• I found hope in Hope thanks to nature and my nieces.
  • Reminder: There is always light at the end of the tunnel(s).
  • Possibilities.
  • "After you have exhausted what there is in business, politics, conviviality, and so on - have found that none of these finally satisfy, or permanently wear - what remains? Nature remains." Happy 200th birthday, Walt Whitman
  • Spring is always the most alive after the darkest and rainiest of winters. #hyggehouse
  • "There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind." C. S. Lewis. Or, as the Secret Sisters sang, "Tomorrow will be kinder."
  • "It was here in Big Sur where I first learned to say amen." Henry Miller

Friday afternoon I decided to take a last-minute trip up the coast. Every time I've driven it, I've  always had some place to be and up against time.

But not this trip.

Friday I spent time in Santa Barbara and Paso Robles.

Saturday I spent time in Steinbeck country (of Mice and Men is one of my favourite books) and finally drove the G16 across to Carmel before heading up for a quick stop to see of my friends who I would literally drive 8hrs for only to spend 2 hours with.

Today I got up super early and got a super big coffee so I could drive down highway 1, through Big Sur and hopefully beat the crowds.

Henry Miller is the author of some of my other favourite books so as I drove though Big Sur I thought of him and Steinbeck and how they wrote about what they knew, what they loved, and what they questioned. I've had this idea in my head for a new project and community that I know will resonate and mean something but just unsure how to begin.

So I made sure today to stop when I wanted to. Linger when I needed. Drive wherever for however long.

And, after all the times driving through Big Sur, I finally stopped at a beach. I spent two hours here practically alone and just was.

People say it but there is something magic about Big Sur and today was the first time I felt it. I felt the shift, the inspiration, the hunger. And I felt wet sand between my toes. 
I'm ready.

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  • Last week I drove through the area of Malibu that was most hard hit from the fires. It was completely devastated only last December but now, life is blooming again in a way I've never seen it before. The scars are there and it will take 20yeara to get back to where it was but life is back. That's the amazing, heartbreaking and beautiful thing about life. #malibustrong #earthday



Glaedelig Jul

December 24, 2007
Merry Christmas

I wish that for all of us in 2008 – to make the ordinary, extraordinary, to make our visions real, to not hold back or to get caught up in living someone else’s dream or decor vision. To take the time we need, to not worry or fret if things take a little longer or change shape. To not try to live off other’s expectations and abilities but only our own. To live hygge.

So then, have a very Hygge Holiday – however you celebrate it.


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    SamNo Gravatar
    December 24, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    Merry Christmas and many best wishes for your new adventure!

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    MarilynNo Gravatar
    December 25, 2007 at 3:41 AM

    Oh, Alex, you’re in Carmel?! I can’t imagine you won’t enjoy it. It’s one of my favorite places. Used to spend a lot of time there…gosh…about 25 years ago. Still love to go there. Merry Christmas! Enjoy your new settings…and the time with your Mom.

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    LindaNo Gravatar
    December 25, 2007 at 4:35 PM

    We were just in the Carmel area for six weeks and it was fabulous. I think it is the most beautiful place in the world. I hope your Christmas there is fabulous. My best friend does hair there-email me if you want the best haircut ever.

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    KatherineNo Gravatar
    December 26, 2007 at 3:57 AM

    Wow, you work quickly!! It already looks cozy and warm~Merry Christmas!

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    jenNo Gravatar
    December 26, 2007 at 3:28 PM

    Warm wishes for you and your new home.
    This has been a season of realizing that the ordinary is so amazing when you take the time to treasure it, let go of what you think something should be, and actively take part in it. Thank you for the reminder.
    I hope that you have a wonderful time in your hygge house.

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    LiselotteNo Gravatar
    December 27, 2007 at 11:31 AM

    Glรฆdelig Jul ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year – best wishes for the future from Denmark ๐Ÿ™‚

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    LisaNo Gravatar
    December 27, 2007 at 10:46 PM

    Perfectly lovely. I admire your bravery. Change can be frightening, but I find it is almost always positive. Happy New Year…

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    ayse.liuNo Gravatar
    January 1, 2008 at 4:52 AM

    …thanks for your beautiful mind…..inspiring……

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    Leslie Van EveryNo Gravatar
    January 3, 2008 at 1:04 AM

    What a wonderful blog you have. Very inspiring and your writing is so lovely.

    Carmel by the Sea is perfect. I can’t imagine you picking a better spot. It will be very cozy and foggy and perfect for helping plump up your creativity.

    And why of course you and Miss Posy would be friends.

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    Ellen Crimi-TrentNo Gravatar
    January 18, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    well said, I feel the same way. I have a brother out in Santa Monica and I have to get out there this year, maybe I will check out that market, it sounds great!


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