One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my stories, my photos, the ups and downs of travel. But sometimes, I also just want to remember and share the little things that brought me day-to-day joy. Every Friday, I’ll give you a peek into the book I currently can’t put down, a great restaurant discovery, a fun new product or an inspiring quote: a few things that I think you might enjoy before we all take off into the glory that is the weekend!

West Village doors, New York City

One of the things that can be really tough for me is not following through with what I say I’m going to do. As a blogger, I make a lot of my private life public. I often write about my plans and wishes and dreams in the hopes that writing things down and committing to them will help manifest them. Last week, I wrote about my upcoming weekend plans in Baltimore: I was genuinely stoked to explore a new city. Then I spent approximately 18 out of 36 hours in a car (heading to the Finger Lakes), and I had a bunch of crazy stuff come up in work and life, and I was just genuinely exhausted–and the last thing I wanted to do was spend another Friday night in traffic. Whenever I go somewhere new, I’m generally super excited about it because I know that it will rejuvenate me. This time, I had a feeling the act of travel itself was going to exhaust me more than the time in Baltimore would refresh me. And so, I canceled my plans. I’m sure I’ll get to Baltimore someday (hopefully soon!), but this weekend, I’ll be laying low in New York City.

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Postcard from the Finger Lakes region

One of the things I’ve noticed about living in New York City is that you can use the term “upstate” for basically any place outside of the city, whether it’s in the country or on a lake or in the mountains or tucked along a river. New York is a surprisingly massive state, so the […]

November 20, 2014 Continue reading…

Fun holiday cards: giveaway!

I don’t come from a “holiday card” family: whether it’s because I’m an only child or because my mom isn’t a huge fan of yearly brag letters, I never grew up taking yearly Christmas photos or sending them out. Instead, I send about a million postcards and thank-you notes and just-because letters throughout the year. […]

November 18, 2014 Continue reading…

Notes on sonder

The other day, a friend posted a definition of sonder on his Facebook page: “n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with […]

November 17, 2014 Continue reading…

Of the moment // 11.14.14

One of the reasons why I blog is simply to have the space to write: getting things “on paper” helps me to process my feelings and organize my thoughts. I also love having a record of my life over the past few years: a place that holds all of my stories, my photos, the ups […]

November 14, 2014 Continue reading…

An Upper West Side day of adventure

One of my favorite things about New York City is that it’s so easy to keep the spirit of travel alive, even in my fixed life: new neighborhoods to explore, new restaurants to try, new shows to see. Even though it’s easy to fall into a Brooklyn rut–especially when the weather gets chilly–I crossed the […]

November 13, 2014 Continue reading…

Fall vegetarian ziti: recipe!

Even though New York City is the land of Seamless delivery and unlimited restaurant options, I still prefer to cook the majority of my meals at home. It’s partly to save money and partly to be healthier, but I think it’s mostly because I grew up in a house where eating out was reserved for […]

November 11, 2014 Continue reading…