My First Benefit. In the non-profit world, benefits and large-scale fundraisers are one of the main avenues for gaining support (and money) for your organization. We had a huge event in the Hamptons that consumed most of my summer. It was all worth it because we raised a YEAR of operating budget and can continue teaching underserved children about fitness and nutrition. Chilling with celebs wasn’t so bad either.
Weekend trips! As some of you may know, my beach house and neighborhood was severely damaged in Hurricane Sandy. Instead of being miz all summer about this, I took it as a chance to explore other summer destinations I’d never been – like Fire Island, Montauk, and the Hamptons. All beautiful spots…. still love Jersey more.
My 24th birthday. This was the first birthday that felt semi-old to me. Maybe it was the absence of a “real” summer and one working my butt off on #1. But I love my birth…week? So I took to celebrating with a great dinner at my favorite NYC restuarant, Bagatelles, with my guy. I followed that up with a rooftop party in my building that I hosted for me and my best guy friend, Phil. We did a “Midsummers Night Dream” theme, and I even hired a bartender using gigsalad.com. So affordable and made my party so chic! Complete with a Dream Dry waterfall braid, we danced and drank our signature cocktails all night long. We rounded the weekend out with drunch (drunk brunch) and I think I’m still recovering, two months later.
Lots of Barre and Yoga. I work for a gym, so I have the luxury of having my basic fitness necessities (weights, treadmills, ellipticals) for free. So, I joined Exhale Spa, and spent the summer doing my two favorite workouts I normally don’t do: Core Fusion Barre and Cardio, and unlimited yoga classes.
Family Trip to Bermuda. By the time these good times rolled me on into August, I was ex-haust-ed. Me and my family went on a week-long vacation to Bermuda and I swear it felt so good to relax, work out at my leisure, eat yummy food, and shop! What a great end to one terrific summer.
What were some of your summer highlights?