New Year, Same Me

Happy New Year! Many do not know this, but I spent the last 100 days of 2017 focused on wellness. For those months  (yes, months) I meditated, exercised and practiced intuitive eating daily. In the process, I became stronger and had more energy. I even lost weight. 

Despite bad weather, oversleeping and work–I did something everyday; a spin  class, a session on the elliptical or  (worst case) an at home workout from a magazine. I put myself first and it made a huge difference. 

As my 100 days came to a close, my winter travel began. I headed to the island of Grenada. I practiced yoga, swam, walked the beach and laid in the sun. It was the perfect way to end the year. So, when the new year came I had no reason to seek a new me. 

Yoga Studio at True Blue Bay Resort

Shnieka makeup free (well, except the brows –long story)

All set for class!

Grand Anse Beach

Shnieka at Grand Anse (H&M sunglasses, Miracle Suit one-piece)

In 2018, I’ll continue to strengthen the same me. I made no resolutions but set personal, professional and financial goals. I look forward to what is come this year. I’m attending conferences, expos, writing articles and posting right here. 

What’s your plan for 2018? Tell me.

Jazz Holiday

The holiday season has been quite busy. There is so much to do in the city this time of year. There’s the opera, the ballet, the Rockettes, the circus and so much more. I typically find kid friendly venues and events, but my husband and I took a moment to have a night out. The first in weeks.

We purchased tickets for an “under 40” event at Jazz at Lincoln Center with a concert and a reception following. So, we dressed up and went out. The band played holiday favorites and afterward we had small bites and chatted with others attending the event. We’ll definitely do it again. Maybe in the spring…

I’m excited to share links to my new travel articles to be published in January. Check my social media accounts — @Shnieka for updates. I have more travel in the works for 2018!

New York City Wine & Food Fest

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend panel discussions and tastings at the New York Wine and Food Festival. The event lasted four days with net proceeds going to charity organization, No Kid Hungry. As a special treat for my husband, I took him to a Steak and Whiskey event at STK. It was a fun and indulgent weekend.

Norwegian Escape in NYC

This week I attended a presentation by Norwegian Cruise Line to learn more about the new ship coming to the cruise terminal in Manhattan. The Norwegian Escape will begin routes from New York in the spring. I was one of a lucky few that were able to preview the entertainment, food and drinks (thanks to Voli Vodka) that will be available on the ship. Along woth company executives, Norwegian Cruise Line partner–the rapper Pitbull was there to greet guests and share news about his work with the cruise line. He also emphasized their joint charitable work to help victims of the recent hurricanes. It was an event full of fun and good energy.

September Recap

September was a  fun, busy month. Now, school is back in full swing. I’ve returned to juggling presentations, previewing exhibits and attending events. 

The most recent event was for a new not for profit called Rising Leaders Inc. It is a mentor program where young professionals are paired with youth and give them long-term guidance. Here’s a few images from their launch

August Recap

August was a fun and busy month. I shuttled my son to/from camp during the week and made the most of the weekends. We traveled, went to local events and even celebrated my little one’s birthday.

Earlier in the month, we drove to Newport, Rhode Island to attend the annual jazz festival. The weather was perfect, sunny and warm. Everyone was in good spirits and the music was great! The Roots closed out the festival and had us on our feet dancing. I managed to get a sitter and went Gurney’s to see Questlove and have dinner at Scarpetta. So delicious and such a fun time–much needed.

When we returned, I started planning my son’s birthday celebration. Instead of a party, we chose to go to Play NYC, a video game convention. He was so excited to experience a space devoted solely to video games.

On “eclipse day”, we made pinhole viewers and packed a picnic. We sat in a nearby park with neighbors.  The whole community came out with eclipse glasses and homemade viewers.

We closed out the month by kicking off the U.S. OpenKids day is one of our favorite events to attend in the city. There were tennis activities and a concert of young artists. Arthur Ashe Stadium is such an amazing venue!

Now, we prep for the first day of school and a fun, busy fall!


July Recap

July breezed by, beginning with a trip to the Hamptons. While my son sat and read, my husband and I stood on the crowded  LIRR for three hours. It was well worth it. We visited with friends and my son ran and played with their kids for hours. We went to the beach, grilled our dinners and even made Smores with the kids. 

I was rejuvenated by the end of the long weekend. I returned to the city to shuttle my boy around to camps, classes and playdates. When things get a little hectic, I just close my eyes and imagine the beach. Bring on August…