Hi…and welcome!  My name is Jeanine Egan Raab and I live in sunny Southern California (Orange County) and I’m a young 57 years of age!  A few years ago I bought some little red glasses at a street fair in Amsterdam that traveled with me on every excursion I took. Then I started taking pictures with them in it and an idea was born! A friend of mine said “it’s your view of the world through rose colored glasses!”…hence the title of my blog.

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I’m from New Jersey originally, but grew up in Southern California.  I studied Fashion Merchandising at San Francisco State University, worked as a supervisor at Esprit in the early days of their catalog division and also in their children’s division for awhile.  It was an awesome place to work!

I was a “stay at home mom” for around 20 years until my youngest was driving and I realized I needed to GET A LIFE!  To that end, I started working part time and took up the sport of rowing, both at the age of 47.  I was married for 28 years to my college sweetheart…33 years together…before divorce changed the direction my life would take.

I have two AMAZING kids who both recently married…so now I also have an amazing daughter-in-law and son in-law… that keep me grounded and inspired…I am proud of them everyday!  They both recently had my first grandbabies and I am grateful for the gift of them. My son, his wife, and daughter live and work in NYC, where I try to visit often, and my daughter, her husband, and their daughter live less than 15 minutes from my home.

I moved four times in four years and I am back where I belong in the greatest neighborhood in Orange County.  It was an adventure living in Newport Beach for three years and one I will cherish for many reasons.  I have a passion for living a happy life, travel, photography, rowing, entertaining, cooking & reading.  This blog was born out of a desire to share all that inspires me…I hope you’ll come along for the ride!

I truly believe that life is what you make it….and I’m planning on making this next chapter as good as the ones before.  It’s never too late to start anew.

You cannot direct the wind, but you can adjust the sails!