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In New York, when people ask me where I’m from I first say Cleveland, then add that I’ve lived in NYC for over 12 years.  Generally, their response (unless they were born and raised in NYC; in that case most are satisfied with me as being from Cleveland) is, “Well, I think that makes you a New Yorker.”  And while I agree that I am a New Yorker, it isn’t a title I ever really sought to achieve – not because I didn’t want to be a New Yorker but moreso because I’ve never wanted to cease being from Ohio.

Since leaving my job earlier this month many people have asked me whether I will stay in NYC.  It is an obvious question though not one to which I know the answer.  I have been in Cleveland for the past week and will spend a good portion of the next several months here.  It’s something I’m quite happy about.  And though I’m open to leaving New York in a way that I haven’t been before, I’m not totally sure I can actually bring myself to do it.

Over the course of the last week, I have really come to recognize that while I might be from Cleveland, I really don’t know this city.  Certainly not in the way I know New York.  I get lost driving around and there are entire sections of of this town I have no sense of whatsoever.

I have always maintained that the very best way to live in New York is to leave it often.  I’m not sure if I’m saying a short or a long goodbye but I do know that it is always good to get away and that there is always something new discover when you go home.

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DRINKING tons of green juice with cucumber, kale, spinach, celery, lemon and ginger to improve my energy and boost my immune system.

BLASTING Monster Rally & Jay Stone’s new song Cognac. It’s SOO good.

STAYING aware that as much as things might seem normal day to day – a lot has changed and that can be hard.

 

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HANGING with so much family in Cleveland this week; not being close enough to do this all the time is by far the thing I like least about living in NYC.

EXPERIMENTING with washing my face with raw honey.  I had heard it recommended long ago but never got around to trying it.  The verdict is still out.

WAITING for a taste of my mom’s apple crisp.  It’s cooking in the oven and smells so good.  I want some stat!

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F:  Where are you now and what are you doing?

L:  I’m at home in Cleveland sitting at the kitchen table.  Mom and David and I were hanging out for a bit but they both just went to bed.

F:  What are you most excited about in the next month?

L:  I’m most excited to have my days free to structure them however works best for me.

F:  Tell me about your day of travel. What made it so special?

L:  Oh man, what a day!  I flew to Cleveland via Charlotte and struck up a fantastic conversation with my seatmate, quickly realizing we had much in common.  It was super energizing.  Then in Charlotte my flight was delayed so I sat at a bar to have a drink and charge my phone.  Immediately this super eccentric older man on his way to the York Train Show came and sat down next to me.  Had I been in another mood I would have likely tried to avoid a conversation, but I’d just had such a good experience on the earlier flight that I decided to embrace it.  In the course of one beer he told me all about his thirty year career as a biology professor specializing in parasitology, his experience contracting malaria, the worst sunburn he ever had which he got mowing lawns as a young boy, an academic trip to Costa Rica in the ’60s, his current insect collection which includes hundreds of different types of butterflies and moths, and much, much more.  After he left I had a long conversation with this somewhat gregarious guy who was originally from southern Illinois and now lives in Cincinnati.  He was on his way back from a work trip to Las Vegas, and had won at the roulette table the night before.  He bought me a beer and hugged me when he left.  Then I went to the ladies room and the bathroom attendant complimented me on my hat and asked me where I was headed.  We ended up having a really sweet conversation about her upcoming trip to see her mother and her plan to retire to Fort Meyers, Florida next year.  I walked out of the bathroom feeling like my little heart could just burst with all the loveliness of humanity.

After almost five hours in the airport, my flight was finally boarding.  But when I got to the gate, something had gone wrong with my boarding pass and I was bumped off my flight.  I went to the customer service desk and was told that I might not make it out of Charlotte that night.  I was really trying to keep cool after having had such a delightful day.  Then the customer service agent asked me if I was an artist.  I said yes (why not; I took a painting class this summer).  Then I asked him if he was an artist and he also said yes.  I asked him what kind and he said he is a writer, so I asked him what kind of writing he does, and he said inspirational.  I asked him if he puts his writing out anywhere and he tells me to look up mytruedestiny.com.  Turns out he writes all about maximizing your potential and has published a book, “How Do I Reach My True Destiny?: 9 Principles for Authentic Living and Maximizing Your Potential.”  I told him that I’d just left my job of nearly eight years and that the timing was perfect, I will definitely be reading the book.  The whole thing felt surreal!

Roughly twelve hours after leaving NYC, I finally made it to Cleveland, and a day that might have been miserable somehow actually felt pretty magical.

F:  What are your staple items for fall?

L:  I have a black leather portfolio that holds a legal pad with all my life plans, ideas and to-do lists; it goes everywhere with me  these days.  I’m also back to wearing that pair of stretchy, black, high-waisted, acid-washed jeans I bought last year.  They are outrageously comfortable.  Other than that, I have been wearing slight variations on all black outfits almost every day, mostly because I’m not actually sure how I want to look right now.  Give me a week in Cleveland and I’m sure I’ll be adding more color to the mix.

F:  What do you do when you feel sad?

L:  Typically I cry, wallow and isolate.  Being around other people almost always makes me feel better but I find it hard to reach out when I’m upset, even when I know it would be beneficial.  When worse comes to worst, there’s always this 3-step course of action to fall back on.  It’s pretty foolproof.

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“…and that is how I feel about suffering.  When something bad happens, I will not let go of that bad thing until I have discovered the blessing that lies within it.  When my late father died (now I’m in mourning for my late mother), that sense of grief and bereavement suddenly taught me that so many things that I thought were important, external success, all of that, is irrelevant.  You loose a parent, you suddenly realize what a slender thing life is.  How easily you can loose those you love.  And then out of that comes a new simplicity.  And that is why sometimes all the pain and the tears lift you to a much higher and deeper joy, when you say to the bad times, ‘I will not let you go until you bless me.'”

-Jonathan Sacks via On Being with Krista Tippett

 

We hope you all had a nice weekend. Here are this week’s pics:

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Lauren – New York, NY

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Cloudy Saturday, back on my favorite rooftop

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Seasonal sidewalk flower box

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Taking care of business on Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn

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Farrell – Los Angeles, CA

Cooked up some of these guys for the first time in a while.

Cooked up some of these guys for the first time in a while.

Made these cute little pie cupcakes.

Made these cute little pie cupcakes.

Celebrated Caits-giving with all her friends in Downtown LA (Birthday girl on the far right).

Celebrated Caits-giving with all her friends in Downtown LA. (Birthday girl on the far right).

We are super excited to announce the grand opening of our new online store, The Disco Emporium.  Incorporating a shop component to Sister Disco has been a longtime desire of ours and we hope you will like what you see!  As a starting point, the shop will be primarily stocked with hand selected items offered through affiliate programs.  In the coming months, we’ll be expanding to include more unique items from independent retailers.  If you are interested in partnering with us to sell your products through our storefront, drop us a line!

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THE DISCO EMPORIUM

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Monster Rally ~ Return to Paradise – $19

APOTHIA Los Angeles – IF – $40

Cleveland Magnet – $5

Clean Eats by Alejandro Junger, M.D.

White Sage Smudge Stick – $8

Deodorant Cream by Soapwalla – $14

Jade Harmony Yoga Mat – $50-75

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask – $55

Lucas Papaw Ointment – $10

Valley Cruise Press Zines

 

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