I’m not sure what’s going on with Mother Nature but yesterday’s wind by the bay was incredible. As I tackled my daily walk I couldn’t help but sorta dance in it! 💃🏽 Read More
This season of life has been full speed ahead with very little breaks but to breathe, bathe and bask in the sheer fact that I’m alive.
Also, despite the bustle of getting adjusted to Austin, Texas I’ve managed to do a few things. Here they are in no particular order:
- Find the most incredible housemates via Craigslist. Not kidding! Maybe it was pure luck or what I like to believe, angels watching over us, waiting to bring our persons into each other’s space so simpatico.
- Experiment with cooking. Our new home has a beautiful kitchen and possibilities seem endless every time I’m in or around it.
- Continue to work within Marketing and Social Media as a consultant for a company who’s avatar seems to dominate social spaces globally. Any ideas on which one?
- Dabble in dating and meeting the most interesting people since my first days in NYC. This point deserves a book’s worth of content but let’s just say I’m enjoying the journey to love.
- Read, read, read and read. If I’m not reading for school then I’ve found my niche via Anchor Book’s top novel list, getting lost in romance novels all over again and anything by Kevin Kwan for a little laugh.
- Take photos and be in photos. Again, something I’ve shied away from as I was always behind the camera, either producing, booking models or talent, pitching press or writing. I’m not sure why I left this artistic expression behind over the years but it’s back in full force.
- Travel by bus, car, plane and train. Yes! All four modes of transportation are my reality.
- Start my second to last round of MBA courses, embrace a new journey with Parsons – The New School as a Fashion student and looking to take on a teaching position by next fall. You might be thinking why all the schooling, Moni? I don’t have any other answer than it feels good to be learning—what friends seem to say is “You’re doing you.”
- Sleep. The beauty of sleep is something I appreciate and when I have those nights of blissful sleep, everything seems to align.
- Listen to music. I’ve become a Spotify junkie and soul music seems to be my jam. Who knew?
With the above in my pocket it’s time to look ahead and maybe plan a few new adventures. The first that comes to mind is driving on a major highway at 65 miles per hour! In truth I haven’t done this is at least 4 years. The next might be throwing on a potters wheel—another hobby I used find pleasure but haven’t experienced in a hot minute. Last might be scuba diving which would require a jaunt somewhere beachy…
So, what are you looking ahead at?
All photography by Becca Violette
As I type this post I’m sitting in Thunderbird Cafe & Tap Room and it feels as if I might as well be sitting somewhere off in Brooklyn, NY. The vibe here is very “Ft. Greene” in both looks and energy. Everyone seems to be in their late 20s to mid 30s, slightly polished and not as hipster as peeps off Cesar Chavez.
There’s a phrase here that’s been mentioned to me on a number of occasions since moving here: “Keep Austin Weird.”
While I don’t think Thunderbird cafe is at all weird, I do think it shares some ownership in making East Austin gentrified. Whether this is good or bad is up to locals to decide and I’ve just moved here 5 days ago so no comment.
Back to the point of this post…when you move to Austin you should:
1. Salsa Aerobics!
When in Austin, Texas, Salsa! And, get an even greater body workout by taking a salsa aerobics class at Esquina Tango. Our Instructor was Stephanie K. was incredible! Just watching her made me sweat and by the end of our class, which was filled with moves I never thought my body could make, I felt alive 🙂 Sure, my coordination was way off and when we were directed to move right, I moved left. But even during these moments of absolute awkwardness I never once felts out of place. I just bounced back to rhythm or literally bounced in place till I felt I could rejoin our groove. Everyone was super encouraging and said “come back baby!” That alone sealed the deal that I’m moving forward in leaving my “Seinfeld Elaine” days behind. You know that scene when she dances. Yeah, that was me up until yesterday.
2. Ride the Bus
The Austin bus system, Capital Metro, is no NYC MTA but it works! At $2.50 per ride it’s just as expensive as other major U.S transit systems but absolutely worth it because ATX traffic is out of control. Picture L.A on the 10 but way worse. With 150+ people moving here daily, traffic hysteria is out of control making it that much harder to zip around—or find parking. Bypass all that nonsense with a $41 monthly CM card. You’d be surprised at to how far and fast you can travel. Up to today, I’ve personally used Capital Metrol at least 3 times per day and make the most of it by reading while I commute. PS. Be smart and bring wipes when you travel. Enough said.
3. Ride Your Bike
I’d forgotten that Austin is Lance Armstrong country and that it’s actually bicycle friendly. There are many trails in Zilker Park that I plan to explore but for now, I’ve been bopping around UT to get a feel of the hills. That’s right folks, Austin has hidden hills that will make you dismount from your bicycle and walk. I have no shame in doing this and because I’m all about preserving what I got
Above is a picture from Flat Trak Coffee + Bicycle Shop. I highly recommend!
