On July 4th of this year, I married Taurin–my best friend and adventure partner of nearly ten years. We reserved a meditation retreat center on 104 acres of land, with houses and cabins tucked away in the majestic Santa Cruz Redwoods. We envisioned a laid-back, three-day gathering in nature for our loved ones traveling from afar.
We couldn’t stop smiling throughout the entire weekend, even when my eyes were welling up with tears at the rehearsal. Our guests had traveled from all over the coast, across the country, and from the other side of the globe–Korea, China, Singapore, Turkey, and Mexico.
I couldn’t believe how lucky we were–to have so many of the people we love in one place, smiling back at us.
Love is in the air! It’s February and 70 degrees here on the sunny side of the San Francisco Bay.
I spent the last bit of 2014 and early 2015 traveling to and from the East Coast, and up and down the West Coast to spend time with loved ones. When on the road, I like to really focus on where I am. But in those final thirty minutes of the return trip, a sudden realization often hits: I’m finally, almost home.
As soon as I heard about Ai Weiwei’s @Large exhibit opening, I booked two ferry tickets to Alcatraz for my first trip out to the legendary island. We glided across the Bay’s deceptively still waters on a boat full of tourists. As the city fell into the distance, but never out of sight, we arrived on the island.