Do you remember being a teenager and seeing someone you hated wearing something you also owned, and all of a sudden that item of clothing became repulsive and you could never look at it the same way again? That's how I feel about blogging in Buffalo.

Growing up in Buffalo meant that going to Toronto on school trips was inevitable. I don't remember much about them anymore, except for waiting on the side of the road when our bus broke down on the way home from seeing The Lion King—It's funny to think about what our childhood brains deem memorable. I was excited to have a large city nearby when we moved back to NY. I use Toronto as an escape when Buffalo feels too small.

A man followed me all the way from my home in West LA/Santa Monica to my office in Beverly Hills a few years ago. He boarded the bus with me, followed me around as I wove in between people and switched seats trying to lose him, and walked down Robertson Blvd behind me for 10 minutes, finally turning back once I stepped inside my building....

By the time we arrived in Scotland, we had been in Europe and in cities for 2 weeks. Our drive north into Scotland was leisurely, allowing us to stay in Gatehouse of Fleet near Castle Douglas the first night. We basically just opened Expedia and put a finger on a random hotel room, and we ended up loving it.

3 weeks in Europe and not working ended up making me feel a bit like I existed nowhere and could wander endlessly. That was wonderful, but the downside is that some of the best moments blurred together a little bit.

Duolingo tells me I'm 23% fluent, but that seems prettttty generous. All 3 years of high school French were ruined by a terrible teacher who pronounced everything like she was inventing a new language from her basement in Nebraska, and no one cares that I know how to say, "she sees a spider but she is calm," you know what I mean?

When things become stale, I have a tendency to reinvent myself. As a creative director, my job is to construct a relatable, meaningful experience for other people through design, even when the product is not-so-great.