Reflecting on 2013

2013 was one of those whirlwind years that I look back on and feel dizzy, not sure where to begin. Thankfully, I’ve been dutifully writing down the best moments of my day for the past seven years so the small scribbles in my calendar form a mosaic that I can piece into annual narrative.

Speaking of mosaics, 2013 was the year that I both master and quit my role as Communications Director at Mosaic (formerly known as Solar Mosaic). It was the year that my role as CEO of Kuli Kuli began to have real meaning behind it, though never as glamorous as the title implied. It was the year my long-term boyfriend and I could finally stop putting “long-distance” in front of our relationship, only to have our careers pull us to different cities again before the year’s end.

But what these paradoxes hide are the moments that made 2013 great. And so I return to my calendar:

Mosaic sold out in 24 hoursJanuary 7th

The moment Mosaic had been waiting for finally arrived: we could sell solar investments to the public! Particularly since I’d spent so much time prepping reporters and building our email list, it was amazing to see us on the homepage of so many news publications and watch as one email I sent led directly to nearly $200,000 in solar investments.

January 25th

I turned 25 on the 25th day of January! As it was my golden year and the year Trenton and I both acquired gold sequined outfits, I decided to host a gold-themed weekend at my grandparents cabin up in Sea Ranch with fifteen of my favorite people in the world. Needless to say it was a weekend to remember.Jan 25 golden birthday

February 18th

Attending a five day retreat for young social entrepreneurs, StartingBloc, and feeling like I’d found my tribe. Then going home and reconnecting with an old tribe that had come all the way from Columbia and Colorado just to see me!

Feb 18th Starting Bloc

March 16th

Finishing my first-ever (and probably last-ever) marathon! I’m so glad I crossed it off my list, but as my boyfriend Trenton kept reminding me, “you know the first person who ever did this died, right?”

March 16 marathon


April 10th

Paris in the spring…visiting Trenton’s incredibly hospitable parents in the heart of Paris and eating delicious meals at small restaurants hidden among cobblestone streets.

May 6th

On the first day of our crowdfunding campaign for Kuli Kuli we raised $25,000 in just one day! I was totally blown away by all of the support from so many different people.

May 6th Indiegogo


June 15th

Successfully raised over $50,000 on Indiegogo — which we celebrated by throwing a pool party!

June 16 pool party

July 4th

Celebrating Independence day with humpback and orca whales while on my dad’s dream cruise through Alaska.

Whales in Alaska

August 28th

Going on a vision quest in Northern California with a new friend and fellow female entrepreneur. Canoeing across the lake at sunset and describing our vision for what our companies could become left me feeling incredibly inspired.

Silver Lake woods

September 24th

Celebrating two years officially together (and many years of flirtation before that) with Trenton.

lisa trenton anniversary

October 31st

Getting everyone at Mosaic to take a parting shot (of tequila) with me on my last day. It was an incredible 2.5 years and difficult to leave but I was ready to give Kuli Kuli my full attention.

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November 13th

Our first 18,000 bar manufacturing run arrived and hit the shelves in Whole Foods. It was amazing seeing “our baby” grow up and start selling!

Kuli Kuli on the shelves

December 1st

Holding Kuli Kuli’s first advisory board meeting. We have an incredible board with a diverse array of backgrounds, from social entrepreneurship to consumer packaged goods (CPG).

I would just like to take a moment to thank everyone who made 2013 so incredible. From the 800 people who donated to our crowdfunding campaign; to my family, friends and boyfriend who have been amazingly supportive of my new venture, and to my Kuli Kuli family who work harder than anyone I know– it is all of you who make life worth living. I can’t wait to see what the rest of 2014 brings!