Sometimes you need to step away from your life (and blog) to gain proper perspective. In response to a long, cold winter, retrenchment at the non-profit that was my main source of income, and a complete lack of travel outside NYC, I needed a break. Bad.
So I grabbed a dirt cheap flight (one of the few perks of a recession) and headed to Northern California, my favorite place to regenerate and rejuvenate when the going gets tough. Specifically I headed to Orr Hot Springs, a hippy retreat in the Mendocino hills. At Orr you sit in hot tubs, soak up the sun, breathe the fragrant air, walk awestruck through redwood groves, read, rest, reflect, cook your own food and rediscover the self that life sometimes keeps you from seeing. My days at Orr were bliss. I then spent 6 days in San Francisco, surrounded by more old friends than you can shake a stick at. I could not possibly have been happier. Now, I'm back in NYC and ready to face the recession head-on. Deep breath. Head high. Mind clear. Forward.