My book is finally available!

Friday, December 28, 2012

Hi friends! 

It's been a busy year. I have been terrible at keeping up with my blogs but I just wanted to check in and let you know the book I have been working on 'The Thought That Changed My Life Forever' is finally available for purchase! The book has not officially been released in stores yet, but I have some copies available! 

This book will get you inspired for the new year! It's full of amazing uplifting stories, written by wonderful people. I highly recommend it! Enjoy! 

To purchase just click the book:

Thank you so much for your support, I appreciate every one of you! 


Day 5: You are flawless

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

There is no such thing as perfect, so don’t act like there is. Flaws make us especially beautiful and unique. Imagine if every person were perfect, the world would be entirely boring. Our keyboards would lack a backspace button, pencils would lack erasers and the word accident would be removed from the dictionary. Embrace your flaws and never forget who YOU are. 

 Stop looking for flaws in others. Instead, accept people for who they are and pay more attention to the good intentions they offer the world. You can attempt to seek perfection in others, but the harder you try, the more amazing varieties of imperfectness you will find.

Day 4: Embrace where you are in life

Friday, November 30, 2012

Everyday we wake up waiting for something. We wait for our coffee, we wait for the light to turn green, we wait for future special events…no matter what it is we are usually waiting for it and at times we get impatient. 

Many of us lack patience with life, with people and with ourselves. We try to hurry things along and when we have something specific on our mind we want it now. Sometimes we push for answers to our problems before the time is right not realizing that our pace of life is under control. We ARE exactly where we’re supposed to be and we need to learn to surrender our will to life’s greater plan. 

Our lives are supposed to unfold just like a rose does. Each petal slowly unravels itself, bit by bit until it blooms into a beautiful flower. If we hurried the process of the blooming stage we would destroy the bud along with the beauty that comes within. Learn to patiently wait for your life to unfold because if you start to rush the process along you will miss the lovely stages in between. 

Instead of wishing for time to move faster, embrace the current stage you are in. Difficult times last until you have learned what you need to know in order to get through to the next step in life. After you reach the destination you have been wishing and hoping for, a new journey will begin and there will be more lessons for you to learn.

Day 3: We all grow up differently

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

People have different morals, values, perspectives, and wherever you go you will come into contact with a negative person, a person who doesn't like you, a person who doesn't value your opinion or all of the above.

Differences lead to conflict. When conflict arises in our lives we become like wild animals just to defend ourselves, we forget about logic and tend to lash out on each other without thinking about our actions or words.

We are not wild animals. We are Human. As humans we were born with the ability to intelligently control our reactions in any given situation. With intelligence comes control and knowledge leading us to have the ability to logically react instead of attacking people with our hurtful motions.

Negative people affect us when we react because our inner peace is disturbed. If our inner peace is disturbed pain can enter our soul. When pain enters our soul we fight back and that fight might lead to a sense of satisfaction for awhile. But, that satisfaction can take a wild turn after you walk away from battle. Instead of feeling satisfied you might feel guilty to the point where you no longer feel like you won the battle.

Win or lose, anger will always be the wild beast in the room and if it is fed with negativity it will grow angrier and angrier and continue to trigger more anger. Nothing good will ever come out of this angry wild beast. Forget about the beast and be logical. Fighting back with the angry wild beast is a complete waste of your time and energy. But if you do find yourself entering battle, in the end you will probably feel the burden of exhaustion and guilt rather then satisfaction and eventually realize you could have invested your time and energy into something positive instead.

Day 2: The priorities we set in life describe our character.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The older we get the more challenges we face. The busier we are the faster life goes, and as we pass through life we go through different stages. Every new stage is part of the unknown, we learn from personal experience, we make mistakes, and circumstances have the ability to make or break us. Sometimes we look back at the priorities we set for ourselves and realize we were completely blinded by the things in life that are worthless.

Life continuously changes. Our minds change, our perspectives change, our opinions change and when we realize what the most important things in our life are, it is easier to redirect our attitudes and find happiness. 

Mastering our priorities can be challenging especially if we enjoy doing so many things and we want it all on one plate. But, once we discover what we truly need the most- it’s easier to focus and value all the things in our life that matter the most.

