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SUMMER INTO FALL

The months are streaming by in fast forward and looking back from my vantage point of November I see there was a lot of food and puppies in September and October. Perhaps I'll just skip all that...One of the most memorable days was spending time at the Jonathan Beach...

A WONDERFUL SUMMER

I was determined this year not to miss summer and it turned out to be absolutely delightful with celebrations and trips to the beach! Quite possibly too much eating was involved! It's always wonderful to catch up with Monique Schenk, my amazing architect and we had a...

KITA THE AKITA’S WEEKEND AT THE PENINSULA

Kita decided it was time for some R&R at the Peninsula in Beverly Hills and was quite excited about checking in.. After baggage inspection it was time to check out her room. Kita's special bed met with her approval, especially because there were also doggie treats...

BUT WAIT, THERE’s MORE…

Everyone seemed to be off to Armstrongs and Home Depot for plants, plants, plants. I got the bug as well although I'm not quite sure why. I keep buying plants but they seem to last a nano-second thanks to all the creatures that come out at night to nibble on them!...

MAY WAS MY BIRTHDAY MONTH

...but that doesn't mean I don't want it to continue into June! Veronica started it off at Midnight on the morning of the 18th with a balloon extravaganza! That girl sure knows how to party! After 2 A.M. cake and a little sleep it was off to the Huntington Botanical...

THE DAYS ARE FLYING BY

It's hard to believe that I haven't written anything for the blog since February...me bad! Honestly, it seems like last week which I guess is a good thing. Life is good, things are busier than ever and now before I turn around it will be May! Where to start.....Thanks...

FEBRUARY WENT BY WAY TOO FAST…

I've decided that the month of love... of expressing love to those we hold dear... should continue throughout the year. Valentine's Day is wonderful but maybe we need a special day each week, perhaps with different names, that we could send out special 'love you's' to...

IT’S BEEN SO LONG…

The weeks and now months have flown by and it's hard to realize I haven't blogged since September....or was it October? I'd like to recap, if only for myself to look back on what was actually a wonderful time in the midst of upheaval. So before I begin that, permit me...

SEPTEMBER WAS MADE QUITE SPECIAL…..

...as Carol Soucek King asked me to be the guest speaker (for the third time) for her Salon for the Creative Arts. Carol had heard a talk that I gave to the China Society of Southern California in January and she thought it would be perfect for September's Salon topic...

WAS THERE AN AUGUST?

The most thrilling thing for me was discovering these three figs on a tree that was planted years ago on the side of the house. Apparently they take a long time to produce fruit and this minuscule crop was enough to send me to the moon. I immediately harvested one,...
I MISSED JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER

I MISSED JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER

Part of the reason is switching over my blog from Blogger to Wordpress where I've had to learn a whole new way to create a post....still learning! The new blog is livejoyfullywithnanrae.com and I trust it will express more fully the importance of greeting each day...

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I PRETTY MUCH MISSED JUNE…

I PRETTY MUCH MISSED JUNE…

but how could it ever match up to May and the wonderful birthday greetings I received.  I love looking at the ZOOM gathering Clara surprised me with and seeing everyone again. How cute is this photo I took from the ZOOM of student Brian Foster, owner of...

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THANK YOU MAY FOR THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER

THANK YOU MAY FOR THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER

What a perfect way to begin my birthday!  A drive-by love greeting from the Papazian's, beautiful Amy and the lovebirds Eliza and Tyler.  This was such a surprise and I'm just grateful I wasn't in my PJ'S.  Sweet Alyssa agreed with me that birthdays are...

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APRIL IS SO YESTERDAY….

APRIL IS SO YESTERDAY….

...I'm pretty sure it contained Easter.  That was on a Sunday but then...most days feel like Sunday. We've gone fully online live and in person both for Instagram, Facebook and most importantly...classes. It all started in early April when we began making videos...

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REMEMBRANCE OF OUTINGS PAST…

REMEMBRANCE OF OUTINGS PAST…

It was great fun supporting awesome Eliza Krpoyan when she moderated "What She Said' at the 'W' Hotel in West LA. Hundreds of women, and some guys too, turned out because of Eliza! Didn't I say it was great fun!  Here with Lovely Marine, Eliza's precious sister!...

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BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE…

A dinner at Valerie Foster Hoffman's is never just a dinner.... Lovely Valerie greets Carol Soucek King... Oh my, so many tasty bits....Everything's better with bacon...right? Love the caviar topping.... There was also an amazing cheese treat but I was too overwhelmed...

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EXCITING EVENTS IN FEBRUARY

EXCITING EVENTS IN FEBRUARY

....had to begin with receiving pre-publication copies of my book 'What If...We Have The Power to Change Our Lives' from my publisher, 'Laughing Elephant'! I started inscribing copies... catching up on back-orders! As for the rest of February, it was quite amazing...

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GUNG HAY FAT CHOY, HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR

GUNG HAY FAT CHOY, HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR

Yes, HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! On the very first day of 2020 I ran into Tammy Huang and her hubby at The Langham in Pasadena.  Tammy reminded me that I had donated lessons to last years 'East Meets West' Parent Education Club and would I do the same for this years...

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THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER

THE BEST CHRISTMAS EVER

...started out with a reception for the Harvard Associates at the Waldorf Astoria... Here's the hotel's tree that inspired me to start decorating! First Jhonny had to get out the Nutcracker... Next the downstairs 'grownup' tree! Kita insisted on helping... Here it is...

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I LOVE THANKSGIVING

I LOVE THANKSGIVING

All the preparations are sooo much fun! Planning, making lists, the shopping numerous times to various stores and at least three days of cooking prior to the main event! But first, a trip to the Pumpkin Patch... Ahhhhh..... This handsome fellow was spied on a second...

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WELCOME…

to my personal blog where I’ll be sharing adventures and how I determine each day to live joyfully as an Artist, Teacher, and Author. My latest book “What If… We Have the Power to Change Our Lives” an inspirational book that hopefully will empower you to live your best life! You can find me and my work at nanraestudio.com My hope is that this blog will inspire you to find joy everywhere and in everything and that is what I wish for you!

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