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Twelve Years Later

30 Nov


One month married. Twelve years as a couple. November was spent:

  • Celebrating us.
  • At Topgolf in Las Vegas.
  • Enjoying Turkey Day with the Steels.
  • In Mexico at Telefonica.

I am one month away from finishing my journal. I can’t believe it. Blows my mind. Thank you for reading.
















30 Nov


It’s absolutely cray cray that December is manana. The final month of 2015 is going to be a whirlwind of holiday events but I am looking forward to it.

The Dip

I am struggling with the divorce of my Mom and Step Dad. I know it’s going to be a long process. Reminding myself that nothing is permanent is helpful.

The Bursts

Hartman and I celebrated our ten year anniversary on November 1st. We have officially been together a full decade. This anniversary was a tad bit more special with my left hand heavier due to our engagement. A quiet night out in Mission Hills was the perfect celebration. I adore him. Being his girlfriend has been incredible and I have certainly been enjoying my new role as fiancé. Here’s to our forever.

Sir Charles the True Gentleman Dog stayed with us for a quick overnight visit. Having his fluffy face all to myself is always such a treat. This will most likely be one of the last times I get to dog sit Charlie because his parents are moving back to Redding, California, permanently. I was so grateful for one last hurrah with him at The Tree House before they leave San Diego for good. This next chapter is so exciting for my friends and I wish them nothing but the best even if they will be dearly missed.

My college bestie from UCSB came to visit from LA. We had a lovely evening laughing hysterically about many memories I haven’t thought about in years. I am looking forward to visiting her “cabed” in West Hollywood at some point.


Friendsgiving was a smashingly good time with my wonderful friends in Normal Heights. The food was insane. The master minds behind Cellar Door know how to party. The food coma was so worth it.

Thanksgiving was spent with Hartman’s family in Auburn and Tahoe. This is year three of our holiday rotation and it has proved to be one of our best decisions yet. The holidays are stressful enough as is so not having to spend the entire trip ping ponging around the Bay Area makes a major difference. Time with our precious Nieces was the highlight. Those girls light up our lives. They got quite the kick out of my onesie so naturally we had to take a photo. It was so fun to celebrate our engagement with his fam bam. We even managed to sneak in a visit with two of our college besties who were also celebrating Turkey Day nearby. After a wonderful visit with way to much eating and drinking we were happy to say goodbye to the snow and get back to the San Diego sun.

Here’s to your happy. Thank you for reading.







730 Sentences

31 Dec


Yesterday morning I backed out of my garage and ripped my passenger side mirror right off my car. If this has happened two years ago I would have been super pissed off. Yes, it was a stupid move but its 100% fixable. If that was the biggest problem I was going to have all day, I was doing pretty good. It’s not a big deal. There was a time in my life that this would have been. There was a time this would have taken me to a very unhappy place.

My happiness project is just that, a PROJECT. This didn’t start because I am naturally a happy go lucky gal. It started because I was exactly the opposite. I was great at acting like everything was amazing when deep down I was troubled. Being miserable isn’t a way to live life. Filling my heart with gratitude has been a game changer. When life gives me lemons I now make lemonade instead of bitching about the lemons.

Shortly after demolishing my side mirror a good friend texted me that she needed a favor because she had to leave town unexpectedly due to the passing of her Grandfather. As I slid into my car in route to her, my side mirror never seemed more unimportant. Doing something to bring a smile to my friend’s pretty face did. Spreading love is the most important thing we will ever do. That’s what my happiness project is built on.

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2014 has been a great year. As I looked back on the last few months I couldn’t help but smile. There have been so many wonderful moments that I want to highlight before the ball drops and we ring in 2015. I have written 730 sentences in my journal so far. Thank you for being a part of it.

Compressed Work Weeks

I have noted this before in a previous blog but it has been such a game changer I feel the need to give it a shout out once more. gap intelligence adopted a compressed work week and it has made my work week simply delightful. We work 9 hour days Monday through Thursday and a half day on Friday. Having more time to enjoy the weekends has been gaptastic.



