Presently: September 29

Getting ready for one of my #NYC strolls. Photo credit: nishaksquared.
Ready for one of my #NYC strolls. Love how autumn-friendly all these colors and patterns are! Photo credit: nishaksquared.

Letting Go Of: September…and the funk I’ve been in. This past month has been challenging for various reasons, but I’ve categorically decided to not allow any of it to distract me any longer. No more pity parties, no more indulging in self-doubt (with a hefty side of chocolate). I’m channeling all that negative, unproductive energy towards making the pivots and changes I want to make in my work and life. Just thinking about it makes me pumped!

Scoffing At: All those lists filled with “shoulds” and “musts.” If I don’t feel it or if it doesn’t feel right, no thank you. As Beyonce would say, “To the left.” As in, “Step out of my way, please.”

Making Sense Of: My brand. What I stand for. What matters most. Y’know, the big questions.

Promoting: My business! I work hard to make it an awesome experience and I realize I should share it more openly here too. Check out my website and blog, and sign up for my newsletter. There’s good stuff for anyone who wants to be a better storyteller and writer. (Thanks for tolerating the shameless plug!)

Confused By: A lot of the so-called popular things that I just can’t get into. Like hating Mondays. Like the new Indian Prime Minister, who I’m just a wee bit wary of. Like the Alibaba IPO. Like sensationalist journalism. Like SoulCycle. Like Bradley Cooper. Like Girls and Scandal. What do others see that I don’t?

Laughing At: How formulaic and over-the-top the Housewives franchise has gotten! It sometimes feels so scripted, but even if I tune in for just a few minutes, I can’t help laughing at the ridiculous crap that unfolds. Can you say #firstworldproblems?

Loving: Fall. This is my absolute favorite season. Everything inspires me.

Indulging In: Soy pumpkin spice lattes (hold the whip). Long walks in Central Park. More frequent chatting with my best friends. Tapping into my inner Jane Austen. Leisure reading at every free moment.

In Awe Of: David Mitchell’s “The Bone Clocks.” There’s no living writer who writes like him. His work is so inventive, electric, alive. It lives and breathes in your mind, long after you’ve put one of his books down. And this latest one? Well, it just may be the best book I’ve read in a good long while.

Still Inspired By: Emma Watson’s UN address last week to launch the HeforShe Campaign. I mentioned it in last week’s GG post, but its sincerity and intelligence still blow me away.

Dreaming Of: A romantic, autumnal getaway to the likes of Paris, Amsterdam or Prague. Alas, that’s impossible right now. It’s a beautiful fantasy, but maybe next year!

Eyeing: The larger, crisper screens of the iPhone 6. I made the mistake of checking one out at the Apple Store, just for fun, and haven’t been able to look at my smaller — though no less gorgeous — iPhone 5S screen the same. Sigh. Oh well, I’ll just have to wait until 2015 before making the change!

Counting Down To: Moving into our new apartment later this week! Finding a new home has been one of the longest, most confusing and frustrating processes ever. (Almost as bad as dealing with government bureaucracies. Not exaggerating. Someday I’ll need to write a post about navigating NYC real estate and its army of ineffective brokers.) But I feel an intense relief — and excitement — that we’re likely just days away from moving into our new place, and creating a home and space we love. Cheers to that!

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One thought on “Presently: September 29

  1. Congratulations on your new place! Also, I found myself nodding in agreement to some of the items on your “confused by” section. You’re not alone, I don’t see what all the fuss is about either 😀

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