It was a long cold winter, but we finally made it! Spring is here, and New York City is in full bloom. A few months ago I was feeling blue due to Seasonal Affective Disorder. But I've been spending a lot of time outdoors lately, and it's amazing how invigorating this beautiful weather can be. The gray days of winter have been replaced with exploding blossoms of color, and the city takes your breath away at every corner. Like the trees, we all die a little each winter to be born anew in spring. This is the perfect season to let go of bad habits, and make room for good ones to bloom. Keep reading for 3 ways I'm starting fresh this spring:Read More
I've been hearing a lot about coconut oil lately, and it seems like the whole world is going coco-crazy. This creamy and delicious all-natural substance is way more than just a cooking oil. It can also be used as a make-up remover, face wash, toothpaste, and moisturizer. I decided to give it a shot, and let me tell you my mind is blown! I purchased my first tub of coconut oil last fall when I signed up for the Awaken Your Health cleanse. I've used it a little bit for cooking, but I recently discovered that this versatile paste can be used for lots of other things too - including cleaning and skincare. I picked up a few tips from friends and bloggers that have totally changed my daily habits. Keep reading for 3 easy ways to incorporate coconut oil into your life:Read More
Ooof! Last week was a doozy in New York City. We got pummeled with snow and slush and more snow. If you've been feeling blue, and think you might be going crazy - you're not alone. Seasonal Affective Disorder aka S.A.D. is totally a thing, and it affects millions of people - especially young women - each year. The reduced levels of sunlight during winter months can affect your circadian rhythm, serotonin, and melatonin levels - causing you to feel irritable, hopeless and depressed. But hang in there friends - spring is right around the corner! Keep reading to learn how SAD affects me:Read More
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone! I've been having a wonderful time celebrating the season with friends and family in New York City and Minnesota this year. Check out some highlights from my holiday adventures.Read More
I can't believe this November marks my 11th year living in the Financial District of Manhattan! I've been here so long, I sometimes forget how crazy city life can be. I was born in New Jersey, and grew up in Minnesota - spending most of my life in spacious suburban homes. Now I share a 2-bedroom apartment with a roommate, and I have about 8 million neighbors. It's funny how people live in cities - stacked on top of each other in little boxes piled high into the sky. While New York is a complex city with challenging problems, it's still one of the most incredible places on earth, and I'm grateful to call it home.
The new transportation hub at Fulton Center opened recently, and it's just one of many new futuristic development projects that are changing the landscape of lower Manhattan. With the the 76-story Gehry skyscraper at 8 Spruce St, the PATH Pedestrian Tunnel, and the recently opened One World Trade Center, the "new" New York is starting to look like something out of The Jetsons. It's both exhilarating and terrifying. Personally, I find the gleaming new architecture to be out-of-this-world, and awe-inspiring. It feels like the future is unfolding, and I'm lucky to have a front row seat.
In contrast to New York's new space-age developments, this is the suburban house in New Jersey where I was born. I loved growing up in the suburbs, but I'm not sure where I see my own family in the future. While I dream of having a big yard and ample space for messy projects, I can't imagine life outside of a big city. I love the density, diversity, and excitement of urban life. I love the energy of 8 million people packed into 300 square miles.
As the world population increases, I see more and more people moving into urban areas. And like it or not, if we are going to fit more people on this planet, we'll have to get accustomed to living with less space. But that doesn't have to be a bad thing. We all need to let go of some of the "stuff" that clutters our minds and homes.
One major drawback of high-rise living is the lack of greenery when you look outside. I can see why many people find the matrix of glass and steel to be cold and soulless. From my 7-story window, the seasons look more or less the same - like bricks and concrete covered in soot. But I like to imagine that the cities of our future will get greener, with integral parks and gardens built all around the sides of buildings. Check out the jaw-dropping renderings below, designed by WOHA architects, for the Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition. Even though these are just imagined views, they make me optimistic and excited about all the possibilities. While I can't say for sure what the future will look like, I'm pretty sure it will be nothing like the past.
I hope you all had a wonderful Labor Day Weekend and got to spend some time outdoors enjoying this beautiful weather. I've been savoring every minute of summer, and got to visit some pretty amazing places these past few months. Check out the rest of the post to see a few of my favorite places to see and explore here in New York, and also in my hometown of St. Paul, Minnesota.Read More