Our 10 Day Summer in NYC

People have been signing up for the Retreat, and my heart is about to BURST!! Soooo excited for anyone who will be able to make this trip. It’s an investment in your HEALTH and your life and your happiness, but it’s one that I feel is worth taking. Years ago, I had to start making those investments. I had to learn (from scratch) to respect myself enough to put my body and my health and my well being first. I had to adjust my lifestyle. I had to give up and sacrifice things. But the fruits of doing so have been never ending. It changed my world, my marriage, my happiness, my self worth, and my ability to LOVE & LIVE fully. FYI, there are still some more slots left. Please don’t hesitate to write or chat with me if you’re on the fence and trying to figure out if you should do this. 


So, New York. Oh, New York has me wrapped around it’s finger. And here’s how we unexpectedly got to experience it’s summer magic…

My computer busted many weeks ago. Blogging got a little complicated after that. Oh dear.

But there was a silver lining in the form of rooftop parties, Central Park, and a sunset on the Hudson River. And that is because Ecuador has some insane import taxes on computers. Believe it or not, rather than buying a computer in Ecuador, it was CHEAPER for us to buy a flight to NYC *AND* buy a computer at our cush 24-hour Apple Store on 5th Avenue. Isn’t that nuts?!!

I didn’t need too much convincing to hop on that plane, I tell you what.

Here are some pics from our absolutely glorious 10 Day Summer in NYC…


We went straight from the plane to dinner in Chinatown with my now Brooklynite sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew. Ah, it was magical and lovely beyond words to be there and to be dining with family. I can’t tell you how my heart just raced to have my feet planted on those familiar streets…and to be eating Vietnamese!!! Ah, we were in heaven. You must add this restaurant to your lists: Pho Bang Restaurant at 157 Mott Street. The husband and wife owners were as adorable as can be.


We went nuts walking around our old neighborhood, Park Slope. Everything seemed SOOO clean, fancy, lush, and manicured that my eyes were popping out of my head. I guess I’ve been away long enough that seeing this all again had a huge effect on me.


Eating at our favorite restaurants was high on our list. Some we ate at just for nostalgia’s sake, including our neighborhood sushi place. We miss having awesome sushi on the corner!!!

Other restaurants on our list included Fonda Mexican in Park Slope and Pinto Thai in the West Village. (Danny especially loves the crab fried rice served in a young coconut.) Nothing like eating from the “Sunset Menu” at Pinto then strolling over to the Hudson River to watch the spectacular sunset. Highly recommended! 


We also got to see loads of friends around town, at Prospect Park and at a girls’ rooftop party. Oh, those are the *BEST* NYC moments. Those are the moments that make us all want to live in NYC as long as is humanly possible. We also got to have lunch with a new friend, John Dehlin, of the podcast Mormon Stories. He did an interview with us as well, which should be posted soon.


Summer does not feel complete without a visit to the famous food vendors in Red Hook. I can’t believe I actually got to do it. Pupusas and Horchata forever!!!


While Danny ran some errands, I sat and waited for him in Central Park. I felt so nostalgic there watching all the professionals eat lunch on a bench or take a little walk around the lake. That used to be my life.

So happy to be on vacation in NYC with this guy. Best travel partner in the world. 

And now if only my computer would break again in time for Christmas in New York. 🙂  

What has the highlight of your summer been this year?? It would be so fun to hear! I *LOVE* that summer is often full of adventures, more than any other season.

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  1. ingrid August 4, 2014 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    So happy you're happy. You are an inspiration! Think of you both often.

    • mara August 4, 2014 at 7:24 pm - Reply

      Ahhh, Ingrid! SO lovely to hear from you. We think of you, often, too. Hope life is as good as can be. Much love, M

  2. Quinne August 4, 2014 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    I'm thrilled that you were interviewed by John Dehlin! I've been listening to his podcasts for months and my husband and I are grateful for the open discussions he inspires. Your message is so important so I'm just really happy that so many people will be introduced to it through his forum. On another note, New York looks dreamy and I hope to visit someday. How wonderful you got to go back and enjoy it so much!

    • mara August 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      So nice to get your note, Quinne. Glad to hear you've appreciated John Dehlin's podcasts. We've heard several of them and have enjoyed them, too.

  3. Georgia August 4, 2014 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    NYC is so fun! after my late exams we took a mini-vacation up there got married at the city clerk's office- so New York will now always hold a special place for my husband and I 🙂

    • mara August 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      WHAT?! 🙂 That sounds so fun and memorable. I almost did that once! It was for my first marriage. We were nearly about to marry at City Hall in Manhattan, but we ended up eloping to Montauk.
      And how lovely that NY will be a special place for you. I feel that way about Boston, too, as Danny and I got married there. During our recent visit to NY, we actually dashed away to Boston for 24 hours and it was so fun to reminisce about our wedding.

    • Georgia August 5, 2014 at 12:42 am - Reply

      Ah I love Boston! The Northeast just does cities right 😉

      We'll be having the church wedding next year, but for now we have a lovely little memory, and I finally get why people LOVE NYC so much.

  4. ellen August 4, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    My niece has been living with me this summer in Boston. She is from Florida and finished her first year at BYU-Hawaii in the spring. She's been working as a camp counselor (and also babysitter, ebay seller, organizer, cleaner, elder-sitter). It's been so wonderful having her here. We've taken trips to Maine, Rhode Island, upstate NY (for the Hill Cumorah Pageant), Niagara Falls, and we're taking the bus to NYC this weekend. We are both sad as we count down the days until she heads back to Hawaii (13!) but it's been so great and we've made lots of memories.

    • mara August 4, 2014 at 7:42 pm - Reply

      K, having a niece live with you for a bit sounds like a dream. One of my best friends in NYC just hosted her niece for awhile, too. Maybe I can get on that band wagon someday. And good for her for being so resourceful and industrious during her summer break. And, what DREAM adventures you guys have had!!! Danny and I have been wanting to do a full blown East Coast trip sometime and Maine and Niagara Falls are definitely on the list. What an amazing part of the country.

  5. Laura August 5, 2014 at 3:33 am - Reply

    It's so important to be a tourist in "your" city, isn't it? You appreciate it so much more. I grew up in Colorado but my family moved away a few years ago. I'm back in the state for the summer and the amounts of gratitude I'm feeling are TREMENDOUS!

  6. Amandine Marbach August 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    I'm currently in NYC and it's fun to see you were at Pho Bang, I went there a few days ago to eat spring rolls (my boyfriend's favourite!)
    I'm french and so is my boyfriend, he lives in NYC and we met here! I'll be moving in with him for good at the end of September! I'm so excited 🙂
    I would love to hear more about you and Danny's favorite places and restaurants!

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  8. Stephanie August 12, 2014 at 6:52 am - Reply

    I am so glad you had a great trip! Sometimes the spontaneous adventures are the most enjoyable, no? Also, is that Nicole Sheehan above? Small world.

  9. Emily August 28, 2014 at 6:58 am - Reply

    I really love New York! especially taking a night walk at the central park.


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