Day 1: A weak person is the person, whom cannot forgive.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Forgive those who have hurt you or done you wrong. When forgiving don’t worry if the person doesn't understand where you are coming from, it’s your job to release your soul from being weighed down with the burden of hatred or anger. Holding hatred in your heart will only weigh down your soul and impact your life negativley. When you forgive do not set your expectations too high in hopes that the person will change or give you an apology in return. Pour out pure genuine love and release the person who did you wrong and in return you will receive peace inside your mind and happiness within your soul.

My New Business Venture!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

I know, I know, I haven’t blogged for a long time and it’s because my brain has been going a million miles per hour trying to figure out what I TRULY want to do in my lifetime that will make me HAPPY.

Well…I believe I finally found my niche! I love being helpful, giving gifts, being artsy, and creating things that will put smiles on peoples faces—SO, after a couple of months of research and brainstorming I came to the conclusion that opening a business that does all of the above would make me happy.

I can now do Personal Gift shopping for clients around the whole world! And Personally Assist those who need a little extra help in Arizona. I would love for you all to check out my new website. Go to and let me know if I can help you with any upcoming events or occasions!

Thank you all for your support!


Old Hotel Saloon Stranger

Friday, August 10, 2012

Kerny and I took a detour into a small town in the out skirts of Santa Rosa. I didn’t even bother to notice what town we were actually in because it was so eerie and thrilling to take a trip into the unknown. We drove by a creepy Old OLD Saloon and it was so unsettling we just had to stop and check it out. We parked the car and walked up the old rickety wooden deck and bumped into a man smoking a cigarette. He showed us the way into the Saloon and told us to grab a seat. The man served us beer but I wasn’t looking to drink, I was STARVING. I asked the man if I could take a look at the menu, he chuckled and said this is a Saloon not a kitchen and walked away. To my despair I slouched down and waited for my boyfriend to finish his drink. A few minutes later the man working behind the bar made his way back to my seat with a big tub. He put a glass in front of me and tipped the tub I was wondering what the heck he was doing and to my surprise he was filling my glass up with Goldfish! I sighed with relieve and scarfed the small crackers down. 

As I was scarfing the crackers into my mouth I was staring at the ceiling and I noticed dollar bills pinned to the wood with previous tourists/locals names on them. Kerny pulled out a dollar and I wrote the good ol’ cliché  “K+C=Love4Eva” and pinned it to the wall.

We sat there for a while until an old man dramatically swung the Saloon doors open and took a seat at the bar. I thought to myself, who the heck is this character! He looked over at me and said, “Hello young lady my name is Bobby English, where ya from?”
I told him I was from Arizona and we are just cruising through the town to grab a bite to eat. He nodded and pulled out a piece of paper.

Little did I know, this stranger was writing a poem about this tiny chapter in my life. He kept looking up at me and looking back down at the paper. About 5 minutes later he handed over the piece of paper and I let Kerny read it out loud. It was quite the silly little made up poem about a “fantasy life” I may have once lived, but it meant something to me. I folded the paper and put it in my purse. A random encounter from a stranger named Bobby English will be in my memories forever. Bobby took his last sip and like a ghost in the night he was long gone out the swinging Saloon doors.

“…Strangers are like keys, they can open all kinds of doors and provide us with knowledge, humor and charm without us asking for it. They help us understand how to relate to each other in uncontrolled situations and can unlock misunderstandings to bring freedom to the worried. Sometimes we are afraid of strangers, with good reason to be, but most times strangers have so much to offer us, after all look at your friends, they were all strangers at one point in time…”- Cat’s Journal June 11, 2012

So Much Wine, So Little Time

Monday, August 6, 2012

"Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, inspires the young, makes weariness forget his toil." 
- Lord Byron
Private tour of The Dierburg's Private Winery
Dry Creek Vineyards
So much wine, so little time! 
Firestone Vineyards
Ferrari Corano Winery 
Bella Winery
Bella Cave
Raymond Burr Winery
Bella Winery
Mr. Dierburg's Private Wine Cave
Ferrari Carano Vineyards 
After spending a summer in Sonoma County I can officially say I have sampled almost every wine out there. I can’t even count on my fingers how many wine tastings we attended. Whether it was just the two of us, or with our families or friends, wherever we went we had such a marvelous time. Why did I come back to Arizona so soon?

