This past weekend was different than my usual weekends spent at the barn. It was all about getting together with friends, exploring new places, and finding time to recharge. And, do you know what? It was the perfect weekend.
Despite the gloomy weather on Saturday, my morning began by jumping in the car and heading an hour-and-a-half west to Park Slope, Brooklyn, to meet a follower-turned-friend. I had wanted to try Blue Bottle Coffee for a while, so I was thrilled when she suggested we meet there. For more than an hour, we forgot about the rainy weather outside as we sipped our warm cappuccinos and talked about all things life, work, and personal. It’s not often that I get to meet a follower who is also in a similar phase as I am in my career journey and who has a multi-hyphenated background like my own. It was nice to have an open discussion, and it reminded me why I love blogging and the community I’ve built through social media so much. Without it, we would have never met. After our coffees, we took a short walk around the neighborhood and stopped at Juice Press for some smoothies. I fell in love with Park Slope the first time I visited the area (which, for someone who is not a city girl, is saying a lot). I love that it has more of a laid-back neighborhood feel, yet there are plenty of places to hang out and work or meet up. It’s such a special part of the city, and I look forward to exploring it more in the nicer weather.
Then, on Sunday, I took full advantage of the fact that the sun was out and it was nearly 60 degrees. I headed an hour west on the South Shore to Point Lookout, a beach community that I frequent often when I’m looking to take long (think, 10 miles or longer) sanity strolls. It was the perfect day for it, and I truly embraced hearing only the sounds of the ocean waves crashing and the high winds blowing. After my long walk, I finished the afternoon off with a slice of vodka sauce pizza (which has become my new go-to order) and a Coke in an old-fashioned glass bottle that made it feel extra special. As I dined al fresco, I started to get excited about the spring weather to come and having more days like this on the calendar.
While I missed my barn time this weekend, I felt so grateful to have such exciting adventures planned on both days.
What was on your agenda this weekend?