Hey team - given all the talk that’s been going on around preventive care this week, I wanted to share a piece we created for This Is Personal (client).
I knew that the ACA mandated coverage for birth control without co-pay or deductibles, but until I worked on this I had no idea that it covered a whole bunch of other preventive services too. The National Women’s Law Center has tons of other information on this if you’re looking for it, including a hotline if you’re having problems accessing these services.
Just a friendly PSA that this stuff is out there, and we should totally be taking advantage of it.
For the rest of your life, you are going to have a choice about how to read graffiti in a language you do not know, and you will have a choice about how to read the actions and intonations of the people you meet. I would encourage you as often as possible to consider the Happy Birthday Sir Despite the Circumstances possibility, the possibility that the lives and experiences of others are as complex and unpredictable as your own, that other people—be they family or strangers, near or far—are not simply one thing or the other—not simply good or evil or wise or ignorant—but that they like you contain multitudes, to borrow a phrase from the great Walt Whitman.
This is difficult to do—it is difficult to remember that people with lives different and distant from your own even celebrate birthdays, let alone with gifts of graffitied plywood. You will always be stuck inside of your body, with your consciousness, seeing through the world through your own eyes, but the gift and challenge of your education is to see others as they see themselves, to grapple with this mean and crazy and beautiful world in all its baffling complexity.
This weekend was for working and playing in New York!
I had a work event in NYC Saturday morning so I decided to make a weekend of it and visit friends. Friday I met up with my friend Grace for cocktails and dinner at Fanny, and some dessert at Fabiane’s.
Friday night, my sister Ali came and stayed with me on her way home for Mother’s day. Even though we were only together for a few hours, it was so good to just be together and stay up late talking. Plus, she brought me some challah, chocolate croissants and cheese rolls!
Saturday’s event went well and then I was en route to Williamsburg to spend the rest of the weekend with Jill. After an amazing brunch at Station we decided to go for a long walk in the rain around Prospect Park and Park Slope before going home to rest and watch some West Wing. We grabbed a late dinner at Ramen Yebisu and then rolled our full selves home.
Sunday morning we grabbed breakfast at Bagelsmith and then I was off to catch the train. Got home early enough to spend the afternoon with Alex, reading and enjoying the great weather.
This weekend was a little tiring, but it was so worth it to catch up with some of my favorite people.
Happy mother’s day Momma! I’m grateful every day for your wisdom and your caring and your humor. I’m in awe of your resilience. You’ve shown me by example over and over again how to take on new things, push barriers and create a meaningful life. Those are the big things.
But the little things matter just as much. I’m so glad I get to call you when I’m walking places. I’m thankful that you showed me how important it is to have a regular breakfast place, and that breakfast with friends is the perfect way to start any day. I love that your haircut make it looks like you never age. It’s amazing to see you so happy and in love.
I’m just so thankful that you’re mine- today and every day. I love you.
Yesterday my girlfriends Kim, Kate, Mallory, Lianna and I celebrated our two year “friendiversary.” We became fast friends as interns working in the same glass box of an office for 8+ hours a day and over the past two years we’ve only grown closer. We’ve supported each other through the first years of our jobs, celebrated relationship milestones and new loves, and shared many bottomless brunches. I feel incredibly lucky to have friends who are smart and driven, who I can seek honest advice from, and who are just plain fun. Cheers to another year of fabulous friends.
Dogs are the best, especially when you’ve had a really bad day. You could make the biggest mistakes all day long at work and the rest of the world could hate you but then you go home and your dog is there waiting like “OH THANK GOD MY HERO IS HOME I LOVE YOU SO MUCH WERE YOU OUT GETTING ALL THE AWARDS FOR BEING THE MOST PERFECT HUMAN BEING TO EVER HAVE EXISTED?