Humblebrag: NYT Travel

The NYT released their 52 Places to Go in 2015. I’m pleased to see I’ve been to 8 of them (Philly, Medellin COL, Orlando, Lower Manhattan, Cleveland, Seoul SK, Miami Beach and Rome IT), and close to several others. Not too shabby.

Miami Beach

Here’s to more travel in 2015. Yellowstone National Park, Lake Titicaca BOL, Sri Lanka, Patagonia, and Turkey — you are calling my name!

Sri Lanka

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Humblebrag: NYT Travel

Live Your Best Day

Last week, I had a really great day. I knew it was a good day as it was happening, but now in retrospect, I realized it was better than good, it was probably one of the greatest days I’ve had from start to finish in a long while (or at least that I’m cognizant about.)

It’s the sort of day, that if my life flashed before my eyes, I’d want it to include that day; or that if death’s eternity was spent repeating a single day, I’d want it to be that day.

There was nothing particularly spectacular about the day–I didn’t win the lottery, I didn’t go to the moon. There were just so many small things, good choices and simple pleasures that added up.

My day went like this: I woke up early, saw the sunrise over the ocean, went running, meditated on the beach. By 8:30am, I felt so accomplished and thankful. I went down to the ocean to tan, drink, read and relax. I had a good, honest conversation with B. I listened to music that made me happy. I walked along the beach and waded into the ocean. The guys and I had lunch at the hotel. I was feeling so bright, so happy, I burst out laughing and couldn’t stop–I laughed until I cried, and they laughed along with me. The rest of the afternoon blurred into evening. We shared giant cocktails served out of coconuts at the hotel, played Cards Against Humanity. (Side note: It’s funny how we all know each other in different ways to varying degrees. Batman’s ‘vigorous jazz hands’ should’ve been a winner.) We went out for steak, had more drinks and crashed.

I’d like to have one great day, from start to finish, at least once a week. Is that asking too much? I don’t think so. Not if I work on making better choices. I know what’s right for me, and I can’t be afraid to live by that.

Live Your Best Day

2014: The Highlights

I’m posting this a bit late, but I finished my 2014 annual review, and rather then share everything, I figure I’ll point out some highlights:

  • road trip with M from Ithaca to Portland
  • trekking down the west coast (the drive on PCH) from Portland to Santa Barbara to see D and my brother
  • going home to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, also the time spent in Bed-Stuy & Crown Heights
  • all the time spent with my niece and nephew (camping at Disney, Ithaca, xmas in NC)
  • befriending M
  • my birthday
  • being in peak physical shape for the fall/summer (biking, kickboxing, tennis, running, Nike app)
  • everything I did with KCTL
  • Shakespeare’s Sonnets at BAM
  • going home to Ithaca
  • applying to school, making efforts for a life change
  • completing NYRR’s 9+1 program
  • spending quality time with parents
2014: The Highlights