January 1st, 2020
The beginning of the new decade is the start of a new chapter for my family. My wife Kelsie is recovering from a kidney transplant, we’re building a home, the girls are growing and growing, and I’m exploring new career opportunities. This year, Kelsie and I are resolving to pursue a healthier lifestyle, improve our financial security, and make time for what matters.
An article I read about resolutions suggested that when making personal commitments, if you're going to add something or do more, find something you'll take away or do less. It listed as one example: Less reading about my hobbies in books and online forums, more actually doing my hobbies.
There was a time not too long ago when I would embark from my house with the sole purpose of putting my camera to use. Nowadays, that camera sits in a closet. I’m the one reading more about my passion than actually doing it. Capturing a candid shot here and there with my phone is no substitute for the deliberate act of taking pictures.
May 3rd, 2015
In February, Kelsie and I traveled to San Francisco for a few days. She’d been once before and it was my first time. The weather was fantastic and we really enjoyed taking in all that the city had to offer.
Anyone considering visiting San Francisco should definitely consider hitting up some of the highlights from our trip, which included: Molinari Delicatessen, Ina Coolbrith Park, a ride on the Powell/Hyde cable car, Lombard Street, Union Square, Fort Point, the Golden Gate Bridge, Baker Beach, Brenda’s French Soul Food, Mission District (and all of its quirky shops), Dandelion Chocolate, El Tonayense food truck (met Kelsie’s burrito standard), the Painted Ladies, Crissy Field, Mount Davidson Park, Mission Chinese Food, Muir Woods, Muir Beach Overlook, Louis’ Restaurant, and Lands End.
I will say, driving in downtown San Francisco can be a little tense at times, but we managed surprisingly well, despite nearly hitting a couple of pedestrians (my bad). On our drive back to the hotel one night, we found ourselves wondering if we were going to make it up an extremely steep hill. A couple of streets are inclined at a 31.5% grade which ranks them among some of the steepest streets in the entire world where cars are allowed to drive. People actually perpendicular park on these hills.
We also met up with our friend Kiki who lives in the city who helped us tremendously in our planning.
March 3rd, 2015
When we look back on 2015, what will we remember? I’m going to answer that question in advance, for myself. While we can’t change the past, we have every opportunity to shape our future and create something worth remembering, today.
When I look forward into 2015, my daughter’s eyes are met with mine and I am invigorated with a renewed sense of purpose and endowed with an unprecedented capacity to love. I welcome my new inverted world with a warm embrace. My wife continues to be my anchor.
Everything changes, and this upcoming chapter brings new hope and a subsequent longing for higher plateaus from which to view the deeper beauty of existence. The world is collapsing on itself and I am the outlier in the colorful spectrum of human commotion.
- Tim S.