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“Happiness is not a goal; it is a by-product.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”  Mahatma Gandhi

The quote that I have chosen for today really resonates.  I completely, totally and one hundred percent agree that happiness is a by-product of your daily choices and actions.  In fact, I had to include a second quote to underscore the first quote . . . I’m a very happy person these days.  So much of my life is in harmony with who I am deep inside.  It has not always been so.  I’ve been on a journey to harmony in my life, and have seen healing and happiness in the lives of those around me as a result.  There was a time when I had division, discord, depression, unhappiness ruling my experience of life.  I am so fortunate to be in a place now where I am happy, healthy, and able to share that with the people I love.  

This photo was taken with my iPad as hubby, baby girl and I were out for a walk on a beautiful sunny Bay Area day.  I took it with an App called HDR Pro that creates the HDR right when you are taking the shot.  Thus it is a little fuzzy.  That’s Ella’s curly mop on the lower right.  

The little one was so happy to be out in the fresh air, walking, picking up sticks and playing with acorns that have fallen by buckets off the trees.  It’s one of those afternoons where everything is right with the world.  The birds are singing, the air is clean and crisp . . . and our only concern is keeping her from falling in the creek!  

Happiness.

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“We’re crazy about this city.  First time we came here, we walked the streets all day, all over town and nobody hassled us… Los Angeles?  That’s just a big parking lot where you buy a hamburger for the trip to San Francisco.” – John Lennon

I left my heart in San Francisco . . . there truly is something about this city that draws one back to it over and over again.  It is a beautiful city – one I love to visit but care not to live in.  That’s because I’m just not a city girl.  I’m a country girl at heart – but love the lights and the history of this golden city.  I know it fairly well as I lived in the Bay Area for many years.  On this particular day, hubby and I were out and about looking to shoot the sunset.  We drove up in to the Oakland Hills, but were un-inspired.  The sun was still above the horizon when we decided to dash the 1/2 hour to Treasure Island.  It was well worth the effort.  I think it must be one of the best vantage points for photographing the lights of San Francisco.  We were a bit late for the good sunset shots . . . but this one I liked with the lights so crisp.  That’s my shadow as I was attempting to get in to the shot.  I had to clamber over some rather large boulders on the water’s edge . . . and finally just gave up and accepted this as my 365 shot.  

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