Best 5 Places to See the DC Cherry Blossoms in 2018

After an enduring winter, it finally seems like spring-time warmth is coming to us. The iconic DC Cherry blossoms are expected to be in peak bloom this weekend and we wanted to give a quick guide to catch the best views of these marvelous beauties. With the Cherry Blossoms being a major draw for tourists around the world, getting the best spot can be a real challenge, especially if you’re coming off of work. Rest assured knowing with these five spots you’re guaranteed to get a view that’ll be worth the wait.

1. The Tidal Basin

Tidal Basin

Yes this one is the most obvious, but often is the most populated spot for people to congregate for the Cherry Blossoms. Due to the high volume of traffic usually in this area, sometimes it’s tempting to avoid the tidal basin. However, with the reflection of the Potomac and the Jefferson Memorial in the background, this location is bound to give you the best pictures of all the colors of the scene. Because this is primarily where the Cherry Blossoms are, it’s hard to go wrong!

2. The Jefferson Memorial

jefferson

If you’re not much a fan of navigating mobs of people, another great spot is across the tidal basin at the Jefferson Memorial. Watching them from here gives you a great angle as the sun sets to see all the blossoms in the horizon. With less people here in general, it’s a peaceful place to bring you and your loved one or a relaxing stretch of quiet.

3. The MLK Memorial

picture credited to the Smithsonian Magazine
picture credited to the Smithsonian Magazine

Kept away from the traffic of the tidal basin, the Martin Luther King memorial is another awesome place to enjoy the cherry blossoms. With the perimeter of the monument being surrounded in cherry blossoms, you can’t help but feel like you’re part of nature.

4. The Japanese Lantern

picture credited to Washington.org
picture credited to Washington.org

Every year the Japanese Stone Lantern is lit to mark the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival as a representation for the embassy of Japan. Positioned along the tidal basin of the Potomac, catching the cherry blossoms from here can’t disappoint. You’ve got access to the waterscape, a foreground of beautiful blossoms and a ceremony only celebrated once a year.

5. The National Arboretum

photo credit by Washington.org
photo credit by Washington.org

If you’re looking to really get away from the madness of tourist season, check out the National Arboretum. This time of year the sights are absolutely stunning. Not only are the cherry blossoms in bloom, but you also get to see everything the arboretum has to offer.

Regardless, this time of year it’s hard to go wrong. Spring is gorgeous; give yourself the chance to appreciate what it has to offer. It’s a time of new beginnings, new awakenings and maybe even new opportunities! Maybe you’ll be inspired to go on that run you’ve been meaning to take, or apply to the new opening at that job you always wanted. All of nature is soft resetting so why can’t you?

Love your Self-awareness

 

It is no secret that I enjoy discussions of self-awareness, relationships and psychological type. I became a student of the Myers-Briggs and a certified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) in 2013 and while I don’t use it directly in my recruiting work, I apply the principals to my professional and personal life every day.

Whether or not you understand the meaning behind the alphabet soup of the 16 MBTI types, it is likely that you have heard of the instrument or one of its many personality assessment cousins. There are thousands of articles referencing the MBTI and its application in the workplace and home.  A recent one sparked my curiosity about self-awareness.

Self-awareness is a lifelong process, and in my opinion, one of the most under-rated virtues. Self-aware people understand the way they are hard-wired and the impact those personality traits have on the world and people around them. They may or may not be willing to change to keep the peace in those relationships but they are, at least, aware of why conflict or harmony exists and are better equipped to manage it.

Last week, my husband and I celebrated our 16th anniversary and as I do every year, I planned to run through a litany of questions to reveal the state of our union. The first question I asked provoked such an immediate and powerful answer that we never got to a second question. I’ll keep his response between us but will share the question because I believe that so much can come from it. The question was:

“What’s it like to be married to me?”

Think about that question for a moment. It sounds simple but it has the power to access feelings that may surprise you.  Wouldn’t you like to be asked that question of your spouse? How about changing it up for your boss, your assistant or your business partner?

“What’s it like to be my {insert relationship}” may feel vulnerable to you but I encourage you to ask it within your inner circle. Learn what it’s like for people to relate to you in the unique way they do. Be appreciative of anyone who takes the time to provide a thoughtful answer. Most importantly, learn from the answer and consider it against the landscape of your own self-awareness.

As a Recruiter who interviews candidates regularly, I am often charged with answering the question that is never asked: “What’s it like to interview me?” or “what impression am I making on you?”. Most of my candidates appreciate the unsolicited feedback and adjust accordingly in follow-up interviews with my clients.

Providing unsolicited feedback to my clients, many of whom are executives, can be tricky. A self-aware hiring manager who understands what it’s like to work for that company and what it’s like to be his/her subordinate will improve the likelihood of a successful placement.  

Chris Harvey, a Los Angeles-based Psychotherapist adds “self-awareness is just as important in the workplace as it is in one’s personal life.” Among other things, Chris treats individuals for work-related stress and shares “chief among the complaints are of managers who fail to offer validation and constructive feedback to their employees.”

The onus is on all of us to ask questions, listen to feedback and consider ourselves a work in progress. So tell me, what’s it like to read this article? I genuinely welcome your honest feedback.