Saturday, November 15, 2014

Big Apple, Tiny Car

What just happened?

The past week has been a tornado of craziness!  The good kind :)  I had the opportunity to participate in a conference called #FunFearlessLife.  For the most part, I'm a 'yes girl"so I packed up the Fiat and scootched to NYC for a weekend I won't soon forget.

Because I committed at the last minute (kinda my thing it seems), I decided to drive so I could stay nimble with my travel timing.  I got up extra early (even early for me) around 3:30am so I could get a good part of the day in the city on Friday.  Another plus for driving: It's a great excuse to pack a cooler for the road.

Time to hit the road…but first, lemme take a #selfie.

My cooler bag included the following:
A good balance of fruits, veggies, lean protein, healthy fat, plenty of fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants.  All delicious as well.  Plus, nothing that gives you that greasy, disgusting feeling that fills you with regret almost immediately.  I didn't eat it all on the way, so I filled my cooler bag with ice once I got to the hotel to preserve perishables for the ride home.

I arrived in the city and my room wasn't quite ready, so I checked my bags and valeted the car and took right off to check out the sites.  I stayed right in the heart of Times Square, so it took no time at all to get sucked into the city.

Hello Broadway!

Architecture meets nature <3

Let me see if The Donald needs a trainer...

Zara, please come to C-bus.  Thx!

The excitement continued as I prepared for the main event the next morning…

The conference was held at the David H. Koch Theater.  I was thrilled to be in the house of the NYC Ballet.  There were lots of amazing pics on the walls.  It took me back to my dancer days.  Is it too late for me to become a prima??

When I walked in to #FunFearlessLife it was like stepping inside a Cosmo magazine.  All sorts of goodies were being tossed at us.  Lipstick, Spanx, clutches w/ phone chargers, etc.  Then, in true Cosmo fashion, a line of perfectly sculpted 20-something year old guys marched up the aisles in hoodies which they proceeded to rip off and toss into the crowd.  One landed right on my lap!  Jackpot :D

 They were also offering free ink…since I'm too chicken to get a real one, I picked something I may get should I ever feel compelled enough to commit.

So enough of the small stuff…let's get to the real reason 2,000 women came together from around the world.  We had a lineup of some amazing trailblazers who left us with inspiration, motivation and confidence to boldly step into what we were born to do.  Here is a taste of who some of the speakers were:

One of my favorite speakers, Sara Blakely (creator of Spanx), I didn't grab a picture of, but her story is fantastic and I encourage everyone to check it out by clicking here.

Amy Cuddy is pictured below.  I was already a huge fan of hers.  I'd watched and shared her TED Talk about power posing multiple times and I urge everyone to check it out.  I love her mention of yoga and how most of the poses can be used to completely change our mood, level of confidence and decrease stress hormones.  Click here for a link to here TED Talk.  You won't regret it!

 Up next, some great insight on managing your social media, from the CEO of Twitter, Dick Costolo and YouTube sensation, Grace Helbig:

 We went through some yoga poses and a mini bootcamp blast from Cosmo Body trainers, Adam Rosante and Tara Stiles:

This next panel was a surprisingly complementary threesome.  Jillian Michaels, Kelly Osborne and Dr. Jennifer Ashton.  I was so impressed with Kelly Osborne.  I took away some great quotes and inspiration from her.

There were many other fantastic speakers.  I was so engrossed with what they had to say, I put the camera down and was just present in the moment.  Including people like Sophia Amoruso (creator of Nasty Gal) and Christina Tosi of Milk Bar.  Actress, Gabriella Union and model, Chrissy Teigan were also speakers.  Many, many more with so much experience to share.  The overall theme of the weekend:  Just go after it.  Whatever "it" may be for you.  Once you define what you want, keep driving forward until you get there.  They applied that to all areas of life.  Not just work :)

Just when I thought the weekend couldn't get any better, I was able to grab a ticket for a Broadway show.  It was always a dream of mine to be on Broadway.  Who knows…I just may make it there someday :) In the meantime, I'll be a big ball of happy to be sitting on the other side of the stage being completely entertained by the most amazing talent in the world!

 I saw the show On the Town which is a Leonard Bernstein musical from the 40's that takes place in New York.  It was absolutely fabulous!  If I had to pick a favorite song from this one, it would be incredibly tough, but I would have to say "I Can Cook Too" was highly entertaining.

(photo from nycwaterway.com)

I also managed to eat some incredible food, hit up a tea shop (maybe 6 times or more), that I couldn't get enough of, and bump into this guy...
I thought it was really kind of Dr. Oz to take the time to allow me to get a picture with him.  I have to say a big thanks to his wife!  She actually took the picture and made sure the lighting was good.  I felt so guilty for imposing that I said nothing I wanted to say and given a do-over, I'd act more human like.  Sorry, Dr. Oz!  I should've mentioned that I think his show has done an amazing job of encouraging people to know more about their bodies and be their own health advocate.  When it comes to reality TV and talk shows, I consider Dr. Oz's show powerful and informative and will choose it over celebrity gossip any day! 

So, that's my brief/not so brief rundown of my first (but certainly not last) trip to the Big Apple.  

Your turn!  Do you have any travel plans this fall?  Do tell!

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