Alex in The City: The Bare Neccesities

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I have learned many many manyyyyy great lessons since I’ve moved to New York but one of my favorite ones is that “I have more than enough.”

It is a lesson I asked for experience with and one that I believed but didn’t know for sure, if that makes sense.

I knew I was fortunate, I knew that there are starving kids that would love to have the food I left to throw away who would still be hungry even if I shoved the remaining piece of filet Mignon down my throat and that I could be happy with much less. I had never really challenged myself on that Idea before I moved to NYC.

Maybe it was because I Didn’t have much money to spend on every Nate Berkus Collection piece at Target, or because there is not much room for a truckload of belongings in NYC or maybe it was a coming of age.

Either way I have begun my trek towards what I like to call “gypsy life.” I have been carrying an affirmation with me everyday which is simply “I have more than enough.” It’s simple but powerful and it has helped me to de-clutter, reorganize, Feng Shui and give life to my space. When I say life I really mean it, I added two living plants to my space and got rid of my candles as a challenge to myself. I’ve also become a lot more frugal and grateful for what I have and I’ve even become impatient and annoyed with “too much.”

I still have impulses to buy and decorate and bring home shiny things so I just remind myself of something I actually need, or simply that “I have more than enough!” And it is true what they say “gratitude turns what you have into enough!”

Have a great weekend and take some time to start figuring out how little you can be happy with and cut it in half to find what you need. Find the bare necessities and rejoice in the fact that you will always have more than enough!

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Love!

Alexandria
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Alex in The City: Sunday Brunch, a Walk in The Park

 

 

 

 

I have a running ritual of a Sunday morning Girlfriend brunch with two of my friends. It is one fourth accountability group, 2 parts ‘pinky promise bff’s forever’ and 1 part ‘we freaking love to eat and drink while the sun is out.’ 

One of the phrases that often comes up while planning is “and we can take pictures for our blogs!” And so we do, every week, with very few exceptions. Check out some of the photos our trip to Jacobs pickles and A walk in central park! 

I love having special time set in my schedule with my friends because it gives us all a good part of our week to look forward to and it reminds me that I know how to take time to smell the flowers and stuff my face and dress up every single week.

What are some of your favorite routines or traditions with your friends? 

 

Love!

 

Alexandria
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Alex in The City: Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum

Me and a close friend/fellow blogger had the pleasure of seeing the Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit at The Brooklyn Museum mere days before the exhibit closes!

Check out the video I made capturing the beautiful works of one of the greatest designers of our time.

There are even a few pieces that Beyonce has worn! When I saw the piece she wore at the Live at the Wynn Las Vegas concert I fell in love! There is also a photo that resembles some of the visuals from her latest album! Check out the video to see if you catch the picture I am taking about!

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Check out the video and to see more great pictures like the one above view the photo album on my Google + profile by clicking this link! –> Alex In The City- JPG

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The Exhibit is open until the 23rd! If you hurry you can still make it!

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Alexandria
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Alex In The City: V-Day 2014, Just LOVE

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I hope everyone had a wonderful V-Day!

I am not a Valentines day hating woman but I have spent my last 3 or four February 14th celebrating WOMANHOOD with VDay!

After performing in The Vagina Monologues at my University I found great interest in V-Day and dedicated time to it as an activist and as a feminist.

As I have shared before, my relocating to NYC has brought me closer to the home base of V-Day and in close quarters with the founder of V-Day,  Eve Ensler. This year I got to spend V-Day in the same room as her and a couple hundred other beautiful and generous women.

I completely fell in love with the works and words of Danielle Laporte, the Author of “The Desire Map.” Everyone at the Just Love event received a FREE, you read right,  a FREE  copy of The Desire Map Workbook when she spoke at the Just Love event. I cannot wait to dig into her books and blog and teachings and whatever I can find.

Spending V-Day with many many many beautiful and brave and outstanding women was more than I could have asked for.

The Hammerstein Ballroom was full of the love and energy that was filling buildings and hearts all over the world from Right here in NYC to The City of Joy in Bukavu!

Check out My pics below and visit http://www.onebillionrising.org/ to join the movement to end violence against women.

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Danielle Laporte at at V-Days JUST LOVE event

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Alex in The City: Gone Since November!

But I am back with the Jumpoff!

Thanks to my loyal readers and visitors for sticking out the dry season with me. I will be blogging during my Holiday breaks and getting my blog up to speed with my life!

One of my resolutions for the new year is to proofread and spell check more carefully. I have described myself as the typo queen because of my many blunderous  adventures in blogging, tweeting, emailing and text messaging and much of it is a result of my tendency to write with more feeling than intention and in times that are more urgent than they are convenient.

Either way I will continue to share, just with spell check at my reading abilities actually being put to their best use!

I will write again as soon as I hit Florida! We have lots to get to!

Love!

Alexandria!
XOXO

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Alex In The City: Hill Harpers “Letters to an Incarcerated Brother” Book Signing and Conversation at Brooklyn Restoration

20131113-193907.jpgThis weekend I got to meet one of my favorite people, for a second time! You may have heard of him, he attended Harvard with our current President, he is a NYTimes best selling author, an actor (Covert affairs and my personal favorites were his cameos on The Game and his role opposite my SISTER Dr. Kerry Marisa Washington in for colored girls) and an activist and advocate and probably 6 other awesome things I can’t think of right now but most of all he is close to me as a person that I look to for guidance and inspiration through his work so much so that when I decided to build my own outlet, this very blog, I used one of his quotes as the headline on the home page.

