What a Magical Year it’s Been

2015 YIRCan 2015 really be over already? I can’t help but look back over this past year and be grateful for all the experiences I’ve had and lessons I’ve learned. 

I learned how to find a new job in a new city, and use public transportation to get there. 

I went skiing and was reminded that while it’s not my favorite activity, there’s something magical about seeing snow on the ground. 

I traveled with Jim to another country (albeit Canada), and shared adventure and pieces of my childhood while floating on a lake and eating locally grown corn and peaches. 

I completed a 10.2 mile hike in the redwoods and learned that while it’s hard, hiking is very rewarding.

I traveled to Austin to visit my best friend on two very different occasions – once to enjoy and explore her home, and once to sit in a hospital room and hold hands while we waited and prayed for her husbands recovery. 

I celebrated my first wedding anniversary with the love of my life, and have learned a piece of what it means to be a partner to someone. A lesson we’ll keep learning more of year after year. 

And maybe most exciting of all, I’ve experienced the miracle of a tiny person growing, moving and kicking and waiting to join our family in the new year. 

Sorry for the long post, but these pregnancy hormones have me feeling nostalgic today. 2015 was amazing. Here’s to an awesome and even more adventurous new year! 

xo. Brie

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Detox Challenge: My Month of no Sugar, Caffeine, or Alcohol

IMG_1323 Being that we’re heading into February (as evidenced by Valentines day decorations popping up everywhere), it seems 2015 is well underway. This year, instead of making grand and probably unattainable resolutions, I’ve decided to break up the year into 12, one-month segments. Seems, well, obvious, but for me it breaks things down into manageable chunks. Each month, I want to add or subtract something for my health. Each month I want to go on one grand adventure. And of course, each month I want to chronicle all of it here.

February: No sugar, caffeine, or alcohol

Ah yes, the big three. Sugar is in everything, coffee is life, and wine makes me a happy girl. So why cut them out? I got the idea from a food blog I love, Feed Me Pheobe. She does a great job explaining how our livers need a break from the hard work we put them through breaking down these three things. So, in the interest of good health and happy livers, away they go for February. Adora has gracefully agreed to join me, and we’re bringing our husbands along for the journey. Misery loves company, right?

Kidding…kind of…

So stay tuned for how this turns out. And leave a comment if you want to join us!

Stay healthy,
xo. Brie

Bay Area Bucket List

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2015 is going to be the year of adventure. Said another way, 2015 is going to be the year of planning adventure. Because lets be honest, if I don’t plan it, it probably won’t happen. As much as I’d love to be the spontaneous type who on a moments notice can whisk away into a grand adventure, I’m more of a “lets spontaneously not leave the house and binge watch Revenge” type of girl. Side note to anyone watching Revenge…WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS SEASON?!

Ok, I’m back. So I decided to make a list of places in San Francisco that I want to explore. Some will be simple and quick, some will be all day or even weekend adventures. Here’s my Bay Area Bucket List so far:

Bay Area Bucket List

Walk or Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge
Visit the Palace of Fine Arts
Run Bay to Breakers
Tour Alcatraz
Walk Lombard Street
Climb the steps of Coit Tower
Get Dim Sum in China Town
Go Wine Tasting in Sonoma
Go to a Giants Game
Eat chocolate in Ghiradelli Square
Get the password for drinks at Bourbon & Branch
Find Off the Grid
Explore Muir Woods
Run the Mosaic Stairs of 16th
Go hiking in the Presidio
Sail in the Bay
Visit the California Academy of Sciences
View art at the De Young Museum
Slide down the Seward Street slides
Eat clam chowder on the wharf
Find the Buffalo in Golden Gate Park
Check out the cable car museum
Ice skate in Union Square
See the seals at Pier 39
Hike Lands End to the Sutro Baths

That’s 25 things to explore before the year is out…I’ve got my work cut out for me! Stay tuned for blog posts chronicling this adventure. Anything I’ve missed?

xo. Brie

Resolutions and Ruminations

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I have to say, so far 2014 has been an easy transition. Usually I write last years date for months after New Year’s, but this year that “14” just flows onto the page. I think I’m ready for this year – looking forward to some changes. From where I sit right now, those include everything from turning 25, to moving across the country, to a possible wedding…

And that’s what I love about a new year. The possibility. Anything can happen this year, you could travel somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. You could meet that special someone, or perhaps celebrate another year of being together. You could learn a new skill, or instrument, or bake that cake that looks SO hard. Anything might happen, and it’s exciting.

My resolutions this year are a little more fluid that hard goals. I resolve to:
1. Stop rushing everywhere, become more serene
2. Decide if and where I want to go back to school, and what I want to study
3. Move back to California
4. Read 25 books, 10 of which are classics
5. Make (and stick to) a budget

There it is. And now, you all can keep me accountable! What are your resolutions?

xo. Brie