Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday! This year was a bit different for us. Aaron and I made a decision awhile ago that we were going to do something we haven’t done since we were college students in our early twenties: skip making Thanksgiving dinner dishes from scratch and, instead, go out to a restaurant. It felt strange since we cook so much but it was the right call and an easy decision for two reasons.
The My Day In Pictures articles are to keep friends and family updated on what is going on with my life. It was instituted at the request and for the benefit of one of my favorite people in the world, one of my aunts who is a retired telephone operator and lives a few hours away from me.
Despite living in Southern California for several months, and being only a short distance from the beach, Aaron and I had not, yet, taken the time to go stand in the ocean. It’s not that we didn’t want to make time for recreation – we very much did. Rather, we figured it would be better to devote ourselves to getting everything spun-up on the West Coast as quickly as possible, doing as much of the heavy lifting as we could handle upfront so it could be done and behind us. To make this happen, we turned our productivity into a game of sorts, challenging ourselves to hit certain achievements by specific deadlines. Tracking our days in a spreadsheet comes in particularly handy.
After writing about the incredible Roger’s Gardens in Corona del Mar, I thought it was only fair to point out that Aaron and I also enjoy a place called Armstrong’s Garden Center in Newport Beach. The business can trace its roots to 1889 and holds a storied place in the history of the global rose industry (and you know we love our roses!). A few months ago, we stopped in and spotted a Monarch Butterfly hanging out on some flowers. We took a video …
In Corona del Mar, California there is a place called Roger’s Gardens. It is one of the coolest businesses I’ve ever seen and within moments of walking through the entrance, Aaron and I knew it was going to be somewhere we spent a lot of time. In addition to a covered open-air seating full-service restaurant, it is a multi-acre garden, nursery, and retail experience. You can eat with friends and family, then design your landscaping, pick out themed Christmas wrapping paper, decorate your home, browse baby gifts, buy water fountains, purchase trees, browse planters and urns, and much more – including designing outdoor furniture! During a few of our trips, we’ve taken pictures and I thought those of you who love gardening and plants as much as we do would appreciate them.
Today, we were in Newport Beach knocking some things off our task list. We haven’t had a chance to really explore anything in the surrounding area, nor do we expect to until at least a couple of months after we’ve completed the move as we need to execute it with speed and precision, but we did figure that we could take our lunch break to check out one of the local Korean restaurants. We settled on a place called Chan Chan Food House in nearby Irvine, California. We didn’t know what to expect but the food looked delicious and the reviews were good.
It’s one of my favorite times of the year – Christmas! – and this year, I’m working on a new Christmas tree theme.
Earlier this year, we visited Chicago. During the business trip, we made some decisions that will reverberate for the rest of our lives.
It’s been roughly seven months since I’ve been present or active on the site in any meaningful sense. There are largely two reasons for this. Firstly, as you can probably imagine, nearly every waking moment of our lives has been consumed by the launch of our global asset management firm, Kennon-Green & Co. This included spending a couple of weeks in Southern California looking for office space.
Aaron and I love everything about Christmas – the Christmas decorations, the baking, the Christmas carols, picking out gifts for other people. It’s magical. No matter how busy we are, there will always be time for friends and family, holiday movies, and hot cocoa.
Epiphany moments are powerful things that can change the way you manage your life, the direction of your career, or how you look at the world.