Hartman’s Mom retired from a long and happy career as a nurse this year. We flew to Northern California to celebrate this fabulous milestone. It was a joy to meet everyone she has worked with. The party was lovely and I am so glad we made the journey to celebrate.




My Big Brother’s best friend married the love of his life at the end of September. Hartman and I flew to San Jose to witness them say, “I do”. My Brother has been friends with the same group of hilarious guys since high school. When they get together constant laughter ensues. We danced like our lives depended on it. My Mom and Step Dad attended as well despite my Step Dad’s severe jet lag. It was so much fun laughing at all the silly speeches as everyone wished the happy couple well.




Tini Gets Married

My college Bestie, Tini, married her best friend mid-October. This wedding was more like a Broadway production. Between them marrying themselves, multiple choreographed dances, a flash mob, and comical MC-ing by the world’s greatest DJ, this wedding was beyond entertaining. I was sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what was going to happen next. We stopped in Malibu on the way home to cap off a spectacular weekend.






Five Year gapiversary

I celebrated my 5 year anniversary at gap intelligence in October. I love my job and am so grateful that my friend recommended me. I had no experience when they hired me. They took a chance on me and I am so glad they did. I am proud to be a gapper.



Marco Polo

Hartman’s college Bestie came to SD for a visit. His visit overlapped with the Giant’s World Series run. The boys got into their typical shenanigans. They went fishing and ate lots of Mexican food. I love watching them pal around together. Marco is a riot. His energy lights up the room. He will be traveling most of 2015 so I made sure to appreciate time with him this year.


Three Rings

The San Francisco Giants won the World Series. When Pablo Sandoval made the final out I burst into happy tears. I love my GIGANTES and watching them bring home ring number three was incredible. My Nephew, Peyton, was a Giants player for Halloween. My family bleeds orange and black.



Nine Years

Hartman and I celebrated 9 years of dating on November 1st. We had a quiet night out in honor of us. We checked out a new restaurant in Little Italy. Reminiscing with my guy always brings a smile to my heart.




Before the holiday madness began my friends and I decided to have our own Thanksgiving dinner. Nearly all of the dishes included bacon. Bacon makes the world a better place. There was way too much food and we had waaaaaaaay too much fun. There is nothing like a dance party with an almost two year old to make the night complete.






Hartman and I celebrated the official Thanksgiving holiday with my Dad and Step Mom’s family in Santa Maria this year. We snuck in a Santa Barbara adventure as well since we were so close. Winetasting with my family was one of the highlights of the trip. The “kids” cooked dinner. Please note that us “kids” are all in our thirties now. It doesn’t matter how old we get, we will always be the kids. It was an honor to spoil my Grandma and cook a delicious feast for her. The meal was flawless.










December Nights

The first weekend in December in San Diego is always a big deal because Balboa Park hosts a huge Christmas festival. We live a short ten minute walk from Balboa Park so we always make a point to attend every year. It gets us in the holiday spirit. Santa was even in attendance.





Rookie of the Year

Both Hartman and my work holiday parties were scheduled on the same night unfortunately. Since we were double booked we had to attended our parties solo. Hartman texted me half way through the night with the exciting news that he had won Rookie of the Year. I am so proud of him. To be recognized by his colleagues is so special.


Baby Sprinkle

My dear friend, Ro, is expecting a baby in early January. I agreed to help my bestie, Smalls, throw a light shower for her, AKA a Sprinkle. After spending a week prepping for the event I came down with the flu and was unable to attend. It made me feel good that the little touches were appreciated even if I wasn’t able to witness her smile in person.




The Flu

Being sick is awful. I got the flu and an upper respiratory infection at the same time. I had to miss work. I was so sick that I didn’t even have the energy to change the channel. I watched whatever was on TBS. While quarantined in my house trying to recover I felt so much gratitude for the gappers the covered for me while I was out and for my boyfriend that took excellent care of me.


