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It’s not quite beach weather around these parts but that’s not stopping me from celebrating the unofficial start to summer this weekend. I’m hoping to find myself a little out of town at some point. Maybe go to a bbq. Do some reading.
If you have a bit of downtime (now or later), I highly recommend listening to this episode of On Being: A Shift to Humility: Andrew Zolli on Resilience and Expanding the Edge of Change. If you’ve been feeling a little bummed by recent things going on in the world, I think this conversation realistically speaks to what we’re collectively facing. I’ve been thinking about the interview all week and have replayed portions of it a few times. I truly & sincerely hope you’ll check it out!
Lauren is the question master this week, so looks like I have some answers for you!
L: What trait do you most like about yourself?
F: I feel like I can get a long with almost everyone. Also, I rarely get nervous about going into unknown social situations.
L: What’s the last song you listened to?
F: “Africa” by Toto. I listened to this with Al (boyfriend) and David (brother) and we just talked about how awesome it is throughout the whole song. It is so awesome I am going to share it here.
L: Have you been meditating?
F: I have been meditating every morning. I only do about 20 to 25 minutes since I stopped for a bit. I need to work my way back up to 35-40.
L: Do you go to a farmers market in L.A.?
F: I sure do. In fact, I go every Tuesday and Saturday. I am obsessed with mint. I put it in my smoothies and tea, so I get that about twice a week. I also buy my spinach there every week.
L: Will you take a video of something and post it?<
F: Here ya go:
Clearly I should have worn the layered button down blouse with my over-sized handbag and above the knee skirt. What was I thinking?! In this overly pulled together skirt suit and classic bag I screamed standard, safe…predictable. I didn’t stand a chance under the black and white lense. It wasn’t my fault, exactly. No one told me that there would be a geometric overlay. In two colors no less. My shoes were adventurous but how would you ever know? And it’s not like his shoes were anything exciting. But they were visible and that’s something, I guess. Next time I’d know better. I’d loose the understated but eternally classic double button jacket. I’d shorten my skirt. And I’d inevitably second guess the change when I spotted her looking just like I do today.
As If It Were A Dream is an ongoing series in which I will pair an image with some of my own writings. Previous installments: 1 / 2 / 3
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I just watched this TED talk by clinical psychologist Meg Jay. Although I just turned 28, it is starting to feel like all of my peers are turning 30 or older; and there is a lot of 30 talk on the blogs that I read. I found this talk through one of our own contributors, Erin, from Well in L.A. The topic is very interesting to me as my friends and I always find ourselves in conversations about our generation. As the economy has changed, I think it’s a strange time to be in your 20s. Meg Jay has some insights on how to get through them in a more beneficial way.
Here are her 3 tips for 20 somethings:
1. Get some identity capital – Do something that counts toward the person that you want to be.
2. Use your weak ties – connect with your weak ties for new friends, jobs and potential life partners.
3. Pick your family – Though you might not be able to pick the family you grew up with, you can start to pick the family you will have of your own.
I hope you all had a restful weekend. It was a pretty gloomy/rainy Saturday and Sunday in NYC and I (literally) fell into a bit of bad luck to culminate the weekend. Needless to say, I’m happy to shake it off and begin a new week. But before putting the weekend completely behind us, enjoy today’s round of pictures from the weekend.
Julie – Bozeman, MT
Lauren – New York, NY
Following instructions on a rainy day.
Janna – New York, NY
Conde Nast building, bright and sunny.
The best cookie plate ever — at the ritz Carlton Central Park, making the best of the rain
Brooklyn bar suggestions at the Double Windsor, Windsor terrace.
Nick – Big Sur, CA
Are you familiar with the story of performance artists Marina Abramovic and Ulay? In addition to collaborating with each other artistically, they had a lengthy relationship that they ended quite dramatically. In 1988 they each walked from opposite ends of the Great Wall, meeting in the middle for a final goodbye and continuing on away from one other.
The next time they saw each other was when Ulay surprised Marina during her 2010 MOMA retrospective ‘The Artist is Present.’ Say what you will but this one gets me every time.