Issue No. 18: Two Little Words


“The best journeys answer questions that in the beginning you didn't even think to ask.”

- Jeff Johnson

Right about this time a year ago, I wrote about Search for Peace. And when I did, I had a feeling that 2018 would be the year that I learned about loss. This unfortunately, turned out to be true.

This year, in many ways, was truly a roller coaster, with some big highs and some serious lows. And as it comes to an end, what I feel above all else is grateful. Grateful for all the beacons of light, love, and inspiration that came from expected and unexpected places.

So, in this issue of The Art of the Edit, I’m going to do something a bit differently, and say thank you to the many people who touched my life this year …

  • Thank you Michael Harris and Beth Dennis for helping us find and get the house we now call home.

  • Thank you Mom for in a year where you lost your mom, cleared out two houses, sold two houses, bought a house, and moved made it a point to come and see my new home and world.

  • Thank you Chase and Julia for being the (awesome) welcome wagon and for the Pacific Northwest adventures (many more to be had).

  • Thank you Crooked Media for getting me through the 2018 midterm elections. That was no easy feat.

  • Thank you to all my clients for your endless passion and ideas—and for putting your faith and trust in me and my work.

  • Thank you Troy Lucero for offering me a Seattle yoga home and getting me out of my (serious) yoga rut.

  • Thank you Taylor for your thoughtfulness, your compassion, and your insatiable desire to learn and teach. You inspire me.

  • Thank you to my Hawaii ladies for your strength and friendship. I love the women we’ve become. (I also love our Zoom chats.)

  • Thank you Dad for being you and reminding me that we don’t always have to have it all figured out.

  • Thank you to my friends far and wide for our phone dates and riffs on life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

  • Thank you Emmy for your playful spirit and the magical cuddles. You’ve been one of the greatest surprises of my life.

  • Thank you Matt for … everything. We did always say it would be an adventure, one I wouldn’t be on with anyone else.

  • Thank you Bama for never asking me to be anyone else but me, welcoming Matt into our family with open arms, always letting us know where you stood, for believing in education, for showing us what it means to be a free spirit, and for the good genes. We love you. (Photo above: Bama with my uncle, Ed.)

And lastly, now that I’ve got tears streaming down my face, one final thank you: To you, my loyal readers of The Art of the Edit. Your encouragement and heartfelt notes keep me — and this — going.



  1. Counting down the days to Christmas Eve and my very first jólabókaflóð (read: book exchange). Truly, this tradition was made for me and every other book nerd out there.

  2. Thanks to the mesmerizing memoir Educated by Tara Westover, realizing all that we take for granted in this abundant country that we live in—especially education.

  3. Making a deal with myself (and you?) to replace the “What do you do?” question in 2019 with “Tell me about yourself.”

  4. From Vogue to a blog with a cult following to a growing beauty empire, it seems like Emily Weiss can do it all. Taking notes on her (live) interview with Guy Raz for How I Built This.

  5. Considering making a statement with this festively-red sweatshirt from Clare Vivier. (Oh, the multiple applications of “Ça Suffit.”)

  6. Returning to this in those insane moments when I think 1,400-square feet for two (or 3 or even 4) people might not be enough. (It 100-percent is.)

  7. Putting the clay goods from of all of these talented women on my Christmas list for next year. You had me at ceramics.