This FWB could not be more useful. This is the skill of all skills that everyone references as the skill to know yet a large portion of us don’t know how to do it. And now, I have Stuart to thank for making me and all the viewers of FWB no longer feel inferior about this lack of knowledge. I now know exactly what to do with a flat tire but let’s be honest, I’ll probably still call AAA for assistance.
Stuart and I met in July 2014 at Northern Nights. If you couldn’t tell, Stuart is originally from Scotland (Shetland Islands) and moved back home shortly after we met but not before falling in love with Ashley. He just moved back to San Francisco to make a long distance relationship no longer long distance. He’s such a talented mechanic and fixer of all things and I feel so lucky to have learned from the best. Stuart is the nicest guy you’ll meet and is never without an interesting story.
Thank you so much Stuart for helping me feel like a more capable human and making one of my bests so happy!
I impulsively decided to go to Burning Man this year. I had all of these reasons of why I wasn’t going: Money, Work, Timing, Money and then I surprised myself by saying yes to a ticket offered the Friday before it started.
I met Claudia and Daniel naked in a steam bath with 20 other people and we began talking about AcroYoga. I was so excited when they offered to teach me for FWB. It’s always a goal for me to do lessons but actually getting them done is always a challenge and I feel so grateful and excited when it actually happens. As for the steam bath, it was my everything. I hurt my back the day before I left and the constant bending over to get in and out of the tent and move things around as well as biking all day put my back into serious spasms. You can see from my attempt to do “The Bird” pose that my back was in dire straits and “The Falling Leaf” felt amazing for releasing pressure. The steam bath helped so much not only for my back pain but also to become more comfortable with my body and “baring it all.” And I guess that’s what Burning Man is about for me. Feeling a little more connected…to myself, to others, to our world.
Make sure you stay tuned until the end to watch a montage of my experience this year. It was great to reflect on my first year at Burning Man to this year (two years later) and how far I’ve come. This year for me was a lot about letting go, loving myself more, realizing that I’m guided and to trust more. All things I continue to struggle with but felt a little more connected to out there at That Thing In The Desert.
I loved everything about this FWB: the topic, the location, the teacher and it’s timing. Olga and I met at a silent disco party a year ago at Gauntlet Gallery. We became friends on FB and would run into each other around the city. She is also the number one person who is always the mutual friend on Tinder;). We reconnected after her travels a year later at the same silent disco party where she agreed to do an FWB.
Talk about a “concrete signs” day. This day proved to me that I’m on the right path, things are falling into place and I have honored myself to be true to my musts. My musts include traveling (booked a trip to the Galapagos for Christmas), working for something that I believe in (children, emotional intelligence, innovation, self development, entrepreneurship), sharing my art and creativity (FWB), work/life balance, being part of support networks, yoga/self care, and continuing to develop and nurture my big dreams. Of course, self-doubt, sadness, distraction, fear and confusion all tend to creep in at any moment but I’m so appreciative to have had this day and such a concrete reminder that yes, it’s happening. And remember, for whatever you’re going through right now…as Nicolle says, “It has to work out. There is no other option.”
Happy Summer Everyone! This was one of the impromptu FWB’s which I always love so dearly. I ran into my friend and neighbor, Charles, at the pool on my birthday when we decided to whip out the IPhone and get the lesson of The Clam on the interwebs. I’m so glad that I have the whole summer to perfect my skill.
Charles and I met at the pool in March when he was nice enough to let Ashley and I use his bathroom. Meeting Charles like so many other new SF friends is always a refreshing reminder of how many awesome, smart, fun and interesting people are here and how many more potential FWB lessons are to come!
Watch and learn how to make the most delicious of treats from my friend, Jessie! I was so excited when she wanted to teach me how to make Puppy Chow but I must warn you. This is a very dangerous skill because there is definitely a tipping point when the Puppy Chow takes over and you lose complete control.
Jessie and I met a couple of years when we both worked for Livingsocial. I was living in NYC and she was in DC at the time. I didn’t really get to know her until I moved back to SF and I’m so happy that I did. Jessie is so great. She keeps it real and hilarious. She has a zest for life that is like no other.
Thank you so much, Jessie, for being an amazing teacher and cooking show host. Also, a big thank you to Michael Seiler for being an amazing videographer and co-director. It was truly a team effort.
I was so happy when my friend from home, Erica, better known as Sperberg in my world (or Sperm, Spermy, Sperminator) decided to make a trip to SF to visit the Canton girls. We’ve been talking about her FWB for a while and I was so pumped when we made it happen while hanging out at Dolores Park. Erica is a very talented dancer, choreographer, and teacher. She is the director of The Dance Academy in Newton and they are so lucky to have her. She’s the best. Hang out with her for five minutes and you’ll soon realize that. You can always count on her giggling, smiling and having fun. We’ve been friends for so long and I appreciate our friendship so much!
This FWB really had its benefits. I am not only a huge fan of Amie but I am now a huge fan of the clothing swap. I came home with two bags of clothes without spending a dime, cleared out my closet of clothes that I’ve had for way too long and got to hang out with some of my favorite people as well as meet new ones. Amie did such a great job of creating a very fun and casual atmosphere (champagne included). This world needs more clothing swaps! Thank you Amie for being such a genuine gem. You are the best!
I loved everything about this FWB. The topic, the way it came together and, of course, the people involved. C-Love is so talented and you need to follow her on Facebook and Instagram to see her amazing art and also to find the best parties in SF.
Chelsea and I met Cassandra in September at Mighty where she FaDazzled our face for the first time. We continued to see Cassandra around town and on FB FaDazzling the beautiful people of San Francisco. On New Years Day, we ran into each other at Breakfast of Champions, where C-Love once again FaDazzled our faces and discussed that an FWB needed to happen.
I love this FWB so much because C-Love’s talent brought our friendship together and I love supporting her because she is following her purpose on her own path and making it happen one amazing FaDazzle and party at a time.
My friend, Kate, shows me how to hug like you mean it. I was really excited when Kate came up with this lesson because I definitely noticed her amazing hugging skills the second time I met her. Kate informed me during my lesson that this is pretty standard; she always gives a hug the second time she meets someone. I think that’s pretty impressive and I’m sure helps create a great relationship. I have definitely been trying to hug like I mean it more which means a tighter, longer embrace filled with confidence and good vibes. So far, I’d call it a success!
I met Kate through Alicia when we both moved to SF around the same time almost two years ago. It’s been awesome getting to know her and I’m so appreciative of all the new friendships I have developed during my second stint in SF. I really hope everyone who watches/reads this tries to put more effort into their hugs. Let me know how it goes for you in the Comments Section!
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, my friend Matt organized a party aboard a San Francisco Cable Car titled “Cinco de Muni.” It was such a fun night filled with good people, good tunes, good drinks and good times. I love touring the city this way and reminds me just how awesome SF is and how lucky I am to live here. Thanks Matt for organizing such an amazing party!