Rachel Discovers Happiness

my life and road to happiness

Love over Anger

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world. – Jack Layton

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An Elegant Affair

This past weekend I finally got to go down to Southern California to visit my  big sister and stay at her pinspired apartment. Not only that, but I also had the honor of attending her best friend‘s wedding.

mehndi

The wedding was beautiful and Ayesha and E were absolutely stunning. I had never seen anything quite like this event and the only word that comes to mind is “wow.” They both wore traditional Bengali wedding outfits (I apologize for not knowing the correct words to describe the traditions, outfits, etc. but I will do my best) and most of the women in attendance wore beautiful saris. Ayesha’s hands were stained with mehndi – better known as henna in the US – and she wore the most stunning red sari and gold jewelry*.

the stunning bride

Throughout the night I got the opportunity to talk to E at dinner (he is one of the most intelligent people on this earth and just graduated with his masters, he is now looking for a job), dance to Bengali and American music (how those ladies of all ages were dancing so well in their saris I will never know, but I admire them), and generally admire the love that Ayesha and E have for each other and their new families. I won’t go in to all the details about the wedding because you should really read Ayesha and Caitlin’s posts about the event which I’m sure will be a lot more detailed than I can put into words; I will tell you, however, that I seriously felt so loved and blessed that Ayesha thought to invite me to her Bengali wedding.

To Ayesha, thank you so much for inviting me to attend such a magical night. You really did look absolutely beautiful and E looked wonderful in his elegant outfit as well. Seeing him dance with his brother was one of the highlights of my  night – it was so amazing to see how much fun they were having. I hope you enjoyed the night as much as I did. Can’t wait to read/hear about your thoughts now that the weddings are over and you officially get to start your new life. I already told Caitlin that you two (and Dev if she wants a break from med school!) need to find a weekend to come up and visit me in San Francisco so we can do a girls’ weekend together. I can’t wait ❤

Caitlin and Devery

*I tried to take pictures at the wedding but the lighting was very weird and I couldn’t figure out how to get the right color balance. Also, I gave up after a short period of time because I wanted to enjoy the wedding and take everything in without looking through the lens of my camera. I have it on good authority, however, that the photographer they hired is very talented and I’m sure she took some wonderful photos.

Good and Evil

I receive an inordinate amount of email. If I were to read every single email I get on all my accounts and reply to all the ones requesting responses I would never stop emailing.

That being said, I also opt to get many of these emails by signing up for automated email services. That’s how I receive a lot of news, stories about my clients, shopping deals and information about books I want to read when I have time (which is never).

One of my favorite emails every day is from Goodreads – a website for rating books and finding other books you’ve never heard of based on your favorite genres. I receive the Goodreads Quote of the Day email which generally includes quotes from famous authors who either have a birthday, death day, book-aversary or some other connection with the date.

I absolutely loved today’s quote so I figured I’d share it with you – I think it provides a lot of great food for thought:

He felt that there is a loose balance of good and evil, and that the art of living consists in getting the greatest good out of the greatest evil.

-Machado de Assis

The note from Goodreads: The Brazilian poet and author of Dom Casmurro was born on this day in 1839.

Interesting, huh? Do you agree with Machado de Assis? Have you had some great evil that you had to create some good from?

Update:

I also liked today’s (Friday) quote:

In order to rise
From its own ashes
A phoenix
First
Must
Burn.

-Octavia E. Butler

Creative Longing

If you follow me on Pinterest you may have noticed that I have been on a pinning kick lately. I don’t know what it is, but recently my creative side has been fighting to get out. I want to go do crafts! Try a new recipe! Have some creative fun!

Unfortunately, finding the time to do these things is difficult, especially now that I have a full time job (which I’m still super stoked about).

The location of the office doesn’t help though – it is positioned right around the Academy of Art University. That means that every time I leave the office I am surrounded by creative types. Today, as I walked to grab lunch, I noticed something glorious – an art store right around the corner from the office, complete with all sorts of supplies AND an up to 70% off sale. It took everything in my power not to go inside, poke around and spend all the money I haven’t made yet.

Side note: I desperately want to take classes at the Academy of Art but don’t have the financial stability nor the time to do so. Such a bummer.

When I was on Facebook today I noticed a friend had shared a photo on her timeline that made me feel even more creatively deprived:

Even just looking at it now it is nagging me to be creative – mainly to redesign the list and make it look a bit more attractive 😉 Maybe, instead, I’ll make my own creativity list sometime when I have time and motivation (which will probably be never).

That being said, who wants to be creative with me? We could scrap book, decorate, have a Pinterest party, bake, cook, go on a photo shoot, anything our hearts desire!

Doesn’t that sound lovely?

Sometimes Things Just Go… Well

This has been my first week at my new job (eek!) and I have loved it! The people I have met are so nice, they trust my judgement and have faith in my abilities. Although I’m nervous about starting a new job (talk about stressful) and I feel as though I might not have skills that are developed enough for the position, the fact that the people around me have faith in me is incredible. I already feel like part of the team and that is such a wonderful feeling.

Did I mention that I have my own office? With four walls? And a door?! And that I walked in to my office and had a gift basket waiting for me from the company? How sweet is that!

I made it through my first week and I can’t wait to see where things go from here!

In other news, I got a phone call from my big sister last night. She called to check in, see how my job is going, etc. because apparently my step mom had told her that I was doing really well but that she didn’t want to spoil it by telling my big sister instead of me. I was so glad that I got to talk to Caitlin and tell her all about what is going on!

