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Thursday, October 3, 2013

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Our theme this October is all about leaning into the fall and there is no better place to do that than on your daily commute. Think about it, we spend so much time driving (or walking or subway riding, etc) to and from our daily tasks. Often, this time is considered wasted. As in it could be better used doing other tasks. But what if we started changing our perception of the time we spend traveling each day? What if we took that time to feel more connected and think of each journey as a story waiting to be told?

Lauren Makai moved to Los Angeles and quickly found herself immersed in the daily traffic on her commute. Rather than spend her time frustrated, she decided to focus on the beauty around her and celebrate her time spent moving from one place to another. The Commuter Collection from L. Makai began as a way to honor this beauty. There are 54 Southern California highway pendants represent stories of people moving back and forth from jobs, lovers, errands, coffee dates, road trips. L. Makai also has a line of NYC specific pendants out so that our stories can travel to the east and back to the west.

L. Makai is giving away one single pendant Commuter Collection – Highways necklace to one lucky winner! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Thursday, October 10th. (Winner responsible for shipping costs.)
Please visit L. Makai and tell us: What is the story behind your daily commute back and forth? What beauty do you see along the way?
Start checking the winner’s box on Monday, October 14th, to see if you’ve won!
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    ren says:

    ooh, i live in l.a. too, and i drive the 405 to work everyday. it can be frustrating but i love the flowers on the side of the freeway. i love that sometimes (well, when there wasn’t so much construction) i would see deer on the sides of the mountains. and once i even drove through a flock of butterflies at the top of the hill. and i really love when i see the same cars everyday. i recognize the personalized plates or the bumper stickers and i feel like i am party of a big club. yes, it can be a long ride, but you find ways to deal with it.

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    Kelly says:

    An LA girl as well, I’m fortunate enough to only have one freeway to and from work, the 10, from the west side to downtown LA and back again. My favorite part of the commute is the skyline early in the morning and the sunset coming home. I actually love it when the daylight savings change the time twice a year because it gives me about 4-6 weeks of ever changing beauty in the sky.

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    Nikki says:

    My daily commute is HWY 246 that runs straight through the valley where I live, and we have a place right off the highway.  It is probably the most beautiful highway that any one has to drive.  Rolling hills, green or gold depending on the time of year, cows, horses, farmland, deer, hawks flying, flocks of black birds, turkey vultures making lazy circles in the air, big brown barns and  bigger metal workshops, even emus and ostriches which most people have probably never seen in person!  My biggest holdup is when there is a tractor or some other large piece of farm equipment trugging along (I’ve even driven behind my husband with the hazards on in our truck when he’s had to take a tractor down the highway).  One morning last May I told the school secretary something I never expected to say in my life (I grew up in a city not out on a farm like where I live now):  “sorry they’re late, the neighbor’s cows got out and blocked us in.”  My favorite time of the year is when we see the baby cows and new foals next to their mommas!  I love my daily commute!

    When we temporarily lived in San Diego and commuted from our valley, the boys and I used to call out the highway changes and the county lines we passed through as we traveled to count down the distance: the 246 to the 154, then the 101 to the 405 to the 5 (Santa Barbara, Ventura, LA, Orange County, San Diego).  And it took us exactly 4 hours driveway to driveway and we knew exactly where we’d be as each hour passed! Loved, loved, loved following the ocean and watching the sunlight shine off the water–that was the best part of that commute!

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    cindy says:

    I have actually come to sort of love my commute (well- minus those days when something goes really awry!) It is truly the only time of day when I am alone. Some days I feel the need to drive in silence and just enjoy the peace. Other days it is a super dance party in my car. But mainly the beauty I find is within me when I just accept the commute and enjoy the ride!

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    Courtney J says:

    Along my drive to the high school I teach at, I drive through neighborhoods lines with green trees and a mix of beautiful and old houses. Most of the drive consists of zipping on an expressway, so the only things that stand out for me (since I see so many cars and gray roadway) are how the light hits and reflects on certain buildings and trees. The sun is rising when I drive to school in the morning, and when I drive home, it is usually the late afternoon, so the light is changing with each drive. 

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    Jasanna says:

    I love seeing the same people in their beautiful little routines like dog walking in the park, sitting on a park bench with a newspaper, or building a new building.

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    Elissa says:

    These necklaces are genius.  Seeing them brought me right back to my 5 years as an L.A. commuter. I moved there 2 weeks after getting my driver’s license, so the commute from my apartment in Beachwood Canyon to my office in Beverly Hills was nerve-wracking.  I refused to take the highway anywhere for the first few months.  Then, for my first Thanksgiving in L.A., I got invited to a friend’s family dinner – in Northridge.  I was too scared to take the freeways, so I took an EPIC journey there via surface routes. The family thought I was insane!  Eventually, I came to love the 101, ‘cos it was my ‘local’.  I have wonderful memories of all the adventures that kicked off from the 101.  Now, back in Toronto, my daily commute entails walking and taking the subway. My fave part is the morning stroll to the subway.  I pass by my neighbours’ cheery little gardens, I wave at the flirty octogenarian who runs the local convenience store, and most mornings I see a tiny woman who I find both beautiful and sad. She’s probably in her late 70s, walks very slowly, and dresses entirely in black – presumably a widow. She has a striking, lined face and thick, gorgeous white hair.  I can appreciate that she’s honoring her late husband, but one day I would just love to wrap a bright pink scarf around her neck, or tuck a yellow flower behind her ear…

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    I work from home, but my commute to the gym every day travels on I5.

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    Charlotte D. says:

    I commute on I-90\I-5 in Seattle. Working in a hospital, I start work early. I am on the road when it is still dark and hardly any traffic. I love it. It is quiet and peaceful. I listen to the news. My mind is clear and ready to take on the day.

