Only Connect

by Monica McCarthy on May 30, 2014

Connected

“Only connect!” ―E.M. Forster, Howards End

A quick update here to say I miss you. It’s been several weeks since I’ve written on this blog in my typically overly-metaphoric-what-is-the-meaning-of-life type of post.

I’ve still been writing those posts in my head… but I’ve been spending a lot more time away from my computer lately.

I’ve been saying yes and connecting with people in real life and I’m blown away by all the amazing things people are doing, being, and creating.

Every time I sit down to write, I think about these people. And the only thing I find myself wanting to write about is them, and how you should meet them too, if you haven’t already.

So here goes…

Last week the effervescent Matthew Corozine invited me to teach a workshop for actors about getting off the starving artist bandwagon. If you’re an actor in NYC, race thyself to MCS and take a class. You’ll walk away feeling renewed, both as an actor and a human being.

And if running is more your speed, then I highly recommend signing up for a race! Shout-out to the 1,500 volunteers and 25,586 fellow runners of the Brooklyn Half-Marathon! We broke the record for the biggest half-marathon ever!  I’m grateful for sharing a morning in the neighborhood with a such fun people.

 

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Starting line with a few (thousand) friends

Though she didn’t come to town for the race, I’m so thrilled Brooklyn got to spend time with Meg Worden. Unending gratitude for Meg being a wordsmith wizard and excellent mixologist (should you also happen have the opportunity to attend a private rum tasting together.) To know her is to adore her.

I’m dying to go on a Museum Hack tour founded by Nick Gray whom I met at brunch on Memorial Day. He mentioned his passion for picnic-ing and by the end of the meal, the #PicnicSoHard group was formed. Within hours we were soaking up the sun in Central Park. Nick is hilarious.

Speaking of hilarious, it was great reuniting with funny-man, Baratunde Thurston. If you if like whiskey, please run to the next Whiskey Friday. (Just don’t run after Whiskey Friday– trust me on this.) If you’re really nice, he might buy you a delicious Templeton Old Fashioned.

In fact, it was at Whiskey Friday that I met Amy Chan and I’m now addicted to her fabulous blog about relationships. (Warning: you WILL get addicted to her posts.) I also met Dina Kaplan who then invited me to a meditation class led by Charlie Knoles. You guys, it was an HOUR of sitting and breathing. And not only did I not die, I enjoyed it so much I’ve actually meditated every morning since. So yeah, Dina and Charlie are up to all good.

At the May Cheshire Parlour (how did I never write about this??!) we talked about the idea of Fortune and our guests ranged from artists, to authors, to an astrologer. We even got a speed-round personalized astrological reading at the end of the night thanks to Ophie. She really is a light in this world.

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LtoR: David Harbour, Christine Amorose, Ramit Sethi, Ophira Edut, Valerie Winn, Bryce Longton (and Spanky), moi, Diana Hardeman, Marc Winn, Fawziah Qadir, Derek Halpern

Ooh, also, we have a present for you! Free wallpaper for your desktop and phone. From the quotes created at the dinner, we chose : “You don’t need a fortune to have a fortunate life.” (Isn’t that so true?)

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The best creative director a girl could ask for told me about a sample sale of ceramics to spruce up the Cheshire Parlour dinner table. Chen and Helen transform clay  into art and it was a delight to meet them in Williamsburg and support their work.

Speaking of clay, I’ve dubbed Clay Hebert the Kevin Bacon of entrepreneurs. Thanks to his invitation to attend the awesome Founders Dinner at the stunning River Park restaurant, I got to meet and reunite with some of the brightest minds in the start-up biz. Satya Twena is saving the world one hat at a time.  Dan and Renee proved that Canadians really are the nicest people on the planet (see also: tall).   I sat next to Rob Caucci, the co-founder of Pijon, a monthly care-package service for college students. Rob was so nice, he was like a care-package himself.

And yesterday, I woke up at 4am to have a photo shoot with my favorite photographer. We almost cancelled since the weather forecast was “cloudy” but then she texted “It’ll be an adventure” and indeed, it was. If there’s anyone you trust to take your picture when you’re sleep-deprived and wearing a tutu, it’s this woman.

I could go on (and these were just some of the encounters from the past two weeks!), but I’m off to a luncheon to celebrate a book launch with one of my favorite people. I don’t even know what book is the about. I just know that when we say yes to people, amazing things happen.

So that’s the non-metaphorical-meaning-of-life-post today.

Have a great weekends, friends!

image: Heather

 

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Clare June 2, 2014 at 7:49 am

This is amazing! You are one busy, creative, connected person. Hope you are finding lots of fulfillment amidst what seems like a very full calendar xx
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Monica McCarthy June 11, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Awww thanks Clare! Looking forward to “connecting” more with you! Hopefully on both sides of the pond:)

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