Notes From the 6 Train: Slowing Down in Puerto Rico

Look at that water!

Look at that water!

In between my dance performance, my internship with the Laundromat Project, and all the summer excitement, I was able to sneak away for a bit to journey to the Caribbean. A close friend of mines spent this past semester studying at University of Puerto Rico. Towards the end of the semester she got a internship and spent a few more months on the island.

If you haven’t ever been, let me just tell you, Puerto Rico is beautiful. The nature is majestic, the people are unbelievably kind and open, and the culture is vibrant. While I was there I went night kayaking to the Bioluminescent Bay, met a local who showed me this secret beach cave, danced salsa until 3 am, played Dominos until 1, ate lots of fresh picked fruit and monfongo *popular food in the Caribbean*, and felt to calm and rejuvenated upon my return home.

The Bioluminescent Bay!

Apart of this calmness was being by the water, though another part was because I had gotten used to operating on island time. In Puerto Rico the transpiration is slow, and I mean really slow. There’s no real set schedule for buses, and some would only come once hourly, if you were lucky.
The slow pace took time getting used to, but once I released my need for everything to happen immediately, I began enjoying the pace. I was present and aware in a way that’s hard for me to find while in the city. Since my trip I’ve been reflecting on how to bring this same awareness to my daily life.

Joanna & I

Joanna & I

What about you? What have you experience this summer that you want to bring into your fall?

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane

Notes From the 6 Train: Work On Purpose

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This past week was the end of my summer internship at the Laundromat Project! It was incredible internship and I’m so glad that I did it! I’ve made new friends, met people in my field and was added to the LP’s list serve. This is a huge deal because now I will access to a variety of different opportunities that I never would known about it before.

During our graduation lunch we received a number of gifts, one of which I want to share with you all! All of the interns were gifted with the book “Work On Purpose,” which is about “the stories of five social entrepreneurs and their journeys from struggle and uncertainty to significance and success.”

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The reoccurring adage of the book is “Heart + Head = Hustle.”

These stories are important to hear because for many people the road to meaningful careers isn’t always a straight path. Hearing about the winding paths of several successful and fulfilled people is reassuring. In addition, the book is written in an easy to follow way. with stunning photos, and a variety of activities in the book to supplement the chapters.

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I haven’t made my way through the entire book, but I foresee it as a tool that I will continue to draw on, especially with graduation right around the corner. I encourage you all to check it out!

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane

Summer Eats – Smorgasburg

If you have been living under a rock, then you wouldn’t know about the beauty that is Smorgasburg.  Based out of Brooklyn with locations now in Queens, South Street Seaport and more, food and flea vendors flock here as does the entire population each and every weekend.  I went for the very first time this past weekend and I enjoyed the delicious Alchemy Creamery and Home Frites.  Both gluten free options and by far the most INCREDIBLE ice cream and fries I’ve EVER had in my life.  I’m not being dramatic here…I just want you to go and try both of these places out ASAP.  You will not regret trekking out to Brooklyn for these yummy treats.  I may or may not attend every weekend until it closes.  Check out http://www.smorgasburg.com/ for more information on locations and vendors!

Alchemy Creamery at Smorgasburg Brooklyn

Alchemy Creamery at Smorgasburg Brooklyn

Ashley

Nike NYC

For those who may be new to the blog, I’m a huge workout fanatic.  I’m constantly looking for new classes and new workouts…especially if they are free!  I’m happy to inform you that Nike offers classes in New York that are completely free!  There are many different types of classes such as running training with their Nike Running Club and agility and speed based training with their Nike Training Club.  The locations of the classes vary for each class but each are unique and offer some incredible views such as Pier 40, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Niketown’s rooftop (yes they have a roof).

I attended the evening GridIron – Fit class and it was an amazing way to end my day.  I highly recommend all of the classes because they are a fun way to challenge yourself.  You have to make sure that you are online right at 3:00 pm on Sunday’s when the schedule for the week comes out.  The classes fill up fast so you have to be on top of your game…seriously.  Hope to see some of you there!

Pier 40 Nike Class

Pier 40 Nike Class

Ashley

Notes From the 6 Train: Basking In the Blue Moon

You know the phrase “once in a blue moon?” Well, we have one today! A blue moon is when there’s a full moon twice in one month, it’s happens very rarely, which is where that term comes from. The next blue moon literally won’t happen again until 2018, and hasn’t happened insect 2012, so it’s a cool thing to be aware of.

Full moons are times of reflection, the purging or creating of new things. Blue moons are supposed to be particularly powerful *even if you don’t believe in the dancing to the moon & basking in the lunar glow, one can always at least appreciate the beauty of a full moon.*

This full moon leading into the beginning of a new month, is the perfect to re-evaulate how we love and what we value. Meditate, write a list or even draw/ paint (whatever your medium maybe) with this in mind. Maybe your priorities have shifted a bit during the summer, it’s nice to have that check in time with yourself, esp. since school is just around the corner *ahh!*

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Astrostyle always has great suggestions to do during new/full moon times. I’ve listed a few below:

1. Embrace your weirdness: The Aquarius full moon urges you to stop hiding the parts of yourself that might be quirky, eccentric or just not in perfect harmony with the people around you. Because Aquarian energy is all about “live and let live,” this weekend is great for authentic sharing—without forcing your ideas on anyone else.

2. Light Your Olympic Torch: Aquarius is the zodiac’s team player, encouraging you to show pride for a group you belong to.

3. Host A Salon: Idealistic, intellectual Aquarius revels in the realm of cutting edge ideas. This full moon creates the perfect space for a salon. Gather your brain trust for a topic-centered discussion, potluck style if you can, since group-centric Aquarius parties are even better when everyone contributes.

See more at: http://astrostyle.com/aquarius-full-moon/#sthash.q9tBWWoP.dpuf

Happy Blue Mooning!

All Things Color, Love & Fashion,
Ayanna Lane