Forever a California girl

I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.—Lauren Bacall

A note to my little self was the second piece of writing I really had the nerve to submit. The first was an article I wrote about my Dad for his local newspaper but that HAD to be done. I wrote the note to my little self on my birthday in 2013 and submitted it to Ella Hicks, founder of Rebel Thriver. It may not have been much but I was so very grateful to have put any pen to paper again especially after the prior year. My Dad had been murdered and my life felt void. To say  I was numb would be an understatement. A bit later I was excited to be asked to post as an admin. Such an honor to be able to give back to the place that held my hand and a space for me during one of the darkest times in my life.

So many wonderful things have happened since then and I’m just getting started. I am ecstatic to be starting a space of my own. So here’s to you...all the superwomen out there. Crown and cape on. Let’s grab our most favorite comfy beverage we have so much to chat about!

Fall into the Beach

“and all at once, summer collapsed into fall.” ~Oscar Wilde

We met the first time in February 2012. We started a simple, kind friendship. In August of 2016 we reconnected. This time our gentle friendship grew. I would ask him what book he was reading or what new treasures he found antique shopping or bookstore hunting! I would talk to no end uncensored, trusting him complely. There was something about his quiet, gentle nature which had always made me feel comfortable around him. Too comfortable sometimes! He would get trapped listening to whatever topic or issue I would ramble about. He was always kind and considerate. What I did not realize is how well he listened. Years later he has repeated to me things most would not ever remember much less bother with especially what many would consider nonsense! Then, for fun, I would randomly quiz him! Ha! He once endured a quiz I found about a “zillion” questions to ask your boyfriend. Well about 50 but acted like it was a zillion! :)

I finally asked him to go activity I love doing. It slowly started from there. We would hangout taking Gracie for long walks downtown and to the marina sharing meals. We went on many adventures, including the beach, browsing all the stores, some landmarks, and spent priceless time together. I‘m quite confident there was no “official” date. Just one day the line crossed over from friends to dating. I think after paying for so many meals, some of which I insisted on at least leaving a tip, one would think we were dating by then! But not me...the one who was waiting for him to officially ask me out. Well I would still be waiting!

I noticed how gentle, kind, and considerate he was. A true, old fashioned gentleman. One I had been waiting for, I thought may not have existed anymore. Yet, I’ve been known to have high, idealistic standards. I’m so grateful I did not settle. Part of this was due to the hope I had reading of other women who never gave up and did not settle on what they truly were looking for. I’ve found a very hard-working, dedicated, did I mention gentle?!?, strong soul. Intelligent yet quiet.

It is said you find your souls true love if you are fortunate, one whom you compliment one another and you just know. Your soul just knows. And that is how I knew he was the one...the one for me!

Our universe grants every soul a twin-
a reflection of themselves -the kindred spirit - And no matter where they are or how far away they are from each other- even if they are in different dimensions, they will always find one another. This is destiny; this is love.—Julie Dillon


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