A very special and unexpected Sunday. I was honored and thrilled to receive a President’s Volunteer Service Award along with a pin, certificate, and a letter from the White House. Thank you to the Royal Society of St. George and to Ratu Muda Princess Karen Cantrell for a glorious and a remarkable day.
Another phenomenal night with the OOSJ. Tonight more than ever I was moved, touched and grateful to be part of an organization who has cared so deeply and helped so many lives for over 1000 years. If there was ever a time to do more, care more, give more and love more it was today. It is everyday. I am honored to be part of this tapestry of incredible men and women who dedicate their time, resources, talent, gifts and lives to the service of humanity. I appreciate you all. To all those whose lives have been rocked the past few days I am wrapping you in love.
I was driving on the freeway and the car in front of me was just cruising. Impatient and racing to a meeting I pulled into the left lane to pass the meandering vehicle. I looked into the car to see who was driving so slowly. An old person perhaps or a visitor from out of town unsure and new to our freeway system. What I saw was a guy so chilled out. He was relaxed, leaning back, totally zen and enjoying the day. When he saw me looking into his vehicle he flashed a big hello and friendly grin that said I recognize you as a spirit and a being on this planet. Hello. In that moment I slowed down. In that moment I wanted to be him. Not racing anywhere. Content, happy, fulfilled, friendly, open, joyfully in the moment and cruising on by. Every person teaches us. Every moment there is a life lesson and a beautiful gift. Today I was lucky to look and to see just joy, and happiness. I slowed down. Put a smile on my face. Appreciated the day and guess what? My meeting was off the charts amazing because I actually showed up as a whole being. I showed up energized and happy and appreciative and present just enjoying the day and the moment. So the next Time a car is just cruising along. Remember to smile
I was having a conversation the other day about my favorite Valentines. It’s amazing the memories that pop into your head, I went right to my second grade class and a boy I liked who made me a special handmade Valentine Card. It was fabulous and still my very favorite card ever. I remember two Valentines spent with friends, one a pajama party and old movies and love stories, and one was attending a ballroom dance competition with elegance and magic, they will live within my heart forever. Two Romantic Valentines, a boyfriend that decorated my house like a rain forest, trees, plants, flowers and wild stuffed animals hovering as far as the eye can see, trinkets, charms and fine jewelry hanging from the branches and a breakfast of tropical delight, passion fruit, Eve’s apples etc….so much fun, another was a house filled with balloons and hearts, roses and more, a smorgasbord for the senses and an overwhelming sense of appreciation, kindness and love. My favorite was when a boyfriend cooked for the very first time. The energy and effort that went into his desire to cook for me, will never be forgotten. Is there a word beyond special? Because it was beyond special for someone to step out of their box and comfort zone to create a special evening and a delectable meal. Simple, eloquent and perfect. Of course memories flood in, dancing on my fathers feet and his beautiful cards. As daughters, our Dad’s will always be our very first Valentines. What was your special memory? Did someone touch your heart and move your soul? It’s an interesting conversation to think about. Just letting you know that I Love You. You, my Friends, my fans, and my Family, you fill me with happiness and you are my every breath of appreciation, gratitude and love. I am wishing you the world always…Nicole