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START FRESH

Every day when the sun rises, we have the choice to create our best life. Mornings tend to be my most favorite part of the day because they are full of possibilities. We have the chance to start fresh + a new blank slate lies ahead. April is National Stress Awareness Month + I think we owe it to ourselves to s l o w  d o w n. HERE’S WHY...

Starting Chi Chi Life last year was an exciting leap of faith.  Working for myself also creates the feeling of never “leaving the office”.  Most people have the weekends off + last Fall I ran into the problem of taking on too much work with my teaching fitness, training people 1:1, Pilates Mat training + several event clients.  I had 3 days off in 3 months.  Often I worked nearly 16 hour days and I quickly ran myself into the ground.  I promised myself when 2016 arrived, I wouldn’t let myself fall into that pattern again.  I did this by establishing boundaries + learning how to feel more comfortable with saying “no”.  I have a huge heart so I always want to be giving, doing, helping. However, I’ve been learning that it is essential to build downtime into my life.

When we create space, we allow the opportunity for new + magical experiences to show up. I used to feel like I wanted to have every moment planned to soak up the most in life but lately, I have actively carved out open time to ensure I recharge but also have the time to wander + explore.

Managing my schedule + time has been my largest challenge + the mantra of “start fresh” allows me to remember that I have the power to dictate how I spend my energy.  The balancing act is certainly still a work in progress but I am so grateful I have the ability to create my own work.

I’ll leave you with one of my favorite Thích Nhất Hạnh quotes with I shared in my article feature on The Sweat Life.  It goes: “Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” 

four weeks. transitions.

Originally Published on October 7, 2013

Hello pumpkins!

Yes, I am back at it!  Four weeks from now is the NYC Marathon.  On Sunday, November 3, I will be hitting the streets of NYC with my fellow Fred’s Team runners raising crucial funds for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer.  As many of you know, these past few months have been ones full of courage, learning, inspiration and transitions.  I was not accepted into the part-time program at NYU Stern for my MBA, but will revisit applying again next Fall.  I left my full-time job to begin freelance event production and I’m currently working on an exciting project that is taking me around the country visiting 10 college campuses over 5 weeks.  As an avid traveler and open soul, this has been an incredible experience for me.

My marathon training has been challenging with my new schedule – my weekday runs have been scarce and I even missed a long run.  This is such a stark contrast to my rigorous and dedicated marathon training from 2012.  That said, I am learning flexibility and compassion toward myself.  Even through the disappointment of missing some runs, each time I get out there -- it is a form of meditation.  My mind transitions from listening to song lyrics to chatting with my running soul mate, Meg, to thinking about my to-do’s to pushing to clear my mind so it can recharge – and it does just that every time: recharge.  Long distance running has been such a wonderful outlet for me since my diagnosis of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma nearly 6 years ago.

Next year, I turn 30…another transition.  The big 3-0…and will mark 5 years in remission – which means you are considered cured in the cancer world! YAY!  I feel so honored to be here and celebrate each moment, smile, day, milestone with each and every one of you.  I am full of gratitude because of what I learn from each of you.  Thank you for being open and sharing your sunshine with the world.  I have to leave you with my most favorite quote that I deeply believe in: “Be the change you wish to see in the world” -- Mahatma Gandhi

I hope you will consider supporting me as I raise critical funds for MSKCC’s Survivorship Program – you will provide survivors like myself with a better quality of life post-treatment through comprehensive services, clinics and research.

http://mskcc.convio.net/goto/laurchichi

More soon.

Hugs and cider donuts,

Laur (Chi)