Lived out a dream of mine this past weekend! I have always wanted to experience New York City, and I finally had the opportunity to go with some friends for a girls’ weekend. We tried to fit as much as possible into a few days, so there was hardly a moment for downtime and I am still exhausted, but the trip was just what my soul needed. I’ve been struggling a little more lately with some anxiety, discouragement and depression during this time of life (that I will refer to as “post-grad” until further notice, thanks), and getting away for a little bit to experience something brand new was a nice recharge for me. This trip was such an adventure and left me feeling so inspired and motivated. I wanted to make a blog post to highlight some of my favorite places and moments, and to share some of our looks and photos! This post will most likely be all over the place, so bear with me. If anyone is taking a trip to NYC anytime soon, hopefully this post gives you some inspo!
Some of my favorite places in New York were Grand Central Station (good photo ops in there — and aside from that, it was beautiful!), Washington Square Park, and Times Square (it was a one and done for me because of how crazy busy it is over there, but definitely a MUST SEE if you’re a NYC newbie like me). We also went to a Broadway show and walked around so many adorable parts of town that I fell in love with. We did so much in the few days we were there, but I wish there had been more time in the day for us to do even more, because I know there is still so much more that I didn’t even get to see! There is way too much in New York to fit everything in one trip — guess I’ll have to go back soon!
It was FREEZING cold in NYC while we were there. I had some more outfits I wanted to wear for pictures, but I had to draw the fashion vs. comfort line at some point, and I know I would not have lasted very long in some of the things I brought. Luckily I had a warm coat and brought some warmer pieces that held me over and ended up looking pretty cute! I also made the last minute decision to pack some flat shoes (the ones I wore with my cream outfit), and THANK GOD I did. I might have actually cut my own feet off if I did that much walking in high heeled booties every day of the trip.
One of my absolute favorite memories from the trip was being able to see my friend Monica again (pictured above). We became friends at the very beginning of college, and we hadn’t seen each other in a few months because she’s been studying in NYC for her last semester. It was so fun to be reunited in such an amazing place! And on top of that, she asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding in May!!! I am over the moon excited and will probably express more of this excitement in a sappier post soon.
Our last day in NYC was really fun. Luckily we didn’t have to fly home until the evening, so we managed to fit a lot into one day! We got brunch, went shopping in SoHo, and then walked around Brooklyn and got pizza! We got some of the best pictures of the trip on this day, in my opinion. Here are some of my favs (I probably shouldn’t re-wear this beanie for a hot minute after this picture overload… but I bet I will anyway).
It’s an interesting feeling to see something in person that you had only envisioned in your head for your entire life. Almost a little bittersweet, actually, because I will never see this place the same way in my head ever again. The picture of NYC I saw in my daydreams is now replaced with the reality of what I finally got to experience. New York City felt like a whole new world to me. So many people constantly in a hurry to get to wherever they need to be, so many huge buildings that made me feel tiny, so many different subway routes that I would have never been able to navigate my way through on my own. I felt a weird sense of awe watching people just go about their days in the city, because it seemed so effortless. Like, how do they just know what subway to take? How do they know their way around like that? And how the heck does everyone look so good even though the wind is blowing and it’s 30 degrees?? New York just amazed me, basically. The energy there was really something I can’t explain, but something I found myself wishing I could be a part of.
For some reason, whenever I think about something that I would consider a pipe dream, I tend to immediately shoot myself down because I assume certain things could never happen for me. When we would walk down the streets in NYC and go shopping and ride the subway I’d think, what if I lived here one day? Every single one of those thoughts would be automatically met with a that’s crazy; you’ll never be able to do that. Now that I’m back home and reminiscing, I’m wondering why I have so little faith in myself in terms of what I think I can accomplish.
I’m gonna be working on that. I have so much faith in the people around me when they tell me about their dreams and plans, but I tend to think that I am lacking whatever it is everyone else must have in order to achieve things for myself. It’s not true. We don’t have to settle just because we have a hard time believing that we have what it takes to achieve what we want. We are more capable than we think. A little bit of a side note, but an important realization this trip helped me come to.
This was a long one, so if you read through it all then THANK YOU and I hope you enjoyed it! I had so much fun on this trip, and I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to go. Hope I’ll be able to recap many more trips on this little blog.
Thanks for reading,