Friday, February 5, 2016

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

'It's possible for one man to get out through the wire, even get away, but there are in fact a considerable number of people besides yourself in this camp who are trying to escape.'
-The Great Escape

Not that I am alluding to the fact that life is a prison sentence by any means, I quite enjoy mine to be frank, life that is.  I have gone through the waves of my own personal 'lost' state. Recently I have been meeting and engaging with people with the same conundrum. I use that term lightly because I don't necessarily believe it is a state of 'concern' or 'alarm' that requires fixing of any sort. I have come to terms with the fact that it might just be what my life in particular is about. 
I have let go of quite a many things in the recent years of my life and I would love to chalk it up to experience, time, healing, pain and loss. In addition to attributing this 'growth', if you will, to discovering new adventures and genuine people to partake in such journeys with. I feel that is what makes up the road map to a 'successful' life. Acknowledging what and how you feel in the moment. Taking circumstances and occurrences and deciding, actively, how to react to them and how you feel about them. 
I had a brief moment of zen one morning in which I found myself in an uncomfortable Uber ride at 7AM on a Monday on my way to work which escalated in the driver picking a fight of the nature of 'femenism' with the Hollywood cops just to end up missing my train and waiting 15 more minutes until the next one (which makes a difference when you factor in a Starbucks run into your morning routine). As I walked down onto the now abandoned platform, since everyone else seemed to be able to catch my train, I had a choice to make- Will I let this dictate my morning? And if so, how? 
What I decided- I threw on Simon & Garfunkle in lieu of Perfect Circle (my go to when I am feeling miffed) and embraced the fact that I was graced with enough time on a lonely metro platform to read an extra 10 pages of my current book 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' (which I highly recommend to all)
Making a decision to be present in every moment, even the ones you would rather escape from, that is living. Choosing your reaction and owning the decisions you make, that is zen.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Essentials for the Wayward Jetsetter

Recently, after being called a 'wayward one', I travel more often then I even realized. I am on the road for work, pleasure and most of the time, out of anxiety of remaining still for more than three days. I have the luxury of living in a state in which a mere two hour road trip can transport you into a seemingly different universe and landscape. For instance, one weekend I was traversing the mountains of Sonoma in Northern California and the next weekend I was roaming the streets of Manhattan only to be followed by a train ride through Philly to Washington, D.C. and ending in the hills of rural Virginia.
I also have realized that I might be considered an expert packer to most. Throughout my traveling experience over the years, I can pack in seconds flat, not to mention, pack wisely. I scale down to the necessities without skimping. Yes, I am that girl you see walking through the airport with a satisfied demeanor who isn't inundated with wonky luggage or attempting to squeeze 20 bags into one just to board the plane according to bag regulations.

A few of the things that are absolute must have's when traveling- 
-My Samsung Galaxy Tab S2- It is so lightweight and skinny that I actually lost it in my purse because it was stuck inside the pages of one of my books. I use it to write while I am in between destinations and most recently, to watch shows on the airline wifi when no one else had the luxury of a TV (airlines seem to think we no longer need to be entertained)
-My customized Rebecca Minkoff x Normal earbuds in rose gold- When ordering, they actually have you load a picture of your ears so they can customize them to fit you! I prefer earbuds so that I can fall asleep without bulky headphones getting in my way when I accidentally end up leaning on my seatmate.
-Books- I always buy paperback books as they are easier to pack than hardbacks. My latest Barnes & Noble purchase- 'Franny & Zoey' by Salinger and Hemingway's 'Men Without Women'. I usually travel with a minimum of three books at a time.

If you are shopping for a 'wayward wanderer' for the holidays, New Year, birthdays, anniversaries...regardless of the occasion, these are a few of my must have's (and all within a reasonable price range) that will definitely go to good use.

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