PS. I plan to keep this topic rolling as I experience Austin and have a bit more local living under my belt.
It never fails. I’ll take a photo in color and quickly filter it to black and white. I’m not sure why I have this compulsion but it’s there like an itch. Everything seems authentic and a little more mysterious in black and white. If I ever get married or have children expect to see this blog filled with no color! Just kidding. I’m not giving up snapping blue skies or candy apples🍎 Just being a bit nostalgic and definitely vibing Yoko Ono.
Photo of Yoko: https://www.biography.com/news/yoko-ono-moma-exhibit
All other photos by me.
I received a friendly reminder from a friend that it’s been a month since my last post. #OUCH
Yes, it’s true. I completely let fiesta go by the wayside as I took a trip to NYC (yipee!) and indulged in being offline. Not that I don’t want to keep consistent or have fiesta be unsuccessful, it’s just…I needed a break. At first I made excuses as to why I wasn’t posting: not enough time, no wheaties, no engery, family emergencies, blah, blah, blah. But these excuses weren’t 100% truthful. When I sat down this morning and asked myself “Why, Moni?” it was simple: I didn’t’ want to. This sheer fact made me a bit sad but relieved. I’d finally owned up to myself and it felt goooood!
Take yourself by the hand and roll with it.
Giving myself the room to be real is long overdue. I’m happily one year older and wiser with a spirit that aims to live my life unapologetically. This blog, this tiny space on the internet, lives and breathes upon my will and if I’m not ready or willing to write, it’s ok.
Give yourself room to chill.
I do have some exciting news in lieu of my absence: I’ve decided to move to Austin, Texas. I’m thinking that this step forward will be nothing less than thrilling…hello live music city! Returning to my home (20 years ago) is sort of daunting. Everyone I know there is quite settled and I will be the complete opposite. So, here’s to leaning on opposites attract 😉
I felt massive Monday blues night while watching the NBA playoffs last fnals. All the feels of “Why do I have to do this thing called a ‘work week’ again…” started to creep in and give me anxiety. But then I breathed, and reminded myself that Mondays are no different than Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays.
Why not take an optimistic perspective of kicking off the week on a high note!
Here are a few wordsmith inspos to get your mind grooving into a brand new week full of opportunity and I hope, coffee ☕️
Enjoy. xo Moni
#SeeSomethingSaySomething was conicodnetally something I leaves back in grade school and couldn’t be more relevant than today.
Our world is depending upon us to treat thy neighbor as you would thyself and with respect. We don’t have to agree with each other. We’d Int have to believe in the same God or Ala. We don’t have to exchange a single word with a stranger. But we should value human life and breathe. And we should not believe that we are, as humans, justified in taking someone else’s life at our pleasing.
It’s sick to think that people are out there with this (violence and death) as their main life’s objective. I’m not sure where this mentally stems from or if history is simply trying to replay itself to teach us a lesson on listening. I mention listening because I feel that’s something I have to work on and keep working on until this current social climate changes. I urge you to do the same and encourage others to act peacefully.
It’s our time to step up in justice and because enough is enough.
Trying a few new things out with this post and look:
1. I’m publishing from my iPhone 📱 What?! That’s right. I’m finally figuring out how to work my mobile and most likely opening Pandora’s box in the process. Watch out!
2. Being a 70s child 👶🏼 means that Cher to Olivia Newton John were my fashion idols—and still are along with Whitney Houston and Selena (the Tejano legend not Gen Y star). So when I found this cutout jumper at TJMaxx for $19.99, I didn’t think twice about buying it.
3. For many years I worked in the fashion industry but behind the camera. I was everything from a stylist assistant, tailor, PR Manager, Producer and fit model. Now I’m finally ready to be a bit more forward facing and in the process, I’m learning so much about myself. All good things which is more than I could ask for.
4. Let’s not forget about the accessories in this look: Michael Kors fanny pack, Coach sunnnies and Ralph Lauren wedges. FYI: My charm bracelet is from James Avery 💕 and I’m pretty sure some of the charms are 20 years old. Yikes…
PS. I’m in search of an App to “layout” my blog posts before I post. Wondering if anyone out there is using something on their phones.
I’m mentally preparing to travel to NYC + Brooklyn for 14 days and honestly, I can’t contain myself. I keep wondering what I’ll do or where I’ll go because I’m not pre-planning a single event. Crazy? I’m dreaming of wandering and window shopping—maybe meeting someone new and just soaking up NYC. Read More