Thankful Sausalito #GivingTuesday

November 28, 2017 • Travel Stories

Hello there friend!!! It has finally happened., my loyal domain since 2011, has moved here to! This is all part of my initiative to develop my personal brand. I’ll write more about the move and what I’m planning, so until then please change your links!

Thanksgiving was a few days ago, and it was my first ever Thanksgiving away from home. I filled my time with fun activities, even if it meant doing them alone. I started by treating myself to a movie last Tuesday, without realizing it was Coco‘s opening night! I got tickets on a whim and had no idea just how big the movie was going to be. If you haven’t seen it yet, you know what you need to do! ๐Ÿ™‚

On Wednesday I finally took a day trip to Sausalito, a cute little town on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. I wanted to go all summer, but the weather was always too cold, ironically. Back home, Thanksgiving was when it started getting super cold and all the leaves have turned red. However it just doesn’t really feel like autumn in California. There have been some cold days, but last week it was close to 70ยฐF (21ยฐC) every day.

Floating homes in Sausalito, California

Sausalito is famous for its floating village – where houses are built right in the water. It’s like someone *copied* the pastel houses in San Francisco and *pasted* them on the water. The water is also super clean. One of the perks of autumn in California is that there are some clouds in the sky, which means better lighting for photos. Goodbye glare!

Brilliant reflection of autumn clouds

The vibe of downtown Sausalito is Mediterranean. I think when I posted an Instagram story some friends actually thought I was in Europe. ๐Ÿ˜› The houses are either built waterfront or clinging onto the hills which reminds me of Italy or Greece. Unfortunately you can still see San Francisco in the background so that illusion only works if you don’t look. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sausalito – or Italy?

I know a few people who stayed in the city for Thanksgiving and got together to hang out, but I couldn’t go because I twisted my other ankle – the one I didn’t sprain – by tripping down the stairs, then stressed it by walking too much in Sausalito. I was in pain and bedridden for one day, so I had more time to video chat with three close friends from New York. I’m super thankful that we made the effort to catch up when daily life just slips by so fast and you realize it’s been months since you’ve spoken. Yet, there’s a comforting sense of familiarity and you pick up where you left off!

Luckily, this time my ankle wasn’t a serious injury and resting the muscle for two days was all I needed. It feels fine now, and my originally sprained ankle also feels great! I think I’m just in a thankful season right now. It comes after a few emotionally and physically tough seasons, but right now I’m feeling better. The air is also fresher nowadays with the rain, and flowers are blooming. It’s a perpetual spring!

Gorgeous bloom from Le Bouquet

Now that Thanksgiving is over, today is #GivingTuesday, a newer tradition of spending even more money after all the shopping, but towards charity. I want to look at the concept of giving – so many people, including myself, grew up used to “doing good” because our parents probably set that example. If you’re anything like me, you may have at some point questioned how you can make a difference, when there’s so many different types of needs and you have limited resources.

One of my beliefs is that our experiences equip us with more than just the money + morality to give. There’s a personal touch in each of us that can be directed towards something specific. I think that will help us understand why we are giving, and not feel we just do it because it’s the trend.

Grace. This 5-letter word is so much more powerful than we think. Itโ€™s so easy to believe I can earn the right to call myself โ€œgoodโ€ by doing good things and comparing it to what others do. For this #GivingTuesday, I challenge you to give (if you can) not out of charity obligation, but from your heart. What is a cause that hits you close and why? ๐Ÿ’˜ For me, it will prob be an organization that rescues girls from being sold in poor countries. I donโ€™t think crime is the only culprit – there is also cultural belief of the value of girls at play, and itโ€™s a culture that Iโ€™m too familiar with. After struggling with my worth as a girl to woman for 23 years, I know itโ€™s only amazing grace that has always protected me from the harmful things I once believed in. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ #flowershop #floral #bloom #freshflowers #bouquet #lifestyle #weekendvibes #thatsdarling #brightaesthetic #flashesofdelight #pursuepretty #seekthesimplicity #colorful #colorsplash #acolorstory #reflection #spiritual #worship #prayer

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So, do you have a target? If not, I would love to recommend Chicktech to you. Last month I joined the San Francisco team as the Design Lead. The organization is all volunteer based and has chapters throughout the country working to create educational programs for girls in tech. If you donate to my team, your money will go towards funding monthly workshops that teach girls different tech disciplines. We are trying to raise $5000 for the new year, and the more resources, the more workshops there can be to cater to each girl’s special talents. Click here to donate!

