• 2020,  Career

    Musings: Courage in Action

    Remember when I set my intention? Yeah, well I wasn’t fully transparent about why I set it as courage. A LOT of things were happening at the end of 2019 and, well of course when it comes to your career you have to be more discreet. Although everyone who needed to know knew, it wasn’t something I wanted to share until it did or did not happen. But phew, IT happened! I have never fought so hard for a job. However, with this experience, I had one mindset that completely helped, what will be meant for you. Even if it doesn’t feel like it at the moment, it will be…

  • 2020,  Food,  Musings,  Yelp

    Musings: The Elusive Black Badge Is MINE!

    I can’t believe I’ve been Yelping longer than TEN years! Remember last year when I was talking about earning the elusive black badge? I’ve been impatiently waiting since January 1 for the coveted email saying I was a Yelp Elite for 2020. I waited and waited. I text a good friend about it. My co-worker and I talked about it. He even went as far as emailing our Community Manager (CM) to ask when the announcement would be made. We did learn our CM was on vacation until January 6, so I figured we wouldn’t hear until after that. Most of January 6 came and went, so I had given…

  • 2020,  Mental Health,  Musings

    Musings: 2020 Intention Set

    No new year, new me BS! But you already know that. Never been one for resolutions, but I am one for goals. I don’t share or set them very often either. But I think setting an intention for 2020 is something I could get behind. I like the idea of having a word that I can strive for, think about, and reflect on for the entire year. I have never done this before, so we shall see how it goes. I think an intention is a hybrid of a goal and an aspiration. Setting an intention activates my ability to be receptive, manifest, and put out what I intend to…

  • 2019,  Musings

    Musings: Thank You 2019

    It’s been A year, that’s for sure… But, I don’t feel like it’s been a bad year like all the memes would have you believe it has been. At least for me, it doesn’t feel that way. It definitely has had its high highs and low lows, but what year doesn’t? I’m trying to just allow myself to reflect on the year, but realizing we are closing out a decade makes it hard to reflect on the past year. Musings from 2019 Travel – A year of domestic travel! So excited to have checked off New York from my list, but I don’t feel like I adequately can because there…

  • #GaneebanRuns,  10k,  2019,  California,  Giant Race Series,  Race Recap,  Running,  San Francisco

    Race Recap: The Giant Race 10k

    A decade of Giant Races! Literally, the ONLY reason Lil and I decided to run this race. We are worn out of the Giant Race series. The cost, the travel…everything. But as we finished in 2018 we were reminded that the 2019 race would be the 10th anniversary of the race. So, here we are (against our will). About $85 poorer, but supporting all things Orange && Black! Literally, nothing about this recap is really different than the last five or so I’ve written. Let’s take a look back and see how a decade of Giant Races in San Francisco, only, have looked for Lil and me: 2010: No2011: Yes2012:…

  • 2019,  Cabo,  Christmas,  Family,  Holidays,  Mexico,  Musings

    Cali Girl Does Cabo: A Warm Christmas, Kinda…

    A warm Christmas always sounds so dreamy… And it fully is in reality! The Parentals have been saying it for a while, but they didn’t book it far in advance like they usually do. Sometime after we arrived home for our Hawaii trip, we got an email that Poppa Bear had booked our warm Christmas…but we’d come back on Christmas Eve. I don’t mind, either way, I just anticipated if we were going somewhere we’d miss Christmas in Sacramento altogether. But we didn’t, so we got the BEST of both worlds — warm vacation in December and home for the holiday! Oddly, the trip threw off my whole Christmas obsession.…

  • #GaneebanRuns,  10k,  2019,  California,  Friends,  lululemon,  lululemon San Diego 10k,  Running,  San Diego

    Race Recap: lululemon San Diego 10k

    Only lululemon could get me on a plane to run a 10k. So pardon the delay on this race recap, but I’m glad I’m getting to it before the year ends. 2019 was supposed to ONLY be the Giant Race series, but once I received the email about this race, I knew I had to at least think about it. It definitely prompted a text to my running friend, Tara. Actually, I threw the idea of running the race as a girl’s trip to a couple of people. In the end, it was Tara and I who would make it a girl’s weekend, which was totally great for me. We’d…

  • 2019,  Musings,  New Year

    Musings: 2010s, A Colorful Decade

    Not your average end of the year post. I honestly didn’t even think that as 2020 approaches, not only are we ending 2019, but we are ending a decade. Funny how life works out that way. As I sat here thinking about the last ten years, I was trying to think of the highlights, which proved a little difficult… Off the cuff, I came up with the following: 2010 – Traveled solo for the first time (Kauai) 2011 – Completely hiked Half Dome for the first time 2012 – The SF Giants won the World Series 2012 – Started my career at Blue Diamond Growers 2013 – I started blogging…

  • 2019,  Health,  Mental Health,  Musings

    Musings: What the Stress?

    Let the bullshit blow in the breeze. The Pharcyde lyrics that are imprinted in my heart and mind. However, no matter how many times I repeat that line when I’m in the thick of it, it doesn’t help. It also doesn’t help when I cannot identify when I’m stressed. Does that happen to you? Do you know your stressors? Do you know how to de-stress yourself? Well, shit! Neither do I apparently. Recently, I’ve become so stressed my immune system was repressed, which eventually led to a flare up of Shingles. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. Shingles. Like what old people get. I’m digressing, but really it was the highlight…

  • 2019,  Dating,  Friends,  Musings,  Relationships

    Musings: Speed Dating

    Speed dating isn’t just for RomComs. It’s real. It’s a thing. And I did it… …with two friends of course. I’d been having different convos with different friends about the same topic over the last couple of months. All of us interested in trying it out, for the sake of trying it. Finally, Kristen did a little leg work and signed us up with My Cheeky Date. Their website looks legit. We paid our money and got our Eventbrite tickets and waited for the day to arrive. We met at my casa and shared a bottle of wine and laughs before we headed out to the event. None of us…