First amazing part of this trip was that I took the train instead of the bus. I've taken the bus for years but I'm finally at a place in my financial life where I can afford a train ride and it felt like a big coming-of-age moment for me. I napped, met interesting people and watched the landscape move past. The motion of it all filled my head with calm, positive reflections about my last year.
My best friend Justin has worked as a stage manager on Rock of Ages for years and I've never made it to a show. After they announced the show was closing in mid-January, I knew it was now or never. It's a completely fun experience--intimate set-up, great music, lots of talent. Plus I got the full backstage tour and saw my friend shining in his work. I left the theater linked arm in arm with Justin and felt so lucky to have such talented friends.
Speaking of talented friends, I spent all day on Sunday with my old roomie Julia. Julia is such a dear soul. She is working her way into a very cool career in federal finance while starting as a yoga instructor. We started our day splitting an almond croissant in Harlem, wandered with inspiration through the MoMA and then met some of my other great college friends for Indian food in Curry Hill. The best birthday present ever is when someone can take a whole day to relax with you.
Frida Kahlo at the MoMA. I've been feeling the empowerment of cutting my hair and this painting captured it all for me.
Julia and I also braved the crowds to see the big Xmas tree at Rockefeller. I shot the top of the tree because so many people were crowding onto the streets. That's a nice thing about NYC--looking up you can always find the space that is missing around you.
My DC and NYC friends united for a 10am birthday morning yoga class with my teacher Chrissy Carter at YogaWorks in SOHO. Great teaching/great friends/great relaxation = perfect start to my 33rd year. After we ate dim sum and shopped and drank up all the city could offer.
Before heading to our friend Sarita's dance webinar premiere, we needed a reset. The Russian baths are so funny--close quarters with a very masculine vibe. My friend Lili convinced me to go the authentic route and get beaten with soapy water and tree branches. It was an odd experience but I did feel amazing as I emerged back into the evening.
My dear one Sarita Lou is such a wonderful teacher who spreads the love of dance near and far. She's been working so dang hard on her dream of creating a cultural dance show and I'm so inspired by her. Watch her show and share it widely with others who love dance!
I left NYC so early the day after my birthday. It was a magical weekend that showed me the restorative power of inspiring friends, important art and great food. It was the fuel I needed to live it all out with even more courage and beauty during the next 364 days of my life...