saying yes

Awhile back, my guy and I reached a small stint in our lives where everything was so routine. Cozy and happy but routine (you know that feeling, right?). A year and half into our relationship. We have a new home. I’m running two small businesses (well, one not so small) and Max works for one of the most desirable companies in operation. We were giving so much to our work. So much to our house. So much to others. 

Gasp! We were boring. Ewww.

I remember us having a conversation and we both expressed that we wanted more. We fell in love with each other for many reasons but one being our sense of adventure and excitement to explore, try new things and REALLY LIVE. It was a special moment because while it was a hard conversation, we were on the same page. We both wanted to step up our game and take care of each other through new experiences. It was then we really promised each other that we were going to conquer the life that we truly wanted.

Here’s the thing, though. Our lives were already filled with so many task lists and calendar invites that we didn’t have to set rules to our declaration. We didn’t have to say that Wednesday was date night. We didn’t have to plan a vacation right then and there. We didn’t set out to break ground with home renovations. We just promised each other that we were going to SAY YES to adventure. 

And honestly, after that was put out into the universe, we have been on a bigger cloud nine than ever before. Just think, our relationship was pretty damn good before we had this conversation but we wanted the best (of course, two perfectionists). And now, we’re thriving.

The intention of YES sparks energy. It offers up potential. When coming from an authentic place, saying yes gently pushes us out of our comfort zone and into the life we daydream about. That life is possible. 

So what do our adventures look like?

This last weekend was jam packed with us giving in to the things we love and saying YES. Sure, it’s easy to turn things down because you’re tired at the end of the week. Or maybe your partner is into an event more than you but if you are always breathing in happiness and remembering the intention to explore then you’re guaranteed a wonderful time and life flows!

Friday we discovered a new restaurant and new band, PRIDES, with friends. 

PRIDES at Rickshaw Stop. 

My love for running and yoga triggered us to sign up for Wanderlust 108 in which Max and I completed a 5K and a yoga + meditation session on the Marina Green of San Francisco on Saturday. Stop and think about that. I am doing things that I love, with a gorgeous backdrop and friends that make me smile. Even more, I am so so grateful to have a partner in which we have numerous things in common. Running and yoga is something we often do together on weekends so why not do it with hundreds of other people too?

Photo Credit: Amy Hart

One of Max’s favorite San Francisco events is Bay to Bay Breakers. On Sunday we suited up in our quickly thrown together Lyft and Uber costumes, grabbed a few friends and danced our way through the streets. While an event this big can seem so overwhelming, it only takes a shift in perspective to make it one of the best days of the year. I knew this event was Max’s element and there’s nothing more that I love than seeing him happy. That big, handsome smile on his face. 

Here's the final take away. This quote sums it up perfectly. 

“I think we like to complicate things when it really is quite simple; find what it is that makes you happy and who it is that makes you happy and you’re set. Promise.” - Unknown 


the little things

On Monday, I sent my valentine a thank you message: 

I am so grateful for everything you do for us. My heart is full.

We had a lovely Valentine's weekend. Nothing extravagant. In fact, Max was really sick and recovering from a nasty cold. My Valentine's surprise didn't go as planned, but I did have the opportunity to drop off a few of his favorite things

The Little Things: Kombucha // Coconut Water // Photos from Hipstamatic // The Otis Succulent from Bloom That // Almond Crossaints from Thorough Bread and Pastry // 'Happy Fucking Valentine's Day' Card from Papersource


The rest of the weekend was so relaxing. We spent our weekend in Mill Valley playing house and dog sitting Miss Betty White. 

I knew that I wanted to gift Max with the Little Things that make him smile, but I soon realized that our weekend was naturally filled with beautiful "Little Things" that make us both so happy -- talks over wine, gluten free pizza, cuddling, waking up to the sun, exploring on a hike, cooking brunch, singing in the car, sharing dinner with parents, reading and blissful sleep. 

As I reflected on the weekend, I was so incredibly grateful. Hence, my Monday morning note. Life is short and those you love deserve to know what they mean to you. Don't be afraid to express yourself in a way that is authentic and fills your soul. 


xo g. 

sharing the love

My favorite love poem. 

[i carry your heart with me(i carry it in]

i carry your heart with me(i carry it in
my heart)i am never without it(anywhere
i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                                      i fear
no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want
no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)

My favorite love song.

xo g. 

phenomenal woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I'm telling lies.

I say,

It's in the reach of my arms

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I'm a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That's me.

I walk into a room

Just as cool as you please,

And to a man,

The fellows stand or

Fall down on their knees.

Then they swarm around me,

A hive of honey bees.

