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  • I found hope in Hope thanks to nature and my nieces.
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  • Possibilities.
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  • 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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My Hygge House

My San Francisco Flat

January 12, 2015
San Francisco Flat on HyggeHouse.com

In July 2014 I moved to a city I had resisted moving to for 15 years: San Francisco.

Despite having a lot of friends in the city and it being ripe with job opportunities for the type of work I do, I’ve never wanted to actually live here. The weather, the streets, the lack of feeling safe are just a few of the reasons. But the biggest? Cost of living.

I’ve heard horror story upon horror story of trying to find a home in the city and paying far too much for it. And after having lived in houses for the past 8 years I couldn’t imagine going into a tiny little flat with no outdoor space, garage or my own washer/dryer (#FirstWorldProblems, I know).

But when Airbnb called with an opportunity to lead their content and social media efforts, I knew I couldn’t say no to them and would have to say yes to San Francisco. I prepped myself for a difficult road ahead of flat hunting.

On a weekend trip, two weeks before I was to start working, I saw a home on Craigslist that looked terrible. Salmon, peach and bright purple walls. But it was in a neighbourhood I wanted to be in with all the amenities I needed (garage, washer dryer, outdoor space, dog-friendly, private). So I made a call.

When I walked inside, I could see the beautiful bones of its 1941 frame. The original Wedgewood Stove, fireplace and crown moldings had me swooning. As did the views and the very private and big back out door space. With white paint, it’d be perfect.

It was the only place I saw and the only place I applied for, and it became home almost instantly.

So now I’m learning how to nest in a new city yet again. Some of my furniture couldn’t fit up the stairwell (my antique book case) and my couch, by sheer prayer I swear, got in on a 2nd try. A couple of new pieces have been bought (like my new favourite console from Shabby Chic) but mostly, it’s a lot of the same. Just in a different place.

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    Angel JemNo Gravatar
    February 15, 2015 at 10:48 AM

    What a fantastic opportunity! Of course you couldn’t say no! And the flat, painted white, looks lovely. May you have a beautiful time making it as Hygge as possible. And masses of good luck with your airbnb job. If I were only 25 again, I’d be airbnb’ing around the world; but with a husband and 3 children, it doesn’t seem that easy!

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    Tristan B.No Gravatar
    September 24, 2015 at 11:18 PM

    This looks so darling. SF is my favorite American city, if we could afford to we would live there in a heartbeat!

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