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Christmas in L.A. Meet Big Louie

It’s the home stretch!

Decorations are up (I love the lights!), most of the gifts have been purchased and wrapped, most of the parties have been attended, and traffic is unbearable. But I’ll be enjoying time with family very soon –as will most of you, I hope.

I am not a fan of the pace of this time of year –pure insanity. But I do love the spirit of things nonetheless. I just wish there was time to stop and smell the…Christmas tree.

I can remember how special this last week before winter break felt -both in high school and in college. The excitement and anticipation was palpable. All these years later it still feels special now that I’m just a few days away from my adult winter break.

I got creative this year doing some DIY gifts that turned out pretty nice (if I do say so myself.) I made an exfoliating salt scrub with mostly organic ingredients which I packaged and decorated (picture at right.) It works really well and made a nice gift I think. I know I would enjoy receiving it.

As the year comes to a close, I could begin pontificating as I am prone to do about this and that but the overwhelming thought that comes to mind is just a word -gratitude.

I have a job that I love, live in a city that I’ve grown to love (despite its many, many, many, many faults), am blessed with great health, a wonderful family, exceptional friends, a strong body, and a drive that keeps me focused on what’s ahead. I am driven to move forward, anxious to find out what the year ahead will bring. There will be some surprises, that, I can count on but when I find myself sitting right here, just like this next year, I hope I can look back at the year that’s been and be grateful for all the blessings I received and hopeful, once again, for the year head. You know what “they” say…you always have hope.

Merry Christmas!