why do i live in an expensive city?

seattle is not cheap. lunch, on average, costs $15 downtown. coffee costs $4. rent is a whole ‘nother story. i make it work, but it takes a extra amount of effort to get by. it means that i have to be smart, scrappy, and always on the hunt for a better opportunity.

and, thank god, the city is full of opportunity. living in seattle has connected me with incredible friends, cool communities, and great stories. the pressure has pushed me to learn a lot as quickly as possible. i live in an expensive city because it offers all the things that get my brain going.

i expressed my concern about seattle’s cost of living to a friend, who told me “the reason i came here is for opportunity. coming from a smaller town, i know that there is not a lot there for me. that’s why i am here.”

sometimes i feel tempted to move to a smaller town, but for now seattle is checking all my boxes. i get discouraged, but every once in a while the city throws me a bone, and it’s just enough to make be believe that i’m making all the right moves to secure a meaningful career in the long term.

toys and patience

i had a good weekend! interviewed seattle toymakers marnin-saylor, which will be up on youtube and podcast soon. what struck me about them is that they are immensely creative – they are never short on ideas for products or stories for their pastry pet toy line. their struggles mainly surround time management. it’s hard to be a manufacturer, a salesperson, and an administrator all at once. however, outsourcing is also scary to them. it’s hard to get the initial capital to expand, and you also run the risk of losing creative control.

in response, marnin-saylor are waiting for the right moment for growth. they care about their business so much, and as a result they have something that i don’t: patience. taking a leaf from their book, i am trying to enjoy my successes for the time being and to quietly be on the look out for the right conditions to next-level my own projects

being a tourist

this week, cheyenne and i were tourists in our own city! we went to the seattle aquarium, the chihuly glass museum, and the space needle, all in one day. cheyenne’s favorite part was seeing otters, and i loved being underneath glass vines and blossoms at the museum. at the top of the space needle, cheyenne and i pointed out various landmarks from our time in seattle: “look, that’s where we live”, “look that’s where you work”. and! we had ice cream.

i loved the entirety of the glass museum, but one piece in particular is standing out in my memory right now. there were two boats set upon a black surface. One was filled with glass orbs that looked like oversized marbles. The other was filled with tubers and shells, bits and bobs as if someone had plucked all the artifacts out of an alien ocean. what i liked about these was the banality of the boats and wildly fantastic vibrancy of their contents.