"...It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing no make-up and pajamas or a fancy dress and done up hair, as long as you’re holding a glass full of wine you will always look classy, elegant and civilized! What a wonderful time we’ve had with friends and family..." - Cat's Journal Saturday June 23, 2012

"...I have learned that wine is the secret ingredient that turns any ordinary meal into a special occasion. It doesn’t matter what kind of wine you’re drinking because they all contribute to a wonderful life. Wine slows down the day, makes my heart warm, my spirit brighter, my living easier, and my culture full of bliss. Wine has become the official sponsor to the art of my living!" - Cat’s Journal Sunday June 24, 2012

New addition: Meet my puppy George!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Picking George.

First vet visit 8-2-12
Goofy lil sleeper

George, George, George! 

George's 1st day home 7-29-12

I should have blogged about this lil guy a week ago but I didn’t get a chance to because I was busy trying to train him. This is George! He is a 6-week-old Great Dane. Kerny and I picked him out last Sunday. We always wanted to have dogs but never felt the time was right because we were traveling and working a lot but after being surrounded by dogs on our two-month vacation in Northern California we were craving that new addition to our household.

We spent last Sunday morning writing a list of “pros and cons” that come with owning a puppy. The pros out weighed the cons and we both agreed we were mentally, physically and financially ready to take on the responsibility of another soul. After one phone call we took off for an hour drive into the western desert to pick out a Great Dane puppy!

During the drive Kerny and I discussed how we were going to pick the pup out. We knew we wanted a boy and we said we would just see what puppy picks US.  When we arrived there was a litter of 13 five-week-old Great Danes. Some were black and some were gray with black spots and white streaks. We stepped into the doggy pen and waited patiently for one to come up to us. The puppies were quiet and didn’t move an inch! We could only puppy snores. We tapped the ground hoping SOMEONE would wake up…but no luck! The pups were in there own little puppy dream world! Obviously, getting the one with the “best personality” wasn’t going to happen! Kerny and I chuckled and picked up a sleeping puppy and took it out of the pen to see if he would play...but NOTHING happened! The pup just wanted to sleep!

I wrapped my arms around the lil guy and as he made cute puppy noises while resting on my chest and I looked at my boyfriend and said I am in LOVE. The black and gray ball of fur melted my heart and I just had to have him.

I drove us home while Kerny held the pup on his lap. It was so hard to focus on driving! I kept glancing over at our nameless little pride and joy. We didn’t know what to call him…from Spartan to Geffery to Walter we threw out so many names. No name seemed right…until I had an A-HA moment… I looked at Kerny and said, “GEORGE, he’s a GEORGE!” We both repeated his name and snickered. Yep that’s it.

Welcome home George!

George slept the entire drive home and slept for the remainder of the afternoon. He decided it was appropriate to wake up when it was time for Kerny and I to go to bed. I thought to myself…well isn’t that just great?! I had to play with George to make him tired because he refused to sleep! But FINALLY after snuggling up next to his warm puppy body he passed out.

It’s been one week since we got George and so much has changed, well besides the fact that he likes to sleep A LOT. George is already getting bigger and bigger. The vet says he will gain about 5 pounds a week from here on out (UH-OH). He wakes up twice a night and officially wakes us up between 5 and 6 in the morning.

We are beyond happy to have him. He is just the sweetest lil thing on the planet and has brought so much joy into our relationship. The best part of having George is when we come home we will always have a wagging tail and a sweet face to greet us. He loves us unconditionally and vice versa. When he licks my face after a long day he wipes away all the problems in the world and makes my heart warm and fuzzy once again.  

George isn’t our whole life, but he sure does make our life whole.

We love you George!