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    Emily B says:

    Well, I commute all the way from my bedroom to the kid’s room across the house. Generally I’m in a semi-conscious state as it is pitch dark and one of my little boys is wailing. So, mostly I see mysterious black forms and pray I don’t step on any stray toys. Still, once I have them in my arms and I can bury my face in their downy hair, and calm their fears, I feel the peace of contentment and love.

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    Noma says:

    I live on a college campus so my daily commute is a short one, though never uninteresting. I see people sluggishly dragging their bodies to 8am labs, people slurping coffee, awakening their bodies, and I see people, strolling at a moderate tempo, un-alarmed, in their regular humdrum routine manner. Where as the practice of waking up and walking to class may be mundane, the outstanding variety of how my peers go about this is far from that

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    Jocelyn says:

    I am also an LA gal! Even when there’s construction that has shut down another lane of the 405, or just a random slow point on the freeway, I know that driving is the time that I get to empty my mind and relax to some awesome music. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that some of the best people-watching happens in traffic, when people are sitting in their cars thinking that no one can see them haha.

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    Brittany K says:

    I live in New Rochelle in Westchester and take the Metro North train into the city M-F to my job on Park Avenue and 26th street. I absolutely love this ride compared to the subway I was taking when I was in Astoria. My office is about a twenty minute walk from Grand Central and I really love having the time to myself in the morning and in the evening. I could take the subway (and I probably will in the winter!) but for right now I’m enjoying the exercise and wind up/down time. 

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    Tiffany says:

    My commute has changed over the years but one thing is consistent. I find a way to take the back roads. The back roads might take a few minutes longer than the freeway, but they usually provide me with inspiring scenery. My last back road commute was through our “wine” country in Woodinville Washington. Sprinkled along the road are wineries and farms. I liked the old man and his dog working in the yard, the animals grazing, the lavender field blooming, the fog coming off of the valley… It was a beautiful drive and I honestly looked forward to it! My current commute is much shorter, just ten minutes, which is nice. But between you guys and me…I miss my longer prettier commute.

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    Anna L says:

    I’m still a student, but I commute to school almost every day.  Though I live in the same city as my university, I still have to take the bus or drive to school.  It would take, well for me, about half an hour to walk to campus.  I normally take the bus, because it’s convenient.  I know a lot of people dread taking the bus because of how packed it can get, or how uncomfortable they feel.  I enjoy the bus because it allows me to take time to admire the beautiful city that I live in.  Because I’m not driving, I can actually let myself get distracted.  I am also a fan of people watching, and since such a diverse group of students take the bus, I use my commute time to partake in my favorite pastime.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    My commute is all free way so not much beauty along the way. But seeing a dandelion in the cracks of the pavement always moves me.

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    Aleta says:

    My commute isn’t very beautiful… I get to drive past a dozen car dealerships and lots of industrial buildings. The best part of my commute is the quiet time alone, though. I spend the time praying and setting an intention of gratefulness for my day.

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    Jenni says:

    I am very fortunate. My daily commute leads me down a well-known beautiful road in Kansas City. In the center of the road (between the lanes) is a large green space with beautiful fountains sporadically sprinkled along the way. On each side of the road are large beautiful homes  and the yards are filled with old trees. Right now the leaves are just starting to turn, and I love driving home as the leaves softly fall and reach up to the sky in bright bursts of color.

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    Susan F says:

    I have the very best commute one can ask for.  I am so blessed to be able to go downstairs in my jammies to my office !  When I need to go see clients when possible I schedule them at times to avoid the horrible SoCal freeways ~ 

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    Samantha S says:

    I’m a graduate student in a small college town in Northern California that’s known for being one of the most bicycle-friendly towns in the US. When I moved here from the Midwest I left my car behind, and now my only form of transportation is a refurbished bike (or the bus system, if it’s rainy). [The bus system occasionally runs red double-decker buses salvaged from London, which makes bus mornings a treat.] Most mornings, I ride across town and join a steady stream of bicycles heading to the university. My commute takes me past a residential area and through the downtown area, and I’ve begun to notice regular features along the way. My favorite is the father taking his young daughter to preschool down the road every morning–they’re always having a deep and important conversation, and she’s usually riding on his shoulders. What struck me the first time, and continues to make me smile, is just how singularly focused he is on her–the man gives his undivided attention to the girl, and treats her kindergarten narratives as if they’re the most important things being said in the world at the moment. 

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    Jennifer says:

    My commute is about 100 miles round trip, but I wouldn’t change my job for anything. I run a small bread company and my customers and employees depend on me: on holidays, in the snow, when I have the flu, and on my birthday. 
    I use my commute as my ‘me’ time. I catch up on phone calls, listen to books on tape or zone out after a stressful day. My commute is a part of my job. 

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    Madeline says:

    I live in Dallas and right in the middle of this big city is a lake. My commute takes me past the lake every morning & evening. I love to catch this glimpse of nature right in the middle of this concrete city. Such a blessing that’s it’s right in the middle of my commute.

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    Susie H. says:

    I just started working outside the home for the first time since I had my children. My commute is short – 2 highway exits and exactly 5 minutes without traffic. But during that time, I pass right by both of my kids’ schools, the library, and our favorite “chocolate milk store” (the coffee shop we three like to go to!). So for me, it’s like a giant farewell hug as I transition from Mommy status to working status for that part of my day! Driving this path guarantees me a big smile in my heart.

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    Marilyn says:

    I’m unemployed right now but I remember driving CA freeways! Right now I’m glad I don’t have a commute! Cute idea for necklaces!