Last Wednesday, I met up with fabulous and fun travel writer/author Karen Schaler on NYC’s Upper West Side.
After a pair of heavenly pear martinis at the Empire Hotel’s swanky lobby bar, we headed over to Karen’s favorite neighborhood haunt, Riposo 72. A cozy wine bar with a friendly and vino-savvy staff, Riposo also serves up a mean cheese platter and tasty flatbread. I learned the hard way that ordering both is an exercise in overindulgence.
In addition to our shared past in front of the lens, we found common ground in life-changing trips (Afghanistan for her, Australia for me) and industry connections -- it turns out the agent I met with last month was Karen’s first agent when she was pitching her new book, Travel Therapy.
Deciding it was definitely kismet that our paths crossed, we made a toast to our new connection and to sharing future successes.
“This is only the beginning,” she texted me after we said goodnight. “Just believe and it will happen!”
That’s the thing about dreaming big -- when you’re lucky enough to have good friends cheering you along, anything is possible.