Stumble Upon Solvang

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Kerny and I were traveling through the heart of Santa Barbara and stumbled upon this charming little Danish town called Solvang. I begged him to stop the car so we could explore and of course like a good man he did. There were dozens of one-of-a-kind shops, plenty of waffle and pancake houses, elegant antiques and Danish imports, and an abundance of Danish bakeries. For a few hours we popped in and out of the shops, took plenty of enchanting photos and after stuffing our faces with delectable Danish cuisines we took off for our next destination…

“…It’s surprising how many fascinating places you see when you don’t plan to. I believe every journey in life has a secret destination of which the wanderer is completely unaware. Stumbling upon the “Danish Capital of America” was definitely one extraordinary experience!" –Cat’s Journal June 10th, 2012 

I put the TRIP in road trip!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Road Trip with my Love 

Santa Barbara 

The Cold Spring Tavern

Santa Barbara Mission Church

The fantasy idea of a road trip sounds fabulous…stuffing your car with every item you WANT to bring, gossiping-laughing-rioting the roads with your best friend/friends, not worrying about paying extra fees, stocking up on all the snacks and drinks you want and most importantly: FUHGETABOUT inhaling a foreign strangers germs in a confined capsule! 

Jumping into a cozy vehicle and taking off into the sunset could potentially lead you to experience one of the most wonderful adventures of your life!

My boyfriend Kerny drove us from Arizona allll the way to Northern California. Everything was dandy until we hit Los Angeles and needed further directions. I was the co-pilot and my ONLY job was to navigate us to our destination, but as soon as we hit the busy jam packed highways in L.A I got us lost.

Kerny and I started to squabble like an elderly couple. He thought I didn’t know how to read a map (which may I add I am totally capable of but I swear my phone was acting funky). After a short lived bickering fest he pulled over and almost instantly found the correct directions. Great! Cue the "I am a man and I do everything better jokes!" He made fun of me for a good 5 minutes (isn’t he sweet?) and a few laughs and sarcastic comments later we were on our way to Santa Barbara.

“…Road trips can easily turn disastrous with one wrong turn but if you're trapped in the car with your loved one forget about the mistakes and simply be jolly. When scheduled plans don’t go your way don’t sweat it because those unexpected moments can lead to some of the greatest memories and laughs.”- Cat's Journal June 9th, 2012

The Best Summer of My Life

Friday, July 27, 2012

The past four years of my life have been packed with non-stop chaos. First it was college, then it was the accident, then it was therapy and school, and then it was working full time and therapy. I never had a break where I could just get away…until 2 months ago.
I took control of my life, quit my corporate job and became an entrepreneur promoting healthy lifestyles for all and that’s when my destiny was shaped. This decision led me to one of the most rewarding summers of my life. My boyfriend and I packed our bags, escaped the boiling Arizona heat and drove into the sunset.
Off to the west coast we went! From Scottsdale, to Los Angeles, to Santa Barbara, to Solvang, to San Francisco, to Santa Rosa, to Healdsburg allll the way into a little wine country town called Cloverdale. Why Cloverdale? My boyfriend’s parents spend half of the year living on a beautiful ranch in Cloverdale and they let us stay in their cottage like guesthouse for the remainder of our summer.
There is only one word that can describe the ranch: magic. It’s a foreign place where you forget about the rest of the world and focus your mind, body and soul on the simple things in life…beautycharm and adventure.  
For two months I was at peace with my spirit. I was content without Internet, without a cell phone, minimal driving and not staying up until the wee hours of dawn partying with friends.
After 23 years my world slowed down with the help of this peaceful paradise. For the first time I was able to experience everyday things that to so many are familiar but taken for granted. One of those things was making jam. How many people in my generation can say they learned how to make jam? I am one of the lucky ones. Making something so simple, so timeless, so delicious was one of my favorite things I did this summer.

There are many memories to write about and thankfully I happened to keep a journal on this splendid trip. I’ve never traveled with a journal but I believe in a few years when memories fade I will read this bonded stack of paper and laugh at all the adventures my boyfriend and I experienced together. In the next few blogs I will be posting excerpts from my journal and photos from our trip of a lifetime…
Stay tuned!

Promise Yourself

Monday, May 21, 2012

A little something that brings me joy by Christian D. Larson:

Promise Yourself...

To be so strong that nothing
can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness, and prosperity
to every person you meet.

To make all your friends feel
that there is something in them
To look at the sunny side of everything
and make your optimism come true.

To think only the best, to work only for the best,
and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others
as you are about your own.

To forget the mistakes of the past
and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times
and give every living creature you meet a smile.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself
that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear,
and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world,
not in loud words but great deeds.
To live in faith that the whole world is on your side
so long as you are true to the best that is in you. 

Happy Monday! Have a wonderful week!