Friday, April 22, 2022

when things don't go according to plan

Gates and Eden Take a Selfie in the Lobby of the UC Berkeley School of Optometry Eyecare Clinic

Every parent dreads receiving the news their kid’s school is going on lockdown. (More than 4.1 million students endured at least one lockdown in the 2017-2018 school year alone (source)).

I got that text and email yesterday. Out of an abundance of caution, our child’s school along with seven others in the district went into soft lockdown due to a developing situation at the nearby university.

Girl with short brown hair sits at a table with a mirror and a tray of eyeglass frames in front of her

It happened during what was supposed to be a fun, uneventful morning picking out Gates' first pair of glasses--a morning that didn't quite go according to plan. Continue reading to learn what happened and see which four pairs of frames she's considering.

Monday, February 28, 2022

gifting myself 100 days of being in the present

Do you ever do something just for the sheer joy of it? Or, are you calculating in the back of your mind how something you're doing for fun can be used or repurposed so that you haven't wasted any time? Attempting a 100 Day Project can help you learn to let go, bolster your feelings of self-worth, and provide a sense of accomplishment.

Between February 13th and May 24th, I'm gifting myself 100 days of creativity. I'm participating in The 100 Day Project (follow @DoThe100DayProject or #DoThe100DayProject) hosted by Lindsay Jean Thomson (@LindsayJeanThomson on Instagram). I'm planning on making 100 collages or mixed media pieces and will be posting my work periodically to Instagram at @RoadToGoodLife.

Permission to Enjoy Judgement-Free Making #DoThe100DayProject 2022 Punchcard


So far I've created eleven pieces and haven't missed a day yet! Read on to learn about this year's one hundred day project and how I'm approaching it.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

one-pot red beans and rice with andouille sausage

Up until the COVID shelter in place order went out in San Francisco in 2020, I’d never heard of Aduki beans. And then, just like that I had a dozen cans. If you've never eaten them, you'll want to go out and grab some and make this one-pot red beans and rice recipe either on your stovetop or in a slow cooker.

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Red Beans and Rice with Andouille Sausage Paired with 2019 Cultivar Santa Lucia Pinot Noir

Monday, November 15, 2021

making space for creating in a shared space


Last week, I had the opportunity to play with light and food in our kitchen. So, now, I'm daydreaming about (and planning for) my next creative space by thinking about the past places I've lived in.

Do you have a permanent or temporary space for creating in your home? If temporary, what tips do you have for getting set up quickly when the mood strikes you?

I've compiled a list of four things I've learned I need after years creating in shared, temporary spaces that may be helpful to you.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

join me for #SeeYourOrdinary this October 2021

31 Prompts for SeeYourOrdinary Instagram Challenge divided into four themes. First, about me: 3 things, reflection, heart, hope, book, inspiration, and favorite food. Second, about town: landmark, hidden, offbeat, road, open, closed, skyline, and blocked. Third, the common: scaffold, weed, crack, glass, tree, door, wood, and window. Fourth, the uncommon: unfettered, moving, free, still, home, space, and thread.

Fall can be a time of new beginnings. A time for taking a second look at your everyday surroundings and really seeing what is or isn't working for you.

And our #SeeYourOrdinary Instagram Challenge can be part of that process.

Will you be joining us this year?