“And every day, the world will drag you by the hand, yelling, “This is important! And this is important! And this is important! You need to worry about this! And this! And this!” And each day, it’s up to you to yank your hand back, put it on your heart and say, “No. This is what’s important.” ~Iain Thomas

This simple yet effective practice is often my go to throughout the day. The shear act of placing my hand on my heart and taking a deep breath immediately fills me with gratitude and gives me a sense of calm. I do this before each meal and whenever I want to bring myself back into the present moment or take myself out of a state of unease.

Photo taken @murrietaswell three years ago by @brookeandbrynphotography just moments before we were to walk down the "aisle."

Roomie bonding in Livermore! BBQ, wineries, and pumpkins, oh my! #welovelivermore #wentevineyards #g&;mfarms

To feel equal to, not less than...
To be accepted, not shunned...
To feel proud, not ashamed...
To be open, not hide...
I got married one year ago today, something I never thought I'd get to experience in this lifetime. It meant so much to me... @brookeandbrynphotography
You're beautiful and heartfelt pictures always take me to a place of love. @spleenyfilms your videos bring me nothing but smiles and joy. I am so grateful for people like you in this world. You will always have a special place in my heart. 📹🎶 If you'd like to see more of the incredible work they did for us, visit my youtube channel: lotuslis9

Woke up this morning and I just feel like dancing. It is so hard to put into words how much this means to those of us who have been fighting all our lives for this right. The emotions, joy, energy and love being felt around the world are palpable! Next to our wedding, this is one of the most beautiful and amazing weekends ever. This photo taken by @brookandbrynphotography of us goofing off just before our big day says it all!

If you are in the mood to dance and smile more, check out the fun video created by @spleenyfilms of our wedding recessional dance on my YouTube channel: lotuslis9 Happy Pride Day everyone!

1287 Heather Lane, Livermore
Charming home has 600 sq. ft. addition. Extended family room and potential office or second master suite. Upgraded kitchen, granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Refinished bathrooms with a granite shower. Covered flagstone patio. Large side yard for storage or a dog run. Close to 580 freeway for easy access. Near shopping and dining options and wine country. #NatalieSwansonTeam #WeLoveLivermore #livermore #livermorehomeforsale

Happy birthday Lisa! 🎈🎉And Congratulations to Katrina on your engagement 💍. {We love to celebrate to good things in life} #NatalieSwansonTeam #WeLoveLivermore

What better way to spend Thursday night than relaxing at the Livermore Farmer's market 🍎🍇🍐 #NatalieSwansonTeam #WeLoveLivermore #livermore

4th of July Downtown

There will be a community fireworks display held in downtown Livermore on the 4th of July. This event is expected to be well attended and LPD wants to provide information to assist our community members in enjoying the show.

Several roadways will be closed in the downtown core to assure the safety of community members walking in the area, and those viewing the fireworks show. The roadway closures will begin at 4:00 pm. First St. will be closed between Old First St and South “L” St. Railroad Ave. will be closed between Maple St. and South “L” St. Maple St. will be closed between Third St. and Railroad Ave. S. Livermore Ave. will be closed between Second St. and Chestnut St. These roadways are expected to be closed until 11:00 pm. The parking garage will be closed to vehicles from 4:00 pm until approximately 11:00 pm. Vehicles may park in the garage prior to 4:00 pm, but will not be able to leave the garage until the road closures have been lifted.

The fireworks show will begin at 9:20 pm and will last approximately twenty minutes. Community members wishing to view the fireworks display are encouraged to congregate on the closed roadways of Railroad Ave. between S. Livermore Ave and South “L” St. and on Maple St. between First St. and Third St. These should be the prime viewing locations. Community members can bring chairs and set them up on the closed roadways. The fireworks display will not be a high aerial show; instead it will consist of concentrated low level fireworks that will provide a spectacular show for those in the prime viewing locations. Community members wanting to view the fireworks from other than the prime viewing locations should select a location within a few blocks of the parking garage, with visibility of the top of the downtown parking structure.

Traffic delays are expected on all roadways surrounding downtown from 4:00 pm until 11:00 pm. Community members are encouraged to walk to the downtown area or use public transportation. WHEELS busses will be running on the 4th of July with service to the transit center in downtown. Those not wanting to access the downtown area should use Fourth St. or Portola Ave

COMING SOON SNEAK PEEK! 1087 Murrieta #134 🏘 {Condo with modern amenities: Custom paint, Wood laminate floors, Dual pane windows, Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops, Mosaic tile backsplash, Black and stainless steel appliances, Breakfast bar, Formal dining and living room, Security gate, Pool and spa, gym/exercise facility, and club house. Close to freeways 84 and 580. Close proximity to downtown. Wine country living.} #WeLoveLivermore #NatalieSwansonTeam

Freedom isn't free 🇺🇸 #7daysuntilthe4th #WeLoveLivermore #4thofjuly

🏡Home can mean so many things to different people. To us, home is where your heart is💖 {what does home mean to you?} #NatalieSwansonTeam #home #WeLoveLivermore

Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. Today that means meeting in the closet for more space 😂 #lovemyjob #WeLoveLivermore

Summer is the perfect time to get out and get active with the kids in Livermore {And Oh, don't forget the dogs! 🐶} #WeLoveLivermore #lakedelvalle #Home

{This is our happy place 🍃} #Home #WeLoveLivermore #NatalieSwansonTeam

The Livermore Rodeo is this weekend 🐴 {We love family night 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦this June 8th! Gates open at 4:30pm and admission/hot dogs🌭/sodas are only $1.00!!! Our favorite event is wild cow milking🐮} #WeLoveLivermore #NatalieSwansonTeam #LivermoreRodeo

Soaking up this Sunday sun with this hunk and a good beer! #welovelivermore #tap25

Thanks to everyone who came out last night and enjoyed some awesome local beers and donated food to the Alameda county community food bank. We raised over 150 cans of food! You all rock! Also big thanks to @livermorevalleycraftbeer and @bluebrewbus for putting on an awesome event and @altamontbeerworks @shadowpuppetbrewing @workingmanbrewing @eightbridgesbrewing for brewing some awesome beers. #downtownlivermore #welovelivermore #loveyourlivermore #explorelivermore

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