I decided that my new year doesn't start until February 1st. Which works out nicely considering my birthday is in February... New year, new me! One of my New Year's resolutions is to meet more creatives and surround myself with people who inspire me. For example, last week I met with a local weaver and a photographer from instagram. In the spirit of getting to know more people, I also accepted an invitation to eat caucus tacos on a school bus turned tiny home with a man who climbs trees for living. I wrapped up the weekend enjoying Sacramento's urban baths, reconnecting with friends in between hot saunas and cold plunges. What is an urban bath you ask? Well, it's my latest find!
Art is such a fickle thing. We need it in our lives yet, it is expensive and often misunderstood. There is such a vast range of art, I think people often get lost or misunderstand its purpose.
One thing I love about Karen Sikie’s work is how livable it is. You can easily imagine her work above a fireplace or in an entryway. Like a precious dessert, her works are easy to consume and carry a welcoming delicateness. Her work is soothing and intricate in a gentle nod to nature.
For those of you who have been reading along for the last three years you’ve seen some ups, some downs and a lot of quiet space. Thank you for your patience! I promise you there is a lot to look forward to in the New Year! For starters, I leave for the Philippines in a few days!!! If you’ve been following my instagram stories you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been adventuring to S.F. a lot more this year and familiarizing myself with their art market. There’s going to be copious amounts art + travel in the New Year with a sprinkling of wellness.
What would your inner rockstar look like? How would you dress if everyday you put your best foot forward? These are the questions fluttering around my head recently as I contemplate what my rebrand is going to look like and how I want to move forward into the new year. To begin the process of 'hammering it out', this morning Dom and I got up early to do a quick photo shoot before his bus came.
Self-care isn’t something that comes naturally to me. If given choices of what’s best for me or others’ I love, I choose them… not trying to sound like a martyr, it’s because I often fail to set boundaries.
The reason I’m writing about this is because when I make these seemingly ‘selfless choices,’ they bubble up and attach themselves to unresolved pain like maggots on dead flesh; possibly also know as PTSD. I carry them around deep inside of me in a pressure cooker until all that stress causes me to lose my mind, exploding into a depressive human no one wants to be around. Mental health is a thing!
Turning 30 made me acutely more aware of my skincare practices. As a single lady who is dating, it takes one late night of indulgences to wake-up looking like the crypt keeper. I recently found myself investing in facial creams and finally getting around to washing my face at night (no more dirty pillows).
A couple days into our trip Sarah and I decided to head to Hammam. The look on our hostess and her sister’s face should have indicated what a vulnerable experience it would be
Traveling from LA on a business trip I had a run-in with my very first Match.com date. AWKWARD. Dating Tip of the week: Never vape on the first date! We all have our vices but it’s terrible idea to lead with them. So, vape master, and I got to talking. He was on his way back from South America which prompted me to share about my impending trip to Morocco. It was a typical traveling pissing contest between two people that never actually dated.
Out of nowhere, this model like creature, floats across the airport at the mention of Marrakech. She was an entrepreneur from Portland who travels there frequently. Her and I quickly became Facebook friends before boarding our respective flights.....
Traveling with another person is hard especially when you aren't sleeping with them! However, like in any relationship you have to compromise, forgive quickly and do what Sarah does best; just laugh the madness off. I wanted to invite Sarah to write for the blog and share some of her fears, anxieties and experiences as a first time traveller. It's weird, writing about someone and not handing over the mic.....