28/10/2014

Moving to New York City

Change is something I've become quite accustomed to over the past few years. I've always been one that loves to visit new places but since travelling across the USA last year, (which I posted about here) I guess I've kinda caught the travelling bug. I'm really keen to see more of the world and find that I can't stay in one place for too long. Back in 2012, I made the move from living by the seaside in North Yorkshire, to the big, daunting city of London. But making the step from London to New York, is another story in itself...

The Dream
Maybe it's the fact that I watch too much Sex & The City and Gossip Girl, but for me, there has always been something about New York City. The glamour, the opportunities and the pure excitement of the city, the Big Apple has always been the Big Dream. Studying fashion too, NYC is a major fashion capital of the world and oozes style in not only it's people, but in the quirky neighbourhoods and beautiful buildings.

The Big Move
It was far from easy. Although I never complained about it (on social media at least), moving to New York took months of planning, organising, stressing and hard work. There is a whole lot of 'behind-the-scenes' stuff that goes into moving across the world, but I won't bore you with the stressful details about acceptance into university abroad, visas and organising my possessions. Among many challenges was packing for both Summer and Winter. Arriving in New York City in August meant experiencing the 35 degree weather in shorts and sandals, whilst leaving New York wrapped in my warmest knits and coats in the middle of the Winter will be another story altogether.

The People
I moved to New York with two friends from my course at London College of Fashion, Seema and Habba. Being with friends from London has definitely made the move to New York a little easier and it is really nice to have people to relate to and lean on. I love making new friends and have been lucky enough to meet some incredible people here in the Big Apple. New York is a city where you'll find everybody has the same dreams, the same drive and the same ambition. I've found some people I really connect with and it is both refreshing and inspiring being around these people and learning each other's story.

The Lifestyle
For me, the New York lifestyle is all about making the most of every moment, being spontaneous and truly experiencing every day. I'm in the city that never sleeps! Last week I ended up going to Times Square at 3 am and it was even more awe-inspiring than ever before. I'm the type of person who loves to keep busy and genuinely self-pity if I feel I haven't achieved anything. So whether it means going running in Central Park or visiting an art gallery, you can always find me out and about being productive in New York!

A New Yorker
I feel like I've always had it in me... the potential, at least, to be a certified New Yorker. London has taught me lessons in being a tougher cookie and that it is frankly unacceptable to wait more than 5 minutes for public transport.. No really, I've become super impatient. New York has changed my outlook on life and shaped me into a better person. I still very much stick to my Yorkshire roots, but for now, I'm going to call myself a New Yorker.

I've got more New York themed posts coming soon, so stay tuned!

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