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  • I found hope in Hope thanks to nature and my nieces.
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  • 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.

Amen
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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

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La Jolla, California Cottage

May 15, 2013

In all the years I have lived in Santa Monica California, I had never made my way down to San Diego. When a work opportunity popped up there last fall, my initial reaction was to disregard it. I hadn’t had any desire to go to San Diego let alone move thereThe company was persuasive and offered me a trip to come down and visit. After meeting with them for a full day, I drove at sunset along the coast, through La Jolla and snapped this:

La Jolla, California

Two weeks later, I moved.

Initially, I thought finding a home would be hard; the city seemed to be filled with vacation-rental, 80’s condo’s with blue carpet. Finding something my style seemed impossible to find.

But I did.

A 1928 cottage by the sea, aptly called, “Dream Cottage.” It’s one block from the beach, with two large and private yards, a fireplace and white, white walls. The cottage had been in the same family for over 40 years and you felt that vibe inside. I bought my first grown-up table here (the West Elm Emerson table I had coveted for years!) and had lots of morning coffee (a new thing for me), had my mum visit with me and one of my sweetest friends and her husband stay for a few days. There were lots of long conversations on the couch, nights spent in the backyard watching stars and many, many trips down to the cove.

In two weeks my work winds down, I’ll be leaving my cottage to return to my adopted hometown, Santa Monica. But before I leave, I wanted to share a few captures of the cottage:

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    HeatherNo Gravatar
    May 15, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Wow, that view is stunning! You’re a few years younger than me, but I want to be you when I grow up. 🙂 I think you’ve lived in &/or visited all the places I’ve ever wanted to, and you always manage to find the nicest homes to live in! What’s your secret to finding dreamy cottages like this one? And perhaps more importantly, if you’re back in Santa Barbara, does that mean this one’s available now?? 😉

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    RashidaNo Gravatar
    May 15, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Absolutely lovely and magical!

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    KyNo Gravatar
    May 16, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    How lovely. I want to hang out there and read books.

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    MarieNo Gravatar
    May 25, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Absolutely beautiful! I dream of having a lovely little place like this someday.

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    alisaNo Gravatar
    July 24, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    where did you get that handbag? :~)

    • alex the girlNo Gravatar
      July 24, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      I bought it from Anthropologie way back in late 2006. I read the very faded tag and I think it’s made by venera arapu paris.

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    TriciaNo Gravatar
    August 12, 2015 at 6:44 AM

    What a gorgeous cottage! I’m from La Jolla but am now living in England (worlds apart!), so it was lovely to find a piece of home here. So glad to hear you enjoyed your time in San Diego!

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