Spacious, the best place to work.

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spacious pac heights location elite cafe

Happy Friday! I am SO excited to introduce you to Spacious, the best place to work. Last week I randomly saw an article on Hoodline about Spacious (you can read the full article here). The timing could not have been more perfect because the last couple of weeks I have been looking for a coworking space to get some serious work done for The Bundle of Joy. The problem is that my schedule is always different and takes me to different parts of San Francisco. There are days where I am literally driving the seven square miles of my beautiful city. I'm not complaining, it's the hustle required when you have your own business!! Because of these reasons and the financial investment of renting an office, I could never find something to fit my ever-changing needs.

So when I read the article I was immediately interested and wanted to learn more. I couldn't believe how great of a concept Spacious is! Beautiful coworking spaces are nothing new and honestly, they are one of the hottest industries right now and the more I read about Spacious, the less I could believe! $95 for unlimited visits to the five San Francisco locations (the price goes up to $125 in the new year)!! Having an office on Fillmore Street for $95 a month.

So I signed up for the free week trial and here I am at a Spacious location!! I am currently typing this from Elite Cafe on Fillmore! I have to tell you that this is a really great idea and you're going to want to check it out. This is not a sponsored post, I just have to share because I really like this service! For a small price (far less than renting my own office), I get to work in beautiful restaurants during the day, have fast wifi, free coffee and tea, and be on Fillmore close to Lillian's preschool!! Wow! This is such a great idea!! There are two super friendly and helpful Spacious hosts who checked me and answered all seventy of my questions ;)

What I really love is that it's a win-win. I mean, we've all walked by during the day and seen the dark windows of restaurants that don't open until happy hour. Spacious allows people to enjoy the restaurants during the day and benefits the restaurants because of the exposure and rent for use. Genius!! I can't wait to check out the other SF locations:

Finn Town in the Castro, which is in the neighborhood I grew up in!! My friend Emily of JetSetting Fashionista raves about Finn Town so I've been wanting to check it out!

Park Tavern in North Beachwhich I've been to and really like. Gosh, how nice to have a place in North Beach to be able to get some work done!

Press Club in SOMA, I haven't been there but love the idea of working there in the morning and then heading to meet Jesse for lunch at his new office and then going to MOMA!!

Alta in Mid-Market, I have never even heard of this restaurant but love that it's right near the Twitter building!!

The great thing about Spacious is that it's nice for everyone from students to seasoned entrepreneurs. I seriously can't get over the price. Even when the price increases to $125, that is still less expensive than most gym memberships. Spacious is even a great location if you're studying for a big test like a licensing exam.

What I am really loving about Spacious is how close I am to Lillian's preschool. So convenient and I love working on Fillmore, where there are so many great shops and restaurants, and where I spent all of my high school years. I can't wait to see all of the new locations they add in the New Year-- hoping for something in Laurel Heights and Inner Richmond.

Check out Spacious and email me if you want to meet up at Elite Cafe for a working session!

xo,

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Life Update.

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Just popping in to say hi!!!!! I've been so heads down on The Bundle of Joy that I thought switching gears for a second and sharing a quick post would be good! 

We have been so excited for the holidays. We got our tree last week and it was the best decision to get it so early. I've never had a Christmas tree in November! My family always used to wait until we were all out of school for the holidays. Some years, we got it as late as December 22nd! But we loved waiting until we could all do it together!

So! Wow! I'm back from taking a long break. It is so sad to me that I took a break because of the fires ravaging in Northern California and as I am typing this, fires are destroying parts of Southern California. My heart is going out to everyone in Southern California and everyone affected by them.

I spent the last couple of weeks reflecting and I delighted to share that I am going to continue blogging. Taking such a long break made me think about blogging, the industry and everything that comes with it. The truth is, I really missed blogging. I love writing, creating, collaborating, connecting and more.

I am working on a new site, with a new name!! We're on our phones and computers a lot and it's hard to not get affected by the terrible news we hear every. single. morning. What I hope for this blog is that it is a place that you come to when you're having a bad day. I want it to cheer you up, inspire you, and make you feel like we can truly focus on the positive together.

I am thrilled that my new blog will feature content with an emphasis on loving, learning, and creating. These are three pillars that really define how I try to live my life and I am excited to share content through my take on these topics. 

While my site is under construction, I will be still be blogging here and reveal the new look and name when it's ready!! Thanks for following along!!

xo,

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PERFECT PERSPECTIVE: LIFE RECENTLY.

