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New Year, New Look

Having an online presence has become a norm in how we connect and communicate with others, making our web sites and online profiles our “first impressions.”

It was a little over a year ago that I took the Girls Guide to Web Design course. It exposed me to just how much work and attention to detail is involved in creating a web site. It’s not easy! These days whenever I come across a web site, I find myself analyzing how its organized and built. It’s made me develop a deep appreciation and admiration for those who do this professionally.

One of the designers I’ve followed for a while is Blair. I first came across her work when she redesigned Chic Runner. I really liked the colors and simplicity of her new look. Shortly thereafter, Blair also redesigned Twentysix and Thensome. Again, I loved the colors, as well as the use of fonts and how the content was organized to display.

I continued to follow Blair’s work and admired all of the web sites she quickly added to her portfolio. I also added her personal blog to my Feedly which has become one of my favorite blogs to read. I am so impressed with how creatively talented she is. I knew that when I was ready to give my blog a new look she was the designer that I wanted to work with.

I’ve felt a shift in my mindset that has put me on a new (to me) path of personal development. My horizons are being broadened and my views on certain things are being reframed. While I still love my old interests, I’m also discovering new ones that I know I’ll want to write about here. I felt it was time to give this old site a new look.

So when Blair starting taking on new projects, I added myself to her queue. We started working on a new look for my site last November and completed it in December.


I am so pleased with this new design! It looks clean, organized and nicely incorporates all of the elements and widgets that I wanted included.

And Blair was so easy to work with! I’m not the best when it comes to explaining my “vision” of things, but after providing just a few examples/samples, she created a site that I love!

I find that having my own web site is empowering. It’s my own personal “playground” that provides me, an introvert by nature, a way to express myself.

Thanks Blair for bringing my vision to life!

P.S. To go along with my new blog design I decided to try something new and created a Facebook page for this blog. I’ll be posting links to posts there, as well as other articles, videos and readings that I find of interest and think you might too. Feel free to join my community there too!

My 5-year Blogiversary!

Back in college I was famous for going on random tangents, jumping from topic to unrelated topic within seconds. No one could ever follow my thought process, which apparently made me quite (unintentionally) entertaining.

It’s also how this little blog – that turned 5 years old on Saturday — got its name.

I still remember sitting in bed early on a weekend morning setting it up on Blogger. I was headed to Europe for three weeks by myself and wanted set-up a blog to keep friends and family updated on my travels. {Facebook wasn’t all the rage yet.}

My very first post was about the Ghirardelli Guy at AT&T Park.

Summer nights in San Francisco are so cold and there is nothing better to warm you up than a nice cup of Ghirardelli hot chocolate!

But back then the Ghirardelli guys were a rarity at the ballpark. I used to spend entire games searching for them in the stands. Just as my luck would have it, they would always show up in the 9th inning – too late!

As you can see, I am still very fond of Ghirardelli’s hot chocolate…

And thankfully, these days there are more Ghirardelli guys to be found roaming the friendly confines of the Virgin Atlantic Club Level.

And, let’s not forget the $9.50 Ghirardelli Hot Chocolate sundaes…

But seriously…

I may not always (or ever) have profound words of wisdom or advice. I’m not an “expert” on anything really, and would never pretend to be one.

All I can (and want) to do is share my thoughts and experiences.

And I’m always amazed that even one person finds what I write about interesting.

So thanks to all of you who keep coming back and reading the nonsense that I write.

And as promised from yesterday’s post…

Today’s workout:

A 40-minute (1625-meter Swim) at 6:00 am (and I even had to wait 15-minutes for a lane to open up!) to the surfing tunes of Kalapana, Ka’au Crater Boys and Butch Helemano. How’s that for some Monday Motivation?!

5 Blog Posts I Loved This Week

Who doesn’t love Friday’s? It’s been a pretty good week for me all around so I thought I’d end it by sharing some of my favorite readings from the past week:

1. Is Running Actually Healthy? And why do we care?

Jojo wrote this post in response to an article that appeared on SFGate.com (the online version of the San Francisco Chronicle) and I couldn’t agree with her more.

“We run to discover more about the world we inhabit, to connect with ourselves and others, to find out who we are and what we’re capable of, to seek solace in sorrow and to celebrate life’s blessings. We run from our primal instinct to move and transform. Sometimes we’re driven to run by forces unknown.”

“Running may be my vice or my virtue, but in any case, it brings me joy.”

2. DIY Yoga Mat Cleaning Spray

This blog post is from the folks at Free People – yep the clothing brand that I always see in tbd at Nordstrom. I started reading their blog just a few weeks ago for creative inspiration and was pleasantly surprised to read that they blog on a variety of topics. This one piqued my interest. I haven’t actually tried it yet, because I haven’t been to yoga in a few weeks, but I will definitely try it after my next Bikram Yoga class…which will hopefully be soon…

3. Need to spice up your site? Try this unlikely resource for cheap and cheerful graphics!

Not only does the Girls Guide to Web Design Team provide an amazing E-Learning course, but also they also routinely write posts on tips and tricks for Web design. Being someone who is still trying to unleash the “Creative Me”, I am a sponge absorbing all the knowledge they share. This was a great post on resources to find graphics for blog.

4. Mediterranean Chicken and Artichoke Salad

A simple salad recipe from one of my favorite food bloggers! I made this salad mid-week and have been having it for lunch for the past couple of days. Not only is it filling, but simple to make. I am not really a fan of sauces, dressings and condiments. I prefer to add flavorful ingredients to salads like feta, sun-dried tomatoes and caramelized shallots instead. But the made-from-scratch dressing in this recipe was light and really added to it’s flavor. It’s a perfect summer dish!

5. On Depression

My overall favorite post of the week was this very personal and honest one written by Andie (same blogger at Item #4). As I commented, this post felt all too familiar to me. I could empathize with her because despite being blessed with a pretty great life, I also have dark moments filled with overwhelming sadness. This is a difficult topic to open up about but reading posts like this makes me feel like I’m not alone in my similar struggles. I find it therapeutic and uplifting.

If you have any favorite posts you’d like to share, please do – I’m always looking for good reads!