8 facts about me

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  1. I am extremely loyal and I value this quality in others.

  2. I always meet people with an open heart and open mind, and I am 100% present when I’m with someone, because:

  3. I am not that social. I need a lot of alone-time. I love to be alone and I never feel lonely just because I’m in my own company. I just need chocolate ; )

  4. I drink green juice every morning and I eat chocolate every afternoon.

  5. I work out 6 days a week.

  6. I am an Aries.

  7. One of my favorite feelings is the one of shared enthusiasm.

  8. Some of my favorite films are: The Godfather Trilogy, The Devils Advocate (if you’re wondering how I felt when I first got to NYC watch it!), Nightcrawler, Hodejegerne (The Norwegian film ‘Headhunters’), I Am Not An Easy Man, French Kiss, Priceless, The Zen of Bennett, E La Nave Va, Death Becomes Her, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Sweet Charity.

    Xo, Seena

My fave way to start the morning in Rome

Saw somebody eating donuts today and it made me flash back to one of my favorite memories from the last time I was in Rome: Getting up really early and jogging along river Tiber with the final destination being Pasticceria Boccione in the Jewish Quarter for some freshly made donuts. You should try it!

Arrive right when they open at 8am.

Via del Portico d'Ottavia, 1, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Xo, Seena

Three Tulum Favorites

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One of my favorite vacation spots that I can’t wait to go back to is Tulum. I find myself dreaming back to my trip there a few years ago on these cold winter days here in New York City. Here are three of my favorite things I wouldn't mind doing again:

  1. Waking up to bird song and a view of the ocean at hotel Mi Amor.

  2. Biking down through the whole beach community on the main road, then:

  3. Eating lunch and hanging out all day at Be Tulum.

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About Hope

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Last week I stumbled over what must be one of the saddest sentences I’ve ever read: “Hope is just delayed disappointment”. It’s so dark to me, also because I find that sentence to carry truth in it. But I don’t agree with it fully. Because yes, hope can be a form of delayed disappointment half the times or even nine times out of ten, but not every single time. What makes hoping worth it is that one time something works - that makes all those other delayed disappointments into stepping stones to your success. But I realize it’s easier to take that view looking back, of course. And I guess it also depends what it is you’re hoping :) Hope you’re having a good day and that all your dreams come true. Xo, Seena

Music is a Dream

Here are two book recommendations and one documentary recommendation. They are all inspirational and about music - directly and indirectly. ‘Broken Music’ is an honest and beautifully written autobiography by Sting full of memories from - and reflections on - his early life and career. One of my favorite books for sure. Another favorite is ‘The Soundtrack Of My Life’ by Clive Davis which I think is a must-read for anyone interested in music. This is also an autobiography, and because Clive has discovered and made so many artists it’s very much a piece of music history, as well. It’s truly inspiring to read how someone who’s speciality is recognizing what’s amazing and unique in others have been able to achieve again and again and again.

I also recommend the documentary ‘The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life’. I can almost guarantee that if you’re having a bad day you will be humbled and moved (and hopefully have a better day) after watching this Academy Award winning documentary short. It’s about Alice Herz-Sommer, a Holocaust Survivor and pianist.

What I Know For Sure

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Dear reader,

Are you a big Oprah-fan, like me? If yes then I’m sure you know about the ‘What I Know For Sure’ column in O-magazine. If you have no clue what I’m talking about let me quickly explain that it’s a column Oprah was inspired to write after getting asked the question of what she knew for sure. It’s also something she asks her interview subjects very often. So, inspired by Oprah here is a list of a few things I know for sure.

  • It’s better to sleep on it if you can. If you have the opportunity to not rush your decision, you’re not going to regret taking an extra day making sure you’re making the right decision.

  • People can have slightly different perceptions of reality. It’s good to remind yourself of this once in a while as it makes it easier not to take things personally.

  • You can’t take back what you said or wrote. Think twice.

  • The road to success is not a straight line to the top.

  • Goals and dreams can change over time, and once you’ve reached one goal you very often have even more goals and dreams already lined up on your to-do list.

  • Money can not buy health nor the feeling of being content with what you have over time, no matter how much you have.

  • I feel happier when I exercise.

  • You teach people how to treat you. If something is unacceptable to you, let them know.

  • Life is full of surprises and curveballs for better and worse.

  • I’ve never regretted it when I’ve said ‘no’ to something to take care of myself physically or mentally.
    For me it’s better to say ‘yes’ to fewer things, and then be 100% present at those things.

on discovering what works for you

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Do you ever reflect on why you make the choices you do?
I’m not thinking about big choices, but rather those small choices you make every day that eventually add up.
I’ve reflected a bit on this and I’ve realized that there are as many “correct” answers to what good everyday choices are, as there are people.

Therefore the point I want to make with this post is that I think it’s a good idea to once in a while double check if what you are choosing to do is based on what you know for sure is correct for you.
Or are you making some of those choices because you think that that’s the only right way to go about things since those choices are working for someone else?

You are not that other person, so it’s not 100% sure that even if you follow the exact same choices as them (for example with your diet and exercise), you will have the exact same results.

A big part of life is discovering what works for you and then respecting that.

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The picture above is from a gig with my jazzband this previous Sunday. xoxo, Seena

A Funny comedy on Netflix

I watched ‘I am not an easy man’ on Netflix a few weeks ago and loved it. This is a french comedy by Eleonore Pourriat with Vincent Elbaz and Marie-Sophie Ferdane. I think it’s an excellent commentary on certain aspects of our culture and time. This film is perfect for you if you like ironic and dry humor like me :) Enjoy!

