Ooh, my favorite!

April 20, 2011, 1:56 pm
Filed under: Art and Design, Personal

I’m alive! Settling into Seattle and the new venture; it was a bit tough in the beginning, but I am absolutely in love with the restaurant business! I feel so at ease, even amidst the stresses of just starting out. We’re a week into our soft opening and I couldn’t be more pleased with everything. Keeping busy has helped with the transition, but still sometimes I feel lonely for my ‘past life’ in SF. I think getting my routine set here will help me feel more at home, so it will just take a little more time. More than anything though, I’m excited and happy.

I’ve found a cute little apartment and I’ll be getting ready to move the rest of my things up from SF in the next week. I’ve been looking for home decorating ideas and came across this awesome find from Etsy seller WilliamDohman. Brother immediately¬†snapped one up after I showed him, but I still think I can find a place for this myself. Cheeky and fun! (Made from recycled wood too.)

Mickey Mouse dance battle
April 13, 2011, 1:29 pm
Filed under: Silly, Videos

In case you’re in need of a laugh. Ridiculous and awesome!


[thanks @thanithani]

“well…happy…free from suffering”
April 12, 2011, 9:10 am
Filed under: Compassion, Health, Simply Amazing

To keep me sane and help deal with all of the changes in my life I have started listening to guided meditations from Bodhipaksa, Guided Meditations: For Calmness, Awareness, and Love. ¬†I’m still only a few days in, but I was genuinely stunned at how effective and euphoric meditation is. I’ve always had a hard time turning my brain off at night, and I thought I lacked the discipline to make meditation worth trying, but listening to Bodhipaksa’s soothing voice and instructions made it so easy and relaxing. As a former skeptic (on my part, not on the practice overall) I just thought I’d share with you in case you were looking to feel centered.

[Available on iTunes and Amazon. Image via Amazon.]


April 10, 2011, 9:56 pm
Filed under: Personal

The construction of The Golden Gate Bridge, 1935

I haven’t meant to neglect my little outlet here, but life has been a bit of a whirlwind the past two weeks. Looking back at my recent posts, I realize that I had mentioned a few too many times that I had exciting news coming. I have probably succeeded in building things up a bit more than I should have, but regardless, the news is here for you now…

I have decided to take the leap and return to Seattle to partner with my dad on a new restaurant. You all know my love of food, so this next step is something I’ve always dreamt of doing: working in the industry I love and respect so much, being my own boss, stretching myself to take the risks I have been daydreaming of for so long. I’m excited and scared, certain and hesitant all at once. My head is spinning.

While I’m completely ecstatic about this new course and creating a new life in Seattle, I have been feeling homesick for the happy life I had in San Francisco for the past two and a half years. In the span of a few short weeks my life is completely different, and to be honest I am still working to adjust to the changes. I am in mourning for my weekend routine, my best friend, my house, my bed. The funny thing is, I don’t like change…even in small doses, so with everything (and I mean everything) changing at once, I am completely discombobulated. I knew the first bit would be hard; after all, nothing worthwhile is ever easy, but I admit I wasn’t prepared for it all. I just need a bit longer to get settled in, so please bear with me. In the meantime, I hope you’ll continue to follow me and see all that I have in store.

[Image via We Had Faces Then.]

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