Boston: Part I

Last month I had an opportunity to take a trip to Boston to attend the HOW Design Live Conference. My company flew myself and a co-worker there to spend a week getting our creative juices flowing. I was also able to attend this conference last year in San Francisco. I feel really blessed that my company encourages us to attend at least a couple conferences a year and I was super excited that this particular conference was taking place in Boston this year. I hadn’t been to Boston since I was a teen so I was looking forward to exploring the city in my down time. Luke didn’t want to miss out so he joined me and we had a blast!

We stayed at the Marriot Copley Place and it was a great location. We were really within walking distance of everything! The hotel was even connected to the convention center so I didn’t even have to leave our hotel to get there.

I flew up on Sunday evening and Luke joined me Monday evening. It wasn’t until we had been there a couple days that Luke said he was going to look for St. Francis Chapel. He had heard it was close to where we were staying. So as Luke was walking me to the convention center one morning, he simultaneously had the GPS pulled up on his phone so he could see how close it was to St. Francis Chapel. We got to the center and Luke said “It looks like it’s really close to here!” and that’s when we noticed it was literally right next door to the convention center. How funny! I went to a conference session and Luke went to Mass. When I returned from my session Luke had run into some friends from Franciscan University at Mass who are now FOCUS missionaries at MIT and Boston College. Small world!

Boston-Massachusetts-Blog-Post-1Below is the view from out hotel room. We had an awesome corner room with two huge windows! I’ve also included some pictures as I explored the area near our hotel before Luke joined me the next day.Boston-Massachusetts-Blog-Post-33

HOW Design Live: San Francisco

I just got back from a trip to San Francisco for the How Design Live Conference. My company flew myself and two co-workers out there to spend the week being inspired 🙂 This was my first time visiting San Francisco and I was super excited. I packed warm clothes expecting that it would be windy and cold but I was surprised at how dreary and foggy it also ended up being. I’ll admit, it put a slight damper on things but we still had lots of fun.
Sunday morning I headed out to Mass at St. Dominics. It was a very beautiful church.SanFran2Afterwards, Katie and I (yes, we are both Katie’s :)) walked all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf for lunch. On the way we stopped by Lombard street. I have no idea how people live in San Francisco with all the hills! You’ve got to be majorly in shape! I’m just now recovering from all the uphill walking we did!SanFran3SanFran4It was so foggy at the Wharf that we could barely see Alcatraz and we could not see the Golden Gate bridge at all! Kind of a bummer…so we ate lunch and then walked to Pier 69. There we stopped for some Ghirardelli chocolate 🙂
SanFran5On our last day there we all decided that we didn’t want to leave San Francisco without seeing the Golden Gate bridge. So after our last conference session we hopped in a cab and headed for the bridge. To our dismay the bridge was completely covered in fog! Thankfully we stuck around because the fog lifted a little bit. Just enough to see some of the bridge.
SanFran6SanFran7SanFran8The next morning I headed out very early to fly back to Florida. It was a fun trip but I am super happy to be back home with my sweetheart!SanFran9