Pantone announced the Color of the Year as Greenery to instill hope for what’s ahead. Pantone’s Executive Director, Leslie Eismen, put it, “This is the color of hopefulness, and of our connection to nature. It speaks to what we call the ‘re’ words: regenerate, refresh, revitalize, renew. Every Spring we enter a new cycle and new shoots come from the ground. It is something life affirming to look forward to.” This sense of hope couldn’t have come at a better time as the world gladly says goodbye to 2016 (ahem: Trump and the end of the world as we know it).
This year has been trying personally as well. I moved apartments (twice), I left POPSUGAR after three years to start a very different role at a startup, and I also ended a long-term relationship — all within a few months. At the risk of sounding cliché, I truly believe this change has helped me grow and feel more connected to who I am and where I want to go. So as 2017 approaches, I am looking forward to a new cycle of change, to refresh, revitalize, and renew. And couldn’t be more ready to start again with a blank slate of hopefulness for what’s to come.
As I wrap up a very lovely weekend in San Francisco, I wanted to reflect on what made it so great so I can recreate similar experiences in the new year. I think what it boils down to is being surrounded by supportive, interesting people, feeling a sense of community, giving back to my community, and allowing time for self-care. I started the weekend at a holiday cocktail and floral arrangement event at the Archery, an events, production, and coworking space in the Mission. I felt like a kid in a candy shop. Every corner of the space was stunning. There were bouquets of peonies, ranunculus, and other wintery florals for guests to arrange. There was an open bar with Campari cocktails and spiked eggnog - both festive for the holidays. My favorite part was being surrounded by so many talented, creative, and smart women all coming together for a day of fun.
That night, I went over to a friend’s house in Oakland for an intimate dinner party. If I were to dream up a home, it would resemble my friend, Jae's house in many ways. Every room is artfully organized and minimally designed. The table was set beautifully and she even made special menus for the evening. We laughed, ate a delicious vegetarian meal (well, vegetarian minus the bacon bits), and sipped on festive libations. I had a flashback of when I was younger and couldn’t understand why my parents considered dinner parties enjoyable. I thought they were so boring - adults just sitting around the dinner table talking. Although to be fair, at that point, I didn’t understand how wine makes everything more fun. Still, now as a mid-twenty year-old, I can honestly say, my idea of a fun night would involve sitting around the dinner table with loved ones, listening to good music and drinking good wine.
To close out my weekend, I volunteered at 18 Reasons for their gingerbread house making event. It was such a kick seeing all these kids beaming with delight as they decorated their gingerbread houses. They were all so well behaved and polite, despite the insane amount of sugar consumed. Most of the kids lived in San Francisco and it was interesting to think about what raising kids in a city might look like. If this sampling of kids were any inclination, I’m confident raising children here would be really rewarding.
After the event, I popped over to Bi-Rite, picked up some goodies for soup plus other temptations I couldn’t pass up. I made a delicious carrot, ginger, beet soup which is going to be a winter staple from here on out. It’s so comforting in the rain, and does the soul wonders, especially, as I get over this week-long cold.
I always love New Year’s Resolutions, especially ones that seem attainable. And after such a lovely weekend, a resolution of mine is to do more of what makes me happy. Organize more dinner parties, network with smart and supportive women, try new recipes at home, and also, give back to my community in San Francisco.