The Summer has given me a lot of gifts, though.
I got to:
- Live in Lulu Lemon for months straight. High heels are seriously for the birds.
- Take daily 15-mile walks around the city. What a bizarre city we call home.
- Have long dinners at Minetta Tavern, Lafayette and Blue Ribbon Sushi with people whom I adore.
- Learn a lot about myself and my struggles with allowing myself to lean on people or be vulnerable.
- Read the NYT with bagel sandwiches and lemonade for hours in Washington Square Park.
- See a mind-blowing magic show at the Waldorf Astoria.
- Spend an entire day hunting down ingredients in Chinatown for Peking Duck
- Hike one of the tallest mountains in Aspen.
- Sit in Madison Square park, eating Shake Shack for the first time with a saxophonist playing on a nearby park bench.
- See a brilliant Broadway show, If/Then. with tickets we’d purchase only hours before.
- Plant tomatoes in my grandmother’s garden and actually eat them in a meal this week.
- Receive more visits from my West Coast- based family in two months than in the previous 2.5 years combined.
- Explore wonderful exhibits at MOMA and the NY Public Library (I highly recommend the Children’s Book exhibit)
- Read 21 books (including Atlas Shrugged, one from my bucket list, which has a certain to do-ness about it).
- Go to Vail for the 4th of July and then get to go again for Labor Day. It feels like the only place I can truly exhale right now.
Most importantly is the unconditional love my sister, who I know checks this blog regularly, now, has given me during the most difficult time of my life that says it all. There are seven billion smiles in this world, and yours is my favorite. #bloodisblood
1. Be kind. I think kindness is important and goes a long way. You will sometimes have to make tough decisions but never lose kindness and remember to smile with your eyes.
2. Things come of things. So, if you do things, things happen. If you drop a pebble in a puddle of water you get ripples. If you throw energy at things, you get energy back.
3. As you leave the office at night, fire yourself mentally and come back the next day as your successor.
4. If in doubt, wash your hair. It always makes you feel better.
5. If you get a creative block, remember that if you have a mind that spits out creative ideas, it will again. Just relax and it will come.
6. Feed your brain. It is amazing how those ideas bank and come to fruition at some point much later.
7. Drink wine. It helps.
8. Often fear is the same emotion as excitement. Being scared is usually a good thing. It means you are breaking new ground. Fortune favors the brave.
9. Oscar Wilde’s quote “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.” has become my brand mantra. Although I think the word “brand” should be replaced by the word “behavior.”
10. “If you are happy your kids will be happy.” This is the only piece of advice I have received from my mother-in-law - and one that I think is valid and therefore a responsibility.
Kyle: I’m not saying he’s dumb. I’m just saying that if we had to put our smartest minds on a problem, he could go get a milkshake or whatever.”