It’s been a minute, which is to say it has been a month.
Life got away from me for a bit — between family in town, friends in town, taking a writing class, and overextending myself at work, it’s been hard to motivate myself to take the time to write. One of the hardest things about writing as a hobby and writing for a career is I never escape it. Being a writer is having homework all the time and if I’m exhausted from it in one realm, I avoid it in the other.
I’ve been in New York City for the last week and some days, which has been wonderful and emotional all in one. Wonderful because I haven’t visited in two years, emotional because I’m constantly torn between my love for this city and my knowing that the life I have now is only possible because I moved. (It’s also only possible because I lived in NYC, which again, emotions!)
Following my week in NYC, I hopped on the path train into the 8th circle of hell, Newark. Unleash the Power Within — our biggest Tony Robbins event — is taking place this weekend and last night I walked on a bed of hot coals. On the list of things I never thought I’d willingly do: find myself walking barefoot outside at 2 am in Newark. Before we walked across, we were asked to picture our biggest fear with the coals — most sane people were scared of getting burned. My biggest fear? Getting too scared to do it. I don’t know what it means when your fear is fear, but I’m betting it’s because I’m a masochist.
Recipes I Tried
I know the saying is about life giving you lemons, but there is something to be said about overripe bananas. By that I mean, I made chocolate chip banana bread and it was delicious. I added an extra banana into the above recipe because while it called for three, I had four and no use for a sole overripe banana. I used coconut almond milk and added extra chocolate chips and cinnamon as Zeus himself intended.
Articles I Read
The benefits of anxiety, Quartz
Roxane Gay: Hunger is a state of being, Guernica
Scallion cream cheese: This is a hill I will die on every single day for the rest of my life. I didn’t expect San Diego to have good bagels, but I didn’t think it would be absent of the cream cheese that reigns supreme. I have missed scallion cream cheese as much or more than I have missed a New York bagel.
Bacchus: No, not the God of wine, although he’s pretty great too. Bacchus is a Brooklyn restaurant that has someone ended up being the constant of my time in NYC. I stumbled upon it with a friend on my first visit to NYC, then unexpectedly ended up living in the same neighborhood as it when I moved to Brooklyn. It was where I took everyone who visited and where I had my last meal before I left NYC. Keeping with tradition, I joined two friends for dinner and we happily indulged ourselves in wine, plenty of cheese, and a few
This weekend, I’m at Unleash the Power Within, Tony Robbins signature event. I’m here for work, which is also how I was able to swing a trip to NYC. Even after writing about the event for over a year, I have no idea what to expect. It will be…something.