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.
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!
This is not your typical FWB but I wanted to add this post because this project meant a lot to me. Underground Entertainment: NYC began in October of 2011 when I was inspired to record a man singing in a wolf mask on Halloween. From there, I decided to record all the entertainment I witnessed in the NYC subways for a year. This project helped me appreciate the art and artists instead of becoming annoyed at the dancers blasting music after a really long day. There are so many aspects to NYC and this is one that is easily ignored but so apparent if you travel by train. Enjoy!
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. 🙂
My very musically talented friend, Marco, teaches me the proper techniques of singing. This FWB was mentally really hard for me and filled with anxiety. Marco was awesome and very supportive. It’s funny because I call myself a “professional singer” but my audience usually consists of two year olds and my repertoire includes “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “Open Shut Them.” I think since this lesson the kids have noticed an improvement and are really feeling my new vocal abilities. Thanks Marco for being awesome teacher! You’re so talented and I love your messy but quaffed style:)
Today, my friend Kevin gives me a guitar lesson in his backyard in Bushwick. Kevin and I work together at Livingsocial Adventures and we always have the best time together. He’s a really talented musician so make sure you don’t miss his musical performance at the end of our sick guitar session. (11m30s) As you can see, I’m not the most talented musician and will definitely need more than one lesson. Thanks for the good times and your patience with my playing KM!