Becoming a city girl

Becoming a city girl

The Art of taking the train daily

1. Walk fast in the station.
2. Always have your card ready.
3. Hear the train coming from afar and position yourself.
4. Walk and quickly sit or quickly spot the best standing area.
5. Don’t put your hands too high it will hurt if you are not due until several stops.
6. Look ahead of you over the head of people sitting or by the side of the head of people standing.
7. Listen to music if you can or read on your phone (Kindle app for iPhones).
8. Don’t offer your seat to a kid that clearly has the energy and strength to stand.
9. Offer your seat to obviously older folks who can appreciate sitting while riding the train.
10. If a man gets up to offer you his seat take it but know that he deserves that seat as much as you do no matter the gender difference.
11. Always hold your purse on your lap even if there is an empty seat next to you.
12. When you notice a cute/adorable/sexy/handsome person looking at you smile just a tad and hope it is not because you have something on your face.
13. When you get in overcrowded trains try not to think too much about the scent of everyone and how uncomfortable it is to be squeezed together with strangers.
14. Enjoy the ride.

Ps: I wrote this while I was living in Jersey and taking the World Trade Center Train to work in Hoboken.

Recapitulation for dinner/The year of learning

Recapitulation for dinner/The year of learning

  1. Loving myself and treating myself like my favorite person was the best thing this year.
  2. Practicing the art of gratitude has opened my eyes to my own light and the light of others around me.
  3. Realizing that the world that does not owe me a thing has saved me from so much disappointment this year.
  4. Taking a chance on love and loving was a blissful experience and a learning process.
  5. Stop holding other people to my own standards has brought a fresh perspective on friendship.
  6. Accepting my flaws and working on being my best self has been amazing.
  7. Keeping a weekly blog of the eleven months I spent in Jersey is such a proud and precious accomplishment.
  8. Learning to eat healthy and improving my health is a continuous learning process and I am glad I started.
  9. Letting go of sadness, grief, and other heavy things that I was carrying around made me a much happier and more genuine person.
  10. Cheers to all the strangers who became friends and who in this process taught me a little more about the world and myself.