• 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



European Vlog

June 1, 2008
European Vlog on Hygge House

J. R. R. Tolkien once wrote, “Not all who wander are lost” but sometimes I think the quote should have been written as “not all who wander stay lost.” Because sometimes, for me at last, I travel because I’m not sure what to do next. So I open myself up to exploring the world and in that exploration, I’ll find my path. It always happens. The journey truly is the purpose.

A month before this trip, I had been working in Ireland for a month and came back to my home in Carmel by the Sea, California, only to discover that while I was gone, a major winter storm had destroyed much of my condo. I knew I couldn’t stay in my home and I felt my time in Carmel was up. I wasn’t sure where to go to next so I went home to Europe with no plans, no itinerary and no purpose. A true wandering, which, by the end, had me feeling far from lost.


Airline: British Airways, Business Class, Upper Level (it’s the only way to go to Europe from LAX, trust me!)


London Hotel: The Levin Hotel


Luxemburg Sites: Castle Vianden

Train Luxemburg to Paris: TGV (spring for First)


Château de Versailles
Paris Hotel: Hotel Particulier

Paris Sites: Jardin du Luxembourgg, Chateau Versailles

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