This holiday season has been so truly magical. I got to spend a few days with my dear friends in Portland, and just days after I said good-bye, they gave birth to their beautiful baby girl, Joelle, 6 weeks early! She is perfect. From Portland I flew to San Francisco, for what was originally planned to be a 3 day trip. My sister, who lives in Paris decided last minute to come to San Francisco, and my family rented a house in The Sea Ranch over New Year’s weekend, 3 hours north of SF, where we sometimes go for a country “reset”. At first, I felt that pang of family obligation to extend my trip. I had fun plans with friends in Los Angeles for New Years Eve, and I hated to cancel them. I delayed changing my flight, till I got to San Francisco, assuming I would be more relaxed and mentally clear, after a few days in Portland. The interesting thing is that when I originally booked my flight back to LA for the afternoon of the 31st, a little voice inside me said my plans would change. On the plane from Portland to San Francisco, the Captain said the view on the right (the side of the plane I sat on) was Bodega Bay. This is part of the journey north to The Sea Ranch. I looked out, and my gut screamed, This is where you’re going for New Years! But you know how it is, family dynamics and such, I wasn’t quite ready to admit it, when I arrived to San Francisco. I wanted to make sure we would all get along swimmingly, first. And I kept reminding myself to pay attention to the signs and my inside voice to guide me. Another cool thing happened. When I went onto Southwest.com to check the prices for flights, the tickets returning on Tuesday were $100 more than the tickets returning on Thursday! My sister’s flight back to Paris is on Thursday, and there was a return flight to LA that would get us both to the airport at the same time. So, I surrendered to the signs guiding me to spend a very quiet New Years, next to the Pacific Ocean, overlooking the bluffs and sea lions. We can’t remember the last time we all spent New Years together.
Wishing all of you a beautiful New Years. May you manifest everything you wish for in 2012…listen to that little voice inside and follow the signs!!