Hello, September!

So far, there’s a lot to love about September. The month began with a pep in my step feeling hopeful and excited about life and the possibilities for unexpected magic and adventure. With a camping trip to Rincon Beach in Ventura coming up, it’s easy for me to focus on what’s ahead and use the future to propel me forward. And yet, I am working on appreciating the day while I’m in fully in it. All twenty-four hours of taking the day as it comes.

While I walk, I call close friends and family to catch-up or vent about current struggles and frustrations. Immediately I feel better once I’ve expressed a bit of the heaviness that lies on top of my chest. Talking feels like a re-set and chance to try again at mastering my reactivity to life.

Each day, I to try face fear head-on and give myself grace when I avoid putting myself out there. I try to do something kind like mailing a book to an old friend or texting a college teammate/roommate whose pregnant and alone because her husband is in the (NBA) Bubble to catch up. I splurge on craft beer on Tuesdays because there’s comfort in routine, especially in a pandemic. I seek a culture that inspires me to accept the moment and dream big.

I am currently reading and almost finished with the Alchemist. The last time I read this book I was in the thick of my Saturn Return and dreaming about finding a job and moving to Washington. Four years later, I’m in Washington, and ready hit re-sit on my career. I know it’s time to keep pushing myself to go after things that feel exciting and aligned with my Personal Legend. Why not keep pushing for excellence and focus on attaining a career that could change and fulfills my life purpose.

This is the fourth week that I have managed to sit down with my laptop and crank out something creative for this blog. Each week, I feel excited to pick something new to write about and to see what my fingers type. I am currently working on passing a Beer Serving Certificate. In all honesty, I did not pass on my first attempt today. That’s okay. I’ll study more and get in next week.

Hopefully, by next Tuesday, I’ll have a certificate to share and a new minimal modern updated resume. I’m also working on dropping a few lbs to fit into a pair Topo Design shorts and work pants I bought on sale that are none refundable.

Here are a few of my favorite pictures and things that happened from September 1-8:

  • On a particularly rough day after getting off of the phone with a friend, I found two free rubber plants on while ona a walk with Luna (my dog). 10/1/ moment!
  • Rented a Gig car and took Lu to our favorite dog park to have a swim on a hot end of summer day.
  • Found a cute grafittie that reminded me of Basquiat.
  • Realized my Bird of Paradise is thriving and I am a solid plant mom.
  • Gorgeous summer “urban hike” sunset walks around the city with Lu.
  • A visit to Mount Rainier National Park!
  • I finally got the righ low light, candle and plant combo that gives my place a cozy feel.

Missing Ventura….

I miss sitting in the backyard of my parents’ house in Ventura with my sisters as we watch our pups play together. Enjoying the California sun and sipping Chief Peak beer from Topa Topa. I miss running and surfing at C-Street. I miss hiking Arroyo Verde at sunset. I miss eating menudo on Sunday mornings. I miss a life that I created for myself out of necessity when COVID hit in March. A life that I thought I had outgrown and grew tired of four years ago when I decided to move to Washington State for something new at the tail end of a tough Saturn Return.

I returned to my apartment in the Seattle neighborhood of Capitol Hill and to my job as a Director at a school at the end of April. I have tried to pick up my life since COVID hit, but the difference from when I left-off to now in this “new normal,” makes it easy to romanticize the initial shelter in place moment of COVID. You miss what you can’t have and familiarity breeds contempt is at the forefront of my thoughts.

My younger sister thinks it’s only a matter of time until I return and maybe she is right. I do not know.

My First Beer Collective Meeting @ Topa Topa Brewery 

So what are the perks and benefits to joining a beer collective?

Join the Topa Topa Collective for exclusive info, events and offers on gear and beer. Plus, one percent of sales on pints from the collective go to the Los Padres Forest Watch to help preserve our local habitat. Our annual membership includes:

  • 4oz extra pour of beer in a 20oz collective only glass
  • 10% off all merchandise
  • Quarterly gatherings with the brewer and owners
  • Exclusive monthly newsletter
  • 2 Liter growler and first fill
  • Collective t-shirt
  • Topa Topa hat
  • Membership card
  • Patch and stickers
  • Annual renewal for $75

I signed up for this on whim, by myself, with the goal of meeting other people in my area that love craft beer just as much as I do. Also, a future goal of mine is to be able to combine my sales and account management experience/skills with my passion for craft beer and local breweries. I figured joining a beer collective, in addition to working towards a Cicerone beer-serving certification, are two steps in the right direction. Cheers!

Enjoying Chief Peak in 20 oz collective only glass,

What a beauty!

Topa Topa’s brewer (blue hat) answering questions about Topa’s brewing process- very knowledgeable and all around nice guy-.