateful for the joy and sorrow that came to you this year, for everything comes and goes in its own right time. The joys and the pains are always on time. Not when you’re ready, but when they will serve you best. Whatever challenge you faced this year is an expansion for your soul. It came to push you out and take you to the next stage of your unfolding. The worse it was, the deeper you are as a person. At least that’s what my therapist says. Now that you have been through that challenge, just trust that because of it, you now feel more, you empathize more; you can forgive and understand more readily. You aren’t weaker, you’re stronger. Experienced. You survived. As did I.  So dear reader, be Grateful. And carry on…

I hope you had a beautiful year! I wish you an even better 2012.

Tell me what’s on your list! Give me 10! C’mon!