Happy holidays! 🎅 December means busy season for many of us but I hope you're able to carve out time for proper rest and recovery as we head into a new year.
Here are 3 Good Things happening this month:
1. I discovered Miracle at PCH in San Francisco and was FLOORED by how decked out the bar was in Christmas spirit. 🎄😍 It was my first time at a festive bar and it looks like they have locations around the world!
3. My online shop went live for the holiday season and I’m grateful for the support I received from my community. 🙏 I closed up the shop for the rest of the year but will be back in 2023 with more goodies. Stay tuned!
1. ARTIST: Nick Fairbanks
Nick is an illustrator, animator, and tinkerer based in Atlanta with a magical way of bringing characters and cityscapes to life. He’s illustrated beautiful scenes of San Francisco (see this and this) and is now animating his international pieces (see Paris and London).
2. BLOG: The Focus to Say No
Growing up as a people pleaser, I struggle with saying yes to too many things. As we head into 2023 and kick off a fresh start, this article inspired by Steve Jobs is a great reminder to say no more often. “Saying yes consumes time. Saying no creates time.”
3. MUSIC: HIGEDAN
I started listening to Japanese music this year and The Official HIGE DANdism is my all time favorite pop rock band. Their music gives me My Chemical Romance / Queen vibes. Everything about them - lyrics, vocals, acoustics, music videos, and dedicated fanbase - fascinates me.
4. PODCAST: Domee Shi on Unlocking Us
Domee Shi is a Chinese Canadian animator most known for directing Pixar’s Turning Red. She shares her stories of becoming a storyboard artist for Inside out, pitching her idea for the short film Bao, and leaning in on her childhood experiences to develop authentic stories.
5. VIDEO: The Ocean Cleanup
The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit engineering organization focused on plastic removal from the ocean. They installed river mouth inceptors to collect waste funneling into the ocean (including one in my city). It's inspiring to see the team’s dedication to improving the quality and safety of our oceans.
Thanks for reading! If you got any value out of this, send me a message or forward it to a friend. You can also check out my previous newsletters on my website.
And here's a friendly reminder to slow down and take it easy. ✌️