As I reflect on the last 365 days, I cannot help but feel gratitude…a sense of accomplishment…a strong sense of purpose. I’ve discovered novelties about this flourishing county and about myself; forged new friendships and reconnected with old friends; developed healthy new SLO habits; and now entertain a more positive outlook on life. I bought my first piece of real estate, tested my own limits, and had a few “a-ha” moments about what’s really important. I immersed myself in a community event that I felt passionately about and ended up on the board of directors—a huge feat for me. But the past year wasn’t all rosy. I lost a good friend to an untimely death and dealt with a few conflicts. But here I am. Still moving ahead. Still in SLO.
I will continue to hit "publish," as each story provides me with a huge sense of joy and satisfaction. I appreciate all of my readers, all of the feedback, and all of the encouragement. My blog is an outlet that's pushed me to explore my own backyard and will remain a constructive outlet that helps me connect with you—the reader, the adventurer, the creator of your own reminiscences. As I promised one year ago: As long as I continue to live in this vital, inimitable spot on the globe, I will continue to seek out the innovative…the delicious…the SLO-made products, services, and traditions. For better or worse, here I am—trapped in paradise. Here’s a look at some of my favorite things.
|With a farmer's market in almost every niche of SLO County, the bright colors and fresh seasonal produce continue to lure me back every week.|
|Fanciful SLO County crops keep my creative juices flowing and my recipes imaginative.|
|So many tasting rooms. So little time. I've barely scratched the surface.|
|But my most beloved memory of the year? A visit from my brother and sister-in-law from Switzerland who introduced us to my new little nephew. He just turned one in July. How time flies!|