December 30 2015

Looking Back on 2015, Goals for 2016

What a year it’s been! 2015 was the year of change. I separated from the company I founded, My Modern Met, and started this new site. I went to my first Coachella (finally, I know), got into mindfulness and meditation, started appreciating hiking, went on my first Portland trip, and experienced The Infinity Room by Yayoi Kusama. I bought both the Fitbit and the Apple Watch (I’m still trying to decide on which one I’ll use in 2016) and I delved into Korean cooking, thanks to the help of my nanny.

Let’s take a quick look back through some photos.

As Deluxe season passport holders, we had our fair share of Disneyland trips. Parker was pretty psyched to meet Buzz.

As a three-year-old, Parker started becoming a lot more verbal and a lot more excited about things. He also found neighborhood friends to play with.

My sweet one-year-old, Logan, got a lot more curious about the world around him.

Here’s Logan first experience in a pool. This was shot at Pelican Hill, where we spent the weekend for his and his cousin’s birthdays.

We went back to Pelican Hill to celebrate my father-in-law’s birthday. They have such beautiful grounds.

I became the proud owner of a FitBit Charge HR while Sam got his own smartwatch from a friend.

In April, I experienced my first Coachella. I loved the overall vibe and plan on coming back next year.



2015 was the year our whole family took up hiking. We took short drives to the Santa Rosa Plateau to just be in the midst of nature.


We also started camping this year, with the kids. At first I thought it was going to be hard to all sleep in a tent but it worked out just fine. Bring on the camping in 2016!


Sam and I took some day trips to La Jolla where we across some interesting art and photographs.

Parker learned about life and death as he saw a monarch butterfly struggling on the ground.

I got into photography more. I shot this photo of a man reflecting on life while sitting by a lake.

I love the shadows this unique bridge makes on the ground.

At the Long Beach Aquarium, Parker had a close encounter with a sea otter.

Got schooled on social media by a Portland donut store.

I learned that a superhero can save the world while still sucking on his thumb.

Finally got to experience Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Room. It’s now at the Broad Museum in downtown LA. You must go!

Korean cooking isn’t as hard as it seems.

Though they’ve always been brothers, this is the year they became friends.

I discovered some of the things I’ll need for this next chapter in my life.

I learned more about mindfulness, appreciating the here and now.

So what will 2016 bring? Let’s make a quick list of goals, that way we can reflect back on this post next year and see what we accomplished.

1. Attend more art shows and provide up-to-the-minute coverage. Did you see Colossal’s post on Banksy’s Dismaland? Yes, something like that.
2. Lose 50 lbs. I know this seems ambitious but better to just put it all out there. This is for health reasons and so that I can fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes. I finally hit the gym for the first time in 6 months yesterday. The good news is…I survived!
3. Read one book per week. Did you hear about how Mark Zuckerberg reads one book every two weeks? Here’s his list from 2015.
4. Get better at photography. Take classes, shoot more on my DSLR than my cellphone, find photo projects.
5. Make things with my hands more. Take on DIY projects like this floral tree by Bri Emery at DesignLoveFest.

Finally, I leave you in 2015 with this amazing rendition of A Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin during the Kennedy Center Honors. (Was President Obama crying?) I got chills. See you in 2016!


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