California Daily Life

Kaleidoscope Days

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I’ve been so consumed with living out each day, I didn’t even realize how much I’ve been traveling until I sat down to organize all my photos. There’s always something so calming about taking a moment to reflect and remember that we’re all on this amazing journey.

Here’s to kaleidoscope days that constantly change, daily mindfulness, and a small homage to travel essentials that make a world of a difference.

ka·lei·do·scope [kəˈlīdəˌskōp]
Noun. A constantly changing pattern or sequence of objects or elements.

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My carry-on essentials: Noise-cancelling headphones, phone, small accessory (my mom’s tiny clock necklace), notebook, pen, and a book.

Because I have to carry-on my laptop and heavy camera gear on most flights, I tend to keep everything else extra simple. And even still, I feel like I’m always lugging a bag of bricks!

One informal policy I have is not bringing work on the plane. I tend to doze off during takeoff, and when/if I’m awake, I prefer reading or taking phone photos out the plane window (never gets old!).

[ Small Accessories ]

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Turquois Kaleidoscope necklace from here.

I don’t wear a ton of jewelry aside from the ring that always stays on and one or two pairs of my go-to earrings. But I really love collecting simple necklaces on my travels, like the one my mom gave me with a tiny working clock.

I’m pretty much in love with the tiny kaleidoscope necklace, that really actually work! I discovered UncommonGoods over last holiday shopping season. As a lover of handmade things, I appreciate that I can support handmade crafts without the overwhelming possibilities of Etsy. Plus, they are based out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, which is very cool in my book. You can see more items here.

[ Book & Journal ]

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On my recent trip to Korea, I received a copy of “Half Farmer, Half X” by Naoki Shiomi as a gift. I’ve been reading it leisurely, keeping it in my backpack rather than on a bookshelf.

“Half-farmer, half-X” refers to “a healthy and sustainable lifestyle with a touch of farming, whereby you can apply your talents to and share the things that you love with the rest of the world.”

The main idea is to spend some of your time growing some of your own food and some of your time working on “X”–discovering/pursuing that something special that you are passionate about, which helps to earn money for your other needs. It’s not always a perfect balance and not necessarily a self-sufficient food source, but helps lead to a different style of life.

I am not sure the book exists in English, but you can read more about here.

They say the hardest thing is to simply start. So here’s my journey to “Half-farmer, half-X” and my humble backyard produce garden:

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Coined in 1817 by Scottish inventor Sir David Brewster, “kaleidoscope” is derived from the Ancient Greek καλός (kalos), “beautiful, beauty”, εἶδος (eidos), “that which is seen: form, shape” and σκοπέω (skopeō), “to look to, to examine”, hence “observation of beautiful forms.”

Tips & Guides

Wedding Planning Q&A

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Planning our wedding was a huge project. As someone who loves to stay organized, I had a special folder for bookmarking resources, Google Documents/Spreadsheets for compiling details, and an abundance of pins on my Pinterest. One of the most helpful tools was reading stories of actual weddings and gathering advice from other married couples about their experience.

A few weeks ago, Stephanie from Borrowed & Blue, the online planning resource for San Francisco weddings, came to me to ask all about my wedding planning experience. In case this helps for others planning a wedding, I decided to participate and take some time to answer Stephanie’s questions.

Here’s my Q&A with Borrowed & Blue:

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California Daily Life

My California Redwood Wedding

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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.

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