April was a blur in more ways than one. I went to Ojai, celebrated my nine-year dating anniversary, turned 30, visited Laguna Beach, and hosted one of my best friends in San Diego. It was also the two-year anniversary of bringing Teddy home. So many amazing things to celebrate, and I felt so lucky to have them all combined into one month. Those were all good.
But at the same time, I’ve also been working harder than ever before, filling in for an editor at San Diego Magazine on essentially a full-time basis by day and freelancing and blogging at night. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t overwhelmed or burned out with my routine totally thrown out of whack. But I’m finding solace in something my friend told me last year. She said some chapters of your life are dedicated to certain causes, whether they be a relationship, work, health, etc. For me, right now it’s about work, keeping my head down, and chugging along. So here I go!
Like I said, there was plenty to smile about in April. Here are 5 moments that stuck out:
1. A weekend getaway to Ojai. I’ve never felt so fulfilled by a destination like I did in Ojai. The hiking, restaurants, people, and sunsets were spectacular, and it was a perfect place for Eaman, Teddy, and I to be together. I hope to make this an annual trip in that same Airbnb!
2. I turned 30! No, it doesn’t feel all that different. Actually I started feeling the effects (like not bouncing back as quickly after an indulgent meal or my knees hurting) at 29. Womp, womp.
3. A stay at the Surf & Sand Resort. I joined some fellow bloggers for a very lovely two nights at the Laguna Beach hotel, where we ate at their oceanside restaurant, tried new spa treatments, and had one of the best balcony views I’ve ever experienced.
4. The Cheese Store of San Diego. I finally checked out this bright and airy fromagerie in Little Italy. The owners thought of everything, from including wine and cracker pairing suggestions on your receipt to this very fitting Anchorman quote.
5. Sunset article on the East Village. My most recent work for Sunset—a day trip guide to San Diego’s East Village—was my biggest project for the magazine yet. Woohoo! I spend my days and nights cold-emailing pitches to magazine editors, and most of the time I either don’t get a response or they pass—it’s such a “throw sh– against the wall and see what sticks” kind of life—so you can imagine how amazing it feels to finally see the fruits of my labor come to life in print. Read the full article here.