August 2013

Date night: Statue of Liberty sunset sail

There are plenty of “touristy” things in New York City that are popular with the locals: Friday nights on the rooftop at The Met, brunch in a sunny cafe in West Village, strolling the streets and shops of SoHo. But visiting the Statue of Liberty? In most cases, that’s reserved for out-of-towners: it’s not exactly […]

August 30, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from Chelsea Piers Golf Club

I grew up with the Golf Channel on in the background. My parents are both avid golfers (my dad just won the super senior Championship at their country club–just two years after winning the general club championship, and less than six months after major shoulder surgery!). Although I have vague memories of a set of miniature […]

August 29, 2013 Continue reading…

My happiness project

After listening to Gretchen Rubin speak at World Domination Summit, I immediately checked her best-seller The Happiness Project out of the library. When searching for what makes you happy, Rubin instructs you to ask yourself what you did for fun when you were 10 years old: I loved reading and riding my bike. No surprise […]

August 27, 2013 Continue reading…

Choosing or surrendering to life?

As of today, I don’t have any travel planned beyond a long weekend in Sacramento in September. No plane tickets booked, no hotels reserved. No beaches to look forward to, no itineraries to plan, no suitcases to pack. It’s a disconcerting feeling: for the first time in three years, I don’t truly feel like a […]

August 23, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from downtown Portland

For most of my stay in Portland, I never had to leave downtown: the World Domination Summit was held at the beautiful Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, I crashed with a few other girls at super-chic the Nines Hotel and I subsided on fresh finds from the Farmers Market and the diverse food cart options. Portland’s […]

August 22, 2013 Continue reading…

Date night: magic show!

When I was in middle school, I took part in a program at the local university that offered a variety of “college-type” courses for advanced students. Although I remember struggling through algebra, most of the classes I took were fun: photography (which included making a pinhole camera and developing in a darkroom), drawing (you wouldn’t […]

August 19, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from Reykjavik

The first thing that struck me about Reykjavik was just how little it felt like a national capital. Within hours of being there, we easily knew the layout of the city: the main pedestrian thoroughfare marked by neon bicycles, the large pond dotted with seagulls, the sturdy houses accented with colorful shutters.  Granted, Reykjavik’s population […]

August 15, 2013 Continue reading…