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).
This is an important birth-day. My "aunt and uncle" got married a few years ago on a day which also happens to be my birthday, yesterday. They've actually been together since I was born, or just after depending on who you ask. I have found heroes in these two and I am constantly overwhelmed by the love, support and magic of knowing them. I love this day of this year the most because I get to share it with them. Together we've strengthened the bonds between our families that haven't been familiar for at least a decade. We did that, we designed new connections. They have taught me and shown me so much about myself over the last 6 months. Never judging, always caring and hella creative.
If I've met you since moving to the West coast chances are you have definitely heard me bragging on and on about them, "they do this and this," "they recycle this and grow that," and "they love to do this," "and the cat, omg Bagheera the cat!" I have them to thank for a monumental life experience, moving and settling in California. They're the coolest and closest-distant family I have.
in closing: blood may be thicker than water, but so is fine wine. We love wine. Thank you, my journey to establish myself here is dedicated to you. Happy 23rd birthday to us!