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When I was diagnosed with cancer family and friends bombarded me with instructions on how to not only survive, but also thrive in the face of cancer. To be a successful cancer survivor you must eat a raw organic vegan gluten free diet, drink a green juice each morning, dry brush your skin daily, soak in Epsom salts and baking soda each night, drink a minimum of 15 glasses of reverse osmosis purified water daily, abstain from alcohol and caffeine, buy BPA free EVERYTHING, wear organic materials, meditate, practice yoga, get acupuncture, have an incredible therapist, buy an $800 air purifier, continue your career in a way that fulfills you and without any stress, get a therapy dog, and be an expert on any potential carcinogen (make up, cell phones, soy, celery anyone?). This is only a smattering of the most mainstream prescriptions that I received. Beating cancer was the easy part, but performing the part of healthy girl was another story.

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Bay Area beauties.

This past week I returned to the bay area for a seminar, but also had the intense delight of returning home to Oakland for some much needed friend time. As I drove down familiar streets I had the distinct feeling that reminds you of home. I had just turned 22 when I moved to Berkeley and I feel like I grew up in the bay area. Joey and I fell in love there and it was in the bay area where I made some of the most precious friendships ripe with personal and intellectual closeness – friends who I miss daily. While we no longer live in Oakland, and I have felt more at home in NY than anywhere else, we made an incredible life in Oakland and the place still tells the tale.

Different classes for different phases at the most welcoming dance studio ever.

An era if there ever was one, the golden age perhaps.

The best Mexican we’ve ever had, ever, and a place for making new family.

A million ice creams at Fenton’s Creamery to mark a million occasions.

Quick weeknight dinners with the most dear friends in all the land.

We had a first date, a proposal dinner, and a bar exam celebration at Filippos.

Sam’s Chowder House is delicious, and it’s in Half Moon Bay where we’ve had the best beach walks.

A special place for walking and talking.