The Importance Of Doing Things Now !

Aileen brazeau community of San Clemente, the importance of family, live life nowToday I want to address a special topic. I am calling it the importance of doing things now. I feel like is time to have a conversation about how it’s never too late to start reconnecting with people in our lives and sharing laughter with them.  [Read more…]

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Living in Southern California

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Some parts of the country have the desert and warm weather all year round. Other parts of the country have the four seasons, summer, winter, spring and fall. If it’s winter, you are stuck with cold, damp, freezing temperatures until the change of season. In Southern California, you can have all of those seasons, practically when you choose,  in one geographical area.

If you have never been to southern California, you may think it’s all surf and sand, and for parts of our area, that is true. But what you might not know is this. Within an hour or two, one can go from surf and sand, to skiing and sledding. Or, from cold, rainy , coastal weather, to the warmth and sunny weather of the desert. All of this with our beautiful mountains as a backdrop.

From San Clemente, you can take a quick trip to the Mountains and be in the sweet, mountain town of Idyllwild. It looks like an idyllic ski resort from somewhere in the mountains of Europe, yet its only a couple of hours away from San Clemente.Aileen Brazeau, San Clemente, Place to see in California

Love mid-century architecture? Then in a couple of hours the other way, you can be in Palm Springs. Travel down the streets where the old Hollywood stars bought vacation homes. The Rat Pack, Bob Hope, all had homes there at one time or another. It’s a great place to warm up from the gloom of mid March in San Clemente.

Should you really want an adventure, you could venture out of Southern California and head north toward San Francisco and on up to Lake Tahoe. The mountains are magnificent in Tahoe. You can gamble, ski and on the way back , stop in the wine country for some special vino and pampering.

I know, I am sounding like a travel agent. Really, I just want to share with you why I love it here so very much.

Happy February

Aileen Brazeau

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Making Moments Count

Every day when I go to work at our San Clemente Villas I have the great fortune to interact with people from all walks of life. Men and women who have served in the armed forces, who have owned businesses both big and small. Some have raised families, others have made their careers a priority, but all of them have one thing in common. They have memories of a life well lived. [Read more…]

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Another Year In The Books

As Thanksgiving approaches and Christmas comes up,I am feeling this year draw to a close, perhaps more keenly that I have in past years. I am reminded of a song  that goes something like this,

“It’s just another New Year’s Eve,
Another night like all the rest.
It’s just another New Year’s Eve,
Let’s make it the best.
It’s just another New Year’s Eve,
It’s just another Auld Lang Syne,
But when we’re through this New Year
You’ll see, will be
Just fine.”

While it’s not time to sing that song just yet, I feel it coming. Some years seem to pass more slowly, others just fly by. This one was one of those years where you wake up in October and say, “what happened, where did the year go?” Between running the Villas and the horse farm, celebrating birthdays and anniversaries, not to mention the races, this has been an action packed year.

Some of the days were stressful, but I am grateful that more often than not, Paul and I have been able to spend time with family and loved ones. So many tragedies this year in our country it seems to wear us all down. But then a new day dawns and we get up and get moving again.

I wish for everyone who has lost someone this year to find solace in friends and family. I pray that everyone who has lost a home find some resolution and a warm place to lay their head.

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Thoughts for the People of Texas

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Here in California we rarely have hurricanes, but we do get earthquakes. In South Orange County we have been fortunate so far. Most of our earthquakes are relatively small and they havent done a great deal of damage. They have left us without power for a day or two, but that is about it.

As I watch the devastation in Texas, I am simply broken-hearted about what this hurricane has done to the cities affected by it. People’s lives are going to be disrupted for years to come. They will be fighting with Insurance companies to get their claims paid. Some of them will lose money to soe of the contractors who unscrupulous. There are those who don’t have flood insurance on their homes because they aren’t normally in a flood zone, and who knows how they will be able to put their homes back together.

Everyone is focused on them now, but at the speed the local government will be able to issue building permits,and with the sheer volume of what has to be undertaken, it’s going to be a long process.

I am going to hope for the best for these people. I am going to hope that all the millions being raised will go to help people re build their lives and to take care of each other.

Aileen Brazeau

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Summer Time in San Clemente

aileen brazeau, san clemente ca business owner, san clemente villas, socialite, San Clemente is an enchanting beachside town and an up and coming community all at once. The closer you get to the ocean and Del Mar avenue, the more  you see of  the Ole Hanson style of old San Clemente . The other side of the hill is where the newer housing developments are. The news homes are often built with red tile roofs and stucco exterior, that mimic the look and feel of the older homes closer to the beach.

