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REALIZING that when I get to Cleveland tomorrow, it will be the fifth city I’ve been in in the past seven days.  What a whirlwind of time and experiences?!

ABSORBING all the ideas that where shared at a class on Personal Branding that I attended last night.

THINKING back on a couple of really powerful long conversations I had with people I’d just met this past weekend.


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TRYING to stay calm, grounded and fed during the work days.

INVESTING in my friends and family’s health around the holiday season and it’s fun!

FLYING to Boulder tonight to spend some time with said friends and family.

IMG_5369At the beginning of last week my dad called me and asked me if I’d like to go with him to a reception he was invited to at the White House with President Obama.  I can barely believe I just typed that sentence – and obviously the answer was yes!  The reception was thrown in appreciation of ongoing support of President Obama and lasted three hours.  Pretty immediately after arriving we got into line for a photo with the President in the Blue Room.  Once our turn came, I shook the President’s hand and he asked me how I was doing.  I’m not entirely sure what I said in response but I clearly remember thinking to myself, The President of the United States just asked you a question and you should be speaking now.  I really tried to resist the urge to have my phone out taking pictures the whole time so these photos aren’t the best but I thought I’d post them anyhow.  Of those I saw, the recognizable spaces within the White House were all smaller than I imagined they would be. Portraits and paintings, mostly of past presidents, line the walls everywhere you look.  A number of military officers from all the different branches have social posts in the White House and were stationed in every room.  It was such an exciting evening and I can barely wrap my head around the fact that I just went to the White House and met the President.  Sharing the experience with my dad only made the evening all the more special.  I’ll never forget it.


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Act I.  After you straighten your hair and put on your travel suit & glasses, swing aside the domed top and ease into your vessel with a casual grace.


Act II.  Once secure within the ship, send out your message of love.


Act III.  In due time, and blue-green light, don your disco best and watch how you sparkle and shine.

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We hope your weekend was chock full of loveliness!  Here is a little look into how we spent our time:


Lauren – Bridgehampton, NY


Grey skies can’t stop this autumnal glory.


Had an incredibly fortuitous visit to the Dia Art Foundation’s Dan Flavin Art Institute and left with instruction to spend the next six months viewing art, being in the present and manifesting through gratitude. Sold!


Post-yoga, Sunday night blogging.


Farrell – Los Angeles, CA

Started off the weekend celebrating one of my best friend's 30th birthdays!

Started off the weekend celebrating one of my best friend’s 30th birthdays!


Spent time with friends and family around a fire, dirinking wine and watching Zombie Blood Chaos.

Spent time with friends and family around a fire, drinking wine and watching “Zombie Blood Chaos.”


Getting ready for some killer shimp with the Cook gang.

Getting ready for some killer shrimp with the Cook gang.


A Comfortable Corner (The Blue Kimono), William Merritt Chase, oil on canvas ca. 1888

F:  How was your birthday?  What did you do?

L:  My birthday was so nice!  I woke up in Bridgehampton, NY to so many texts and Facebook wishes.  After a lazy morning, I went to the the Parrish Art Museum and then out for this all American lunch, which seemed like a great idea until I arrived in a super intense yoga class and spent the next 45mins to an hour really regretful for either having eaten all of that or showing up to yoga afterwards, not entirely sure which.  After yoga my friend Maggie cooked me such a delicious dinner of fresh scallops and sauteed microgreens straight from a local farm, with a chocolate chia seed pudding for dessert.  Can’t really ask for a more pleasant way to spend a day!

F:  Do you have any goals going into this next year of life?

L:  My sense is that this year is going to be about simplifying my life and applying myself to completely new projects and ventures.  I’m looking forward to slowing down, enhancing my quality of life, removing negativity/toxicity, staying open to connect with the people I encounter and nurturing the relationships I am fortunate enough to have.

F:  What was the last thing you ate?

L:  See above about that amazing scallop dinner!

F:  Have you been meditating?

L:  I was doing the Oprah/Deepak 21-day meditation but then fell behind for a few days.  I picked it back up this morning though, which was nice, but it bothers me that I am off-sequence and there’s nothing I can do about it. Just when I think I’m all chilled out…

F:  How do you feel about the holiday season?

L:  It’s too soon!  Seeing Christmas decorations and inventory in stores already literally grosses me out.  I like Thanksgiving and Christmas when they’re actually happening but the anticipation of them never feels very good to me.  The association with the weather getting colder doesn’t help either.  Wouldn’t life be different if our holiday season was in the summertime?!


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REMEMBERING things that Suz said to me and her favorite things about the holidays.

READING Albert’s new screenplay and loving it!

WATCHING Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey on Netflix and realizing just how little we know.


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EASING into the day after an early morning flight from Cleveland back to NYC.

CHERISHING the outpouring of love, friendship and memories shared at a beautiful memorial service over the weekend for our friend Bethany Cocco.

HYDRATING after a couple of rounds of cocktails last night at the newly opened Spotted Owl, in Tremont, with one of my oldest friends.  The bar was once a bible factory!

I had a conversation last week with a woman who studies feng shui.  We were waiting together at a bus stop and struck up a conversation that started as small talk, then moved on to all sorts of deeper topics.  While we were talking about her study of feng shui, she said something that has really stuck with me.  She said that there needs to be some element of imperfection in a space, otherwise a ‘perfect’ energy will just continue to flow without disruption, thereby becoming boring or stagnant. That was the jist of it anyway, and it makes so much sense to me.  The most compelling art and music always has at least one element that breaks the rules, and the most interesting people and relationships are never completely perfect.  We wouldn’t want them to be.  It isn’t a matter of attaining perfection but rather of creating harmony.

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