Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I'm Moving Home!

In just over a week I'll be back in NZ lollll. I'm excited and weirdly anxious about it.
I think moving countries is always a stressful thing. I mean lugging 4 suitcases 14,369 km is enough to give me a-full-skits-Maddy-Budd-throwing-shoes-panic-attack. But luckily I'm flying back on a trip with mum so she can mum some of the stress away. 
Once I'm back I have to find work and all that stuff which is a drag but I'm excited about doing something new. 

My friends were all super confused when I said I was moving back because I had decided ages ago that I was going to stay here and do the O1 visa. I had actually paid for some of it and was halfway through the visa process when I decided that I actually didn't want to stay. 
I was so determined to stay and get my visa organised in time that I forgot why I came here in the first place. 

I came to New York to obviously travel and get some life experience but also to get inspired. Since I was like 10 I wanted to have my own business and work for myself and I had some ideas before I left NZ but still wasn't 100% on anything. 
Being here definitely did what I wanted it to. It made me excited and inspired and I actually think I know what I want to do now. But it's a secret I'll tell you later. 
So I don't need to hangout in New York for the sake of it. New York is really cool but I want to have my business and life back in New Zealand where I have my friends and my family and the beach. Plus New York is gross, and dirty, and loud, and really hot, and really cold, and honestly not a good place to be for too long. 

I know it's so obvious and everyone says it but holy shit I appreciate home so much more now. 
I miss my mum and my bed and having a car. 
I guess the lesson is to take a minute to really think about what you want, what will really make you happy and how you're going to make that happen. Don't do what seems right, do what really feels right for YOU, and then make bad financial decisions to make it happen. 

Also, have a mum who is even more neurotic than you are, so doesn't mind you Skyping her 6 times in one day to coach you through every emotion you feel as you make a decision.

I'll miss my beautiful friends here and my favourite cafes and shops. 
I'll miss dawdling around Williamsburg and Nolita ducking into shops and not buying anything. 
I'll miss all of the excitement and the pretty skyline. 
But I'll be back soon.
Thanks for everything NY!


Thursday, February 9, 2017

New York: Back In The City

I’m back in New York after an obnoxiously long summer break back home. I missed what I hear was the worst of the winter here in New York thankfully. I am the most dehydrated I have ever been in my life, I think it was a combination of the flight and the weather here. My skin is having a compete mare and I can’t drink enough water. In the morning I wake up feeling like a raisin with a dry throat and eyes. It feels as bad as being in the high altitude in Aspen but it’s just a normal city where people have to live.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

New York: New Home

Worst name for a blog post ever I know, but it sums up where I’m at pretty good. I’ve been in New York for about 4 months now and I’m starting to feel less like I’m just a visitor, and more like a local. Like this place is home. I know my way around the subway, I know all the good places to eat, I yell thing like, “I’m walking here!” when cars don’t give way to me at the intersections. A true New Yorker yells at least once a day. The city certainly has its ups and downs - just when I think I’ve had it with New York, something will happen that will make everything better just in the nick of time.

Monday, October 17, 2016

New York: Getting Settled

Classic DUMBO shot.

In 3 days it will be 3 months since I arrived in New York. Since my last post I got 2 jobs, quit one, made some new friends, found some old ones, spent a heap of money, cried 1.5 times, got drunk once, vomited from drinking once, been to 2 concerts, had countless brunches, been to countless museums, kissed 2 boys on the mouth, had 0 haircuts, bought 4 hats, gave one away, loved New York, hated New York, found peace with New York and now I’m here!