Due to my delay with last week, it's already time for my second check in !!!
Two weeks doesn't seem very long, but the idea of going back to GNV/Orl. is my least favorite thing to think about. So, I'll just pretend that isn't happening at the end of the summer. This week has been pretty eventful, from a grade school reminiscent themed pizza party for my sister's good grades, to the NYC pride parade, to the first half of my trip to Washington, D.C. to visit my best friend for a week - you could say I've been pretty busy.
Being in New York City for the 2017 Pride Parade and seeing the city come alive with so much pride, passion, and joy was an indescribable feeling. The love and support for the LGBTQA+ community is contagious -- I still feel like I'm on a high. My highlights included seeing HUGE corporations showing support and pride, and all of their employees. Being a part of the communications field, the growth of corporate and social responsibility of brands continues to rise, which creates the opportunity to create important and powerful campaigns. Brands like Oreo, NIKE, Google use their platforms to push waves of support, through campaigns and action. My favorite piece from Pride Month was LGBTQAlphabet by Equinox - this five minute short is so beautifully made, that's so expressive (&informative). Next, I loved seeing all of the small organizations, nonprofits, and even churches that work to campaign, lobby, and create safe spaces for everyone in the community. The cherry on top of a perfect day was seeing the KWEENs, Abbi & Ilana from Broad City grace the pride parade - helping me get pumped for Season 4 debuting on August 23rd. After the parade, Brenda and I headed uptown to grab lunch at the Whole Foods salad bar and lounged in Central Park until sunset. All the hallmarks of a perfect Sunday afternoon.
Monday consisted of the craziest coincidence of running into my friend Andrew and walking all up and down the city. From Time Square to my favorite spot in the city -- The Highline, glamor shots, braving the Trader Joe's line, to finally meeting up with Brenda for a late Happy Hour. The day ended with my phone letting me know I walked eight miles and climbed 25 flights of stairs (ouch).
The next day, I returned to Chelsea to explore some of the independent galleries to check out their latest installations. My favorites included the Leo Villareal, LED solo exhibit at PACE (pictured below), and the "Carsten Hölle: REASON” at Gagosain. So much of the treasures of NYC are hidden unless you know where to look, so here's to hoping I can find a few more.
I spent Wednesday bussing to D.C. to visit my best friend, Alex, for a week!
One of the perks of not working right now, is the ability to pick up and go to another city for a Wednesday to Wednesday trip. The first half was spent going to my favorite museums, lounging around the mall, and drinking Black & Tans at La Colombe. On my first full day I happened upon the Folk Life Festival full of high energy and lots of engaging shows.
More updates about my trip to D.C. coming in my next update!
So week two was amazing, and I can't stop smiling -- see above.
until next time,