February 2013

Postcard from the Marcy stop

The little joys of an open-air subway stop: watching the sun rise as you wait for your morning train, seeing the sun stream through colored glass, contemplate as the birds fly instead of the rats scramble. I lived in Williamsburg in Brooklyn for four months last year (I’ve since moved to the Lower East Side […]

February 28, 2013 Continue reading…

500: Things I want to accomplish in life

When I was home in California for the holidays, I had a grand time rummaging through old photo albums and high school yearbooks for #throwbackthursday Instagram gold. Nestled among my high school senior will and a shoebox of middle school snapshots taken on a disposable camera, I discovered a list of what I wanted to […]

February 26, 2013 Continue reading…

Turn off your phone, tune back into life

One of my goals for 2013 was to take better care of my body—the yoga and meditation retreat in the Berkshires was a wonderful start! To help eliminate my chronic back issues, I’ve started seeing an acupuncturist and herbalist. She strongly recommended a greens-based multivitamin, a more varied diet, and that I quit drinking coffee (or at […]

February 22, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from Central Park

Whenever I feel a bit overwhelmed by the city’s unstoppable pace and sheer number of people, places and things–like millions of other New Yorkers–I head to Central Park. It’s an 1.317-square-mile oasis of relaxation and recreation: grassy fields, running paths, lakes filled with rowboats and ducks. I’ve visited Central Park in summer, fall and winter: […]

February 21, 2013 Continue reading…

What do I need to move to a new city?

One of the most common conversations I seem to have with friends, friends of friends, blog readers is what it takes to move to a new city. I’m certainly no expert, but I have moved to three brand-new cities in the past four years without going broke or being too lonely. I’ve managed to find […]

February 19, 2013 Continue reading…

Get Quiet: a yoga and meditation retreat in the snow

36 hours. 15 new friends. Six vegetarian meals. Four yoga classes. Three meditation sessions. One day of silence. No iPhone or computer. However, it’s impossible to quantify the pure amount of calm and relaxation after a weekend retreat in the Berkshires with Aly, my former college roommate and one of my best friends. Led by Julianna, […]

February 15, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from the Berkshires in the snow

I’m a child of California: while I’ve certainly seen snow before, the prospect of a blizzard is still enough to make me giddy. However, snow in New York City is more of a black slushy nightmare: public transportation hold-ups, slippery sidewalks, biting cold to endure. So I was ecstatic to spend Snowstorm Nemo out of […]

February 14, 2013 Continue reading…