Melissa Hevenor
Sunday September 22 , 2019
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Cali, Home Away From Home

I recently had the blessing of getting away for a couple of days over the fourth of July, to Los Aneles, California. Of course, as always, the vacation went way too quickly, but even so, it was desperately needed and came at the perfect time. I stayed for the first time, in the Santa Monica area, to be closest to friends, and I loved it, because it is close enought to the Hollywood scene that you still feel the La La vibes, but it is more laid back and peaceful, with a rich history of natural beauty and the serenity of the Pacific Ocean. Upon arriving, I met a dear friend of mine, Linda, at Urth Cafe, in Santa Monica. Urth Cafe is an all-organic environmentally conscious cafe, which I love, as I stated with joy and happiness, that I recently lost 17 pounds. My dear friends spontaneously got up and ordered this delectable custard coconut pie, to help alleviate my current condition, and yes, that pie was worth every calorie. But, one of my favorite excuses for eating poorly when I’m away is, “I’m on vacation.” This justifies any ridiculous intake of insurmountable calories or fat content. Linda lso gave me the gift of being able to take a roll on the beach in an amazing beach wheelchair. It was magical and my soul was smiling from the inside out. It was a priceless gift that I will always cherish.
Then, I headed off to visit my dear friend, Lisa. It was relaxing and I felt right at home as I was greeted with open arms. The weather was sublime with the coolest of breezes. We sat around the kitchen counter and caught up. I also got to play with her two puppies, and really enjoyed some quiet R & R, especially since I had just finished my first week at my new job, working with teens in Rehab. I love it! But, I give so much of myself it can sometimes leave me feeling grateful, but drained.
Lisa has a beautiful home with a family of hummingbirds that routinely put on a show for visitors over the handmade hummingbird food they receive each day. They are actually fascinating creatures to watch-quite magical, feisty and full of personality.
The next day was the Fourth of July. Lisa prepared a typical Fourth of July feast with burgers, salad and an ever-festive Cosmo. Once again, it was a day filled with peace and the beauty of friendship and feeling at home.
Actually, one of my favorite moments was sitting by the piano while Lisa played, and singing show tunes with her. I also got to visit my friend Danielle who is a gifted medium I am taking under my wing as I see great potential in her, and I feel as though we were sisters in a past life. We enjoyed doing oracle card readings for each other, in the middle of the farmers’ market, while onlookers stopped to take notice, although there was never a feeling of what we were doing being out of the ordinary. That is one fo the reasons I vibe so well with the California energy. I also was lucky enough to get my latest tattoo of Tinkerbell as I see tattoos as an outward expression of my inner spirit and am such a fan of High Voltage, known of LA Ink’s work, I get something done whenever possible, when I am there, and in this latest phase of my life, I believe with more certainty that anyone’s dreams can come true, if they are fully invested in the manifestation. Therefore, Tinkerbell felt like the perfect choice for my latest tattoo masterpiece. No mater where I live, Cali will always be my home away from home, because my spirit or soul, feels content, and energetically matched, the moment the plane lands on the west coast.

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