ChickTech x #GivingTuesday

I hope your Thanksgiving was enjoyable and relaxing! And again, please change your links to!

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7 Comments to "Thankful Sausalito #GivingTuesday"

Tara wrote on 2nd December 2017 at 7:34 PM

Love the new name! I’m glad you went for the chance ๐Ÿ™‚

I have no idea what this Coco movie is, but it’s great you enjoyed it! (Yes, I live under a rock sometimes, XD)

Sausalito looks quite different and unique! I heard of it in the Baby-Sitters Club books, haha, so thank you for showing me the actual town! The whole place looks quaint and very Mediterranean, indeed!

Ouch for your ankle, though X_X But it’s good you were able to catch up with your close friends. I’m glad it healed quickly!


Liv Reply:

Coco is the newest Pixar film so if you’re into animated movies like Zootopia or Big Hero 6 (not so much Frozen or Moana type) then you should watch it!!!!!!!


Sue wrote on 4th December 2017 at 10:01 PM

Just changed my links page to your new web address!

Sausalito looks so beautiful. The colorful buildings by the water do remind me of Venice in some ways. Have you been there? If not, I recommend going at least once in your lifetime.

I remember when I visited you, your other ankle was healing. Too bad now the once good ankle is injured. ๐Ÿ™ You do a lot of walking around too.

ChickTech reminds me of ChicTech (pronounced โ€œsheek-tekโ€) which I used to be a part of at UIUC. We went to a high school to tell them about computer science, and especially encourage the girls to join. Was just taking a look at ChickTech and found they also have a Chicago chapter. Going to look into them more, and maybe join one of their meetups. This graphic is beautiful btw It’s great that you’re their Design Lead. I also checked out your latest version of your portfolio site. It looks amazing!


Liv Reply:

Venice, California? Or Venice, Italy? Both canal cities hehehe. I’m not sure about Italy but Venice, California has houses built over a canal to copy Italy, but they are not actually floating in the water. ๐Ÿ˜› I don’t think I’ve ever seen floating houses elsewhere.

ChickTech is a great organization to give a few months to! Yes they have a chapter in every major city and need all the help they can get.


Pauline wrote on 7th December 2017 at 6:49 AM

I’m really looking forward to this re-brand Liv! I love the new URL!

Wow, I’ve not actually heard of Coco before! I’m surprised that I haven’t heard of it tbh, I’m a big fan of animated movies. Pixar is always ๐Ÿ’– I’ll definitely have to watch it during this Christmas season!

I had to double take on these photos of Sausalito. xD I honestly thought you were in Italy haha! Having had trips to Nice and Italy this year and so with it all fresh in my head, it definitely does look like Europe! Glad you had a refreshing time ๐Ÿ˜€


Brandy wrote on 9th December 2017 at 11:32 PM

Here you are! I’ll definitely be updating your link after I finish leaving this comment.

It looks like you had a fantastic trip. Your photos are absolutely gorgeous.


Hiro wrote on 26th December 2017 at 6:39 PM

My god, the town is GORGEOUS! I think my friends were trying to get me out there the last few times I was in SF, but we never made it, mostly because of the weather or I was in a grumpy mood from walking up and down hills all day ๐Ÿ˜› LOL.
I’m glad your twisted ankles are ok. Those are a bitch when you are in a city and need to walk everywhere. :/ Can’t even get into the house if there are stairs.
For #GivingTuesday, I ran a fundraiser for The Aneurysm and AVM Foundation (based in SF!), and managed to raise a little over $1000. Small steps go big ways when it comes to helping fund research! ๐Ÿ™‚
I’m definitely looking for ways to get more integrated into the needs of NYC once my medical conditions calm down, and try to embed myself into the giving side of it. There’s so much need, and definitely not enough going around! Happy Holidays!


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