Resource Girl

Room in the Bank

August 29th, 2007

After living and working for the past 14 years in New York City, as an actor/dancer/singer turned writer, I decided to reach out to everyone that I have ever met in all of these years. As I began to look at 14 years of business cards, I really began to understand the depth of how full my life has been. I have been so fortunate to meet so many interesting people.

In my time in NYC, I have met Kenny Loggins, Betty White, Gene Simmons (those two people shouldn’t be next to each other, as one is sweet as pie and the other is just about as sweet as a cow patty), The guy who invented the Ketchup and Mustard Squeeze Bottle, a lesbian x-hasidic now turned witch, Candida Royal (I worked at the Learning Annex for 6 years and they had this “alternative magazine” party that I had to host, it’s not my usual reading material, I am much more for corn that for p—), Christian Slater, Brooke Shields, Scott Wolf, Gilbert Gotfried and more. It has been interesting to meet stars and learn that they are really human and not demi-gods. I have to say that Brooke Shields was VERY beautiful, no lights and mirrors there and Gilbert is my height, I am short.

Meeting these people and more, working at the Learning Annex definitely had it’s perks, my life is and has been full, but maybe sometimes a little too full.

So this is something that makes me stop and think about life in the Big City.

Room in the Bank

Is your life too full and busy? Perhaps too busy? sometimes we fill our lives so full that we don’t have time for the important things. At such times I remember the store about a young girl and her bank. (I don’t know who wrote this, but it has helped me).

The little girl’s father had just given her a silver dollar to put into her bank.  She excitedly ran off to her room to “deposit the coin”. However, in a few minutes she returned and handed the silver coin back to her father.

“Daddy,” she said sadly,” here’s your dollar back. I can’t get it into my bank.” “Why not?” her concerned father asked. “It’s too full,” she said, obviously disappointed.

Her father accompanied her back to her room and sure enough her bank was too full to accept even one more coin. It was filled with pennies.

Sometimes our lives are like the bank. So full of errands, obligations and activities that neither nurture us nor help anyone else, that there is simply no room left for what is truly important-the silver dollars.

Greenville Kleiser has said, “To live at this time is an inestimable privilege, and a sacred obligation devolves upon you to make a right use of your opportunities. Today is the day in which to attempt and achieve something worthwhile.”

Have you made room for large coins in your bank, for those things that you believe to be worthwhile? If not, you may have to remove a few pennies, but I suspect you will never know they are gone.

In New York City, you will be offered everything from everyone. Take a moment today to ask yourself, how am I spending my time here?

Resources, Reality and Really Needing Sleep and Food

August 17th, 2007

Okay so I do my best to tell people about how to live here better and all the wonderful resources that there are and oh boy, are there resources; but right now I want to vent about the reality of the place I call home.

This week I got up every single day to push the gum. It doesn’t really matter which gum and it really has nothing to do with the product itself. It has to do with the fact that I got up at 6am to go out and push the gum for 8 hours. 8 hours of saying the same thing, 8 hours of pushing this product on people. Promotions is great and you can read more about it in other posts that I have. Yeah you can make a ton of money but sometimes it’s just boring. Sometimes it’s just hard. Sometimes you want to be doing what you really want to be doing.

I thought to myself if I had spent an entire week pushing my book to stores, people on the street or even giving it to a few starving artists to read and review, I would have been better off. Is there a gurantee I would have made the same 500 bucks, no, but who knows maybe I would have made twice that. The point is I felt my energy wasted in the wrong direction. I felt that I self-sabatoged myself. I am totally being honest.

What I am talking about here is having faith in the real thing we are supposed to be doing. Look I know we have to eat and I know we have to pay rent, but I was not and am not starving (most artists I know eat and have a place to live, my people I know are not homeless, although I talk to them frequently and try to help them raise their abundance consciousness, much to the waste of my time usually but hey I keep trying) and I should have been pounding the pavement about my book.

I am hot, tired, beat, disturbed and mostly I know that 1/2 of the money is going straight to a day at the Spa, so next time I am going to believe in myself and really go for what I believe in. Sure I will take these jobs as needed but no more sacrificing for the gum. No more suffering for the gum.

One more note I talk about eating healthy and sleeping well, I confess I needed to read that section in my book again and again this week because I ate like crap and slept less than needed. I don’t like that and that is not how I would advise anyone acquaintance or best friend.

Not sure where I will be this week but wherever I will be I am going to eat healthy, like my dear Italian friends teach me, and exercise and just totally love me, not the gum.

So yeah, it’s not easy here but tomorrow I will write about the Justin Timberlake concert I went to and only learned about 45 minutes before and then you will know why I love the city even when I feel it totally beats me up.

Good night people and take good care of you wherever you are.



The Ribs were Good!

August 15th, 2007

Hey Everyone, I went and I had the ribs, they were good. The portions were small but it reminded me of why I love the place.

If you are looking for other fun things to do, don’t forget Free Yoga with LuLu Lemon Athletica and The River To River Festival, and of course the free movies on Monday night at Bryant Park. Make sure to get there early, the grass really fills up fast.

Ciao for now,

Amy The Resource Girl

Finger Licken’ Good

August 8th, 2007

Food: Virgil’s Ribstock
6-7:30pm Aug 14 at 152 W 44th St, between 6th and 7th; 212.921.9494
Thrillist - Virgil's  RibstockVirgil’s salutes Woodstock’s 38th b’day with free Memphis pork ribs and chicken wings, plus $5 Maker’s Mark cocktails. Thanks to the ThrillList for the information.

I love this place! I have eaten here after shows I have done. I have had business meetings here. I have brought friends here. I have brought boyfriends here. I just love it!

Rest in Peace DTUT

August 6th, 2007

So sad, but that’s the beauty and the danger of NYC, the way things are quickly created as well as the way things can quickly become the departed. Oh well, DTUT is no longer. It is closed. I will have to find a new place with cheap coffee and a really comfy couch (I hope no one trys to get forensic evidence on these couches, there is a reason they keep the lights low in these places). The Coffee Pot is cool on 49th and 9th, but in the summer it becomes infested with flies. :(. If you have a cool coffee hang out that you adore, do write to me about it.

How are you enjoying your summer, in New York or elsewhere?

August 6th, 2007

I have a feeling most people are enjoying their summers at the beach or in the mountains, on vacation or at an outside theater. More than likely you are not attached to your computer. I am, as I am really trying to capitalize on the revolution called the Internet. But I would love to hear from you and if it raining where you are, please take a moment and write to me about what you love to do in the summer. My next adventure in New York will be working a promotion for chewing gum and hopefully a night full of good chitchat with some friends at DTUT. Oh and I am going to do something the stars do, I am going to get a colonics. Yup, I am doing an internel cleansing to go along with the detoxification program I have been doing this summer, more on that…next post.

The ART PARADE September 8, 2007

August 3rd, 2007

September 08, 2007
Along West Broadway

Deitch Projects, Creative Time and Paper Magazine are pleased to announce the third annual Art Parade. The parade will take place on Saturday September 8, at 4PM. The route will begin on Houston and follow West Broadway, ending on Grand Street. Following the success of the past two Art Parades, artists, performers and designers are again being invited to create floats, placards, portable sculptures, kites, performances and street spectacles.

I thought this would be a great time to take pictures.