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 


exiting city life

In January 2014, I was diagnosed with a pretty ugly case of shingles. It was some of the worst pain that I have been through. Worse than breaking my wrist snowboarding and my friends still talk about that day (I was not 'happy Gina'). I’ll spare you all the details, but since then it has been a tough year physically and mentally. It has been a year of growth. A year of pushing through. A year of wanting more. A year of changing perspective. 

So when January 2015 came around, I REALLY wanted to make this year MY year. I made a list of “resolutions” which I like to call my intentions. I was tired of coming up against a lot of challenges that I felt were beyond my control that I chose to shift my mindset (an ongoing life process) and wish for something better. Something healthy. Something fulfilling. Something that was a step up from 2014. 

I have so many goodies on this list but the one I want to share with you today is my intention of leaving San Francisco at least one a month.

I feel that so many of you can relate to this and are like, “YES!” While others question, “Why would you leave this vibrant city? There is so much to do."

Here’s the thing.

I have lived in San Francisco for 11 years. 

I am seeing the amazing growth of this city but also missing what I once knew. 

I am an introvert stuck in an extrovert’s body. 

I am experiencing a time in my life where I am giving myself permission to slow down. 

All of these things are pushing me in a direction of exploring something new at a slow pace that grounds me and allows me to reset. And, I love it! You guys, it feels so good. There are weekends when I am ready to go and uber excited and then there are weekends that it seems like a bit of a hassle to pack up and shift gears. But in the end, it is always so worth it and that is what I always remember. 

Here is what Max and I have been up to in the last five months. 

January - Esalen Institute, Big Sur

February - Hiking, Mount Tamalpais

March - Indian Springs, Calistoga 

April - Home, Rohnert Park 

May -  Pelican Inn, Muir Beach 

Esalen Institue // Photo Credit: Max Maloney 

Matt Davis Trail, Mount Tamalpais // Photo Credit: Max Maloney 

Indian Springs


Pelican Inn

Pelican Inn

There are no rules to this intention. Whatever feels right, we go with. We don’t have to stay overnight anywhere, We don’t have to drive or fly x amount of miles. We don’t have to chase the sun. We just need to let our bodies settle. We need to completely exhale the rush and buzz of the city and just BE. 

"Once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for." - Unknown


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.