During the summer of 2014, my sister, Myriam, called my mom from her apartment in Gainesville and excitedly told her about an opportunity to go to NYC for six weeks to work on a film and stay with a friend. As the six weeks became eight, then 12 it was clear Myriam was there to stay. So you can imagine the response I received when I told my family I was heading to NYC… for six weeks.
After reassuring my family I was definitely coming back, I filled my suitcase with summer clothes, the books from the top of my ever growing "to read" pile, and a checklist of all the places and areas I wanted visit.
This post marks the end of my first week & first of six updates. Naturally I'm already behind schedule.
To start from the beginning, I quickly made my first NYC mistake by attempting to save money and fly into Newark, after a five hour delay, and getting stuck on a PATH train for two hours, and an extremely slow local train -- I finally made it to my new home. Where I was meant by kindness and a home cooked meal by Myriam, Saul, and Kelsey, who gracious welcomed me into their apartment for an extended visit. This is where I next was met with the dreaded question "what are you going to do with your time?" - something I suddenly had a lot of. However, as someone who is alway quick to sign up for more responsibility, involvement, or new projects taking a few months off to focus on myself was exactly what I needed.
& since that first night I've used each one of my days to explore my favorite city (+ temporary home) from top to bottom, spend time with my sister, and launch and build my own personal projects.
The first of my personal projects has begun my doing my best determining what I want, where I want to be after college, and in what ways can I make the impact I want to. While these question take more than a long walk around the city to crack, changing my scenery has already helped change my perspective and approach to their answers.
In New York City, it feels like anything is possible, and that sense of confidence is contagious. My current read, Creative Confidence, by Tom and David Kelley is helping cultivate that confidence, one of my favorite excerpts speaks for itself “at its core creative confidence is about believing in your ability to create change in the world around you. It is the conviction that you can achieve what you set out to do.” Just reading that made me feel like I had superpowers.
As I read more and more, the stories of triumph and failure from a series of different disciplines approach creativity in such a new way opened my eyes. It described that through the way we form ideas and the mental blocks we create - through comparison and fear of failure. The two very things that we're keeping me from truly embracing my summer of growth.
My next project has been creating some drastic changing right here on my site, changing the style, logo, and most of the content has kept me busy to make sure that this site reflects my constantly evolving style and interests.
Overall, my first week in NYC went positively it was full of matcha lattes, DIY art shows, vegan eats, and lots of lounging in the many parks the city has to offer. I'll leave you with some of my favorite photos :)
until next time,