I have pervaded many communities since moving to the West. It's my go-to trick in getting to know an area and it's people, based on shared interests. The highlight of my design-minded year is SF Design Week, a lot of designers share that opinion. I never take for granted the fact that this city is an absolute mecca for design in the USA bursting with talented peers all trying to do the same thing—enjoy the design community, enjoy people that get what you do, what you're trying to do. SFDW16 was all a bit sweeter for me because I reflected deeply on my growth since 2015. I've been on my own for that much longer, I've now been designing, strategizing, writing and managing here for a year. Not to mention playing and coaching volleyball, taking typography classes and doing a bit of travel. All these communities have welcomed me with open arms, but it's my v. intimidating game face that's kept me here, fighting to find my life's work. (Game face pictured below featuring my boss/mentor J Levine and his hella fly jacket).