Cheers! My Birthday Celebration with the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours

After losing my grandmother a few weeks before my birthday, I really needed to celebrate life. I know she would want me to do that. This year, I decided to ring in a new year of life in wine country. My soror traveled up from So Cal to visit. This would be her first time in Napa. I didn’t want to drive so instead, we bought bus tickets for the Napa Valley Wine Country Tours.

Let me tell you something, going on this bus tour was one of the BEST decisions I made. The Napa Valley Wine Country Tours bus isn’t just any bus. It’s a limo bus that looks like a VIP club lounge on wheels. We paid $119 for an 8-hour trip, visit to 4 wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties, continental breakfast and lunch. It was worth every penny. The tastings aren't covered in the bus fare, but they ran about $10-$25. Wineries won't charge you for tastings if you buy a bottle. I recommend this for tourists and any Bay Area locals who have folks visiting from out of town and want a short excursion to Nap…

Pleasure 2013
The Beginning of Truly Enjoying Life’s Pleasures

Cheers to Pleasure in 2013! A trip to Napa is on my
Pleasure 2013 list. 
For the first time since I ever learned of a “New Years Resolution List” I didn’t make one for 2013. I know what I want. I know what I need to do. Instead, I made a promise to myself to not only live more passionately but with pleasure. After a lot of pain in 2012, I decided to make 2013 the year I begin to live life more pleasurably.

I want to be fully present with tastes, sounds, touches, sights, smells and good feelings. I’m still on my never-ending journey to “Switch It Up” and challenge myself to live out of the box. But I want to take more time to enjoy life. I love life, but I think I do so much, that I forget to take in what I’m enjoying. Now when I travel, I don’t just snap a bunch of photos. Now I actually take in everything.  I just stand back admire the beauty around me and then take photos.

Although we’re a quarter into 2013, I’ve begun to live with more pleasure. And I’ll post photos soon. Pleasure for me is traveling, eating good food, enjoying something new, and that even includes my work. I love what I do, and am working to make my media presence even bigger. This can be toiling and frustrating at times, but I’m working at finding the pleasure in it. 

I’m taking a page out of Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker’s playbook. They lived so passionately and didn’t apologize for their pleasures.  So far I’ve been to Washington, DC for the Inauguration, indulged in some good Italian and soul food, dared to be bold with red lipstick, and enjoyed taking in the sights of my new neighborhood. Next up is rocking out at next month’s Bon Jovi concert, solo.

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How do you live pleasurably?