October Updates + Images from Santa Barbara

It's been a little while since my last blog post—this month has been crazy. October was a busy work month. I was traveling for the majority of it—I went down to San Francisco and Santa Barbara and then immediately returned to Portland and hosted a friend for one week. Both super fun but also exhausting and rocked me a bit out of balance. For the past few months, I've been working with the lovely ladies behind the website Autoimmune Paleo on a super exciting and creatively spirited project. We've been collaborating on something really, really beautiful that will be of immense help to many of you. I had the special opportunity of joining them on a week-long excursion in Santa Barbara, California. We met up in San Francisco and then drove together down Highway 1, through Big Sur and all the way to a gorgeous ranch in the hills of Santa Barbara.

I had such a great time—I'm really grateful for the work that I get to do and the opportunity to work with such passionate and inspiring people. After a week in California, I was definitely ready to get back to the cold and moody weather of the Pacific Northwest. My trip to Santa Barbara marks a turning point in my current schedule. I have four more weeks in Portland until I embark on my digital nomad experience. Shit is getting really, real. I'm spending the majority of November finishing up a variety of work projects and getting things in order before I leave. I'm definitely getting nervous. But I know, in my heart, that this is right. I saw this quote the other day: "Trust that still, small voice that says, 'This might work, and I'll try it'." and I really resonated with the message. That voice within' me tells me that this will be incredible, transformational, exciting, scary and life-changing. Many times all we can rely on is that tiny voice within' us. If I don't go out into the big wide world and travel, I will always be curious. So in four weeks, I'l be packing up my bags and heading out. I'm happy I got to visit California (where I'm originally from) one last time before heading out for a few months. Here are a few of my favorite images from my trip.