If you follow me on any of my social media platforms, I’m not sure if you know exactly what I do – or what I have been doing this past summer i.e. – running around NYFW, traveling around the world and eating as much ice cream as possible.
It’s easy to get caught up in the picture-perfect images. But trust me, no one is perfect 😉
In fact, despite all of the fun, 2017 has brought on a number of challenges. I cannot thank Matt, my friends or family for being there for me through my ups and downs. Honestly, they’ve been incredible. This year has also brought many rewards, from my new apartment to my new job to (finally) visiting Scandinavia/Russia!
Here are just a few things that have been going on lately:
Despite the fact that most of my clothing/accessories have been in suitcases for the past few months, my apartment is looking homier than ever. I have my eye on this rug and this coffee table to finish it off. Later on, I’ll probably upgrade the bedroom set, but for now, one of my favorite things to do is curl up with a book on my leather sofa with a blanket next to Matt.
*Also, after watching this documentary, we’re trying to go vegan – or at least vegetarian*
I think this is a challenge we’ll need to ease into, but we have already had success with different recipes and shopping for food without wanting to give up. Wish us luck!
Life comes with a lot of unexpected turns, but there’s always a reason for it.
Last spring, half of my company and me were laid off. And they shut down our Miami office. It was literally the type of lay off where I was led to a room, left me with some kind of HR person – we didn’t have a designated one in the New York office – and gave me my notice. Effective immediately. I was able to hold it together until I saw one of my favorite co-workers, Kelley. We both burst into tears. It was a very sad day for the entire company, and later on an entire division of the company was laid off, too. Yikes.
Surprisingly, despite the tears, I hailed a cab, called my dad (duh) and after listening to some reassuring comments, made a commitment to get right back on the proverbial horse.
And I did. I had already starting talking with a recruiting company (the one “restructure” had been mentioned in too many meetings for me not to worry), so I had a job right away as I tried my hand at recruiting. I was able to work with a fantastic team, meet some talented individuals and even place one of my former co-workers.
However, the lack of creativity and my desire to do more with my skillset started to wear on me. After over a month of feeling like this, I decided to go on my family’s summer trip and reflect on what I was going to do. The money was tempting, and I loved my co-workers, but I had a hard time picturing myself doing recruitment for the rest of my life.
Ultimately, I decided to be honest and start freelancing. I was lucky to land a job doing community management almost immediately along with a part-time gig.
I finally felt myself back on course.
Within weeks, I was lucky enough to accept a full-time offer with a PR agency working as a digital account manager for beauty! And now, that’s what I’ve been up to and plan to continue as long as I continue to grow. I feel so fortunate to be back in track – not to mention working for an amazing company with great people plus in an awesome neighborhood (SoHo). I know working at a PR agency is stressful, and there’s a few growing pains as I dive deeper into my role, but I absolutely love it.
I’ve been so lucky to travel a ton this past summer – and have another overseas trip (Iceland) in October! I’ve visited nine states (multiple times, usually on a fun-filled road trip) and six other countries. Not to mention I was able to squeeze in another wonderful trip to Nantucket for my birthday!
I consider love to encompass both friends, family and Matt, so here we go: my friends are great (I have a Bachelorette Party in Austin, TX tomorrow and three weddings this December), so I’m thrilled to be a part of my friends new chapters in their own books. And while summer is notorious for not seeing friends (if I’m not traveling, all of my friends are), I was still able to fit in an impromptu rooftop get-together or dinner. I even was able to see my best friend and her boyfriend on a trip to Boston planned literally six days before during Labor Day Weekend! I can’t wait to see what fall will bring.
My family is also doing well: I was so relieved to hear my dad and brothers weathered the hurricanes in Florida, although our dock and boat was damaged. On another note, my mom is teaching classes for Stop the Bleed (in addition to working two major jobs) and I could not have more respect for her or the mission of the organization. Also, my great-grandmother (who still lives alone) turned 100 this past spring. Talk about warrior women.
And… Matt is amazing. I still can’t believe how wonderful a human he is or how he deals with my antics. Yes, we do have our share of squabbles at times, but honestly, if you spend that much time with someone, you would, too. I’m happy to know that he always has my best interest at heart. He’s recently been going through some family issues, and while I’m heartbroken for him and his family, it’s been amazing to see how he’s been able to take care of everyone while being so strong as well.
Minus a spontaneous weekend trip or two, I always like to know where I’m going. However, right now I’m actually content with the phrase ‘going with the flow.’ It’s funny, because lately on my Podcasts I’ve been listening to more and more people say to trust in the universe and let go. If you had told me that this spring, I probably wouldn’t have listened. I’ve found myself fighting against “the current” multiple times in life, and for once, I’m okay to just go along with whatever comes my way – hopefully positive things, of course. Alright, universe, you have me now.
Questions? Comments? I’m all ears. Just be gentle, please 😉
Minus the cooler temperatures, this week has been great. I got to catch up with some old friends for dinner and drinks (plus these sweets!) at Thursday Kitchen – which I highly recommend as a LES date spot – organize a few more things in the new apartment and try my hand at making gelato with my favorite Italian, Matt. The rest of the weekend is looking good too: movie marathons and the last bit of unpacking thanks to this rainy weather.
I recently looked at my summer calendar and realized that most of my weekends are already booked so I’m excited for a laid back weekend in my new neighborhood. I can’t believe I leave for Maine in two weeks! And did I mention my friends and I spontaneously decided to book tickets to Lollapalozza last Friday? I’m excited for summer is definitely an understatement.
What are you up to this weekend?
I’m so thankful to relay that things are starting to come more and more together with the new apartment! I honestly could not have done it without Matt, my family, his parents and the support of all of my good friends. Nothing makes you feel more special than having the kinds of people in your life who are wiling to move your stuff up and down five flights of stairs!
This weekend, I’ve really been trying to take a breather and organize everything. Luckily, my mom and step father drove up from Maryland to help finalize the move and explore my new neighborhood. Let’s just say, they were impressed. Like me, they were drawn to Hoboken’s charm, quaint shops/restaurants, community feel and way less traffic/noise.
I’m excited to show them more of Hoboken today and even meet up with Matt’s parents for brunch later on. I’m just so happy everything’s coming together and that this new apartment is truly feeling like a home