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.