As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I’ve been away from my blog for a while, only adding new content sporadically over the past 6 months.
Well, rest assured, I haven’t abandoned this magnificent trove of my thoughts, reviews, and pithy quotes to live by. No, I’ve simply been dealing with a number of important issues that have had a major impact on my day-to-day routine, as well as my quality of life.
Not to put too fine a point on it, I’ve been unwell for the better part of a year, and last fall, I learned of the source of that illness. As luck would have it, while trying to get a handle on that major health-related issue, another major health-related issue came out of the woodwork and turned my world upside-down.
So suddenly I was juggling 2 major health issues within a month of each other, both requiring copious amounts of down time, doctor’s appointments, and work/life-balance schedule juggling. Oh yeah, and don’t get me started on work itself.
Anyway, despite all of this, I never forgot about my beloved blog or the archive of ideas that I wanted to share, but I could hardly find the time or energy to do so with the same level of care and attention that I have devoted to this space in the past. And I have a thing about doing things half-assed. (In short, I don't.)
But my hope is that starting in June, fresh hot takes, thought-provoking reviews, and general musings about the beauty that art, culture and holistic wellness bring all of us will return to this digital space.
Why, you ask? What’s happening in June?
Oh, nothing much. That is, I’ll be undergoing some significant surgery on Wednesday, May 31st, and will then spend the next 4 weeks at home recuperating and limiting my work and life engagements as I heal.
Even though I will not be allowed to work my regular day job, I intend to keep myself mentally occupied as I rest and recover. And one of the ways I plan to do that is by returning to the keyboard to share more of what I love most: my appreciation of the arts and the impact it has on our lives.
Don’t worry. I’ll still be following doctor’s orders. No sitting for more than 2 hours at a time (my mother bought me a standing desk for Christmas 😉), no lifting anything heavier than a case of water bottles, and going for walks as soon as I feel able to do so without any undue strain.
I fully intend to allow myself to be lazy, but I also plan to read a lot, binge-watch a lot, and write a lot. We’ll see how much reality adheres to my best-laid plans.
With that said, it’s not like I haven’t enjoyed some of life’s artistic beauty over the past few months, even if they were in small doses. In March, I had a lovely birthday celebration in the city, which included eating brunch with a friend at one of my favorite coffee shops, crate-flipping at a record store in the East Village on the hunt for some vinyl gems, checking out a cool loose leaf tea shop called Physical Graffitea, and ended it with the purchasing of 2 used tomes at the Strand bookstore in Union Square.
Not a bad way to honor another trip around the sun for an arts & culture geek who is more than a little obsessed with bohemianism.
I've also had the pleasure of taking in my first Broadway play of the year, and hope to share my thoughts on it with you before it closes, or even before it takes home a Tony Award or two. No promises to meet that deadline, but it’s really a great play and it has stayed with me now for 3 weeks since I crowded into the balcony at the James Earl Jones Theatre with my fellow theater lovers.
However, it has been a limited agenda on the social front for me thanks to the schedule juggling and general health issues. But I have no regrets. As they say, you’ve got nothing if you don’t have your health, and setting aside content creation in an effort to focus on what matters most -- a healthy mind, body and spirit -- wouldn’t be out of alignment with the goals of my blog, my brand or my business.
So if you’re still reading, thank you for hanging in there with me. Please know that I haven’t forgotten you, and my plans for the future have not been completely abandoned.
I hope to be back behind the keyboard soon, with fresh content to pair with my fresh stitches. (Sorry. Bad jokes and puns are helping me cope with the stress.)
I appreciate your time and support, and I look forward to capturing your attention again throughout the summer.