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1. What Should We Call Me  This site has never failed me over the years. I rarely go on it these days but when I do, I always laugh out loud. -Farrell

2. 7 Things Healthy People Do Every Morning (via Food Matters)  Sounds hard and lovely not to check your phone for the first hour you’re awake but drinking a glass of water upon waking is totally doable. -Lauren

3. The Springs  This new wellness center in Downtown LA looks wonderful. -Farrell

4. 5 Steps for Tackling Anxiety (via Cupcakes and Cashmere)  Some friends and I have been feeling some anxiety the past couple weeks and this post was a great reminder. -Farrell

5. Lakewood native Mary Peffer returns to Cleveland’s Gordon Square with NAVY PRoject pop-up shop (via Cleveland.com)  Finally had a chance to check out this pop-up shop being run by a childhood friend of mine; I LOVE what she is doing!  -Lauren

6. 13 Under the Radar Apps Designers Use Like Mad (via Of a Kind)  Not a bad list to keep on hand.  -Lauren

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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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We lost our dear friend Bethany to stage IV lung cancer this past Friday; we are both so heartbroken.  Like all of Bethany’s friends and family, we keep returning to the memory of her luminosity and amazing laugh. These photos are from when we first met each other on a trip to India with our mom’s in 2003.

We are so thankful for having had the chance to know and love Bethany.  We will always cherish our time with her.

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FORGING a new path.  Yesterday was my last day at the job I’ve had for close to eight years.  I’m taking some time off over the next few months and am excited about things to come!

SNAGGING a pre-release vinyl copy of the new Monster Rally collaboration with Jay Stone.  Listen to the album’s first track here & don’t overlook peeping that cover art!

GETTING by with a little help from my friends (and family). #strengthinnumbers

 

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BLASTING the Amelie Soundtrack. It is the first thing I listen to when I am trying to get work done. It has been my go-to for years. Listen here.

LIFTING weights every Monday, Wednesday and Friday and killing it. Hit me up if you want to know my workout routine which was created by my trainer, Albert Cook.

PONDERING the universe, space and time and all that is in-between.

 

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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

 

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