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.
Choice is more than picking ‘x’ over ‘y.’ It is a responsibility to separate the meaningful and the uplifting from the trivial and the disheartening. It is the only tool we have that enables us to go from who we are today to who we want to be tomorrow. -Sheena Iyengar
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about choice; about how it is both a responsibility and an opportunity. Also about how it follows us from moment to moment.
It is so easy to loose track of a desire to stay present and committed to the types of choices you want to make for yourself in daily life. It’s easy to tell yourself that certain conditions have minimized or eliminated the choices available to you.
But, if you consider choice to be an expression of your values, and you remind yourself of that every time you can, there is an ever-present option to recalibrate, decide what it is that you want and choose accordingly.
NEARING the end of the May Lindstrom Problem Solver that Farrell got me for my birthday and thinking I’m going to have to splurge and re-up when it’s gone.
FINISHING up a 30-day yoga challenge strong, after some lapsed days in the middle.
FALLING down the Pinterest images rabbit hole and trying to climb my way out.
SEEING all my doctors and practitioners and feeling all kinds of weird as a result.
TAKING a couple baths here and there now that water is plentiful!
FEELING a roller coasted of emotions.
There’s a good chance you’ve already seen this video as Farrell and I have sent it to almost everyone we know but if you haven’t, you’re in for a real treat. Somehow Farrell managed to capture my ridiculous performance in a bat relay race we did during our friends’ wedding weekend last week. Oh wow! Hope you get as many laughs out of this as we have. Enjoy!
1.) 18 Places You Didn’t Know Were in Los Angeles (via Buzzfeed) I have pledged to go to every one of this destinations! -Farrell
2.) A Holiday in Tanzania (via Miss Moss) I was lucky enough to go on safari in Kenya with my mom and our brother David several years ago; it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. These incredible photographs of the Serengeti & Ngorongoro take me back to that time albeit with slightly different geography. -Lauren
3.) Tips to Keep You as Young as You Feel (via Mind Body Green) I don’t like the title of the article but the tips are worth reading. -Farrell
4.) 10 Things ‘L.A. Frock Stars’ Star Doris Raymond Taught Us About Life (via Hollywood Reporter) I really loved both series of this show on the Smithsonian Channel and Raymond comes across as the best type of business person; she’s super intelligent, committed and kind. -Lauren
5.) Singing Show Tunes Helps Fight Dementia (via Daily News) You heard it here first. I now expect no judgements when I am old and gray and singing “Don’t Cry For Me Argentina.” -Farrell
6.) 13 Ways to Enjoy Being Home for the Summer (via hercampus.com) It’s looking like I’m going to be in Cleveland for the next six weeks or so; I had to laugh when I saw and clicked on this article written for college students. -Lauren
For the first time in my life I was able to see the Northern Lights from our backyard in Ohio. It was truly amazing. Of course, the pictures don’t do it justice but it felt like a special surprise that we were able to see it. We have lived here almost my whole life and I have never known Cleveland to be a location where seeing the Northern Lights was a possibility. The view was like a rainbow sunset that was happening really late at night.
There are lot of subtle magical things about being home in the summertime but this one takes the cake.
SOAKING up the lake, thunderstorms, train sounds and highs and lows of being home.
TRYING to quit drinking coffee and why, oh why is it SO hard.
SPENDING less time on the computer and more time outside.
DRINKING a green juice that my sweet sister lovingly brought me from the grocery store.
STARTING to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance & hoping it hooks me in quickly.
LOOKING forward to some quality Lake Erie time over the next couple of weeks.
1) Writing Your Own Biography Might Be Critical to Your Success (via Business Insider) Seems like a worthwhile exercise; even if only to think about. -Lauren
2) Jimmy Kimmel Shows Cleveland Cavaliers fans (via Jimmy Kimmel) This video is really funny but part of me feels bad for even sharing it. -Farrell
3) July 1970: Harlem, full of life (via Mashable) Fantastic photo series taken by photographer Jack Garofalo 45 years ago in Harlem. -Lauren
4) Toxic Shock (via Vice) One of my co-workers shared this aritlce this week and it is really horrifying and I felt like I should share the message. -Farrell
5) Martin Wehmer (via Miss Moss) The texture of the portraits is incredible. I can’t believe how well it translates to the screen. -Lauren
6) 5 Yoga Poses to Help Alleviate Anxiety (via Mind Body Green) Feeling anxious during the work week? These are some awesome and quick poses to help you throughout the day. -Farrell
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.
1.) The Hipster is Dead (via Mashable) This article is funny but true. It really stops to make you think, “Am I one of these people?” –Farrell
2.) Email Organization (via DesignLoveFest) “Stop using your inbox as a to-do list.” Guilty, as charged. -Lauren
3.) Resolving to Create a New You (via The New York Times) This article is like listening to a rant/speech from a best friend that you walk away from and feel like you really want to do the things you committed to do. –Farrell
4.) The Hipster is Dead (via Mashable) This one ended up on both of our lists this week. Like sister, like sister?! -Lauren
5.) Why Indigenous Cultures Don’t Have Back Pain (via NPR) This quick radio story about back pain is really interesting and I found it helpful for my own posture. –Farrell
6.) ‘Game Of Thrones’ Fans Shocked After Some Little Goblin Or Something Killed Off In Last Night’s Episode (via The Onion) I’ve only ever watched one episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ but this title still cracked me up. -Lauren