Monthly Archives: March 2014

Saturday, you’re looking mighty fine

What a lovely, but rainy day in Boston!
We started our day with a great workout for me, and some sleeping in for my brother (13+ hours, I’m impressed!) and then headed to brunch at Allston Diner. I swear I ate the most amazing tofu scramble of my life there! It was life-changing and I’ve been raving about it all day to my brother so I have to talk about it here.

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Vegan breakfast with tofu scramble (mushrooms, spinach and sundried tomatoes), side salad with herb vinaigrette and toasted English muffin. SO GOOD.

Then we headed over the Harvard Square to walk around, get some delicious tea and…….. Get tattoos!
It was pretty spur-of-the-moment, but we both saw the tattoo parlor shop and knew we wanted to get something special for ourselves and to commemorate this time we were spending together here. I am so pleased with how mine turned out, and I think my bro is happy with his too. 🙂

Then we headed out to dinner and a recital with some of my friends. And in the falling rain we headed home with a little pit stop for more Indian food for the bodybuilder in residence. 😉 Having my brother here to hang out with me has been a really great experience and I am so happy he was willing and able to come out to stay with me.

Here’s to another fun day tomorrow!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Siblings reunite!

Happy Friday!

This morning started early, but for a great reason! My brother flew in from California to visit me for the weekend and I couldn’t be happier. 🙂

So far, we’ve hit the gym (obviously a must when we are together), eaten at Root and later had delicious Indian takeout for dinner, stopped by BU so I could get a coaching in, and visited around the Prudential Center. I would’ve liked to do more outside but this weather isn’t being very cooperative, and the forecast is announcing rain all weekend… Not to mention he hasn’t slept since Wednesday night because he took the red-eye out of Cali! But I’m just happy he’s here to hang out with me and let me take him around to all my favorite Boston spots.

The rest of our weekend involves plans to go to the wharf, dinner and a recital with some of my friends, birthday drinks, and any other shenanigans we get up to. 😉

Have a great weekend!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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It just keeps getting better

Happy hump day!

My Wednesday started much earlier than I’m used to, since I usually don’t have class until 3pm. However, it was up at 6 getting all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed to teach a French lesson at 7am! Despite the early wake-up, I am really grateful to have had that class because it made me feel way more prepared to teach my group class this evening.

I keep hearing that it will get easier the more I actually teach, and I feel like I am starting to feel a little more comfortable already. Teaching in itself forces me to be off-balance and to think quickly on my feet which might be just exactly what I need to keep pushing me out of my comfort zone. I tend to want to be completely in control and to know exactly what will happen in class, but the truth is all I can do is prepare and feel as comfortable as possible with the material beforehand, and just go with the flow in the moment! Maybe a lesson to try applying to real life….? Lol.

I got to ease into my class this evening with a nice coffee break and ride to work with a boy, so maybe that plays into it too… Guess I gotta make that a weekly habit!

I hope you’re staying warm and out of this horrible gust of cold we just got hit with in Boston!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Believe and you will be

Hey all!

I hope your week is off to a great start! I got a ton of things done today, including checking off a presentation from my to-do list, some lunch with a nice guy :), a super zen psych appointment and my first Skype French lesson!

I’ve been psyching myself out a lot lately, or maybe I’ve just realized it and it’s been going on for a while. I have always taken my own self-confidence for granted because as a performer, I love being on stage and putting on a show, but that’s not really what everyday life is like. Every day is not a show and it would be SO exhausting if it was!

So this self-confidence I thought I had in the bag… Turns out, not so much. I’m not saying I can’t function, but when things go wrong or I start to worry about how the future will turn out, my first move is to doubt myself. Instead of looking at a task head-on and just accepting that most likely mistakes will be made and not everything will be rainbows and butterflies, I immediately turn inward against myself with thoughts that I should quit while I still can, or that I won’t succeed, or that someone will be better than me. And that’s just to name a few possibilities.

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As I’m writing this all down, I’m thinking “What the heck?!” Why am I working so hard against myself sometimes, instead of doing what will make me ultimately feel more successful regardless of the outcome, which is to just believe in myself?? I feel like I’m fighting the stupidest battle because I’m actually creating more obstacles for myself!

No more. Now that I see what I’ve been doing, I’m not letting that get in my way anymore. Not in an obnoxious, self-centered way, but I have so much to offer as a performer, friend, daughter, person, so why would I hold myself back. The answer is I won’t.

