Looking Ahead

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Experiment with cooking. Our new home has a beautiful kitchen and possibilities seem endless every time I’m in or around it.
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Travel by bus, car, plane and train. Yes! All four modes of transportation are my reality.
  8. 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.”
  9. Sleep. The beauty of sleep is something I appreciate and when I have those nights of blissful sleep, everything seems to align.
  10. 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 

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When You Move To Austin…

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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. 

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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.

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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.

xoxo

Moni

You Can’t Deposit Excuses

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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 😉

xoxo

Moni