We got into SF at night and were exhausted, so after much discussion, we decided to go with a reliable option and stay at the Ritz. That's when everything changed. The Ritz-Carlton has a way of making everybody feel like royalty, which is what we all really want, right? I don't want to be a rock star, usually at least, but I do want to feel valued with just the right amount of attention and self direction. Our room was a far cry from our usual digs in Redding. For starters, we were ALONE. That's when I realized hotels are healing. They create an open space for reconnection and love. I would sit at the window in our room and admire the architectural details on the building, dreaming about a day I could experience such beauty more often. That trip did something for my soul. It was more than a nice vacation. The presence of beauty restored me to a place of dreaming and belief. Our time in California even inspired us to pursue hospitality as a lifestyle, taking us to work for one of the best hotels in North America, Blackberry Farm, learning hospitality hands on, and finally starting our own hospitality consulting business. For that reason, I am forever ruined for a good hotel, restaurant, or retail operation. May beauty continue to expand at an ever increasing rate and conquer the world we live in.