gratitude: eve

I am feeling grateful for the anticipatory feeling that inevitably happens on the eve of holidays. There’s a different feeling in the air, a renewed buzz, that’s contagious. Tomorrow I will spend the day with my closest family crafting all sorts of delicious and nourishing food and drink, making Thanksgiving my favorite holiday tradition. Here are a few things we will be making:

pumpkin spice lattes

rye pecan pie

compound butter

crispy potato roast

What dishes are you trying out this holiday season?


gratitude: night hike

Lately I have been so bogged down with work (and being sick) that I have not spent much time outdoors. Today, I finally made the decision to push aside the To Do list and get on the trail.

I have been hiking the same trail for the last three years now and it never gets old. It is a very steep fire trail that has breathtaking views of the entire Bay Area, and best of all, it’s practically in my backyard.

With the days getting shorter, I was working against the fading light, but made it far enough that the feeling of gratitude and rejuvenation could take hold. As a bonus, I spotted an owl in a nearby tree just before he swooped across my path! Tonight I am feeling immensely grateful for the fresh perspective that nature so effortlessly provides.

night hike

View from the first vista–the Golden Gate Bridge, though not quite visible, is directly in the center background.

gratitude: natural healing

As I get to the end of this pesky cold, I want to give a huge shout out to Angelica & Peony for the amazing Ginger Menthol Balm that helped me through the worst of the congestion and headaches. Kirsten, the fabulous maker, is a certified acupuncturist and physician of Chinese medicine. She uses her knowledge and creativity to create gentle, effective products that heal and rejuvenate the skin. Thanks to this salve packed with ginger root and menthol crystals, I am immensely grateful for breathing freely!


gratitude: sick days

Not the most glamorous of days and arguably one of the hardest to be grateful for, today I have been nursing a cold and trying hard to revel in small moments of ease and comfort. Here are some of those moments: bright sunlight warming a cold room, soothing throat coat tea and honey, spicy thai food and ginger tea, binge watching episodes of Ellen, serious rest.

gratitude: collaboration

As you may know, I am working on an exciting, new project and a big component of it is collaborating with artists. This weekend I met with one of the artists and discussed details of the collaboration, which refueled my passion for the project. I frequently make an effort to connect with fellow creative entrepreneurs, and this time there is new meaning in those relationships as we embark on supporting each other in making this project a success. I am grateful for the strength and enthusiasm that these collaborations are bringing to a new uncertain venture.

Stay tuned here and here as more details are revealed!

gratitude: setbacks

As a creative entrepreneur, I make a lot of decisions each day, which inevitably involve risk-taking. One of the biggest risks is presenting my creativity to the public, which doesn’t always go as planned and draws on the more personal side of my business. While there are plenty of affirming experiences, unfortunately the ones that linger are the disappointments.
In any business, calculated risks are essential and yet you can never quite calculate for everything. Sometimes you take the leap and have to dodge a few obstacles before you reach success. Sometimes you never reach it. I find that in these cases there is always a new path discovered that would have been unknown unless that initial leap was taken. I am trying hard to be grateful for the bumpy road of running a business even though today had more setbacks than successes.

risk quote

This quote sums up the ebb and flow of my business, and I imagine, many businesses. Unfortunately, I was unable to find the author to give credit, click on the image to see where I found it along with other inspiring quotes about risk-taking.

gratitude: pie

I work across from a great local bakery, which is both a blessing and a curse, as I am sure you can imagine! When I am doing a lot of production during the day, I tend to need a sweet break in the afternoon and lately pie has been my go to. Today I chose the apple quince pie and was delighted by the floral notes of the quince and the tart, sweet apple. If you are in the Bay Area, check out Sweet Adeline Bakeshop and support a local business.


Unfortunately, I ate my pie so fast that I wasn’t able to take a photo, so this one is courtesy of Sweet Adeline Bakeshop (