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Happy New Year one and all!

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Wow…can you believe it?  It’s 2013!  Lets see, the world didn’t undergo destruction on 12/21/12.  That’s a good thing even though there were some hard to deal with challenges that happened towards the end of the year.  The Mayan Calendar scare or misunderstanding has resulted in people looking at transition and what that transition can or will look like. 

I am not the biggest fan of change when it comes to things that affect me, but this year I am open to it.  In fact, I am looking forward to working through this transition.  One thing I have already adapted into my life is a stop to the negative self-talk.  I know I am not the only one who does this.  So, I am challenging all of you who have been guilty of doing this to STOP IT!  We are more than the negative things we tell ourselves.  So, write your press release, your team cheer and find your theme song!  Every hero has a theme song….so should you!

Speaking of themes, this years Rose Parade’s theme was “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!”  based on the book by Dr. Seuss! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQRWeZy-S8Q

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Rose Parade heads toward Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2012. (SGVN/Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

Rose Parade in Pasadena, CA January 1, 2013. (Andy Holzman/Daily News Staff Photographer) 

Kaiser Permanente, float in the 124th Rose Parade, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!.(SGVN/Photo by Walt Mancini/SXCity)

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The floats this year were filled with lots of bright and neon colors with whimsical designs.  Although the parade was a beautiful array of sight and sound there were three high points for me.

1.) The soldier surprising his wife and 4 year old son who was on the Natural Balance Pet Foods: “Canines with Courage'” float.

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Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods Inc. “Canines with Courage” float during the 124th Rose Parade on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2012. (SGVN/Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. “Canines with Courage”at the 124th Rose Parade. (SGVN/Photo by Walt Mancini/SXCity)

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 2.) The wedding on the Farmer’s Insurance float.

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Farmers Insurance Group “The Love Float” during the 124th Rose Parade on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2012. (SGVN/Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)
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3.) And Jesus on a float!  Yes…. I was surprised and loved it!  It’s titled “Jesus…The Way to Heaven.”

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Lutheran Hour Ministries “Jesus…The Way to Heaven” float during the 124th Rose Parade on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2012. (SGVN/Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)

(http://www.examiner.com/article/rose-parade-has-only-one-christian-float )

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And my most favorite is watching the B2 Stealth Bomber fly over the parade route! Check it out for your self at this link (http://youtu.be/t6e4PMLVYzw). Oh that machine is so sleek! It sort of reminds me of a Sting Ray fish.  This fly over coincided with the Department of Defense Korean War Anniversary float.

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National Award winner Department of Defense 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Commemoration Committee “Freedom is Not Free” float during the 124th Rose Parade on Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, Calif. on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2012. (SGVN/Staff photo by Sarah Reingewirtz)
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This link will take you to a brief overview of the parade as reported by KTLA Channel 5 (http://ktla.com/2013/01/02/rose-parade-2013-this-years-parade-was-defined-by-touching-moments/

So, it’s a new year with lots of opportunities ahead of us.  How will you make this year different from the last?  How will you make it great?  Share your thoughts or resolutions!  I would love to hear!

Blessings to you all and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Be You! Be Creative!

Elise

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Elise Green is the Owner and President of Eskapade Productions, a boutique thematic meeting and event production company. We’ll take your event from the ordinary to the extraordinary!  Let us plan your next event!  www.eskapadeproductions.com.

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