To the Great Outdoors, the In-Between, the Artificial, & Back!
Why does it feel like every September comes upon us so fast and kicks us back into gear after lazy summers of lounging and excessive free thought?
There’s something about September, she always gets me. Armed with an underlying current, September comes around the corner and reminds me how much time is left in the year & more overwhelmingly how much time has passed.
Some highlights these past few weekends include experiencing three distinctly different spaces that challenged me to be introspective and adaptive.
The Great Outdoors, Camping at Yellowstone, MT
I went with a few Carrots to check out this magical land-geysers and a mystic atmosphere rooted in a place where wildlife rule & are free to claim their space. We were reminded that nature runs the show with her ideals about what the weather should be- it caused us to work together, build camaraderie, & share stories. I’m certain the trip would have been different if everything had been ideal according to us. But, because Mother Nature had her way, we saw a new primitive way to co-exist & because of that I think we won’t forget this trip anytime soon.
The In-Between, XOXO in Portland, OR
Back in SF with a day to spare, I gathered my thoughts, recovered from a 24hr bug, & was on my way solo to an art & technology festival with a bunch of introverts. I recall feeling excitement and nervousness about going alone, but as with everything that I seem to take on solo- I’m almost always glad I did. I even went as far as to stay with Ellie (a former sewing instructor that I worked with years ago) and her husband. They set up a new studio/home in Portland and to say that this place is special would be an underwhelmingly (how is this not a word?) true. Together, they are the modern day Eames’- making their life/work a manifestation of meanginfulness, I felt inspired to be there and to be a part of their Build Your Own Business series. I even learned how to make a waxed canvas bag with Ellie- I’m still in shock that the bag hasn’t fallen apart & anytime I get a compliment, I’m more than happy to tell everyone how it came to be. The festival was equally inspiring, it took me back to my DIY roots- the speakers were phenomenal, we were invited to hear and participate in the journey of what it takes/feels/is to work on something creative & put it out in the world a la the internet. It reminded me of what I like to do, it also reminded me that somehow I forgot to do these things/rituals in busyness of the day to day. At XOXO, I challenged myself to be less of a list checker & instead respond to things/events/people that spoke to me and rest in-between. I got to see some of my favorite spots in Portland again, I got to slow down and ease back into being a resident of city life. I took the bus & walked everywhere, it was a great way to take in the surroundings. Time shed its lessons on me and I came back with vitality for a richer self- how do I retain these feelings? How do I stay with it?
The Artificial, Celebrating Evan in Vegas, NV
Not too long after we hopped on a short trip to Vegas for our friend’s birthday- my mind didn’t really know what to expect, except to know that I’d likely go into sensory overload here. Instead, the trip was uniquely awesome in its own right. A day at a very chill cabana/pool, learning how to play craps, dancing to some covers, and staying in to watch The 40 Year Old Virgin while some of us went out, trying my best at Top Golf…all of it was perfect. I slept, got much needed rest, was myself the entire time and I don’t think I could have asked for a better experience with good friends. It’s too bad Britney Spears wasn’t in town- there’s always a reason to come back.