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Since I started my blog in 2014, I have posted pretty much every day, with a few exceptions. This blog has become so special to me and after taking the last two weeks off, I am happy to be back writing and sharing.

I have had a lot on my mind recently and while I normally head straight to my blog to write and sort out my thoughts, this was the first time I felt like I needed to step away. I have had so many things that needed serious consideration and reflection and after some time, I feel like I have a little more clarity. I'm just going to spill it out so it might not be as articulate as I want, but here it goes.

To be honest, my heart is really hurting. With everything going on in the world it can be really hard to stay optimistic. About two weeks ago I had this gut feeling that I needed to make a change with my blog. It drives Jesse crazy sometimes, but I am always asking myself, "what's next?" I wanted to figure out what was the next step with my blog. It's evolved so much from shoes to fashion to pregnancy to parenting to life and I have loved every step of the way. As Lillian gets older, Jesse's company gets more press, and I get more attuned to the complicated world we live in, I have just been reflecting on what type of experience I want for my family and me.

One of my favorite things about my childhood was the cocoon that my parents created for us. While we were active in the community, our home was our private place-- our sanctuary. We could just be. And I really want that for Lillian and Jesse but with the blurred lines created by the omnipresence of the internet, it can be hard to have privacy. I can see from the analytics of my site that people like my more personal posts, and I actually really love writing them, too-- they're therapeutic. But for the sake of my family, I have decided to pull back on sharing about our personal lives. One of the big deciding factors was reading articles about families who have turned their young children into internet stars. While they make a lot of money, I feel like they have compromised their privacy and is not something I want to do.

Recently it has felt like every day on the news there is something horrific happening. The truth is, horrific things have always happened, I just have a more visceral reaction to it because I am a mom now. It's definitely more intense than when I started this blog and wrote about shoes. It feels so inauthentic for me to be writing about trivial stuff when so much is happening.

So I've been focusing my efforts on spreading joy. I've been working hard on The Bundle of Joy. It has been amazing and truly refreshing to have a project that isn't so public. I've been working on corporate partnerships, curating new products, and community. While it might not look like much is happening, we are having a blast behind the scenes and I am learning a lot and pushing my skill set-- which I have always found satisfaction in doing.

I also just started working with Minted on their new Photo Op program. It's a cool program that allows Minted customers to book a photographer to take their holiday photos!

To summarize, this past year has been one of the longest years of my life. I traced it back and it all started with the election results. It sounds funny to say, but I feel like I became an adult this year. This year has brought so much "bad news" to my experience and has been so challenging. On a daily basis, I have been forced to really think about what type of person I want to be, how I want to raise my daughter and what our family values. The world is changing and I am changing. I feel like this year I switched my lens from naive to being self-aware of the world and this new perspective is hard-- it's like trying to constantly fight out the bad and find the good. It's exhausting!

What really prompted me to pull back and gain a new perspective are the fires happening in Sonoma and Napa. The fires have literally hit close to home. We've been monitoring the news and Twitter and just trying to get any information on how my parents' house is doing. From the maps of the active fire, it looks like my parents' house is safe but we won't know for sure until we can get back up there. Natural disasters are not something new. But having it affect my family has reminded me what is really important- family, love, safety, and health. Seeing so many people displaced and left with little is heartbreaking. While we say things like, "at least we're/they're safe" it doesn't replace how special, intimate, and full of memories everyone's homes are.

Being a mom makes all of these horrible things hurt so much more.  It's definitely not something you can anticipate and is exhausting. Every day I feel more and more appreciative for the values my parents instilled in my siblings and me and how they created a safe world for us. Like everything else they did, they made it look so easy.

For the past two weeks, I had been trying to decide if I was even going to continue to write my blog. It feels like the industry is getting more intense, yet I have heard that so many bloggers are feeling unhappy, stagnant and even burnt out. In the social industry, quantity is queen and so everyone is constantly sharing. Constantly. On all channels. I realized I was sharing out of habit and took some time to reflect on why I was sharing. It's crazy to think but true bloggers (in the sense that it's their full-time job and source of income) have been encouraged and rewarded the more they share. Like any job, the more time you put into it, the more you will get out. Blogging differs in the sense that you are sharing your life, your personal stuff, your family, etc. 

Ultimately, I decided that I will focus my platform on being a source of joy and happiness for all who read it. Moving forward I will be sharing about professionals I admire, pieces I like reading, and other information for living a meaningful life.

Thank you all for reading my blog and following along.

xo,

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