San Francisco: Coit Tower & Union Square

Monday, July 21, 2014

I have a slight obsession. 
I'm in love with a city I've never lived in:
San Francisco.

I've explored this city and its neighborhoods quite a few times in the last year and I always leave wanting more.

Reasons to crush on San Francisco:
Balance of nature + city.
Boutique galore. 
Good live music.
Coffee shops........
Incredible views.
People watching.
Food....but seriously the food...

It's a magical city. They say Los Angeles is where dreams come true, but San Francisco is where you go to create what dreams you want to come true.

Views from Coit Tower
Getting close to Union Square aka Tourist City
Cable Cars :)

Anniversaries & Nesting

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I'm not sure what it is about tonight...
Maybe it was the soothing of Jack Johnson playing in the background or hearing my family's laughter over skype. It could have been the home cooked meal that filled my stomach or maybe it was the sunlight seeping through my blinds.

But it's been lately too...
I scurry around my kitchen and it's familiar and known. I've grown to like the way my apartment smells after making my morning coffee or how the twinkle lights brighten my living room on a summer night. I enjoy seeing familiar faces and feeling fortunate to know a small sliver of who they are.

Whatever it is. Whatever it has been. It feels like home. Who knew the every day, the mundane things are what make my home, a home. It's not the adventure that I thirst or the times spent exploring a city I haven't explored. All of those things help make me feel alive and attached, but the quiet and simple things about my life the past 373 days have established this sense of home to me...and it feels good.

On July 8, I approached my 1 year work anniversary and on August 3 I approach my 3 year anniversary in California. I may have lived in 4 different cities in this beautiful state, but each with its own lesson and each have played a role in my story of becoming. 

It's just different this time around. I'm not in transition or worried about where I'll live next. My belongings aren't scattered between friend's garages, my car, and a storage unit. It's all here with me, nesting in my peaceful home. 

"That thing I’m waiting for, that adventure, that movie-score-worthy experience unfolding gracefully. This is it. Normal, daily life ticking by on our streets and sidewalks, in our houses and apartments, in our beds and at our dinner tables, in our dreams and prayers and fights and secrets—this pedestrian life is the most precious thing any of us will ever experience." - Shauna Niequist in Cold Tangerines
Shauna's books help me digest the seasons of my life and I couldn't agree more that this current pedestrian life is one of the most precious lessons I've had in my young twenty something life.

Happy Nesting!

Spending time like I do cash: Wisely (sort of)

Monday, July 14, 2014

I like to plan. I like to prepare. Not as meticulous as I used to be, but it happens. That also leaks into how I blog. I like lists, goals, and plans. I talk about them, write them, and achieve them or usually they're a work in progress. 
Instead, I tried doing something different. I was writing a post 2 months ago from today and instead of pre-determining what I wanted my summer to be, here is what it has been. 

I hope you have been enjoying your summer too!

I've spent less time...
cleaning my apartment
organizing my life
shopping for things I don't need
attached to technology
checking social media
on personal appearance
checking my work email when it's not necessary
with anxiety and its best friend stress

I've spent MORE time...
in two cities I haven't explored much
with family and friends
being spontaneous
making memories
GARDENING...I know hell is cold
trying new going to professional soccer games...hell is now frozen...
beachin' it
connecting with God
at farmers markets
reconnecting with old friends
in solitude & silence
cooking dinner before 8pm
at concerts...ok all 2 of them, but none the less
watching sunsets

Feels good to have a well rested mind, body, and soul - In large thanks to where I've been spending my time this summer :) 

Happy Monday!

I took my student leader staff hiking one day
San Francisco
Smashmouth Concert in Santa Cruz
Carmel Beach
Lots of visitors this summer!

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