Leanne Wei

Ocean City

This past weekend was Michelle's birthday. As one of my oldest and dearest friends, Michelle and I have known each other since second grade. I can still remember the times when we were running around in pigtails and school uniforms. In fact, she dug up an old class photo of us together the other day. Crazy how time flies. As we celebrated Michelle's 24th birthday, it's amazing how we've known each other for 15 years. As I grow older each year, I have come to appreciate old friends so much more. I think It's important to have people who remember you at various stages of your life. They remind you of where you come from and who you are. From growing up together in Johannesburg in sunny South Africa, I'm beyond grateful for the fact that we both somehow ended up in New York. 

As we ventured to Ocean City in Maryland, Michelle's birthday gave me a chance to escape the city. Ever since graduation, I've pretty much dived in head first with the whole job hunting/interviewing process. It's so tedious and frustrating that it makes me so anxious. Dealing with stress is not exactly my forte, but I've learned different ways to deal with it over the years. For anyone who is wondering, my secret is yoga. It's the only time where I can mentally shut off the million thoughts racing through my head and spend an hour focusing on me and my breath. Although this was somewhat of a "party" weekend, I came home with a fresh mindset and a new sense of calm. I think it definitely had something to do with being close to the water. As an Aquarian, there's nothing I quite adore than being close to the sea shores... So smoothing, so calming, so restorative.