Saturday, January 28, 2012

On the way to Paraguay!

I am on a plane on the way to the lovely landlocked nation of Paraguay, home of Campamento Tape Jerovia.  Last year was the first program here, the first program in South America, and the first program for children with cancer.  It was incredible.

I am so excited to be returning to work with the amazing people that make this program a magical and life changing experience for the children we serve.

It also doesn't hurt that I'm leaving the bitter cold of Connecticut for the middle of the southern hemisphere's summer.

Next post will be from Tobati, Paraguay!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Scratch that.

I'm giving in and checking that stupid thing.
Too many other fun things to do tonight other than struggle with getting it all in there!
Everyone send good vibes that my bag will make it through all of the layovers!!!

Packing for a month in a carry on bag

That's what I'm doing today.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The world really does need more love letters

“How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway... And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!” 
― Anne Frank

Last night I met a lovely lady named Hannah, who, while having a hard time adjusting to living in New York City, decided to start writing love letters to people that she saw sitting on the train everyday, and then leaving them for them to find.  She wrote 400 like this.  And then it turned into a movement.  Now there is a team writing love letters to people who need them all over the world, and they've been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Oprah's blog, and so on.

Check it out here, and see if you want to get involved.

More Love Letters

I find her story inspiring and energizing.  Its such a simple concept - something she loves doing anyway, and it is now impacting people all over the country and world.  It makes me wonder what simple thing could be hiding in our hearts that if we just acted upon it, could being changing the world for the better...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

NYC on a Tuesday morning

Walking around this city still makes my heart beat hard.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Dancing the Blues

I've always loved social dancing, and have danced swing and salsa on and off for all of my high school and adult life.  Since I moved to New Haven, however, I haven't found much of a dancing community.

Until recently.

Last weekend, I took a swing and blues dancing 'bootcamp' at Yale, to get back into it.  It was for beginners, but since I only really know how to follow swing dancing, I was curious to learn how to lead (so that I can help teach if the need ever arises), and I was curious as to what blues dancing is.

I fell in love with it.

Here's more or less what it looks like:

I'm hoping that in 2012, dancing will be making a big comeback in my life. :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

san fran

in january, i took advantage of my frequent flier miles and flew out to san francisco to work with some of my favorite people on a video project.  it was a lovely weekend with lovely people in a lovely city, working on exciting things.  i came back spinning about possibilities and new cities and good people - feeling very lucky to be surrounded by possibility.  nos vemos pronto, san francisco!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

First Sunrise of 2012

Sky lanterns over a frozen lake

I have always wanted to go to the lantern festivals in South East Asia
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But then I decided to see if I could bring the lantern festival to us - to my friends here - for New Years Eve.
So I did some research, and found out that you could by the sky lanterns here.
When my friends and I decided to celebrate the new year near a frozen lake in Vermont, I decided to bring along a bunch of sky lanterns.

(the daytime view of the lake)
Before midnight, we all wrote our hopes and dreams for 2012 on them.

And then walked to the lake, and released them into the sky.
Toasting the first moments of 2012!