Monthly Journal: December 2018

December! So much happy, so much merry, so much busy.

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We got our first Christmas tree (!) and did a few more simple Christmas decorations to help make it feel cozy and Christmas-y in our little home.

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Since we had a Christmas tree I actually wrapped gifts before Christmas Eve - for the added cozy-ness of course. I knew I’d forget what we got June so I took pictures of everything as I wrapped and it really helped when I was wondering if we “needed” to get any more gifts. (Oh wow, so spoiled.)


Book: Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave by the most talented designer and letterer, Jessica Hische.

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We only did lights, a star and some DIY fruit garland on the tree (because wow, the whole decor things adds up) and I actually loved it so much, I might do again next year instead of buying ornaments.

After stringing the second garland of cranberries, we left the house and I turned on our Roomba (and felt real great about myself for remembering) and he (yes, our robot vacuum is a dude and his name is Ross) destroyed the garland that I left on the floor and tracked cranberry guts all over the living room. Bah-humbug.

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We visited family in Sparks twice in December! The first visit was a pre-Christmas celebration because Chris’ sister was also in town!

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My birthday happened and I celebrated with my favorite things –

A trip to Target for some strolling and a giant free coffee; an entire afternoon blocked off for journaling and reflecting on the year; and a night out with Chris starting with ice cream, then dinner, then a champagne toast… err, chambong.

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Back to Sparks for Christmas!

We started what I think will be a great new tradition: skiing on Christmas Eve.

June did all the Christmas crafts with Grandma and made all the Christmas treats.

We lounged and ate and played and did all the jolly things you do.

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All the gifts, and a daddy in the background putting the toys with 8697 pieces and no batteries together.

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Back home for a few days with just our little family before Chris went back to work. We spent a lot of time resting and reflecting and planning for the next year.

We celebrated the new year with champs and the toddler version of bubbly, the Netflix countdown, and bed at 9pm. Glorious.



  • Go through everything we own and purge anything we don’t need/actually use

  • Make serious progress on my collaborative project for The Business Bar and open it up to a few testers

  • June is starting “school”! And we’re applying for “real” preschool!
    (Sub-goal: set intentions for how I will use this time!)

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Here’s to more magic in 2019.

– JB

Mantra for 2019: Show Up

Last year, my word for the year was ‘strong’.

I wanted to strengthen a lot of things (my body, my mind, my relationships…) and I wanted to spend time thinking about what being strong really means to me. The simple lesson I didn’t expect to learn is that strength takes time. A lot of time. Too much time for my impatient self. Strength comes slowly – from showing up and doing the work, consistently.

When I thought about the year to come, “show up” came to mind for so many things in my life.
I think the phase is embedded in my mind from all of the podcasts/books/webinars/chats about business and marketing and making it work –– show up. Just show up, consistently.
This sounds so easy! Boringly simple, even.

But here’s the thing… showing up is boring when it means admin work or laundry or cleaning.
It’s draining when it means networking or meetings or frankly any human contact. #introvert
It’s scary when it means sharing words or ideas that might be rejected.


For me, showing up in 2019 means –

Speaking up or taking action when it feels uncomfortable;
Tackling the most important work first;
Staying consistent even when I can’t yet see results;
Going/calling/reaching out/staying in touch;
Not waiting for perfection, but sharing the imperfect;
Silencing my inner critic;
Being fully present;

Simplifying, prioritizing, re-prioritizing and showing up to get it done.

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Monthly Journal: November 2018

November felt like three months packed into one. Looking back through my photos (which is totally how I remember what we’ve done) I couldn’t believe it was really all in one month. It could also be because it’s now mid-December and I’m just making this recap happen. Our Florida trip gets it’s own post because somanypictures so here’s the first half of November!




Snaps from a solo hike at Lands End.


We picked out June’s glasses

After multiple trips to Warby Parker and a home try on kit from Jonas Paul with a very OCD try-on process on my part (…sorry, June) we picked out two pairs from Jonas Paul!


(Attempting to)
clean up June’s plate

After learning so much and feeling so great after Whole30, I was more motivated to change June’s diet for the much healthier. Girlfriend basically only likes dairy and bread and fruit… and gets pickier every day.

Honestly, it’s not going great.
I was excited because she ate my baked sweet potato fries and actually said the words “oh delicious!” and I wanted to cry tears of joy. She ate a vegetable! Even if it does taste like candy. But that was one of the only wins we had before going on vacay where I just did the best we could! #sendtips


A little festive decor up!


smokey days

The California fires bought thick smoke to SF. We stayed inside as much as possible with our windows closed, and still felt the effects of breathing in the smoke. Like everyone in the city, we were feeling pretty bad and going a little crazy from staying inside, but so incredibly thankful that we only had to deal with the smoke and our lives and homes were not in danger.


Sparks trip

A few days into the smokey period, we had a wonderfully timed trip to Sparks planned to visit Chris’ parents. We got to breathe some crisp clean air and play in the snow!


Trying to stay busy while staying indoors! We stuck out for an art class one day and make a giant mess in the kitchen another day. The paint on her fingers totally stressed June out and she wanted to leave immediately, but somehow I was the only one focusing on my breathing in my messy kitchen.



I feel like this is a big deal… We hired a babysitter. I was on pie duty so I made one and bought two for back-up. I put on a fancy jumpsuit that barely fit before the food. We went to Friendsgiving. We were asked how long we’d been dating; I said 10 years, married 7. I realized we’d been together 10 years. We knew 4 people. We left knowing more. We even snuck in a little mini date before. We left early because babysitting and because we’re old people. (And introverts.)

It may have been the first drink I had since not drinking for 2 months but I just felt super grateful to have some really wonderful friends in the city (even if just a few) and live in such an awesome place. And the 10 years thing. And food. Grateful for food.


west coast craft

I’m still overwhelmed from the amazing-ness.

I was sick from something I ate + probably the smoke, but I was not about to miss this. I wondered around the entire building multiple times (with a matcha/sit/breathe break in between) making sure not to miss a single booth and saw so many artists and makers that I’ve only admired online. I wanted to buy all the things but left with only a few items for people I knew would really appreciate the work that went into them.

Also! I met the lovely people behind Yeild - a company in St. Augustine that also followed forever. How funny that after living so close for so long, I’d meet them across the country.




Enjoy time with family!

Take time to be still and quiet and journal. Reflect on 2018; set intentions for 2019.

Continue working towards launching my collaborative project for The Business Bar. (But don’t work too much)


Overwhelm and thankfulness,

— JB