Week 7: No Slowing Down

New Yorkers walk fast.

I walk fast.

Stop telling me to slow down.

When I was first learning how to drive my mother would cringe at my left-turning ability. “Drive with a purpose!” she would state because I occasionally hesitated halfway into a turn. “You can’t slow down in the middle of the road, you have to be confident and move quickly.”

Today, I’m told I walk too fast—at least that’s what I’m told in Texas. Yes, I probably walk faster than the average human being but that’s because I believe in walking with a purpose. If you have somewhere to be, act like it. And I know I have places to go.


My hot pink cast! Since I had a lot of time on my hands I decorated my crutches.

Five years ago I tore my achilles tendon pulling some back handsprings and back tucks (that gymnastics lingo). As a gymnast I had sprained several bones in my body so I wasn’t too shaken up about it; another week or two off of my feet, I assumed. Until my doctor shared that I needed surgery and that my recovery time would be a year. WHAT. “Oooh I really screwed up this time.”  There went my gymnastics career, dance troupe, and any chance of having a typical teenage summer.

I couldn’t  put pressure on my foot for two months, and when I was finally strong enough to, I wore a huge boot with a crutch. Ten weeks after the injury I became crutch-free and 13 weeks after the injury I was able to remove the boot right before my 16th birthday! Nearly five months after the injury I could walk at a normal pace and after six months, I was able to run again.

Someone’s walk says a lot about their demeanor and for the longest time, my walk was a limp. So when I finally had the ability to, I decided to walk with a purpose.

So please don’t slow me down, just keep up : )

Of course, here are a few pictures!


A beautiful day on top of the Central Park Castle


Carnival day at my condo!


9/11 Memorial on July 4th


Fireworks on the 4th of July! We were able to get right up to the coast!


My office is pretty nice.


And my cousins are pretty cute!

South Street Seaport

South Street Seaport

Candy Store :)

Candy Store :)


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