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The world is your runway

Posted: December 17, 2013 10:31 a.m.
Updated: December 18, 2013 5:00 a.m.

I’ve always admired people who take chances, who step out into the world and do something that seems scary and bold. I’m not always that way, so when I see someone take a step out of their comfort zone and into something new, I’m quite impressed.

Such is the case for my dear friend and co-worker, Miciah Bennett. Miciah is leaving the Chronicle after Friday and pursuing new paths in life. I’m so excited for her and for the immense world of opportunity that will undoubtedly unfold before her.

I have only worked with Miciah for a few months, but in that time, she’s become a very good friend and someone who I respect and admire greatly. Some things I will miss about my friend:

• her spot-on fashion sense;

• her eternally calm demeanor;

• her bright happy smile;

• her words of advice regarding love and other life matters;

• her willingness to work hard and help out others;

• her fantastic suggestions of which apps I should download now that I have an iPhone;

• her willingness to accompany me to Rite Aid and Ginza when I need a snack … or a meal; and

• (my personal favorite) her joyous laughter.

Miciah is a very talented and driven person and I can only imagine how successful she will be in years to come. Her independent, take-charge attitude will consistently move her forward.

One thing I really appreciate about having worked with her is her insight on foods and exercise and most things related to the body. Her connection to yoga and having gone through yoga-teacher-training have made her quite an expert on how to be sattvic, or pure.

My mother and I spent close to two hours in Goodwill on Saturday perusing their book section and leafed through several yoga books someone had donated. We came to a picture of a yogi who was 70 years old and was bent over backwards in a position called “the wheel,” which basically looked like a backbend. There was a close up of his face on the next page and the man didn’t look a day older than 40. My mom said, “See, yoga is so obviously good for you. That’s all I need to see.”

I’ve done yoga myself for a few years now; when I was a senior in college, I was especially obsessed, and a great deal fitter and healthier than I am now. I’ve since lost touch with it, blaming having a full-time job and full-time bills. Being around Miciah everyday encouraged me to get back into it. She’s always so calm and positive and lovely. She’s basically a walking, talking yoga ad.

As of right now, I’ve bought several yoga books and magazines, some hot new yoga pants and even some sage incense. I’m thinking pretty soon, one of these days, I’m going to roll out the mat and go for it.

I will dearly miss having my own personal guru, sitting only a few feet away from me each day. Still, with the advent of texting and Facebook, I know I will never really lose touch with her. I look forward to following her progress and pictures on Instagram. (I don’t even know what Instagram is, but it’s another app Miciah’s promised to teach me about before she leaves.)

At this point, it seems appropriate for me to wrap up with an inspirational quote … I looked for one, but they all seemed so generic and not fitting for Miciah, so I’ll just say that I know whatever you do, you’re going to be awesome at it! It’s been a pleasure working with you and I know I’m not alone when I say that you will be missed, Miciah Bennett! To the girl who treats every work day as a fashion event, walk hard because the world is your runway!

 

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