Remember back in the day when MTV did different unplugged shows? Well, this isn’t what this post is about. I found out about this new meditation place in Santa Monica called Unplug Meditation. I was drawn to their look and aesthetic at first and thought the idea could be very interesting. The first week of their opening is free and so I thought I would head on over.

For me, it was a great reminder to get out in the world and try new things and also to keep up with my mediation.

I am not sure how much I will frequent Unplug, but I really like the idea and wanted to pass it on.

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(Image via here)

(Image via here)

ten minutes every day to close my eyes & see what i feel.  to try to disconnect the feeling from the story and simply allow the feeling to be felt.  to recognize the tendency to suppress discomfort and to let it be, without needing to know why it’s there.  to remind myself, again and again, of how i want to live.  of my sole ability & responsibility to experience that life.  right now.  and to keep creating the time and space to be present and move myself forward.

Happy Monday! Here is this weeks pictures:

Farrell – Los Angeles, CA

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Clean Team celebrating my birth!

Clean Team celebrating my birth!

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Slowly moving into our new place

Slowly moving into our new place

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CB2

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Got to hear new music from Monster Rally. So psyched on his new EP.

Got to hear new music from Monster Rally. So psyched on his new EP.

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Lauren – New York, NY

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Warm weather and rooftop bbqs have finally arrived!

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Sunset over Manhattan

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Checking out the final works of the trifold body drawing game. Hilariously rewarding.

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Hand-me-down shoes from mom’s closet

F:  What are some summertime plans that you have?

L:  I don’t have much planned yet but I’m hoping to get some good Cleveland time in. In my ideal life I would spend a month or two in Cleveland every summer. If anyone has any work-from-anywhere job leads, hit me up!

F:  Can you share with me some spring trends that you are seeing on the street?

L. Well it hasn’t really warmed up enough here to see a real switch in fashion. However, I have been noticing a lot of jeans plus high heel shots on various style sites. Also people seem to be slowly busting out cute jean, leather and spring jackets.

F:  Do you have any tips for setting up a new apartment?

L:  Think about how you want to feel in each area of your home and make that the top priority for setting up each space.  Also, as you unpack, find ways to display the little things you come across that make you happy.  I was going to say something like don’t be afraid to get rid of things but then I remembered that I got that advice from you on this very blog.

F:  If you could live a day in someone else’s shoes, who would it be and why? (I know it’s best not to compare yourself and yada yada but this is for fun!).

L:  Good question. I think I might choose a painter.  I like the idea of waking up, having my coffee and stumbling over to my studio (which I like to think would be in an old barn connected to my house).  Then I’d spend the whole day painting, without even realizing the whole day had gone by.

F:  What have you found interesting this week?

L:  Yesterday morning I got to work, sat down at my desk and thought about how – even without much change – every day feels a little different.  There’s something fascinating to me about that.

Since my mom lost her phone and I live so far from my family, I can’t resist the urge to share some birthday photos. Thanks everyone for making me feel so special on my birthday. Hi Mom!

The sweetest cake surprise after work

The sweetest cake surprise after work

An OSHO reading

An OSHO reading

New pie making pieces from my thoughful Godmother(ish)

New pie making pieces from my thoughful Godmother(ish)

Topped off with a lovely dinner at Eveleigh.

Topped off with a lovely dinner at Eveleigh.

Thank you for the love everyone!

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I’ve had bangs for a little more than a year.  For the most part, I’ve been into them but recently they have started driving me nuts.  I think part of my irritation has to do with all the images I’ve been seeing lately of casually cool tousled locks.  There’s something so carefree-chic about this style and I want it!  I’ve been playing around with hiding my bangs but I don’t think the length is quite there yet.

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On a less superficial note, I watched former NYC Planning Commissioner, Amanda Burden’s TED talk yesterday about public spaces and thought it was really great.  I once read testimony in front of Commissioner Burden at a public hearing relating to a major rezoning project that I’ve been a part of for several years at my job.  Her talk paints a really interesting picture of all the details that must be considered and all the battles that must be fought in order to develop first-rate public space.  She concludes her talk by saying, “I believe that a successful city is like a fabulous party; people stay because they’re having a great time.”  I love that comparison.

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