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CJ Blaquera | Weight Loss Coach for Women | Stop & Smell the DaisiesThis weekend – after attending the annual mastermind for the coaching school I both attended and now teach at – something went missing at the Four Seasons Biltmore Resort (Santa Barbara).

A fellow colleague and I had enjoyed staying at this Old Hollywood-style property complete with cottages, Spanish roof tiles, and lush landscaping – marveling at how we actually felt like we belonged. 

Fancy that!

(We’ve come a long way, Baby.)

Now, my compadre must have felt that this delightfully cheery Gerbera Daisy no longer belonged at the Biltmore because she mischievously removed it from a hallway vase so that it would accompany us on our California Adventure.

I’m not sure whether I judge her for her thievery or am jealous that I didn’t think of it.

Either way – it became our companion for the duration of our trip.

We kept its thirst quenched in a Four Seasons’ signature water bottle which sat in a cupholder between our two seats as we followed Google Maps GPS to a rustic cottage on the outskirts of Ojai’s fabled East End.

I imagined myself driving a “cute as a bug” VW Beetle, which used to (and might still) come factory-equipped with a Gerbera Daisy in its very own vase and built-in holder.

So. Damn. Fun.

This shockingly orange flower continued to delight us as the centerpiece on the dining table of our Airbnb rental, which was located near the base of a spectacularly jagged and deeply green mountain range.

Throughout the evening, our flower friend heard lots of laughter as we planned the future of our businesses and also greeted us when we returned from a sunrise hike the next morning. 

It felt amazing to laugh so often.

Did you know babies laugh an average of 300 times a day?

Adults – not so much – but this week two life coaches gave it a good go!

After a heartfelt and huge goodbye hug at LAX, G-Daisy and I navigated the fabled 405 Freeway, and she now sits on the island in my kitchen reminding me to look for laughter and delight in everyday life.   

Where can you find laughter, delight and/or spontaneity on this Freq-y Friday? Let me know in the comments below. I’d love to share it with you. 



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