A lesson from Barbra Corcoran

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Do you watch the show Shark Tank? It’s one of my favorite tv series.

That’s one of the reasons why I’ve read ‘Invent it, Sell it, Bank it’ by Lori Greiner who is a regular shark on the show. This is a great book for anyone wanting to take their invention to the next level in America.

I’ve also read ‘Shark Tales’ by Barbra Corcoran. Barbra is another recurring shark, and I absolutely loved her book. In it she tells her life story of how she went from working in a diner in New Jersey to eventually founding and running her successful real estate agency, a journey that was not without hurdles and disappointments.

After reading the book I’m definitely a Barbra-fan. In a few of the interviews she has done I noticed she repeats that one of the things she thinks made her successful is that she is very good at NOT feeling sorry for herself. I found this to be inspiring. Sometimes it can be tempting to dig yourself into a ditch of self pity, when what you actually would be better of doing is spending that focus and time more constructively. Just a thought I wanted to share :)

The picture is from a beach by the Dead Sea taken last fall.

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My favorite NYC restaurant

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What restaurant in NYC is downtown-cosy, elegant, has consistently amazing food and excellent service? My favorite place L’Artusi of course :) Order anything off the menu and prepare to be wowed. I love the tagliatelle bolognese, the roasted mushrooms with egg, the brussel sprouts and last but not least the Crispy Potatoes with Salsa Bianco (definitely get this no matter what if you like sour cream and onion potato chips).

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I love to sit at the chefs counter, but they also have beautiful tables. Reserve in advance as this place gets packed for the most popular dinner times 1-2 weeks in advance.

L’Artusi 228 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014

A Book That Will Make You Bawl

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This is one of my favorite books. It was recommended to me by my favorite dancer teacher here in New York before he left for Los Angeles a few years ago. When I first started reading it I thought it was a nice book, but didn’t really understand what was so amazing about it; I thought the beginning kind of read like a children’s book. That was only until I got further into it and whoa the end definitely made me cry.

The book is ‘The Art Of Racing In The Rain’ written by Garth Stein.

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If you want more after finishing the book I recommend ‘Senna’ on Netflix which is a documentary about the race car driver (Ayrton Seena) mentioned in the book.

Reasons I don't drink

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With the weekend right around the corner I thought I’d make a short list of reasons of why I don’t drink right now. I should mention I have a normal history and relationship with alcohol, but right now I just don’t miss it in my life. Here is why:

  1. I don’t prioritize going out and drinking. Those things are just not possible for me because they come so far down on my want-to-do list right now that other things take their place. I’d much rather get in an extra work out or give my body restitution. I know I know - I’m a really exciting person :) haha. There’s just not time for everything.

  2. I don’t think it’s healthy for me. I believe in alkalizing my body as much as possible and even though I often eat foods that are not alkalizing I just can’t stomach the idea of pouring more acidic substance into my body. Alcohol is very acidic.

  3. I just don’t feel like it at the moment. I stopped drinking when I started doing ashtanga yoga a few years ago. Somehow I suddenly just didn’t feel like it anymore. Before that I was going out and drinking like ‘normal’ people. Maybe I’ll want to resume drinking in the future, but right now I'm good.

  4. I don’t have any bad days because of hangovers.

  5. I don’t need it to relax, calm my nerves or have fun.

Lastly I also want to add that I obviously don’t have a problem hanging out with friends and family that are enjoying themselves with drinks. We are all different. Have a great weekend everyone. S

A feel good film

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If you want a cute French romantic comedy to watch this evening I recommend ‘hors de prix’ with Audrey Tautou and Gad Elmaleh. It’s called ‘Priceless’ in English. I can guarantee you will love it if you are a romantic comedy fan and you like movies like French Kiss with Meg Ryan. Priceless is not on Netflix unfortunately; I watched it via amazon prime and they also have it in the iTunes Store.

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New year | New Goals

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Happy new year everyone! I hope you had a nice New Years Eve celebration, wether it was just relaxing alone at home or doing something fun with friends and family. I spent it performing with my band at Le Coucou, an elegant and welcoming restaurant downtown Manhattan.

Do you have any New Years Resolutions? I don’t, but I do have a few things I would like to make happen this year, which got me thinking about goals.

I love setting goals for myself so I have something to aim for. But after nearly a decade in New York City I realize with each year passing that appreciating the journey to the goals is equally important as - if not more important than - reaching the goals, whatever they may be.

There are a few aspects to what I mean by this. For example, I think about the goals I have had for my music career; For me, what is fun to reminisce about are all the different situations and people I’ve met and what they have showed me about the world and also about myself. The memories along the way are equally as satisfying to think about as the fact that I/we reached certain goals. If you didn’t take time to be a nice person and to have fun along the way to reach your goal, how will you feel when you reach it? I want to be present in the moment. Appreciating and respecting my environment.

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Goals that are hard - and maybe impossible- build character, and they also force you to inspect what you are willing to sacrifice to reach them; I definitely don’t plan to be that person who always had to miss family occasions because of work. I also am not the person that will lie, steal and tear others down to reach my goals. New York has enough of those people already! :)

I know I’ve had a few goals that I decided not to pursue because I felt like the journey to that goal wouldn’t make me happy. It’s very freeing to say no to situations and environments that I sense aren’t right for me; it frees up time for new goals that sometimes turn out to be better than my initial wants.

The journey to your goals is actually your life and in turn how people remember you. The goals themselves may just end up being a few sentences in your bio when it comes down to it.

So enjoy and accept your unique journey and remember:

the day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit.

…or maybe it is, in a way? #moments :)

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