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.
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!
This was one of the ultimate impromtu FWB episodes. I brought my mic along to my friend, Patty’s going away party in Dolores Park because I made a plan to make a video with my friend, Kyle. Lo and behold, Polly was in town from NYC and attending Patty’s party (they went to college together). While waiting for Kyle, we were catching up and she started explaining what her lesson would be. I quickly stopped her and got out my IPhone to make it happen. Polly and I met through friends (Patty and co) during my first run in SF and it was so great to see her and have her participate in FWB in one of our favorite places in the city. I love and totally appreciate her enthusiasm for FWB which was so encouraging and awesome to hear. She’s definitely a natural in front of the camera;) Thanks Polly for being so fun and proving that SF is such a special place that we’ll always have no matter where we live in the world.
As you can see this is not an FWB lesson. FWB is on hiatus due to moving, the flu and preparing to for a month of travel. Instead please watch this video montage I made as part of the application process to attend “The Bold Academy.” It was really fun to make and it really proved how powerful the year of 2012 was for me. Unfortunately, I am not able to attend The Bold Academy due to finances but I think my coming adventures will help me get to where I am supposed to be.
As most of you know, I’ve recently moved out of NYC. On December 6th, I’m leaving to spend 35 days in Southeast Asia. I’ll be traveling to Thailand, Bali and Laos. I will be traveling by myself and meeting up with friends along the way. I’m super excited for this experience because this was one of my goals in 2012- Figure out how to take a long trip by myself to an awesome part of the world. On January 10th, I land in SF to reunite with my favorite city and my new home. So here goes nothing. I’m excited to bring Friendships With Benefits abroad and can’t wait to meet my new friends who will soon be my teachers. Stay tuned. 🙂