Mags is Engaged

I hate talking on the phone. It’s just not my thang. My friends know I’d rather text or Facebook than chat on my cell. When my college Bestie called me at 10pm at night I first had to register that my ring tone is hella outdated. I got a little panicked because Mags never calls me. When I picked up the phone I could tell from the tone of her voice that she was calling to deliver happy news. Her amazing boyfriend had popped the questions and she said, “yes”. They are perfect for each other. I can’t wait for the bridal showers, bachelorette party, and of course the wedding. She is going to be a sensational bride.



Christmas with Rosco

We spent Christmas with Hartman’s family in Lake Tahoe this year. It was a white Christmas with snow so I had to leave my flip flops at home. Spending time with family is always such a delight but this trip was extra special. Santa gifted our nieces a puppy under the tree and we had the pleasure of witnessing this magic moment. Rosco is the sweetest puppy. I look forward to watching him grow up with the girls. We had such a relaxing trip full of laughter. It was hard to say goodbye to the girls and the puppy. Knowing we will be seeing them again in February for a family reunion softened the blow.












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Cheers to the New Year and all the excitement a fresh slate brings. This year is going to bring so many amazing things and I am ready for all of it. I hope you are finding happiness in your life. Thank you for taking the time to read.

xoxo Vogel



27 Nov


Gobble! Gobble! It’s Thanksgiving and this blog is about gratitude. My journal gives me a quiet moment of reflection before I close my eyes each night. My blog gives me a place to tie things all these moments together. This year has been delightful (only one more month to go). I have so many things to be grateful for.


New Traditions

I am grateful for new traditions that started this year. Hartman and I decided that we want to watch the sunrise on January 1st so we woke up hella early and froze out butts off hiking Torey Pines. It was a sweet moment when we got to the top. I have no regrets on skipping on sleeping in. We are going to attempt to make this a new tradition annually.

In addition to the New Year’s Day newbie, Hartman invoked a new tradition for November 20th. On (or near) November 20th, we will eat pizza. November 20th, 2005 was the first time we said we loved each other and that night we had pizza for dinner. 9 years later we are still in love and still huge fans of pizza. Let pizza be enjoyed in honor of love! I am grateful for these moments that make me smile and give me something to look forward to.





This year has been full of so many fun activities. I have traveled to cool new spots as well as old haunts. We have also opened up our Tree House a handful of dear friends. If friends are the family that you choose, I have made some fantastic choices throughout the years. If travel is the only thing you spend money on that makes you richer, we are very rich. I am lucky to have many friends and a handful of besties that make up my inner circle of trust. I am grateful for my zest for life an taking time to appreciate it.




Giant Swan

The San Francisco Giants won the World Series and this makes me very happy. I am grateful that the month of October was filled with so many joyful baseball moments. I’m also grateful that I am healthy enough to handle so many heart stopping ordeals. I felt like I was going to have a heart attack during my GIGANTES signature torture. My friend at work thought I was saying, “Giant Swan,” when I was saying, “Giants Won”; this made me laugh out loud. I am grateful that the team I love so much has another ring.



Love is the best thing on earth. Without love, life is dull and boring. This year I have the honor of witnessing so much love and multiple weddings. I am grateful that so many of my friends found their soul mate. I am also grateful that all my friends throw such wild parties in celebration of them saying “I do”.

It goes without question I am grateful for my love, Hartman. He is my everything. I can’t imagine life without his sweet heart.






I love my crazy family. I really do. Since Hartman and I decided to make San Diego our permanent home we have made more of an effort to be present at family events. This has meant more traveling and planning but it has been overwhelmingly worth it. I will forever be grateful to the small army that raised me (and Hartman too). I think we both have good heads on our shoulders (and yes we know Hartman’s is quite large).



This Thanksgiving I will tease my Grandma that she is shrinking. My Grandpa will say, “Everything is WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONDERFUL, a million times. We will end up at ‘Da Club’ overlooking the golf course. There will be laughter. And the most important thing of all, memories will be made. For that, I am oh so very thankful.


Happy Thanksgiving to you! THANK YOU…for reading.