because i miss you {checking in}

Santa Barbara

Helloooo! I hope you've been well. This photo is from a brief stroll in Downtown Santa Barbara while I waited for my train. I was there last weekend for a bachelorette party and it was such a treat to relax and have fun with my gal pals. It was a treat not only because I had just wrapped up a crazy week of work, but because there was a moment when I realized that hanging out with a group of girls like that had become so rare in my life. Living away for three years meant lots of solo time with Joe and double dates with other couples. I love both very much but sometimes a girl just needs girl-time, you know?

The weekend was great and because I do love my solo time with Joe, I really want to go back with him to check out the old missions and spend time on the beach. We'll see when we can squeeze it in as the next few months are already booked with travels, activities, and Ring Cozy is keeping me very very busy. It's been growing, I've been learning, and the business is really starting to feel like the real-deal. It's getting out of the awkward stage of testing the market, figuring out suppliers, etc, and moving into the more consistent stream of sales and processes that come with time, experience, and confidence in both myself and the product. I can't tell you how awesome it is to get emails from customers who tell me how Ring Cozy has solved a problem they had. To think that my idea, my creation, and all my work in bringing it to life is adding something positive to someone's everyday life - even if it's for something as seemingly small as a ring - is truly amazing. With that said, this little blog break is over. Time to get back to work!

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all stretched out

inside outside comfort zones Happy Friday, guys! I was flipping through my sketchbook and I came across several 'inside outside' doodles that I made around the time of this post. In that post I said

"I’ve been stretched so far out of my comfort zone that it’s hard to imagine going back to my original shape. I like the new irregular shape that’s been molded by everything I’ve seen and experienced, both the good and the not-so-great."

I really like the whole "irregular" shape idea of constantly morphing into a new form. A form that kinda resembles the original, familiar, and safe one but knows that it will never be as confined again.

I have so many sketches in my notebook that I want to play further with and this is my first step in doing so.

It felt like the right week for it too - I had two great online features for things that have taken me out of my comfort zones both personally and professionally:

Sharing my experience of living in Malaysia + traveling with the amazing Project Bly

A funny hate-love take on Ring Cozy on xoJane

It was a good week!

Now cheers to the weekend - go have an adventure and get all stretched out and irregular.

mountain getaway {mammoth}

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"Going to the mountains is going home". This John Muir quote was posted on a sign for departing visitors of Mammoth and as we drove past it - leaving behind an incredible weekend of reconnecting with friends and nature - I smiled and thanked Mr. Muir for the reminder. The mountains have never felt more like home than they do right now and I'm really relishing the opportunity to enjoy them while we're in LA. For Christmas they were just one and a half hours away and for this long weekend, it was six. One day I want to actually live in the mountains, but for now our current proximity is just right to satisfy my nature longings.

It's been a very dry winter so there was hardly any snow in the area and the snow on the slopes was mostly man-made. Not perfect for avid skiers but perfect for me as a newbie. I had only snowboarded four times prior to trying skiing on Saturday and since I never quite got into having my feet strapped into one single unit while facing sideways, I figured that skiing was worth trying. Joe, being the pro that he is, spent the day with me playing instructor and after only four runs (with breaks in between because my legs were giving in!) I think I'm on a good track. I have some balance and speed issues to deal with but at least the giant tennis ball size bruise on my left hip proves that I tried.

When we weren't on the slopes we relaxed at the condo/cabin. There were ten of us so it was perfect for playing a variety of card games, one of which was totally new for me: Cards Against Humanity. Have you ever played that? It's pretty awful/hilarious. You really need to be in comfortable company for it, and that we were.

On day two we took a break from the bindings to watch the US Snowboarding Grand Prix for the Olympics. There's nothing like watching pros to make you realize how much of a beginner you are...it all would have been so simple had I learned when I was five like all the other kids doing the "pizza" stance with me...

Luckily the rest of the day included a hike around Convict Lake, something that I felt very comfortable doing on my feet. It was beautiful and just the right time of day to watch the light change on the lake and surrounding formations. I say formations because every side looked different from the other - one with pine trees, one with jagged rock walls, and the other like an uphill prairie. We took our time making the loop, oooing and awwing with every turn that we made. Unfortunately on the last leg there were multiple stretches where the trail was covered in ice, and I slipped and fell on my right hip. Had to balance out the bruise from the previous day, right?! It was worth it though, to get that time in nature with friends, to be out breathing the fresh air, and to simply be surrounded by something so majestic.

Can't wait to go 'home' again.