Albert and I had the most glorious time in Montana with some of our very best friends. It is such a vast and breathtaking place and it really casts a spell on you. I loved it. It helps that we had amazing hosts as well.
1) Empathy Is Actually a Choice (via NYTimes) I was drawn to read this article but think I need to give it a second read to really absorb the different things it is saying. Makes me think about how it relates to my post on choice last week. -Lauren
2) Time Management Makes Our Busy Lives Worse (via Quartz) Shoot! I thought that I was great at time management and that it was making my life BETTER. –Farrell
3) Why Living Out of a Suitcase for 2 Years Has Been the Best Thing for My Family—and Finances (via LearnVest) I loved reading this. It’s so easy to convince yourself you don’t have the money to do the things you want to in life; it’s so interesting & inspiring to me to read the details of how people make their unconventional lives work. -Lauren
4) Some News to Share (via Babyccino Kids Blog) While we’re on the topic of unconventional living, I’m really excited to follow the journey that this family is taking around the world. I’ve followed Courtney, the mom, on Instagram for some time. She takes beautiful pictures and I know there will be amazing visuals through which to live vicariously!
5) You Can’t Afford Poor Communication Skills (via LinkedIn) This article is great not only for the workplace but for interpersonal relationships too. –Farrell
6) 11 Affordable Under-the-Radar Travel Destinations (via Dailyworthy) Our very own Cleveland, Ohio made the list! –Farrell
For Albert’s birthday this weekend I surprised him and took in to good ole Pioneertown, California. Pioneertown was built in the 1940’s as a Western movie set by the big wigs in Hollywood. Their intention was to having a set in which you could live on while shooting. We stayed in the Pioneertown Motel which was a quaint ranch turned hotel with the option to board your own horse. Every day around 2:30pm on Main Street they do an old fashion shoot out and the town comes alive with actors from the Wild West. There is a famous bar called Pappy and Harriets where a lot of well known musicians stop on their way to Los Angeles to play. We spent the night dancing to the sounds of The Freightshakers. The whole weekend was a total riot and I recommend it to anyone who goes to the Joshua Tree area.
I just got back from spending almost a month working from the East Coast. Although I am exhausted, dehydrated and bloated I am also extremely grateful for all of the wonderful people in my life. This past month has been filled with deep conversations, weddings, storms, light breezes, walking, biking, laughing, crying, adjustments, boating and rest. Living on the West Coast has been so great for me. After being back in NYC, it really helped me realized how important the move to LA was for me. My life in LA has given me the opportunity to grow in a way I otherwise would not have be able to. It provided me with space and calm that I needed to slow down.
It has taken me a long time to realize how important it is to return to places you once called home so that it can serve as a mirror. You get to look back and think, “I feel different here now and that feels good.” I think a lot of these realizations are part of growing up and out of old patterns. Although I have said it before and I will say it again, there really is no place like home.
Love is Telepathic
I haven’t been back to the city since I moved to Los Angeles. It has been about 2 and a half years. How is it possible it has been that long? I have no clue. But I gotta say, It feels good to be back! When we left the city I was done. I was feeling anxious all the time and strapped for cash at every turn. I hit a wall and couldn’t take another day here. So when I arrived I was expecting chaos. I was gearing up for fast walking and rude people. That is not the New York I came back to. Maybe it is just that I am in a calmer place or that the city really is much quieter. It is great here. It is not TOO crowded or crazy. It is just a bunch of people living their lives in the same place. It is really fun to be back here and I really missed it.
When I was in New Orleans the weekend before last we got out of the city one day and headed down to the Bayou for a swamp tour. The whole experience far exceeded my expectations. Our guide began spending time in the swamp when he was eight years old and was a true alligator hunter/preservationist. He played with the alligators like they were dogs, luring them over with food (marshmallows!) and kissing them on the head. He even surprised us toward the end of the tour by pulling a baby alligator out of a cooler that was on the boat and letting everyone have a chance at holding it. If you’re ever in the area, I’d highly recommend seeing it for yourself!