In honor of Throwback Thursday I'm posting one of the first photos that me and best friends took together almost 20 years ago. We have taken several since over the years. I'll save those for a rainy day. :-) We are still the best of friends and I love them dearly. xxo!
Wow - It's September 11th again. How these years fly by as I get older. I often write a lengthy post on September 11th as it marks three important things in my life. The tragic 9/11 attacks on the US, my father's birthday and the "birthday" of this blog which is now six years old. I often think of September as the start of a new year for me -- not January 1st like most folks do. I'm currently sitting in Rehoboth at the Bellmoor Inn enjoying my fall trip that I've taken annually. This trip is like a reset button for my soul. I get to unwind, take stock and look ahead to the future.
So the first reason I'm reflecting is the most important to me which is my Dad's birthday. I love my Dad so much. He is such an amazing person and such an incredible father. He is simply a good and decent man. He has taught me so much and I would not be the man I am today without his ever-loving guidance. I see the way his friends admire him, I see the way his grand-daughters look up to him, I see the way every member of my family looks to him with adoration. As I strive to become a better person, I look to him as my guide. I love you, Donnie Steven Sr. I adore you.
The second reason that September 11th is so important is the unfortunate 9/11 attacks. It's now been 11 years since that insane day. Having been in New York that day, there is a different feeling I have than many who were not witness to the craziness of that day. The panic in my fellow New Yorker's eyes, the dust covered office workers making their way by foot uptown and the feeling I had when I hugged my friends who had all rushed to our local pub waiting and hoping that all of us were ok. Luckily, we were all ok. We were accounted for and felt blessed. I look back at that day and know that it forever changed me. It made me look at my world differently and gave me an appreciation for the moments we have been given and that we should never assume that anything is promised. I'm grateful to live in a city that is amazingly resilient and transformative. As the new World Trade Center soars high above Lower Manhattan, I'm reminded how, despite all obstacles, we can rebuild, we can reignite a flame that was weakened if we just make it so. So many times New York has kicked my ass but I never gave up. New York has taught me so much. I'm thrilled to see it rise up and thrive.
Lastly, the 3rd major thing on my mind today is this here blog which turns 6 today. I have loved writing on this blog each and every day. I haven't missed a day writing on this blog in over 4 years. Every single day I take a moment to post a little video, or an image or a quote that rings true to me. I've enjoyed each time I post a little something that makes me laugh or even cry. This gives me a creative outlet and also allows me a voice to reach out to folks. I love Dashus:land and I love you for reading it.
Here is to an amazing year ahead. We are lucky and blessed for each moment we get to share and revel in. Happy birthday Dad and Dashus:land!
Tomorrow I'm headed for my annual week long vacation to Rehoboth Beach that I take with boyfriend. We have been lucky enough to visit there a few times already this year but there is nothing like this September trip. I've just gotten over being sick with a crazy sinus infection, work has been absolutely bonkers and well, I just need the break with him. The shot below is of the garden at the Bellmoor Inn - our home away from home these past 7 years whenever we visit. There is something about that place that puts a perfect smile on me and my boyfriend's face. xx.
Today is my 36th birthday. I'm in a state of bliss today. Just back from an amazing weekend in Rehoboth Beach (my home away from home) with my partner who just continues to bring me more love than I ever expect. I'm soooo fortunate to have everything I have. I've worked hard for what I have but I've also, by chance, met people in my life who enrich my day to day life more than ever. Look at the rad peeps who shouted out to me on Facebook today. Geez. Such love from old school to new school. I'm just HAPPY. Truly happy and truly loved. This year I will continue to dedicate more to my health and my body which I have become even more focused on this past year. I'll continue to focus on my family who I adore. I'll focus time on the friends that I truly believe deserve my love. I will dedicate more time to being in love with him (Mr. RJH). I'm a blessed boy and I take nothing for granted. 36 is looking fresh. x.
That's right. Pepsi Improv did a little impression of me - Stevie. I submitted my photo through Facebook and a said a few things about me and bam...they created this video. Neat! Check it out. Sadly they aren't doing any more so I must have made it just under the wire.
My buddy Jason decided to treat himself his house to a bit of goodness this past New Years. He had TEKSTartist whip up a little goodness right there on the side of his house. It's pretty sweet! Anyone who follows this blog knows that I love time lapse videos so when the following one involves one of my best buds on earth, it's even more dope. Check it out! Oh and please click here to learn more about TEKSTartist - he sounds incredibly creative and inspired. F*ck Yeah!
What an amazing year it has been! I'm so excited for the new year ahead with all of the challenges, learnings, laughs, love and all out fun. 2012 is going to be so so so good. You just have to make it that way despite what comes your way. It's all about perspective and looking towards the good in everything. That's what has worked for me any way. Cheers to you! xox.
While we aren't movin' on up tot he East Side, we are movin' on up 9 floors in my building. Our 21st floor view of Manhattan just went to 30. I love this lil' song. Does it bring back any memories for you?