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    Posted January 1, 2013 by
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    Lucky 13 - El Paso, Texas


    Happy New Year from downtown El Paso, Texas. It's the border town of Juarez, Mexico. The west most part of Texas. I drove from California to Texas for the holidays and El Paso is the place you stop at the Half-way point. I heard of a cool party downtown at a club called Lotus. A street New Year's Eve party with thousands of people. They dropped a LED ball hung from a crane and lowered at midnight. Check out my photos of the 2013 moment. It was exciting and cold, about 35 degrees.

    I love New Year's Eve because it is one of those events everyone in the world celebrates in some way together. Even China!

    2012 was awesome for me: Scuba in Panama, experiencing the Mayan Chichen Itza Equinox near Cancun, covering hurricane Sandy in New York, receiving the CNN community award & visiting the headquarters in Atlanta, cooking for Gordon Ramsay, spending time with Spiderman creator Stan Lee at comic-con, interviewing my idol Jane Goodall, visiting the beautiful Sequoia forest, meeting amazing animals, riding in a De Lorean, doing crazy 5k's, a life changing 3 days with Dalai Lama, and so much more that you can see in my CNN iReports.

    What's up for 2013? I'm  focusing on health with doing more 5k's, possibly finishing writing my book, learning to become a better journalist with the help from CNN and making everyday the best day of my life! :) Remember, happiness resides inside of us not outside of us.



    Photos via Android Note II

    1- Outdoor LED ball at midnight - El Paso, Texas - Lotus

    2- LED ball on crane

    3- New Year's Eve isn't complete without a portrait with my husband Marty with the band Biscuit Roller behind us

    4- A shot of the LED ball

    How did you celebrate New Year's Eve?

    A mind wishing to benefit other people and other sentient beings is the very basis of peace and happiness. Dalai Lama -

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