Howling Woods Farm

I surprised my mom with a trip to meet and interact with real wolves!!! If you are looking for a great outdoor excursion, check out Howling Woods Farm in Jackson, New Jersey! For a $20 donation, you can hang out with the gentle giants.

First, I had to give my mom hints to her surprise and it got pretty interesting!

Then, we got to enjoy an incredible experience!

I would definitely go back and visit my new friends, and you should too!

Sam & Sam, out.

Episode 16

Another week, another series of interesting events.


Dave & Buster’s

The pen to my paper (Shadonna) left me Tuesday, so we celebrated our last night with food, drinks and video games!


SamWriteNow & Juggling

I’m learning a few new tricks. This is my last week juggling with my friends (they extended their original date) so I had to step my game up a bit.


First snow in the city!

The city was a disaster this past Thursday and even though it took me over 5 hours to get home, I kind of enjoyed the experience. I’m learning to live in the moment and push through the worst. After waiting over 50 minutes for my SIM22 (or any available bus) I decided to take the train to the ferry for the first time. There weren’t any seats on the boat so I sat in the stairwell. The line for the bus was longer than the line I left at 42nd, but when a bus finally showed up, we were all too happy to complain about being packed inside like clowns in a tiny car. I climbed up on a luggage rack and ate my chicken fingers. It wasn’t so bad.

There’s nothing ordinary about Manhattan and that’s what I admire most. That’s all for now.

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Episode 15

This week with SamWriteNow:

My best friend is leaving to Virginia soon and it’s an emotional week. We spent Monday going through old pictures, like when I turned 21 (a week after her) and bought my first beer.

This girl has been by my side since freshman year of high school and thankfully for our last names, we were seat-buddies. She asked for a pen on day one and never returned it! I’m glad she didn’t.

I never thought I’d ever have a real friend, like that down-for-anything kind of friend who just knows how to literally finish your sent— she would’ve said “ences” if this wasn’t a blog post.

On a brighter note, I started learning this clay motion juggling technique. It’s hypnotizing when you watch it but the training videos are sort of cool. See for yourself.

Tuesday was spent at the voting booth, duh!

Then it was straight to the bowling alley for much needed juggling with my sister.

I even got to teach a newbie.

On Wednesday, I wore pink.

Well, just my jacket.

Thursday is always the longest day of the week….so I won’t talk about it, just press play.

The Friday commute was super smooth and thanks to my decision to switch bus stops, I had the entire front seat to myself! It was probably the holiday weekend that assisted in my comfort.

The train was amusing. I never saw a dog in a backpack before.

And lunch was another fun experience! Always something new!

And that about wraps up another interesting week in the city. Check back for updates on my juggle journey!

Episode 14

This week with SamWriteNow:

I can do anything I set my mind to. In less than a month I learned how to juggle. I dabbled with balls, pins, hoops, random things at the check out lines, and pretty much anything I can possibly get my hands on!

I juggle in the street, at the bus stop and even in the train station next to the saxophone player. That was fun, he gave me the nod of an appreciative street performer.

It’s not just about my new hobby, it’s about living in the moment. The days are flying by and it’s not fair to get lost in the minutes.

Live in the moment and experience what the world has to offer!

Again, thank you Jeff and Olga! You guys made my first month of working in the city a memorable experience I will never forget!

Even though my friends aren’t at my building anymore, I haven’t given up. They invited me to their Bryant Park Juggle group and I can’t wait to continue my learning!

Lastly, I leave you with my compilation video.

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Episode 13

I can’t help but think back at this past month and where I am. I know I’m not perfectly put together, but I’ve come so far. Literally! I travel over two hours everyday and have no complaints other than wanting more SIM22’s for the ride home.

It has always been a dream to work in the city and it finally came true! In the past, I’ve had people actually put me down at work for my enthusiasm, my bubbly personality, and my desire to succeed.

“She’s too nice. She sings. She dances. She’s coming and you have no idea what she’s like.”

Yes, these things are all true!

I believe in having fun at work because it’s necessary. If the work gets done, it shouldn’t matter if I giggle throughout the day or celebrate my happiness.

Well, that’s what runs through my mind when I juggle on my lunch break – all the negative people who have put me down for enjoying my job.

Being a positive person is something I have been working on for many years and I can honestly say that I’ve finally found a job that accepts me for who I am. I’m sorry– I’ve finally found a career!

So for those who doubted me because of the gossip others had force-fed you, please enjoy my journey! It has only just begun!

Now let’s get back to my interesting week in the city:

“Monday, Monday…”

There’s nothing like a free meal in Manhattan.

Monday Juggle Session
Tuesday!

Tuesday Juggle Session
Wednesday

I had a celebratory graduation breakfast with the CEO & President of my bank! (Picture to come soon) I love my job!

Luckily I wasn’t in the city with all those bomb scares…

Instead, I got to reunite with my training squad! And yes, we are like a big family!

Thursday

A swarm of flashing vehicles crossed 8th Ave as I got off the train, which I later found out to be another “package.” Too stressful for me.

I worked for a few hours straight and when I looked at the time, it was almost 1:30! 🕜

Thursday Juggle Session

I saw a bunch of camouflage-wearing military people coming up from the subway stations. They were calm so I asked if everything was okay and they replied that I was safe. It was probably just protocol.

I went back inside and finished working.

Friday

I’ve never seen the sky so beautiful, and I’ve seen the sickest sunrises these past few weeks.

It was so peaceful; the driver shut off every stupid announcement that irritated the zen of the bus. 🙌🏼

Every so often, the whistling driver serenaded us. It was still relaxing until someone had their creepy music a little too loud. And let’s not forget the throat clearing of my seat mate every two minutes. This guy typed a whole email – paragraphs – with just one thumb. Crazy!

“Good morning ladies and gentlemen, happy Friday. Enjoy yourselves. Next stop, 42nd & 8th.”

The thumb-texter tapped me while waving $7. I had to shut my music off so he could buy a swipe of my metro card. And I let him, because I’m a good person!

McDonald’s is slacking with their toys. Remember when they had like beanie babies?

Friday Juggle Session

Another wonderful workweek down. My juggle coach is leaving my job site soon. I told him he has to teach me to juggle 5 ASAP!

Jeff said it takes a lot of practice, but he did show me how to prepare myself. Well, here it is:

Stay safe and keep up with SamWriteNow & the City!