Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Hello, 2015!

It feels like another year has blown by. Many wonderful things have happened and I am so appreciative for people that were right there with me, those who have played a part in them and for the long lasting memories.

I haven't really been one for resolutions but a new life will commence in 2015 and I should kick it off on a positive note and end it successfully. They say it's best to write your resolutions/goals down so here they are in no particular order:

- Continue to go international at least once a year.
--- 2/19/15 --- Update: Mexico is in the works for late March.
--- 12/21/15 --- Update: Mexico did happen in late March. 

- Continue to hike once a month.
--- 2/19/15 --- Update: January - done! February - Angel Island!
--- 12/21/15 --- Update: Lake Chabot, Oakland hills twice (May & Nov), the Bay Bridge Trail (Oct), the Presidio (Dec)... Have some making up to do.

- Lower my BMI and maintain and maintain it by exercising and being more cautious of what I put in my body.
--- 2/19/15 --- Update: #200KTransform 12-week challenge in process. Lowered BMI!
--- 12/21/15 --- In the middle of #30DaysofFit. Haven't weighed in in a few weeks.

- Run my first 5K race.
--- 12/21/15 --- Update: haven't ran in a race but last 5K I did was on Halloween with bunny ears and a bunny tail around Hayward. Signed up for the Hot Chocolate run with friends on 1/10/16. I should probably run before then.

- Maintain positive relationships, end those that hold me down.
--- Distanced myself from one in particular.
--- 12/21/15 --- Update: so far so good. #ByeFelicia

- Continue to try to be a better manager.
--- 12/21/15 --- Update: I really do love my staff. My favorite comments I hear is that my staff loves their job, that they would rather work with me, that it's me they are referring to when they say 'I need the bossiest of the bosses," and "I will always come back to work for you." I may not have all the answers but I am doing my best.

- Excel at DW.
--- 12/21/15 --- Update: Since transferring over to Events in October, Christina and I have kicked ass. Kudos from our clients have been incredible.

- Less possessions, more experiences.
--- A few items are listed on Close5. Take them away!
--- 12/21/15 --- Update: Trying to sell my motorcycle. Need to get rid of more.

I'm sure I'll add more. Here's to 2015! Good luck to all of you!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Let's Hike - 2012 - 2014

Last year, I tried to hike once a month. It's good exercise, you're breathing fresh air, being social and seeing the world. 

I just started a private Facebook group called Let's Hike to help with coordinating and scheduling the monthly hikes.

Below is a log of hikes so far! Can't wait for 2015!


Mission Peak, Fremont, California
This is right in my backyard and a strenuous hike for me. My friend, Ji-Young, has done it many times before and without water. I couldn't suck down the stuff any faster! But I did it! It was quite an achievement for me, the then-non-hiker. We rewarded ourselves with a drink and lunch at Claim Jumper's in Fremont.

Alamere Falls, Pt. Reyes National Park, California

Nu'alolo Trail, Kauia, Hawaii


Mt. Tamalpais, North Bay, California

San Rafael, California

The Sutro Tower, San Francisco, California

Lafayette Reservoir, Lafayette, California

The Dish, Palo Alto, California

Big Sur, California

Hanakapi'ai Falls, Na Pali Coast, Kauai, Hawaii

Black Diamond Mines Park, Antioch, California

Lake Chabot, Castro Valley, California

Monday, December 8, 2014

Their First Taste

It was another great evening with wonderful company and deliciously creative cocktails. The Financial District of San Francisco was calm - not a cloud in the sky, nor strong gusts of wind. But 83 Proof was stirring, filled with the smiling faces of the people we have a great appreciation for since the beginning of this adventure of opening DWSF. Coming from all different professional backgrounds such as finance, architecture and design to even film, they share a common interest in the experiences where food and drinks are the catalysts.
Our Mixologist, Zachary T., greeted each one of us with a glassful of his punch. Throughout the night, he made three cocktails from DWSF's newly created menu. This was their first taste. Without revealing too much too soon, one cocktail in particular did receive more praise. No doubt it was pleasant to the taste buds. I loved the name and based on where we are located, it belongs on our menu.
A few individuals were missing but it was nice to see those that were unable to make it to the initial gathering. A heartfelt speech was made by Kristian and it just brought me back to hearing the wonderful comments by our investors a few months ago as to what was the appeal to working with us. Again, I am reminded of their trust and faith in the project and our operating team, and grateful for their patience. It's motivating.

On a more personal level, I had my biggest supporter with me last night: my father. We are very much alike, though he would joke that the 'bad' traits I have, I didn't inherit from him. We both have a silly sense of humor, like things done a certain way, are strong enough to prefer to be hurt by the truth than mislead by a lie and he has raised me to be incredibly independent, like him. He knows me and has accepted the fact that when I am determined to get what I want, nothing is going to get in my way. And I want DWSF to be successful. I also want to make him proud. I didn't go to an Ivy League school. I don't have my masters in anything. I haven't given him a beautiful granddaughter he continues to ask for. But DWSF will be MY first taste of true success. I think he will be happy with that. And so will I.

Thank you for reading as we continue on this journey.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Giving Tuesday 2014

I am a day late in participating in this year’s #GivingTuesday but today I made a small donation to the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation. This was my second donation this year. I initially donated for a celebrity pool plunge for AJ Kirsch, a pro wrestler. 2015 will be full of changes for me and I will be involved with that neighborhood and neighboring areas. I want to help improve the area that gets such a bad wrap. I will consider volunteering in the future as well!

“Dear Bernadette,

We are deeply grateful for your generosity and support of our efforts to make a home a reality for the lowest-income residents of our city.   Your gift makes a difference — it enables us to provide the on-site social work services that help tenants stay housed, our free after-school program for 250 youth, and the community organizing programs that empower residents to get involved and make a positive impact in their neighborhood.  

We count on the support of donors like you to ensure that we can fulfill our vision of a San Francisco where low-income people can afford housing that meets their basic needs, is close to the amenities and services that enhance their quality of life, and provides them with the safety and stability they need to fulfill their potential. 

Once again, thank you for your support.

Don Falk
Executive Director

How did you participate in Giving Tuesday this year?