Sunday, March 27, 2016

An Abundant Life - New Jersey Rocks

I moved to New Jersey almost ten years ago after many years of living in Manhattan. I had always found amazing apartments in Manhattan - inexpensive, in the best neighborhoods, funky and fun with old detail and great neighbors. Then ten years ago I was born again, during a time when I needed to find a new place to live, and all of a sudden I couldn't find any of the old and charming deals I used to find. I always say I came out to New Jersey kicking and screaming, and though that may be a metaphor, in reality I was pouting and crying and complaining to God every step of the way. Here I was, working in ministry, finally listening to God and for the first time trying to live my life in ways that would be pleasing to Heaven, and all of a sudden I wasn't being blessed with an apartment where I wanted to live. What was this mess all about?

I moved into my first apartment in Jersey City Heights sight unseen - a friend from church had found it for me and talked to the landlord. Don't get me wrong - I was in a place in my life where I was thankful to have a roof over my head - I had lost my business and my home and everything I thought I cared about over the course of a year and I was at the lowest point I had ever thought possible. But New Jersey? And after all those years of living in amazing spaces in Manhattan when I wasn't following God's ways - what was that all about? As I complained and whined and cried, the voice kept answering me, "Look around you." At first I thought it was ministry God was telling me to see opportunities for, but there are plenty of opportunities for ministry in Manhattan and I was working with a ministry there at the time. But still the voice kept saying, "Look around you," and so I started listening to the leading of that voice and started walking around with my eyes open for what I was supposed to see.

I don't have a car, and so I walk everywhere I can, and as I walked, I started to find shops and thrift stores, to meet people and find lovely parks and events and a lifestyle that was more than I could have ever dreamed of. I realized that all along God had been blessing me by moving me out here, and that sometimes those blessings come in ways we haven't thought possible. Last year I moved into a new apartment, and at the time people were asking me if I would ever consider Manhattan again if the opportunity arose. I love some things about my past in Manhattan, and still like to visit some of my old haunts, but New Jersey is awesome, and I thank God every day for the blessing He has given me by moving me here.

I had a long week last week, but there were two events I attended that rejuvenated me in so many ways. That's one of the wonderful things about living where I live. There are so many people and places and things that are inspiring and uplifting, and I'll share here just a few of them with more to come.

Taking Good Care Of Yourself

Hair Cult on Washington Street in Hoboken is a salon I've walked past many times and always thought I wanted to walk in. I don't get my hair cut professionally any more because it's hard to find a long hair care specialist who will let me keep my hair naturally, and the one that I used to go to, although he was wonderful, is much too expensive for my budget these days. When I heard from Jennifer Sutton, a wonderful stylist for Stella&Dot, that there was an event at Hair Cult, it gave me an opportunity to go there and see why it was so alluring. Now that I've experienced their great hospitality, it's making me want to go back for a styling. It's been a long time and  maybe it's time to treat myself to a professional cut. With a full line of Aveda products, Hair Cult is also combined with Marma Day Spa, so I might just have to make a special day of it.

Hair Cult & Marma Day Spa
1124 Washington Street
Hoboken, NJ
(201) 795-2220

Jennifer Sutton, Stella&Dot Stylist Extraordinaire
With A Very Happy Customer

Amazing Styles From

Interchangeable Pieces To Keep Your Wardrobe Fresh

Hosted In The Most Natural And Lovely Surroundings
Of Hair Cult And Marma Day Spa
An Aveda Salon

Doing Good With The Best

I wrote about Karen Nason and her wonderful Hoboken Hothouse a few weeks ago, and after I stopped by Hair Cult I walked across town to visit her at FUSE where she was hosting a fundraising event for Layups4Life. Karen is a powerhouse of good times and good food and good fun. She's also great people and has great people around her. The food was divine, the music amazing, and I had the opportunity to learn about a charitable cause that supports cancer research and meet the founder. If that's not a recipe for a wonderful evening, I don't know what is.

Karen Nason, Owner
256 Newark Street
Hoboken, NJ
(201) 792-3873

Karen Nason Lends Her Gorgeous Voice And Style

An Outdoor Space With A Waterfall

The Founder Of Layups4Life

Happy Easter!


Jannie Susan

Sunday, March 20, 2016

An Abundant Life - Enlightening Journeys

One day last year when the weather was turning warmer and the days were long and sweet, I walked a way that I don't usually walk and found a new and wonderful place to shop. Following signs marking the way, I discovered a lovely neighborhood store that sells second hand furniture, antiques, vintage pieces, home goods, electronics and appliances, and the owner Gabriel who has so much knowledge and expertise that it is a joy to spend time with him. There is always something new to see at his store, and now that the weather is getting warmer and the days are getting longer again, his hours will be extending too. If you're looking for something in particular, ask him - he may have it in storage or be able to find it or be in the process of fixing something that is just what you need. If you like browsing and learning about home design and d├ęcor like I do, stop by for a visit - you'll be sure to find unique and delightful pieces to inspire and decorate your home.

Second Hand Furniture
Everything For Your Home And Apartment
Living Room Sets, Bedroom Sets, Kitchen Furniture, Electronic Appliances And Much More!
427 Baldwin Avenue
Jersey City, NJ
(201) 417-5369
Open Year Round Saturday And Sunday 10-7
In Warmer Weather Open Thursday And Friday 3-8
Call For Extended Hours And Information

Williamsburg Wonderland

I find many wonderful places because I walk everywhere I can, but there are some places that are too far for me to roam to, and I'm so happy that Social Media can help us do the walking to places that are too far for our feet to carry us. There are people and business around the world who I have connected with through Instagram, and when there is someone close enough to visit with, it's fun to have the opportunity to meet them. I'm a big fan of unique and beautiful vintage pieces, and when I saw a post from RePOP with a gorgeous Curtis Jere Wall Sculpture, I went onto the website and saw that the store was in Williamsburg. Too far for me to walk, but a subway and Path Train ride away, so I contacted the owner and asked if I could come by for a visit. The store is full of wonderful pieces, they offer design services and host art shows, and the owner, Russell Boyle, is so full of creativity and life that you feel rejuvenated just meeting him. The day I visited they had just opened the art show "Brazen: New Works by Tine Kindermann, Sophie Robson and Russell Boyle," and the art fit so beautifully with the wonderful vintage pieces that I would have bought everything together if I had a house big enough to put everything in. If you're in the area, stop in whenever you can for an infusion of great art and design, and if you're a bit farther away, it's worth the trip - you'll be sure to be energized and enlivened by the journey.

143 Roebling Street
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 260-8032

Current Art Exhibit
Brazen: New Works By Tine Kindermann, Sophie Robson And Russell Boyle

Design Services And Gorgeous Vintage Pieces
Rubbing Shoulders With The Best In Local Art


Jannie Susan