Then, before we said goodbye, she mentioned that her BFF, my Blog BFF, invited me to her Bengali wedding on July 7. I almost cried! Okay, you caught me, I did cry.. but only in the way that like, your eyes well up and you’re so excited!

The first thing I did this morning when I had access to my computer was to book a flight down to LA for the wedding. Ayesha, this is me officially responding to your wedding on July 7 and I couldn’t be happier! Thank you for the invite and I can’t wait to be there 🙂

Okay, whew, that is all for now.

I hope your week went as well as mine!

P.S. We have music playing throughout the whole office today and it is fantastic. It seems like it has put everybody in a great mood. I think I’m really going to like it here. I hope they feel the same about me!

Tomorrow

A year ago tomorrow – June 11 – I graduated from college with my degree in journalism, concentration in public relations and minor in Spanish.

I wish I’d known then that, in exactly 366 days – gotta remember Leap Year! – I would be starting a real job at a real public relations agency with real coworkers and real clients and all that cool big-kid-real-life stuff I’ve been prepping for my entire life.

That’s right, you read me correctly, I got hired on a week ago at a PR agency called Horn. Starting tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m. I will be at Horn’s San Francisco office for my first day as an Assistant Account Executive. I can’t wait to meet all my coworkers, find out about the clients I will be working with and get into the type of PR I’ve been longing for since starting my education in the industry.

I’m so excited!

This is one of the biggest steps of my entire life. It’s kind of the equivalent of moving away to college and starting out on my own – only with benefits and a 401(k) plan. Eek!

I found out that I got the position a week and a half ago, but I didn’t want to share my big news before signing the contract and all that good stuff.

Wish me luck!!

A little bit about Horn (from the company website):

HORN is a digital communications agency that combines PR, social media and interactive services to help companies build their brand and move their business forward. 

Named “2011 Technology Agency of the Year,” HORN works with Fortune 500 global brands and hot emerging growth companies in technology, media and consumer markets. Established in 1991, the agency is independent, with offices in San Francisco and New York, and is co-founder of the Oriella International Network.

Three States and Back in 36 Hours

This past weekend was a whirlwind of crazy. And by crazy I mean I sat in a car for 20 hours as a drove with my littlest sister to New Mexico where she will be working for the next ten weeks. The two of us took turns driving through California, Arizona and New Mexico where she finally dropped me off at the airport in Albuquerque so I could fly back to California (she continued on to Abiquiu, NM).

Of course I brought my camera with me and was able to snap some photos with my iPhone while I wasn’t driving (safety first!) Here are some of my favorites:

The beginning of the ride – the long road ahead of us

Reaching Arizona… and only driving three miles in an hour.

Adorable red farm house along the way

Fireworks display in a New Mexican convenience store

My view at the airport… three hours and none of those carts moved

And an extra one, just for fun 🙂
Me and my sister at the Giants Game this past Friday

What did you do this weekend? Anything exciting?

Today for Sagittarii

Today’s Horoscope

Sagittarius

November 22 – December 21

This is a day when fate and fortune will intersect for you, Sagittarius. Does that mean that a favorite wish of yours wil be fulfilled? Maybe. That depends on how prepared you are when the stars align to present you with an amazing opportunity. Success isn’t just about being in the right place at the right time, although that’s quite important – and it’s what can happen for you today. But it also requires preparedness, motivation, belief in yourself and the willingness to grab for any chance you get and to run with it.

Even though I don’t put too much stock in what my horoscope says, I always read it at the end of the day so that I don’t let it affect my expectations for the day. If it’s wrong I just laugh it off and move on. If it’s right I revel in the fact that it was so accurate. And wow, my horoscope for today was spot on!

Do you ever read your horoscope? What are your thoughts on star gazers? 😉

A Letter To My Blog Friend

Dear Social Media Friend (you know who you are),

I just thought I would tell you that I’m having mixed feelings about you getting married this weekend. I mean, I’m totally excited for you and E and that you get to spend the rest of your lives together and that I know you will be so happy, I truly am thrilled for you and all that, BUT…

I’m also going to miss the wedding blogging and all of the updates I get to read about week by week. It has been so much fun to watch the plans develop over all these months.

I know it’s kinda selfish, and I suppose it’s not so much that I am going to miss your wedding blogging (although I will miss it), but it’s more that I hope you continue to pin/post about all the beautiful crafts/decorations you talk about now. I realize that you still have the Bengali wedding in a month or so which means that I get to hear about that wedding until then, but what will I do once it’s all over?! I’m definitely going to miss it.

Now that I think about it, though, just because you’re married doesn’t mean you will stop blogging…

So I guess what I’m saying, in a rather convoluted way, is CONGRATULATIONS and I can’t wait to hear about the wedding(s) and read your future posts about married life and all the adventures you two will go on together.

Love and wishes of eternal happiness to you and E 🙂

All the best, Rachel

P.S. I’m thrilled that Weddingbee selected you as a blogger – it means that the wedding mania gets to be even just a bit bigger and that I get to read about it just a bit more for at least a little while 🙂 congrats! (For the rest of you, look for Miss Genie, that’s her pen name!)

Sailing Haiku

The Trip

Monday sailing trip.

Under the Bay Bridge two times.

Good times had by all.

The Boat

Make sure you steer straight.

Look out! We are going to tack.

Smooth sailing from here.

The Experience

Sail beyond ball park;

Great views of San Francisco;

Ignore cold weather.

The Others

Found: pirates on ship.

Big red sails keep them moving.

What’s their business here?

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