I’m writing while sitting in a freshly assembled Poang easy chair from Ikea (I could sleep in this thing it’s so comfortable) in my new apartment in New York City. This Friday will mark our one-month anniversary of living in the city, and although the feeling of moving here has been exhilarating, the actual physical experience has been a roller coaster of planning, moving, plans falling through, frustration, surprises (some really really good), and general confusion which has already taught me to adopt a more go-with-the-flow outlook.
One of my friends who has called NYC home for almost 10 years passed on a bit of wisdom to me while he helped me move in to my apartment a couple weeks ago: essentially, having a type A personality is a blessing and a curse while living in the city. On the one hand, persistence and an impulse to control your destiny is important in a city of 8 million people. But on the other hand, knowing when to bend and ease up on controlling every situation is essential. I’m learning to draw from these two wells of thought as we slowly piece together our apartment and transform it from a living space into a home. And if loosening the reigns doesn’t work, there’s always puppy videos.
Below is the movie we filmed while traveling across the country last month. I had a great time filming, editing, etc. so there might be more videos in the future. We’ll see!
It’s almost time to kiss 2014 goodbye! This year was full of amazing moments, both big and small. I celebrated my 25th birthday at the beach with my best friends, spent a week in Chicago exploring the city and imbibing at a beer festival with Michael and some close friends, started a new job here, and have you heard of Pioneertown? With just one motel, one restaurant, and one bar, it definitely makes for an entertaining weekend – I’m glad I got to trek there for a birthday mini-cation with my friends.
I hope your memories of 2014 are full of laughter and love, and here’s to a wonderful…
Living away from my parents’ home in the Bay Area has made me love Thanksgiving even more. I don’t find myself longing for Marin every day, but when I return I swear I feel like I took its beauty and easiness for granted when I lived there. That’s not to say that I didn’t take day trips to Stinson Beach, stroll down the cozy streets of downtown San Anselmo, and hike the trails in San Rafael; I did. I guess every time I go home I just realize how rare it is to grow up in such an eclectic and naturally beautiful place. Here are a few snaps from my visit over Thanksgiving weekend, which included a dinner at a Marin must-eat, Sol Food, trips to a brewery and several beer bars, and a day exploring Alamo Square and Hayes Valley in San Francisco.
A pour of Map of the Sun at The Rare Barrel in Berkeley. If you love sour beers, you’ve got to check this place out.
Finally saw the Painted Ladies (and hummed the Full House theme song…) with my pal, Alex.
Cool blue decor in a shop in Hayes Valley
Tassels! Such a cool mixed and matched necklace in a Hayes Valley shop.
Look at that little pup! Met my aunt and uncle’s new King Charles Cavalier, Robbie.