We’re not even a quarter way through the year and as we roll into Spring, I’m noticing so much change. I’ve recently started a new job at Sony Network Entertainment, doing product design for PlayStation Vue – a wonderful opportunity that I’m so excited to be embarking on (and if you haven’t tried it out, do, because Vue is really awesome!). While it was hard to leave behind the great strides I’d taken in my years at Citrix, it was time for me to take a risk and go after design in an area that really excites me.

This new job has me taking on a serious commute with lots of walking and a long train ride – something I’ve not done in a really long time. The thought of this long journey each day was initially daunting, but I’ve found that I’m really starting to value the daily routine and experience. The walks give me some personal time with my thoughts (or a good audio book – I’m an Audible addict) and the train ride gives you a bit of a buzz as you compete for a seat and then feed off the energy of other busy commuters. I’ve also been reading like crazy, burning through multiple books in a week.

Working in San Francisco has also reinvigorated me. I’ve forgotten how much I longed for just a slice of city life in my daily routine. Seeing your surroundings by foot rather than by car is such a different experience – and one that we often take for granted. In just 3 short weeks, I’ve seen both beauty and sadness. From a grand colorful mural being painted on the wall of a pizzeria to the swaths of unfortunate homeless that are a true sign of the times in SF, I’m taking in the city – good and bad.

I’ve also upgraded my camera in this short time frame from a Canon 7D to a 5D Mk III – and let me tell you – that full frame sensor is EVERYTHING. I took it out for an initial big spin this past weekend with my friend Sue at Hokone Gardens in Saratoga and that’s what really got my mind spinning about change. Spring is definitely in the air and everything is blooming. After the heavy rain we’ve had in this drought-stricken area, the color outside is so vibrant, it’s almost vibrating. So much new life is cropping up everywhere you look.

I guess my point is really just to say that I’m happy to be taking in more of my surroundings with my new routines and toys. I hope the rest of this year brings more adventures… and more fun things to shoot!