It doesn’t matter much, though. Everyone who lives in this beautiful beach side community is proud to be a part of it. There is always something going on here in San Clemente, and the San Clemente Villas is positioned in the perfect location to take advantage of all of it.

One of our biggest events each year is the Ocean Festival- Greatest Show on Surf. There is something for people of all ages In the morning there is a pancake breakfast prepared by our city lifeguards and other volunteers. the at beginning at 9:00 am there are different distance runs for children ages 4-12. each ages group gets to compete with their peers. There are Lifeguard Competitions for men and women, Rescue Relays, Ironman competitions and Paddleboard Rescue Relay.

There is also the great  Rubber Ducky  Race and on Sunday, the sand sculpting competition. If you have never been, try to get here, but I warn you it gets crowded, so the earlier you get here, the better your chances of seeing everything.

Throughout the summer, San Clemente also hosts concerts by the beach. On Thursday, July 27: Reggae band Common Sense will be performing as part of the free summer concerts series, from 6pm to sundown just north of the pier.

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Family and Friends

The weather is nice and warm, the sun is shining, and the waves are breaking on the shore. I have my health, my family and my extended family. Some days are more trying than others and some days are almost magical. I take the good with the bad and try to always be thankful for the people who surround me and the good things I have. [Read more…]

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Training to Stay Healthy

I have always exercised and tried to be mindful of what I put into my body to fuel it. It is my desire to age gracefully, to be strong and to live a long and fulfilling life. I work out with a trainer, I take long walks near my home on some amazing trails which meander through a golf course and down to the beach. Sometimes I do better than others. When things are hectic and stressful, it’s more difficult to fit in the walks and the workouts and to plan healthy meals. I know that there will be times like that, and I don’t beat myself up because of them. I just get back on track as soon as I can.

Here are  some excerpts from a great post on WebMd” that back up my own personal system. I thought I might share those with you today:

” written by  Debra Fulghum Bruce, PhD

4. Make Simple Daily Changes

Who said health-related lifestyle changes had to be all or nothing? Start small and make a few simple weight loss and exercise changes each day. These small changes can add up over time to give you a big health boost. Here are some suggestions:

  • Add 5 more grams of fiber to your daily meal plan.
  • Cut out refined carbohydrates, such as white bread, white rice, and sweets
  • Avoid foods with trans-fats
  • Add two more servings of veggies at lunch and dinner
  • Drink three more glasses of water each day
  • Add 10 minutes of walking to your daily exercise regimen
  • Take a break every hour at work and walk 500 steps in place (2,000 steps burns 100 calories)
  • Wake up 15 minutes earlier and walk before work

6. Forgive Yourself

If you slip up on vacation and overeat, drink too much, or fail to exercise — forgive yourself. Don’t beat yourself up! Instead, say, “I really enjoyed my vacation,” and let it go at that.

Allowing yourself time to enjoy a few indulgences occasionally is OK. If you start to feel guilty for having dessert on a special night out, forgive yourself and start back on your more disciplined program the next day.

7. Never Go Hungry

Katherine Tallmadge, MA, RD, author of Diet Simple, says the biggest cause of overeating is undereating. “People go too long without eating, and then pig out when they are ravenously hungry.”

Rigid diets don’t work for anyone. Include planned snacks in your daily diet to prevent binges. Make sure you allow for treats once a week without feeling guilty. Have a brownie every Friday, and enjoy every bite.  ”

I hope you also found these helpful, to see the entire post just head over to WebMD

Aileen Brazeau

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Happy Memorial Day

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To Love Your Work

Aileen Brazeau member of the San Clemente Chamber of commerce, co-owner of the San Clemente Villas Senior Assisted Living FacilityI saw this quote the other day, and thought, how fortunate I am to have a career which I love. The work I do,  in the San Clemente Villas and in our latest venture, Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms, is fulfilling, satisfying and makes me proud every day.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work.

And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. Steve Jobs

If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. Steve Jobs

Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs”

Over 17 years ago when we decided to locate and build our Senior Living Facility in San Clemente, this was a passion project for Paul and myself. It wasn’t easy getting it built, but it was worth it.

We have been host to some incredible people and their families. Each and every person who comes through our doors has a story to tell. It’s a shame that so many people in our society see a wrinkled face and forget that the face they are looking at was once young and strong. The mind that now wanders a little was at one time brilliant. We are all going to get old, that’s a fact, but each of us has a story to tell. You should take the time to listen to those stories. They are fascinating.

Aileen Brazeau

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