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Hartwood

When I think of the Fourth of July, a few things come to mind: Family & friends Grilling Budweiser Fireworks Leading up to the holiday our group of friends planned to meet in Hartwood. Outside of the aforementioned elements to the perfect Fourth, Hartwood slates itself as a special place. Combining all of this together only added to the excitement as the weekend approached. Hartwood is in New York state and a five hour drive from Maryland. We hit the road before sun rise, chasing the sun north on the highway  as the lush hills and small towns passed us by. There is no cell service once you turn onto the road leading up to Hartwood, automatically making you leave all of your work e-mails and other stress behind. The days were spent hiking the surrounding forest, and lounging in the sun on the shores of the central lake. The evenings filled with good drinks, food, friends and worldly conversations. The community celebrates the Fourth by coming together for a BBQ and a patriotic desert contest before a spectacular private fireworks show. …

Antonio

When I was growing up, my dad always said, “the most important thing someone owns is their name.” He never failed to remind my brother and me of this anytime we interacted with someone wearing a name tag. Using the name of someone whom you are familiar with is easy, but I found it very awkward to use a stranger’s name at places like restaurants or hotels. Slowly but surely, I started making a point of saying “thank you (name)” whenever I spoke with someone wearing a name-tag to build out this habit. Once I started to actively and confidently practice what my dad taught me I noticed the difference it made in my interactions with total strangers. Most significantly, I noticed the smiles on their faces and glimmer in their eyes, as if their hearts were reaching out to say “thank you for noticing me.” This feeling intensified whenever I took the time to ask someone for the correct pronunciation, or ask for their name if they were not wearing a tag. I started …

First Day of Spring

Yesterday was the first day of spring, and small flurries have been teasing the North East following the first blooming of cherry blossoms last week. This winter season has had its highs and lows, in metric terms that is, jumping all over the temperature scale. One weekend would require a full parka and snow boots, followed by one allowing for light jackets and dainty heels. The season this year was defined by one large storm that hit the Northeast on January 22, taking the bronze medal as the third-largest single snowstorm measured since the city’s record-keeping began in 1869. During the years I lived in the city I learned that if you are going to be snowed in, there is no better place to be than NYC. It’s a spectacle to see the roads closed down and people walking about freely, hopping from bar to bar and enjoying long meals with friends, with nowhere to go and not a care in the world. On January 22, my day was spent with friends cooking several meals, …

Day by Day

In my New Year’s post I wrote about how I do not look at the New Year as a time to make life changes all starting on January 1 – but prefer to set smaller goals throughout the year and take it day by day.  To me, the New Year signifies a moment to reflect on last years struggles and accomplishments, but also as a reminder to checkin with myself – like one big alarm clock going off at midnight. This last year I focused on setting a series of small goals to help make sure I set a solid foundation for checking in with myself to make sure I am able to get through the ups and downs of any week, month or year. I can’t deny that 2015 was defined by trial and error of multiple methods, but I can confidentially say that I came out on the other side having built habits that work for me. With so many people working towards their New Years resolutions, I wanted to share some of my …

Late Night Flight

Last night I flew with the moon It was full and bright, surrounded by whispy clouds who danced around its cool warmth  We took off chasing it, straight up into the night sky Shortly after admiring its strength we banked right and lost sight of the moon, who offered the dark sky in its place As we rolled back to the left the ground began to illuminate  And the moon came into sight, shining down with all its glory The plane flew west, as the city lights tickled the bottom of our plane and carried us along Rivers wound their way through the outskirts of the city Eventually widening their mouths to become large expanses of water It shone down reflecting on beautifully calm waters, it’s light hugging the plane from all directions The moon never left our side, guiding our flight to its destination Lighting the way 

Running Diaries

Runners from all around the world are gearing up to hit the pavement this weekend for the NYC Half Marathon. A good friend of mine has been training for the past few months, and I’ve been trying to keep up by joining her on some runs on the days it’s at least been above 20 degrees (although it never feels like this). Getting ready to map out my cheering stations, I keep reflecting on my experience training for this same race last year. Many of you joined my journey, as I sent e-mails with updates and photos from my running adventures and accomplishments leading up to the day of the race. Reflecting back I didn’t realize what an impact this race had on me at the time, but it truly got me through some of the hardest months I’ve personally faced. I had committed to running the race with Team for Kids, a fundraising organization, in which you had 72 hours after signing up to cancel your entry or be fully committed to paying your goal amount whether you …