While sitting on a beach in Mexico during a long vacation, I’ve been plagued with restless thoughts rushing through my head. My internal dialogue goes like this: “I’m sitting on a beach, what could be bad…but ‘should I be more relaxed?’ ‘Am I having the best vacation possible?’ ‘Should I be reading my book or should I be at the tiki bar meeting strangers?’ ‘Is this truly the height of relaxation?”” My attention deficit running mental laps and my desire for relaxation pulsing, I check instagram: I see Pictures of legs looking like hot dogs (and hot dogs looking like legs :-/ ) and Saturday’s only being for the boys…what’s going on?!? I am letting the power of social media sweep me up into the frenzy. The questions in my head continue…how can I just Relax and feel fulfilled by it?Read More
Sometimes I'll write about work, other times I'll write about you. Trust that I won't ever write about my time spent on the couch (reserved only for football Sundays).
I’m a culprit like my millennial brethren and spend way too much time with my head down, interacting with my personal screen. My dad used to yell at people on the street, “look up” OR “smile, it won’t kill you;” both elicited strange facial responses…Read More
After a fantastic morning of exploring the South Bronx that included lunch with a real estate developer at the newest pizza joint, La Grata, and a history lesson from a native Bronx art designer, Jerome Lamaar, I had a chance to see the beauty of a neighborhood (and borough) that has been shunned by a distorted and ugly past and reputation. I took the 4 train back from the Grand Concourse and 18 minutes later I arrived at Union Square in Manhattan with one thought permeating my consciousness — the Bronx is secretly beautiful.Read More
From the moment we popped the bottle of champagne at the Smith for New Years, I knew 2016 was going to be the most profound year of my life. I’d worked on my transcendental thought processes for the later half of 2015 and spent 6 months diving head first into the mindfulness practice of meditation. I had set ambitious goals for myself in 2016 with the overarching message to be The Best Version of Myself.Read More
Every major US city is rifling and crying out over one common concern — Affordable Housing! From the “gated communities” of Palo Alto to the deregulating unit epidemic of New York City, the breaking point is palpable (former planning commission Kate Vershov Downing, penned this letter of resignation back in August). Every city recognizes the issue and has put forth varying sized efforts to solve the problem but the problems persist and there does not seem to be an end in sight. While there are programs like 421A in NYC (although that’s a clustered mess in to itself) that incentivize developers to build affordable in exchange for tax abatements, the supply can’t keep up with the demand and they can’t be built fast enough.Read More