Wednesday, June 29, 2016

No Big (But Still...) --- Day 5/131

Walk: No
Distance: Forgot to Exercise

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Decision (Nothing big; re: whether to join a club) and Wind on Ciwt's mind today.  To be continued...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Price of Passion --- Day 5/130

Walk: PGCCSF, 'Hood
Distance: 3 miles and home yoga

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Ciwt was reading an article recently about Harvard's worst career advice to its graduating students: Follow Your Passion.  Now in Ciwt's inbox is an article from the NYT titled 'Pursue Passion -- and a Paycheck.'  So which is it?

Ciwt has pursued her passions several times with some interesting results.  She owned and managed a bookstore, dragged carton after carton of books, day after day through the snow from the Post Office, put them up on the shelves, and then began all over the next day.  It was backbreaking work with antiquated, time-consuming systems, earning a 'paycheck' of roughly $1. an hour.  And... she never read a book while she owned the store, didn't have the time and needed to keep up with so many books all she could do was read blurbs about them and listen to customer reviews.  (This was before the internet, but she doubts the book business is much less labor intensive today).

Then it was on to her art passion (the first time).  Again that low paycheck, long hours, limited buyers, artists with at best bizarre notions of money and business - and this time during the sad, sad days of aids.

While teaching yoga, she kind of lost her personal practice.

The list goes on a bit longer, but the 'bottom line' is that her passions would not have supported her or a family.  For the most part, passions are not lucrative if they even pay at all, and usually while you are pursuing that passion, it gets converted into a passionless money thing - at least for the time you are doing it for money.

All this being said, in retrospect, Ciwt values her opportunities to explore, have some fun, "see behind the green door" and learn more than she might have wanted to at the time about the realities of these various fields.  She also values the way the 'paychecks' nipped at her heels and forced her to find other ways - basically investing in real estate and stocks -  to pursue her even greater passion for freedom.Image result for Pursue your passion

Monday, June 27, 2016

N9-a --- Day 5/129

Walk: Union Square
Distance: 1 mile and Home Yoga

So, Ciwt has been wondering for years where Hillary Clinton gets her bright colored, high quality travelling pants suits..
Rainbow pant suits

And then came Gwen Ifill Image result for nina mclemore hillary clinton,

Elizabeth Warren Image result for nina mclemore hillary clinton,

Janet Yellen, Elana Kagan and a host more political and executive women.  Turns out they are all wearing Nina (pronounced Nine-ah) McLenore, a 70-year old designer who launched her label in 2001* and has a great story: She grew up in Mississippi where her mother made her clothes and she learned to sew but studied economics in college.  Her fashion business training was intense working through executive jobs at Liz Claiborne and helping develop early professional-apparel lines like Dana Buchman.  Then enough with clothes already, she earned an MBA at Columbia, worked for several years in private equity, then retired.

Which gave her time to really hear her professional women friends complain about the difficulties of finding appropriate clothing.   The options were often ill-fitting, poor fabric, limited, drab color, too expensive - which McLenore confirmed for herself when she posed as an investment banker and scoured Madison Avenue.

The rest became history - which Ciwt just caught up with today when she visited the McLenore store in San Francisco (which has been here for 9 years).  Wonderful!! fabrics, essentially impossible to wrinkle and excellent basic cuts in, yes, a rainbow of colors and moderately affordable/mid-range expensive.

If Ciwt had a political-executive lifestyle she would seriously consider wearing McLenore.  (And if Nina cut quite a bit smaller and toned down some of those colors).  Ciwt thinks the line particularly becomes Hillary.


*(About then, Ciwt - always interested in fashion - began teaching yoga and was far, far removed from such clothes).  











Sunday, June 26, 2016

Takes a Village* --- Day 5/128

Walk: T. Joe's
Distance: 2 miles, small yoga on deck





*Ciwt said darkly...

Saturday, June 25, 2016

You Know You're a Movie Buff When... ---- Day 5/127

Walk: Opera Plaza Cinema (The Fits), Hats of the Fillmore
Distance: 4 miles, small yoga



You walk miles to a tiny theater, see a small indie with essentially no plot - and really like it.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Ciwt Helps Out --- Day 5/126

Walk: Fillmore Street (Eileen Fisher), Walgreens; Fillmore Street (Back again: Clay Theater: Les Cowboys)
Distance: 2.5 miles

Doing her part on this rocky day, tough shopper Ciwt

1. Went to a 'hood movie: Les Cowboys (tres bien she thought)


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2. Then on to local pharmacy and closet filler






Too Windy to Write --- Day 5/125

Walk: Presidio, Legion of Honor
Distance: 5 miles

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Not Overcoming Obstacles --- Day 5/124

Walk: Billionaires part of the hood and other hood places
Distance: 7 miles




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Ciwt found it was hard to write when she had visiting family guests.  (That's her excuse...)