Sitting around last night with my husband in our friends’ living room and listening to them talk about the kind of apartment they might want to move to, reminded me about why we chose the place we did when we moved to LA. I’m telling you this because I think our checklist for our apartment [...]Continue Reading →
I’ve never been a showy person, at least not in the monetary sense.
Ask all the guys who showed up in their fancy new Pontiac Firebirds (hey, I thought that was cool back then!), to take me on a shopping spree date, and end the night with a spontaneous trip to Disneyland. That was true [...]Continue Reading →
Today, Rare Existence is 1 year old!!!
Thanks to all of you who encouraged me to keep going last month, so that I could make it to this big day!
In honor of this birthday, I wanted to give you some fun Rare Existence stats and facts:
How many countries [...]
So for all the rambling I do about community and how we’re all here to support one another, blah, blah, blah, I’m going to set an example by asking for some major help from you.
Honestly, I feel ready to quit writing Rare Existence.
Rare Existence makes me feel like a failure. There. I’ve [...]
What I wanted to be when I grew up…
Age 4: A Mermaid. “Amy Grant-Ariel- Mermaid” to be exact. Yes, you heard that right. My cousin and I had an Amy Grant fan club too – so embarrassing. I think we only had one fan club meeting and we ate brownies. The rest of the [...]Continue Reading →
In case you haven’t decided if you’re ready to make the necessary sacrifices for your extraordinary life, or if things have been getting a rough lately and you just need a little encouragement to remember why you’re doing it, let me tell you a little about what has changed in my life since I began [...]Continue Reading →
I’ve done it. I have an extraordinary life. At least that’s what my stats reflect….
Married 7 years. No children. Living on the beach in Southern CA. Photographer. Writer. Fraternize with Hollywood types (C list celebs count). Owner of a successful business. Work with my husband. Debt free (both our business and personal). Free trips [...]Continue Reading →
Lately I’ve been finding myself in all sorts of mental conflicts.
Work or sleep? Re-read “Hunger Games” or jump right into “Intro to Being a Better Human Being and Fixing Everything in Your Life Through Painstaking Work and Exhausting Effort”? Go out and make new friends or decide to sit at home feeling fat instead?
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Blah. I was laying sprawled out on our couch feeling blah and puzzling my husband. I had no idea what was wrong, all I knew was I felt frustrated and negative for seemingly no reason…which only causes MORE frustration and negativity!
I realized I hadn’t been outside all day so that might help. I walked [...]Continue Reading →
I recently realized that our values went awry somewhere along the way.
We moved to a little place a block away from the beach in the most fun, entertaining neighborhood that I’ve ever known. We then proceeded to unpack. Work. Unpack. Think about going to the beach. Unpack. Work. Think about inviting new friends [...]
So today we’re getting personal. Don’t worry, we’re not talking about bra sizes or that weird toe thing you have – or anything like that, there’s just a little (actually giant) confession I’ve got to make here.
It’s no secret that my extraordinary word is FREEDOM. If you know that, then you are not only [...]Continue Reading →
I have wanted to live in southern California my entire life.
And my husband Scottie, has wanted to escape the summertime heat ever since he got his first “welcome to Phoenix” seat belt branding back in 2001. Over the past couple of years, our business has brought us to the Golden State multiple times. And every [...]Continue Reading →
The first choice between the ordinary and the extraordinary (i.e. between freedom and security) came for us before we were even engaged. I have already mentioned how one of my greatest fears was to end up with a passive man. It seems to me that passivity in men rears it’s ugly head the most when [...]Continue Reading →
Most people don’t spend their days thinking about “what could be”. And if they do, they are most likely thinking pretty small like “if I only I had enough money to get my car detailed instead of just hosed down”, or “I wish I had the time to go shopping this weekend”, or even smaller, [...]Continue Reading →
Now it’s time to get down and dirty with the practical application. So far I’ve been all whimsical and inspiring, while I speak in poetry and riddles trying to convince you to ethereally join the extraordinary life style. Now I’m going to turn all real on you. No, you can’t just continue to make changes [...]Continue Reading →
The last post I wrote about my life left you with a very fearful and controlling Breanna.
Enter Scottie… adventurous and always challenging himself… he’s about to shake up safe Breanna!
By the time I meet Scottie, I’m in the middle of college, which means the previous 3 years of my life contained more transition [...]Continue Reading →
The yin and the yang. The black and the white. The light and the dark. Perez Hilton and Vin Diesel. Our world seems to keep it’s balance through opposites. And it’s no different when it comes to extraordinary words.
For every extraordinary word there is an anti-word… an “ordinary word”.
The ordinary word is the [...]Continue Reading →
Everyone has a single word that defines them.
At least that’s what Elizabeth Gilbert told me in “Eat, Pray, Love”. And the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve begun to believe her.
She begins explaining this concept by naming various cities and what their words are. For example, New York is ACHEIVE, Los [...]Continue Reading →
Hi, nice to meet you. We’re still kind of strangers but we’re about to get intimate really quick. The kind of stranger intimacy that only happens when you are thrown together by a chance tragedy with a group of unlikely strangers and are forced to team up to stay alive (movies don’t lie right?).
The [...]Continue Reading →
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