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Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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True Bistro (love)

The cloudy weather today has for perfectly for my day of homework, music studying and cleaning up my room. I managed to get a great workout in at the gym- even though I almost face-planted into a weight machine after I tripped over a 45-pound plate and yelped so loudly I got stares! The bruise on my shin is just a sign of how tough I am right?

Last night I had the most fun date, complete with on-point dirty martinis and literally the best vegan food I have ever eaten. Actually, some of the best food period! We went to True Bistro in Somerville, and despite not taking reservations the food more than made up for it. Not the mention the service was incredible, I think my water glass was refilled 12 times.
We ordered the crispy oyster mushrooms to start, then split the blackened seitan with collards and grits as well as a phyllo purse stuffed with sweet potato, seitan and what must have been a cinnamon sauce! It was so flavorful and incredible. We finished off the meal with an apple cobbler topped with walnut-rum ice cream and of course enjoyed a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon on the side. I couldn’t believe that every single thing on the menu was vegan and it was so exciting to be able to choose anything I wanted without having to make annoying requests like no cheese, no butter, um is there honey in that? Even my date, who is absolutely not vegan, was extremely pleased with all the food and couldn’t get over the grits. 🙂

TB just became one of my favorite restaurants in Boston, and it was perfect for a date. Cozy but still a lively environment, and the company was fantastic too. I can’t wait to go back and try everything else on the menu!!

I hope you had a great weekend full of delicious food and even better company!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Going out in style

Happy Saturday friends!!

I was MIA last night because I went out with some friends to get drinks to celebrate the weekend! And may have ended up staying out way past my usual bedtime…. But it was totally worth it. I don’t have any absolute plans for the day besides doing some homework, paperwork and getting ready for a date tonight. And who am I kidding, that’ll take all day to prepare for! Jk. 😉 I might be one of the most low-maintenance gals I know, and can easily get ready to go out in about 20-25 minutes. I consider it a talent!

Anyone share my pet peeve for people who take forEVER to get ready to leave the house? I mean seriously, how long does it take to put on a shirt and pants and shoes??

I hope you’re having a great weekend!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Spring has sprung!

Happy first day of Spring!

I enjoyed the day here as it hit about 52 degrees in Boston- score! I had a really lovely day; working out, attending class and a coaching, doing some work emailing for new students I’ll be taking on next week, and skyping with Mom. It’s always a pleasure to chat with her and we may have outdone ourselves, staying on for over an hour and forty-five minutes! I guess we had a lot to catch up on. 🙂

Now I’m settling in for a night of relaxation with a big bowl of popcorn and some Netflix time. It’s been a pretty go-go-go week since I got back Sunday night so I’m thankful for a little respite before a fun weekend.

What do you do to unwind at the end of a long day?
I love curling up with a good book or reading some blogs, or zoning out to Netflix. And obviously a good snack or dessert has to happen too.

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Zooming past me

How is it already Wednesday night??
I feel like this week is just flying right past me. It might have to do with being on break last week, but man am I happy it’s not dragging.

I taught my first French class this evening and I think it went extremely well! Even though I was feeling a bit exhausted this afternoon after a lot of traveling between Harvard square and BU and Brighton this morning, I had just enough energy to get me through the end of the day. Work will continue to get busier over the next few weeks but I am thankful I’m not going to be as busy with school, so bring it on!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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Viewpoints

First days back are always challenging and today was no exception. It started off with a difficult voice lesson and although it was definitely needed, I came out of it feeling a little defeated. It might have to do with the jetlag or the insufficient sleep, but whatever it was, I’m hoping to wake up feeling more optimistic and ready to put in some hard work.

This afternoon, acting class focused on viewpoints and getting line athletically aware of our bodies and reacting to external and internal influences and impulses. I’m not new to this concept, but it was great to just move around and not take myself so seriously this afternoon. When you’re rolling around on the ground and your body is covered in dust and dirt, it’s hard NOT to let go a little bit.

Transitions are always tough, but seeing all my friends again today definitely lifted my spirits and much as I may be missing the Californian sunshine, I’m hoping Boston’s arctic freeze will thaw soon enough.

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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The final stretch

Safely arrived on the east coast after a long day of travel, but I am happy to be back and looking forward to kicking off the week with my classes tomorrow as well as work later this week.

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Miss her so much already but I know I’ll be home again before I know it!

Love,
Happiness Starts Here

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