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filling my bucket {list}


yesterday may go down in history as one of my most favorite days while living in new york! my friend heidi and i scored free tickets {thanks to 1iota} to the katie couric show with special guest sheryl crow. i have had a long standing love and and appreciation for both katie and sheryl and could not believe that i had the chance to see them both together live and only a few short feet away from me!

before the show, a woman that worked for the katie couric show asked if anyone knew a sheryl crow song and if they did to sing it into the microphone. i still can’t believe it … but holy crap … i volunteered! i sang a short bit of “c’mon c’mon” and the woman responded with “is that even a sheryl crow song?” she must not be a true sheryl fan because OF COURSE IT IS! i was waiting for sheryl to come out of the wings and back me up but to no avail.

i loved sheryl’s interview with katie. she inspired me to push the limits and to continue to seek out the things that will challenge + sharpen me as a woman, mother, wife, friend and creative. be sure to check out the show on december 5 on abc to see her interview, performance and of course look for us in the audience!!

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oh what fun …


it’s that time of year and we are soaking up all of the holiday spirit that this magical city has to offer!

here is a gathering of some of our “must-do’s” during this holiday season. {in no particular order…}

happy holidays!

{eat + drink}
sip cocktails at the plaza hotel
enjoy frozen hot chocolate at serendipity 3
warm up with hot chocolate at jacques torres

peruse department store holiday window displays
purchase an ornament in bloomingdales
stock up on toys in fao schwartz
indulge in dylan’s candy bar
find unique holiday gifts at the holiday shops at bryant park

view the holiday lights in dyker heights
chat with santa at macy’s west 34th street
admire the origami holiday tree at the museum of natural history
see the holiday train at the new york botanical garden
celebrate christmas at trinity wall street’s christmas eve service
listen to jazz at the village vanguard

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help wanted . . . hurricane sandy

in the wake of destruction caused by hurricane sandy, i have felt paralyzed by false thoughts that if i didn’t have time to volunteer at a local shelter, donate old coats, clothes, etc. that there was not much that i could do to make a difference. {this is not something that i am not proud to admit!}

diana warner studio sent an eye-opening e-mail allowing me to recognize that there are more people in need than just those in shelters and there are an abundance of creative ways to help! thanks to diana warner studio i am now motivated to do what i CAN do and encourage both sophie + hazel to join me in the effort.

i hope that diana’s words remind you {as they did me} that indeed, although you are just one person, you have  resources, words, prayers, etc. that can impact a stranger’s life!

i encourage you to do something . . . {even if you do not live in new york and can come up with a million reasons why you CAN’T} . . . you CAN . . . PLEASE do something!!

here are some ways to help. {thank you diana warner studio for these creative + insightful ideas!}

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1. donate small. make small donations to relief funds. on the ground here in nyc there are local relief funds making huge differences. there are loving people from all over the city coming together to make an impact. one i found to be making a huge difference is the sandy relief fund at trinity grace. It’s a simple process. create an account here and then under the “give to…” menu, select “hurricane sandy relief.”

 #EatDownTipUp, if you live in the city. it’s simple: eat downtown, where local business and restaurants lost power for nearly a week and help them recover from their losses, and if you can afford it, tip UP. #EatDownTipUp challenges people to double their normal tips. during this past week, so many wages were lost, staff to the thousands of nyc restaurants are struggling, and business owners like myself can’t sleep at night because they worry about their staff and how they will live without those wages in a city so expensive. so #EatDownTipUp …and don’t forget to shop downtown! post about it on twitter & facebook to spread the word!

3. s
hop early for the holidays. every day this week, monday through saturday, at both of our locations (gramercy park and bryant park), as well as our online store and wholesale offices, 10% of our sales will be donated to the sandy relief fund started by trinity grace. your holiday shopping has to happen soon right? well, start NOW and make a huge difference through the sandy relief fund that is making such massive impact in the lives of new yorkers all over this city.

4. write
 a letter, if you don’t have money to give, write a letter to someone in this city. get your communities involved, your classrooms and your businesses. have your classroom write letters to another classroom who lost everything. write a letter to a business owner who lost her home, or to a mother who lost her children. want to write a letter? we have a list of people in need from our community, any encouragement makes more of a difference in lives then you would realize. e-mail kathryndwny@gmail.com for our list to be sent to you.

5. get involved
– with your community that is. what can they do? what can you do? what can you do together to make an impact?

6. share
. tell your friends to get others thinking about what they can do to help rebuild the northeast.
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never forget

sophie, hazel + i popped in to a local eatery last week for an afternoon dessert date. while there, we began talking to a guy {danny} + gal {kelly} who were sitting next to us. after mentioning that we were newbies to the area, danny quickly  informed us of some must-see’s + do’s of the neighborhood. on his list was sitting on our rooftop on september 11 to view the tribute in light. as he explained this beautiful sight, danny began to look off into the distance. through our conversation i learned that he was a first responder on that fateful day. this strong, friendly and outgoing guy suddenly lost all words as tears began to well up in his eyes and he informed me how many of his friends and colleagues lost their lives.

it’s hard to believe that september 11, 2001 was 11 years ago! i can still remember the morning as if it were yesterday. i was at the gym listening to “in the arms of the angels” by sarah mclaughlin when a newscaster broke in to announce that the first tower had been hit. without thinking, i immediately grabbed my things and drove as fast as i could to my sorority house at samford university to gather with friends and mourn together this awful tragedy. i realized for one of the first times in my life just how evil this world can be.

every anniversary i am taken back to that morning as i hear the names of people who lost their lives. i am once again devastated as i begin to think of dreams not fully discovered, unresolved tensions within relationships, couples not able to live their entire lives together, children losing their parent(s), celebrations that would no longer be the same, etc.

although it has been over a decade i will never forget the sense of the panic, loss, anger and sorrow i felt.

today i will remember those lives that were not lost in vain and all of the people who suddenly became heros all of those years ago!

never – ever – ever – forget!

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