My Tokyo Guide on The Everygirl


My guide to one of my favorite places I’ve ever traveled to, Tokyo, Japan, is live on The Everygirl. If you’re so inclined, read it here. The above photos shot by me (okay, Ian shot the middle one of me at the Tokyo Giants Game).

13-Word Love Stories


The New York Times' Modern Love recently published 13-word love stories, which felt apropos on Valentine's Day. Here are some of my favorites.

My dad calls my mom Love, almost as if that is her name.
Grace Gardner, Atlanta (top image)

Strictly avoids long walks on the beach. Lets me have all the covers.
Keira Mayock, Charlotte, N.C.

We both love craft beer and public radio. So we’re insufferable, but together.
Laura Fluty, Saint Peters, Mo.

Fate = Joint baby shower at age 0, happily married 27 years later. 
Lisa Eng, Menlo Park, Calif. (bottom image)

Groundhog Day


It's ironic that Groundhog Day was on Friday, because the past few weeks have kind of been a blur of days that feel pretty much the same. And by that I mean working weekends. I think I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and am truly proud of the projects I've been working on, but I'm definitely on the verge of burn out. Trying to sneak in runs in Golden Gate Park to enjoy the sunny weather we're having, an almost daily face mask to keep my skin calm from stress, and load up on vitamins to avoid getting sick. I'll see you on the other side!


January Wish List


Like everyone else, I’m trying not to shop much this month. But, I do have a few things on my list (and they’re all under $200).

for a more organized bag
Cuyana’s Leather Laptop Sleeve matches by work tote and, let’s be honest, I shouldn’t just be throwing my laptop into my bag like I usually do.

for better sleep
I’m normally a pretty good sleeper, but have had way too many sleepless nights so far in 2018. Vitruvi Sleep Face & Body Mist smells like warm cashmere and soft linen sheets. Sounds nice right?

for dry lips 
My lips have never recovered from being on the East Coast over the holidays. I’m looking for an everyday lip balm. Kari Grant Lip Whip in Peppermint is soothing and will hopefully make my lipstick go on smoother.

for fun
For me, it’s typically statement earrings or no earrings, but lately I’ve been loving fun studs like these ones from Rebecca Minkoff.

for (cute) comfort
I don’t know about you, but I rarely invest in things like cute sweats - and I think that needs to change! These Make + Model Good Vibes Jogger Pants have great reviews, come in four colors, and are under $50! 

I love a good sweatshirt for when I want to stay in sweats but need to pull it together, and have been all about the slogan shirt/sweatshirt trend. This Feminine Sweatshirt would get a lot of use in my closet.

18 in 2018


I don’t love the term resolutions because I feel that it has negative connotations, so this list is actually more about goals and intentions I’m setting for the year, as well as some habits I started in 2017 that I want to keep up. I’d love to know what your 2018 intentions are.

  1. Continue my meditation habit. It’s been so helpful to my overall wellbeing. I never thought I’d be that person, but here I am.
  2. On the same note, continue to see my therapist. I’ve seen someone off and on for the past few years and find it so beneficial.
  3. Buy a home. This is a big one because we live in San Francisco, but I’d love to have something of our own in the city that we love (not to mention start to build our equity).
  4. Mix up my workouts. I have a few classes that I love at Core40 and YogaWorks, and I run regularly, but I do fight boredom and feel better when I mix up my workouts.
  5. On a related note: run more races. This year I did two 10Ks and I want to run another half marathon on 2018. I find that having an upcoming race makes my runs less of a slog and there’s such a sense of community when running in a race.
  6. Host more! We love having people over, but sometimes I get caught up in our place being tiny or our couch being shabby. At the end of the day, everyone seems to have a good time so I need to get over it.
  7. Keep in mind that “comparison is the thief of joy.” This is so key for me.
  8. Send out Christmas cards in 2018. I really enjoy opening cards from friends and family, and typically send a Paperless Post New Year’s card, but I want to send a physical holiday card this year. 
  9. Wear sunscreen every. single. day. That means on my face, neck, and hands. 
  10. Pack my lunch! I am pretty good here, but it’s such an easy way to save money.
  11. Related to spending, take the bus and walk more. It’s too easy to hop in a Lyft but it’s an expensive habit.
  12. Continue to make everyday upgrades. I can’t tell you how much joy I get from a few simple upgrades made in 2017. From purchasing a nice looking marble jar for our dog’s treats to finally throwing away my favorite but past-its-prime bra. I often put off purchases like this in favor of “fun” ones but I do find that money spent on something I use daily is better than on a trendy top I’ll only wear a handful of times.
  13. Water!!! My husband is so good about staying hydrated that I joke that he was left stranded on an island without water before we met. Jokes aside, I need to be better about this and have found that tea helps (and counts!).
  14. Put my phone on airplane mode before bed. When I do this, and have had my coffee and meditated before checking emails, my day is so much better.
  15. Prioritize my health. I’m 31 and will be 32 in a few short months. I know I’m still young but I’m starting to realize how lucky I am that I have my health and want to stay healthy. That means regular dermatologist visits for skin cancer checks, keeping my dentist appointments even when I have a busy work week (+ regularly flossing), and slowing down when I feel a cold coming on.
  16. I speak to my parents almost daily, but I need to be better about checking in with everyone else in my family, from my aunt to my mother-in-law. 
  17. Volunteer more regularly. This one is partly selfish because of how goodie makes me feel! I’ve identified homelessness as a cause that really matters to me, and have been working with ECS now for a few years. I help with their biggest fundraiser of the year (and am actually co-chairing this year) but love volunteering at their 
  18. Another mantra for 2018: this to shall pass. I tend to get caught up in the moment and need to start thinking bigger picture. I will hopefully have a long life and long carer and need to have better perspective.