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27 years of happiness!

I’ve been so filled with love and gratitude lately that I can’t help but be cheesy-weezy. Today I caught myself saying, “Birthdays aren’t a big deal anymore now that I’m an old lady.” Well, guess what?! This is completely and totally untrue! Birthdays are a huge deal! Why?! Because it’s another year and another day and another minute that we’re alive and well!! I am so happy to still be alive, to be healthy, to be in love and to be oh-so happy (insert cheeseball grin here)! 

Here is my super cheesy list of 27 things I’m really thankful for today and everyday…

1) most obviously my awesome family and my growing family. I’m so thankful to have such great parents and to have a radical little brother. They are extremely awesome. I’m also so thankful for all of the rest of the Alwerud’s and Zahyna’s. It’s been so fun moving up to LA and spending more time with my extended family. I’m soooo grateful for my sexy hunk of love and his great parents! I’m also so lucky to be able to soon call Matt’s mom and dad, my mother-in-law and father-in-law. They are awesome too! This list is going to be really long if I go on like this!

2) awesome friends and all of the old and new friends that we’re connecting with now that we live up in LA. Friends are family in my book. Big love to you all. 

3) surprise, surprise! Dogs and all animals! This one is obvious. But I am so grateful for all of the love that animals share with me. I’m so excited to bring Gracie home! And to get a flock of wee little chicks. Can’t wait! 

4) super thankful for DogZenergy and our whole team of amazing dog walkers. I can’t say enough how grateful I am for my mom and the whole rest of the team. It’s not an easy job and they make sure that all of our dogs our loved and safe!

5) our new home! I’m over-the-moon excited about getting the keys to our first house! I told Matt that all I want for my birthday is a super-dooper keychain and some BABY CHICKENS! 


6) being healthy. We take this for granted so much.

7) cuddling with my fur babies

8) long convos about life, love, family and business with my manly man

9) just doing nothing with my man

10) Mother Nature – I love her and all of her beautiful creatures. The ocean, the mountains, leaves, veggies, fruits, air, water, etc. etc. it’s all awesome, beautiful and amazing.

11) lessons from the Universe/God/Mother Nature/higher power/what-have-you. Good, just right, bad or whatever, everything happens like it should and will always be. It is what it is and it will always be just as it should be. 

12) long walks on the beach at sunset with my dogs (how cornball is that? But it’s so true!)

13) to have lived in La Jolla for nearly 10 years. 

14) to have lived in our beach front surf shack apartment for four years

15) to move to Topanga and truly embrace my hippie radicalness. Oh yes, I’m so naming our trees and I just might hug them everyday! Does this mean that I can stop shaving my legs?

16) creativity and art. So excited to finally have space to paint and have a little art studio out of my garage. I want to pull my easel right out to Gracie’s stall and paint all day while she eats all day.

17) horseback riding. Can’t wait to ride everyday and awaken the part of my soul that goes dormant when horses aren’t in my life.


19) cooking healthy food. There’s nothing better than home grown veggies and making food for the people you love. 

20) unicorns


21) experiencing new things! For my birthday my Pappa took me to Paradise Cove in Malibu. It was like I was on a faraway island for a few hours.

22) traveling with my main squeeze (where did this phrase come from? Main squeeze?). The past year has been filled with fun romantic trips with Matt all over the world. I asked my dad what he thinks makes marriages last forever and he said, “Doing things together.” Check! 

23) asking questions. I’ve been trying to talk less and listen more. My friends would probably say I haven’t succeeded in this. But it’s amazing how much you can learn by asking questions. I’m especially fascinated about asking questions about relationships, love and happiness. See above. 

24) learning about new things! Like BABY CHICKENS! Below is a Showgirl chicken, but he’s a rooster, so I guess he’s a Chickendale chicken?


25) making Matt happy and seeing him smile

26) laughing out loud or crying tears of joy

27) change

**this list is not in chronological favorite order, otherwise BABY CHICKENS would be numero uno on the list.

Thinking about love

Wow! Life is crazy and good! It’s amazing how letting go and accepting the journey can result in the most positive, amazing and unexpected outcomes. I’ve always been a little bit resistant to change and now I’ve been shown the light! Change is fantastic!

I loved our life in San Diego so much that I was afraid of leaving behind all of the good, but God/the Universe/Mother Nature/a greater power had something else in store for us. I’ve always been an extremely visual person and a big dreamer and all of a sudden a ton of my thoughts and dreams are becoming a reality. I’m incredibly overwhelmed with gratitude and awe that this is all happening. One thing is certain- it all starts with Love.

My whole life I’ve been in love with animals. My whole world involved around them and they taught me how to love and truly care for something outside of yourself. I worked so hard in school because I wanted to make my parents really happy so that I was allowed to ride horses and maybe one day have a horse of my own. I continued to work hard through high school because I wanted to get into a good college so that I could have a career that could support a lifestyle that included horses. Then my love of dogs lead me to build a dog training and walking business. I would not have been able to achieve anything without my Love, Matt, and the devoted love of my mom helping me to run the business. It all starts with love.

Matt and I have talked about our dream house for hours and hours over the last few years. We’ve always imagined a decent sized property so that we could have our own little zoo filled with animals and our kids. We imagined a property with big trees and a creek and a space to build a barn for our horses, music and art studios. We talked about which styles of houses that we loved and talked about how we wanted to renovate an old house and fill it up with friends and family. I always thought that this was going to happen down the road… in at least 5-10 years, but it’s happening now! All of the hours of dreaming and planning are manifesting now. Next week we close on our dream property that has all of the details mentioned above. There’s a creek and big sycamore and oak trees and a preschool across the street with kids laughing.

And to top it off, we already found my dream horse to complete the vision. Her name is Gracie and she’s a beautiful warmblood mare who’s perfect for me! She’s not too easy and will keep me on my toes. We have a lot to learn together and I’m so excited for all of our upcoming adventures. The timing has been just right because her owner is a friend of Matt’s mom who has owned her for ten years and has been her only rider. He’s so in love with her and has been looking for the perfect home for her. He could easily sell her for a few thousand dollars, but out of love and loyalty to Gracie, he’s giving her to us for free and entrusting her into our care. When he told me that he’s giving her to me my eyes welled up with tears of happiness and thankfulness. I’ve dreamed of a horse like Gracie for so long and I can’t believe that she’s going to come live with us at our new house. I can’t wait to lavish her with love and paint our house in love.

Matt and I are dreaming like crazy these days and envisioning afternoons picking veggies in our garden and cooking big family style dinners after going for long rides on our horses. We’re thinking about how we want our future to be filled with laughter and adventures with our family. I think about loving Matt with my whole heart and holding his hand when our hands our bony and veiny with age. I am so thankful to be with a man who wants to make our dreams a reality by planning, talking and working towards them everyday.

I’m in utter awe of the power of dreaming and being in love. It’s truly magical.


Our last Windansea sunset in #7


This was my horoscope yesterday…

Something jogs your memory late in the day, and leads you to a cascade of reminiscences, that should be overwhelmingly positive. It may also lead to some bold new plan, so be ready to take action!


Like the pooper scooper in the background? That’s definitely getting packed. How does one pack a pooper scooper? Hmmm…