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.
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 excited to have Rob teach me an FWB. Rob and I worked at our first corporate america job out of college together in SF. It was quite possibly the worst job ever especially when seated near the water cooler during the month of March when all it did was rain and everyone felt the need to discuss the rain at the water cooler, everyday. But I digress.
Rob has since moved to many places and is now living in Nebraska. I, of course, harassed Rob to teach me something for FWB when he was visiting SF for the weekend. He was hesitant but came out on top highlighting one of his many skills that I definitely did not know he had. He’s really good with a Yo-Yo. As most of you know, my hand eye coordination and fine motor skills are not my strengths so I was excited/hesitant to take on the old school Yo-Yo. I grew up with Yo-Yos but never really mastered it and soon switched over to the ever popular Yo Yo Ball in ’92. As someone on youtube once put it, it’s the yo-yo for kids who suck at real yo-yos. And how I remember the pain of losing control of the Yo-Yo Ball and having it slam into my front teeth……Hey Man It’s a Yo-Yo Ball!
Thanks Rob for playing along. Great reunion and I hope it’s not another 4 years until our next one!
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.
Due to Hurricane Sandy, my friend, Katie was displaced from her home in SoHo and stayed at my house for the week. She was so nice to show me how to make her amazing salted fudge brownies. They are so good! You just can’t have one which has contributed to the Sandy 15. I apologize for the technical difficulties during this FWB. Not sure what’s going on but this is definitely a learning process. Thank you Katie for your patience with my lack of baking skills. You’re the best:)
This week has proven that I am so grateful for everything I have in life. It has also shown that it’s the little things that can make a huge difference in other people’s lives whether it’s providing a warm place to sleep or donating blood which I will be doing on Thursday. Enjoy this Friendships With Benefits and please donate to help Sandy victims recover as quickly as possible. You can donate to the Mayor’s Fund or the Red Cross. Anything helps. Thank you. In the end, we are all friends who can provide some benefits no matter how small.
My friend, Erica Bornstein, teaches me how to do a sun salutation in yoga. Erica and I grew up together in Canton, MA and have been friends since 6th grade. She is a very talented dancer and amazing yoga teacher. She teaches all over Boston and if you’re in the area, do yourself a favor and go to a class! “Like”her on Facebook to see her schedule, get healthy fitness tips and check out her latest playlists. Thanks Bornsmaggs! I’m so proud of you for becoming one of Boston’s best yoga teachers. xo
Lisa, a good friend and coworker, offered to teach me how to make a terrarium. Lisa and I met in winter of 2011 when we both started a new job working with developmentally delayed toddlers. Not only is Lisa an OT, she is also a brilliantly hilarious comedian. She performs regularly in NYC and I try to get to every show I can. Unfortunately, Lisa was not available to teach me on the day we decided, but worry not, her roommate, Linda, offered her time. Watch as I learn how to make a terrarium from Linda who is definitely one of a kind!
My friend, Tracy, came into town for work from SF and was able to stay with me for the weekend. We grew up in the same area of town and have been friends since first grade. It was great learning her margarita recipe and I will definitely use it in the future. This video was made after a really fun night of dinner and drinks and then a full day of enoying Brooklyn, so we were a little tired but we pulled through and made it happen. Thanks again Tray!!!!