Let's Wander: DMV Edition


For the new year, my goal has been to make more of an adventure out of life. I am a wanderer in spirit, but I don't always have a couple thousand dollars and a few weeks off to take trips around the world. I also don't enjoy falling into patterns and carrying out the same routine every day. I decided that to remedy this, once a month, I'd take a staycation.

What's a staycation? It's a mini trip with a lot less pressure. It is going to visit friends in another city for the four day weekend you have off. It's a field trip around your neighborhood, taking streets you've never walked down and seeing what your town has to offer. It's the train stop you've never gotten off at... seeing what happens. It's eating at the establishments given rave reviews on Yelp.

Anything can be a staycation and I have found that the joy we seek is, more often than not,  just a new way of looking. Seeing old things from a different angle. You do not have to hike up Machu Picchu for a month to be an explorer of your immediate world (although, if  you are ANYTHING like me, it's only a matter of time before you DO!).

My first destination was to visit my friend Ninon, who I had the honor of connecting deeply with when we were volunteering and living in tents in the woods at a place called The Omega Institute in 2013. I have found a kindred spirit in her, but I have also found a 4.5 hour bus ride separating us. It is no surprise that I was welcomed and nurtured in her home. It is no surprise that it actually WASN'T a big deal; that there was no reason it took me so long to go on this journey.

spent about $50 roundtrip from New York to D.C. and had such a beautiful time.

The point is, you don't have to pay $400 for a plane ticket to expand your view.


Consequently, however, I feel that when we make our waking lives a small adventure, we become more liberated in our search for joy and likely to take a chance on those bigger ones.

I will be sharing the results of these experiments in exploration here!

Won't you journey with me? Share all the magic you find.




Collaborator 020: Vishuddha

Last year, I met Thomas Rapsey of Staying Underground, and he was the most beautiful spirit. He encouraged me to try making a mix for his Collaborator Series, and although I had never made an official MUSIC MIX with my exclusive DJ CREDENTIALS (because that’s kinda what I felt like I needed to release a mix, like who am I, you know? haha), I went for it because it sounded like fun. I like doing fun things. I love music. What could go wrong?

I worked on it for hours and hours until I felt the arrangement was right. When I listened back, I felt a bit nervous releasing it to the world, but after a really inspiring conversation with Thomas, he reminded me that this small project is not ME. Not even close. It is just something I did at a period of time. It wasn’t supposed to stand as the Official Representative of Giselle Buchanan’s artistic integrity, music mix street cred (cuz I have lots of street cred already obviously), and talent as an artist and NO ONE should be silly enough to look at it in this way.

Oftentimes, I don’t share what I make because I put so much pressure on these small works to do just that: be the Official Representative of everything I have to offer creatively. It isn’t fair to the spirit in which I made them… that of experimentation, expression and play. It also isn’t fair to ME because it can be stifling and encourages stagnancy.

If everything you make and share has to stand as a holistic spokesman,  how often are you going to want to learn something new? Take a risk? How many people does that block you from connecting with through the art?

I have decided to share more of myself (this blog is a result of that decision). Nothing is finished and nothing encapsulates all I have to offer to this world. That being said, a lot of it is pretty interesting. Interesting seems like enough.

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Frida Khalo's Casa Azul at the Bronx Botanical Gardens

Anyone who knows me knows that some of the greatest loves of my life are flora, fauna and Frida Khalo, so when I heard that La Casa Azul was being replicated at the Bronx Botanical Gardens, (which is one of my top ten fave places btw) I was so excited to visit. My mom, brother and I had such a beautiful time, and in a moment of true serendipity, I even ran into one of my most favorite internet turned real life friends Sharlah Hammond. A day of beauty and magic for sure. Here's the highlight reel.