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La Quinta or Bust


 

When I heard CertaPro's national meeting was in Southern California I decided to turn a quick flight in/out trip into a long drive zigzag adventure.

Southern California is about a 5 hour drive from my house near San Francisco- and that's just getting over the Grapevine- the Tehachapi and San Emigdio mountain ranges that divide Central and Southern California. Palm Springs is another 2 1/2 hours southwest from there.

Most people complain that the bulk of the drive down straight and flat I-5 is boring, but I love the open space, the subtle changes in color and terrain, and the time to think.

If you pay attention, you drive past some unusual things...

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some colorful things...

some cool things...

And some random things...

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As I descended into the valley, Los Angeles was nearly in sight...

I head into Studio City for a power session with my business coach, Kim. She's the best!

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then I head over to Hollywood for evening with my friend of 30+ years (aye aye aye), Kristi

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The next day I was back on the road heading into Coachella Valley and Palm Springs- at last!

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A little further down the road...

and there it was- La Quinta and the La Quinta Resort and Spa; a gorgeous historic hideaway built in by Walter Morgan in the 1920's...

and frequented by celebs like Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable...

So beautiful and relaxing- a breezy 84 degrees here in January... but there was no time to dilly dally, I had a color theory presentation to do and then there was the launch of my video! Luckily, the dinners were delicious, the company fun and the service impeccable. For a working visit, I couldn't have asked for more... except maybe just enough time to jump in the pool.

But my work was done so the next day I was heading back. I stopped just before the Grapevine to see my brother, Brandon, and his family

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And the following morning, I was back on I-5 heading home.

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I'll admit, even though I took the long road to and fro, it was still a little rushed. Whenever I leave, I worry so much about getting back home to work that I forget things like A. I have my computer with me and can do much of my work from anywhere and B. time is for living and enjoying the people around me- why shortcut that?

So next time I vow to stop at more of the museums, hang with my brother a little longer, and get out of my car a lot more! You with me?! Excellent.


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