Hill Harper.

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I met Hill for the first time at Essence Magazines annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. Hill was on a panel at the convention center and he took time after the panel to take photos and sign books. I have a funny story about how I got my book (The Conversation) signed that I won’t share the details of today but it was so worth it. When I heard hill was coming to Brooklyn I HAD to be there. Not to mention Brooklyn Restoration is so close to where I live.

I had just recommended Letters to an Incarcerated Brother to someone on twitter who was looking for a good read when I stumbled into the Greenlight bookstore to pick up a calendar of events that included Hills presentation. I immediately texted my friends inviting them to join because I was surely going and I was definitely buying the book.

What I love most about Hills books is that you don’t just read the book, you have homework to do afterward and you can always pass the book on and bless someone else’s life with it, unless of course its hand signed by Hill himself in which case you Share some integral passages via email with those you think my benefit from it in order to avoid having the person you loaned said autographed book to losing it without a trace (yes I’ve had an unanticipated parting with my first copy of the conversation).

Hills most recent book “Letters to an Incarcerated Brother” addresses the mass incarceration issue in the United States and more specifically in the African American and poor communities.

Hill began his presentation asserting that Mass Incarceration is an issue that no one talks about and later recounted part of his struggle with his publishing process was his fight with a publishing house that was convinced that this was an issue that Hills audience, or anyone for that matter, are not concerned with or interested in the issue.

He guided the audience to the first passage in the book; A letter from an imprisoned 16 year old boy that after reading Hills first book (Letters to a Young Brother) wrote Hill a very honest and moving letter from, but not in the usual fashion of moving and honest letters like we get from loved ones. The letter made it evident that the young man was writing and probably also reading at roughly a 4th grade reading level for an average American child. After reading the letter Hill recalled asking himself “Had he failed us or have we failed him.”

Thanks to Hills commitment to young men and women, to his community of readers and fans and his understanding of a quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr,. he admits to carrying with him “We are all tied together in a garment of mutual destiny” Hill took a pay cut and put up a fight to publish this book and make it an agent for change.  You can purchase the book HERE. The book includes a list of prisons to send a copy to via the warden for the Prison library.

Check out my throwbacks with Hill and a few Photos from Saturday night Below !

 

 

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Alex in The City: VDay Conversations With Eve Ensler Pt 2

Eve Ensler and Dr. Denis Mukwege

What is a Tuesday night without a couple of revolutionaries?! I was honored to attend the second event in the Rise For Justice  “Coversations With Eve”  series at ABC Carpet & Home on Tuesday evening with Dr. Denis Mukwege and Eve Ensler. Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of Super Storm Sandy but was also the seven year anniversary of the meeting of Eve and Dr. Mukwege. Who wouldn’t want to be in a room with two incredibly and relentlessly brave and courageous activist as they commune for their anniversary?

Dr. Mukwege  is the Director and Founder of the Panzi General Referral Hospital in Bukavu, South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Dr. Mukwege performs life-saving fistula surgeries on girls and women who have been brutally raped and mutilated in the Congolese war. 100% of the proceeds from this event went to benefit the Panzi foundation to help further the vision of Dr. Mukwege and support the women of the Congo.

Dr. Mukwege recounted the first time he met Eve and invited her to visit him in Bakavu, Eve accepted but Dr. Mukwege thought she would be like most others “Everyone accepts but no one ever comes” he said. Well in true Eve fashion she showed up. much to Dr. Mukweges surprise and delight. Dr. Mukwege shared with the audience how a night spent with Eve and his patients dancing and talking helped him to return to his work not only as a doctor but as an activist for the abused and endangered Congolese women. Because of Eve and Dr. Mukweges commitment to justice and safety and well being for women the Congolese V-day campaign and The City of Joy foundation was born. Watching these two converse was a pleasure in and of itself! It was all but a “No you’re more awesome” contest at moments. The amount of love and respect they have for one another was so evident and so understandable seeing that both Dr. Mukwege and Eve have dedicated and risked their lives to better the lives of others. They are two of the people in the world that understand and honor the connection that we all have to one another and how intricately our destinies are intertwined.

The past month has included a few interactions with Eve and I can only describe it as a series of enlightening and inspiring aha moments. The inspiring thing about Eve, to me,  is that she is all about the work, something I strive to keep in mind when I go about doing my own work as an actor or an activist or an advocate.

The night was wonderful, the room was full but quiet so that every word could be heard during the conversation. I brought along two friends with me who enjoyed themselves just as much as I did and I think Its safe to say that Emma Myles and I are officially ‘cool’ lol. I was lucky enough to meet her at a Vday meeting that, ironically, took place after I had been working as a background actor on Orange is the New Black, the hit series from Netflix in which Emma plays an inmate by the name of Leanne Taylor. I got to see her again last night!

Me and Emma Myles

Check out more of my photos from last night below!

You can read more about and support the Panzi foundation or City of Joy just click HERE (Panzi) or HERE (City of Joy)

You can watch the taping of the live stream of last Nights event with Dr. Mukwege and Eve HERE!!!!!!!

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Editor of Yas Magazine Yasmine (Left)
Actress Candyce Adkins (right)

Me and Eve Ensler