I say,

It's the fire in my eyes,

And the flash of my teeth,

The swing in my waist,

And the joy in my feet.

I'm a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That's me.

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much

But they can't touch

My inner mystery.

When I try to show them

They say they still can't see.

I say,

It's in the arch of my back,

The sun of my smile,

The ride of my breasts,

The grace of my style.

I'm a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That's me.

Now you understand

Just why my head's not bowed.

I don't shout or jump about

Or have to talk real loud.

When you see me passing

It ought to make you proud.

I say,

It's in the click of my heels,

The bend of my hair,

the palm of my hand,

The need of my care,

'Cause I'm a woman


Phenomenal woman,

That's me. 

The Lovely Maya Angelou

the tragedy of the 2013 boston marathon

Remember ...

When you see the video and the hundreds of photos at the Boston Marathon, look for the people running toward the blast and remember the good that still exists in the world.
— Kristina Reed
For every one person who wishes to destroy, 100 rush to help heal and rebuild. That’s the human race: our angels outnumber our devils.
— Leonard McCoy


With only 300 people selected from a lottery, I am so thrilled to be chosen for the first Alt Summit in San Francisco. I am eager to learn from the best designers + bloggers as well as make new friends and build a beautiful design community. I am so grateful for this opportunity. xo 

{travel} abc carpet + home sparking inspiration

On my last trip to NYC, I saw so many charming, unique, cozy and glamorous items in the never ending design store ABC Carpet + Home. As I wander, I cannot help but snap away and hold onto photos for inspiration of furniture, space layout, textiles and finishes. 




and then we had an impromptu photo shoot 

the lion the beast the beat

As I sit here writing, I am fully emerged in the beat (with a little shoulder shake) in Grace Potter & The Nocturnals sweet sounds. Their new album, I believe, is a blend of edge, grit, rock, blues and pure beauty. I think to myself, "Man, I love how this song just allows me to knock out what I need to," whether it be journaling, blogging, emails or idea sketching. 

When I find something I like, I want to share. It's what I do. 

Soooo, I decide to google The Lion The Beast The Beat and stumbled upon VH1's storytellers. As I watch this video, I learn that this exact song (and album) was written as Grace was navigating her journey with writing. I shake my head and giggle. So very cool that this song came alive with a writer's challenge, frustration yet drive and here I am just letting the words flow. I think Grace did it right. Her words and tune inspire. 

Enjoy her story. Enjoy her music.

365 challenge

Everyone has a story. 

If it's your best friend, maybe you know all the ins and outs of their beautiful life. If it is someone you're just getting know, you may find them opening up to you more and more. The beauty of meeting people is discovering their story.

And, it takes time. 

Some are extroverted and put it all on the table. Others are a bit more introverted, like me, and slowly open up. There may be a broken heart or walls up because of hurt. There may be a glow of happiness, joy and excitement that radiates. Or, a little bit of both. 

I've poured my heart out to my best friends over the past three years as they were the hardest days I have ever experienced. That alone was a challenge for me but it brought me closer to so many. When I opened up, that is when I learned, everyone does indeed have a story. In 2012 I told myself that I was going to be gentle, kind and loving to myself. I think I did a pretty damn good job. I have found myself to be a bit resistant and very protective of my heart, but I can also say that I have created some amazing memories. 

In 2013, I challenge myself and you, if you'll join me, to write your story. The way I go about this is by using a journal that was gifted to me.

"One Line A Day"

No Internet. Just a pen and your thoughts. Write what comes to mind, whatever you are feeling, whatever you experienced that day.

This journal allows you to record for five years. While that may seem daunting, I am truly looking forward to reading back on the days and seeing how they compare. I am even more excited to give this to my future family and children one day. I want to really let them in and experience through words what it was like to live life as the wise, authentic yet still growing thirty something woman I was.

HAPPY TWENTY THIRTEEN! My wish for you this year is about discovering, exploring, opening your heart, laughing every day and writing your story. 

You up for the challenge?

{travel} experience design :: all saints

All Saints, a London based clothing store that I am in love with and buy from frequently, not only houses some edgy, fashionable clothing but also some amazing design esthetic. I was in awe with the San Francisco store but when I recently visited Chicago's All Saints location, I was blown away!

Chicago's space is triple the size of San Francisco's store. When you walk in, you can't help but 'wow' at the foyer which has a wall of sewing machines and a vintage, industrial, machine like centerpiece. That was enough to blow my mind but as you walk in the store, you find the ceiling filled with old school movie lights. You see a vintage typewriter to your left, a sewing machine to your right, iron wheels ahead of you -- all surrounded by great fashion. 

All Saints is more than a clothing store. It is a design experience in which you can create your own story while working through the store.