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A Happy Fourth

I hope everyone had a great holiday! What a gorgeous day it was! Billy and I headed over to my parents’ boat for our annual Fourth of July festivities, except this year it was just the two of us because my family was off having their own adventures. We spent the whole day (and night) on the boat by ourselves and had a great time.

Jolly Mon
Fourth of July
Sailboat Flags

Let’s see, what did we do? Oh, that’s right: absolutely nothing. It was exactly the decompression I needed after teaching the June Intensive. The only way I can think to describe what it’s like to lead an Intensive teacher training is to compare it to being “on” in an all-day meeting with your best client for a month straight. I absolutely love what I do, but to operate at that level demands a lot of discipline on my part to make sure I’m taking care of myself. An introvert at heart, I source my energy from being alone; I start to fray around the edges if I don’t prioritize quiet time with myself and the ones I love.

summer linen dress

Neither Billy nor I actually know how to sail, so we just sat on the boat and looked good. I found this amazing linen dress and decided that I had to wear it to the boat on the Fourth of July because, why not? I think it’s important to wear what you want to wear when you want to wear it. It’s the same philosophy I apply to the “good” china or anything that gets stored in some closet only to be used on special occasions. Life is a special occasion. If you want to live the good life, you better start using your good things everyday. Call me crazy, but that dress made a quiet day full of nothing feel important—because it was.

Rose Wine
Liberty Landing Marina
View from Liberty Landing Marina

We watched the sunset reflected on the Manhattan skyline; the buildings were as pink as the bottle of rosé we I drank to mark the occasion (Billy tried a few sips but decided to stick with his beloved bottles of Coca-Cola).

Lower Manhattan Skyline

It was such a great day for so many reasons. Most of all, it was an opportunity to celebrate the art of being. I can’t remember the last time I just sat and watched the world go by, observing life with relaxed eyes and allowing it all to soak in. It will definitely go down in the books as one of my favorite Fourth of July holidays.

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