30 Day Yoga Challenge: Days 21-25

Hi everyone! I apologize for the lack of updates – I have not forgotten about the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge! Life and work have just been super crazy for the past few days. Here are the videos I’ve done:

Day 21 -“Yoga on Your Back”

Day 22 – “Hamstring Flexibility Part II”

Day 23 – “Standing Eagle Flow”

Day 24 – “Half Moon Flow”

Day 25 – “Yoga to Restore”

I have no complaints about any of these videos, and I am feeling more flexible every day. Today’s video, “Yoga to Restore,” was slow, but my body definitely needed it. It was very soothing and provided some deep stretches. I also repeated days 13 and 17 for fun. I just wanted a little more from my workout.

On Sunday, I went into Manhattan to visit my friend Brit. We went to MoMA to see A Revolutionary Impulse: The Rise of the Russian Avant-Garde. It was a wonderful exhibit and featured works by El Lissitzky and Kazimir Malevich, two artists I really enjoyed while I was studying art history in college. We also saw Francis Picabia: Our Heads Are Round so Our Thoughts Can Change Direction. It was a retrospective and I found it to be absolutely brilliant. I wish I had taken more pictures.

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For lunch, we went to a Korean BBQ place called Jongro. We had samgyeopsal, tteokbokki, and haemul pajeon. Everything was very authentic and delicious. We also wandered around a bunch of Korean cosmetics stores and went into H-Mart so I could buy some snacks I missed!

How is your week going?

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30 Day Yoga Challenge: Days 19/20

Yesterday, I did day 19 of the DO YOU YOGA 30 Day Challenge. It was called “Energizing Yoga Flow.” It was a little challenging because it moved more quickly than most of the other videos, and I tried really hard to focus on my breath. When I had finished, I definitely felt ready to tackle the rest of my day.

I went to the gym and used the elliptical for 30 minutes. Then, I went out with my mom to run some errands. At the supermarket, I bought a variety of healthy foods: oatmeal, quinoa, veggie burgers, yogurt, Special K bars. I’ve been making a serious effort to eat healthier lately and I’m proud to have stuck with it so far.

In the evening, I actually drove up to Jersey City to see my friend Michcella for her birthday. We went to college together and worked at the radio station there. Our friends Maria and Steve came out to celebrate, too, neither of whom I had seen since they graduated. It was a really nice night. As far as food goes, I had one Miller light, a mozzarella stick, one chicken tender, and a small piece of birthday cake (which was INCREDIBLE).

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Michcella, Steve, Maria, and me!

It was a long drive home, but I made it!

Today, I woke up and did day 20 of the challenge. It was called “Twisting Yoga Flow.” This one was really great for my back. Some of the poses were a little hard to balance in, but overall I found it to be another energizing video.

I have to be at work in a couple of hours, so I’ll be back soon.

How are you spending your day?

To Kate –

If you read my post yesterday, you know what a horrible mood I was in. When I got to work, though, things got a little better. I finally received a package I had been expecting from my friend Kate with explicit instructions not to open until we were able to Skype – and this morning, that’s exactly what we did.

There was a numbered order I was to open everything in: first was a lovely Christmas card, second was a hand-painted sign which says 친구 (friend) on the front and “I don’t know what I’d do without you” on the back, and third was the invitation to Kate’s engagement party which I sadly won’t be able to make. I thought that was so thoughtful, though. Last, however, was a big envelope with something inside: a bridesmaid proposal! I cried and said “yes” before I even finished reading it. I was certainly not expecting such an amazing surprise.

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Now, I want to congratulate Kate and Ryan on their engagement and write about how much my friend Kate means to me.

Kate and I met in 2013 when we were both interns in the curatorial department at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison, NJ. We hit it off right away because of our shared love for history, sarcasm, and disdain for all the other interns working there that semester. We spent our time cataloging old stuff, reading old stuff, and doing weird things with the collection (like braiding locks of hair and rummaging through potentially hazardous apothecary jars).

What I believe really solidified our friendship, however, was when I did a stupid thing (read as moved in with a stupid boy) and she was there to get me the hell out. She came all the way out to the apartment I was at, helped me pack all my shit into both of our cars, and moved everything to my cousin’s house until I could get down to my mom’s. For that, I will always be grateful.

Taking our curator for dinner at Outback Steakhouse (and thinking I left my purse there when it was really in my car the whole time). Dancing the night away in Atlantic City. Murder mystery parties with too much wine and really bad fake accents. Bubble tea and ‘bolis.

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This is friendship.

It sucks that we’re so far away from each other right now, but a message on WhatsApp or a Skype session always cheers me up. Whether it’s sharing happy things or bitching about bad days, I love being able to talk to my friend while I’m all the way in Korea.

Thank you so much for asking me to be your bridesmaid. I absolutely can not wait to be a part of you and Ryan’s special day! I love you and I miss you and I can’t wait to see you when I come home.

Starting to Say Farewell

I leave for Korea in four days. It’s really crept up on me quickly.

Thursday was my last day at my retail job, and it was bittersweet. I’ve met so many wonderful people there the past year, and I’m a big mush so I spent the evening taking pictures and singing and hugging everyone.

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Some of my team at Banana Republic #8164!

On Friday, I got to see one of my friends whom I hadn’t seen since November. We both have busy schedules, so we met up for an early dinner in New Brunswick at this place called Stuff Yer Face. We had custom strombolis, yummy fishbowl drinks, and this banana caramel concoction for dessert. After dinner, we took a walk around and got some bubble tea.

Kate and I with our bubble tea!

Kate and I with our bubble tea!

Last night (Saturday) was my [official] going away party. My friend Brittany came down the shore from the City and we went to the pool, got ice cream, and caught up. She also got me the loveliest Moleskine notebook so I can write about my adventures on paper! Later, we went to Asbury Park at the Asbury Festhalle and Biergarten. It was the most beautiful night, so we found a spot on the roof garden and got some beers. My friend Kait met us shortly after we arrived and she staked out a table. Everyone else was on their way, or trying to find parking, which is absolutely no fun to do in Asbury Park on a Saturday in the summer. My friends Christine, Amanda, Matt, and Ken also met us. After drinks, everyone decided it was only fitting that we go to MOGO Korean Fusion Tacos, right around the corner. I had never been there, but I got a Korean beef burrito and tried three different types of kimchi: cabbage, daikon, and cucumber (I liked the cucumber best).

Amanda and I at the biergarten.

Amanda and I at the biergarten.

Everybody at MOGO!

Everybody at MOGO!

Christine and I at MOGO.

Christine and I at MOGO.

It was SUCH a fun night, and I’m so happy to have seen and celebrated with everyone.

I’m still packing my suitcases, but it’s the final countdown.