Friday, February 1, 2008

Missing out on New York

I’ve started to realize recently that the fact that I work from home means I don’t have that many experiences out in New York City other than my time at auditions and at restaurants. I am very happy with how I spend my days, but I am not really taking the time to make sure embrace this wonderful city that I live in. I am sure that part of it is hibernation instinct- it is cold and wet out there, so I am less inclined to head out of doors. But also, because I work for myself, every hour of my day feels like a time I could be developing my businesses. And because I love my work, I never really feel the need to take a break. Hence, from the time I wake up until the time I go to sleep, I am pretty much doing work, and much of the work needs to be done from home.

One of the great things about working from home, though, is that I spend quality time with my best friend, my 12 year old doggie, Denver. Denver has been with me since my junior year in college (damn, I think I just dated myself.) I sit on the couch with my laptop, typing away as I work on my various jobs, and get to reach over and scratch her on the belly. It’s a pretty awesome part of my day.

For my coaching business, I always offer a free consultation and hold it at a little coffee and tea shop near my apartment. Oftentimes there is a group of 4 people who play chess against each other. Two people play the game, and the other two wait for their turn to play, meanwhile they heckle the others about their play. It took me seeing them a few times to realize that they were actually friends because the heckling can be pretty fierce. Some people take their chess pretty seriously, and it is fun to observe this when waiting for my potential coaching clients to arrive.

In other news, I wanted to give a “shout out” to Tom’s dad, Phil. Tom and I are very lucky that often we open our mailbox and find a personal greeting in the form of a postcard or a card. He often commemorates the lesser known holidays (Chinese New Year, for example) and always puts stickers on the cards to brighten them up.

Today I got a Valentine’s Day card, and I almost started to cry. The card is a bit early with the actually holiday being on the 14th, but that fact that I got it today made a huge impact on me. Two years ago, to this day, my father passed away unexpectedly. Each year of my life while he was alive my father gave me a Valentine’s Day card, with his trademark calligraphy writing that he always did for cards (he even had a special fountain pen!) So to go to the mailbox today and see a bright red envelope, addressed just to me, covered with Valentine’s Day stickers, it was almost like my dad was still here.

I don’t believe in fate. I don’t believe in ghosts or karma. But coincidences can still feel magical, and today I felt a warmth in the midst of a very sad day. So, thank you to Phil, and for Tom for sharing his dad with me.

1 comment:

  1. Has it really been two years? Wow!

    And I remember when you got Denver! Was that SERIOUSLY 12 years ago?

    OK... now I'm starting to feel old...


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