About a month ago I had the privilege of going on a trip to Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Finally, my first real vacation to another country! I’ve wanted to visit this area for a while now and I’m glad an opportunity presented itself for me to go. I can’t even begin to describe how taxing the entire process was to actually get to my destination, but it was all well worth it once I arrived.
I stayed at a beautiful resort that sat right on the ocean with incredible views. Unfortunately, it rained pretty much everyday of the trip. There would be spurts of sun here and there, but the rained didn’t prevent much of anything other than a deep tan. Guess who was still in the pool and in the ocean while it was raining? Everyone.
My favorite part of the trip was walking around and exploring the area the resort was in as well as the food. Food in Mexico actually tastes like real food! It’s amazing. I ate endless tacos, fresh fruit, and delicious gelato.
In an effort to document more of the things that I get into, I decided for this trip to start recording footage. I wanted to create a visual of clips with original music to share as well as keep for myself to revisit in the future. All month long I have been tirelessly teaching myself how to edit and create videos. I’m proud of what I have produced and I’m extremely thankful to ALL of my creative friends for giving me great feedback , letting me ask them millions of questions, and dealing with my indecisiveness. I wouldn’t have been able to piece this together and put it out there without you.
It’s been one whole year since I’ve moved to New York. I’m currently writing this blog post on a packed subway car, during the evening rush hour, trying to balance two full bags of groceries. Funny, the parallels of these bags and my experience this past year. It’s been about learning balance. You have to be more than willing to take the bad with the good living here.
Getting adjusted and acquainted with the New York way of life really took a toll on me my first couple of months here. Minor things that used to be simple had now become more challenging. Everything here takes more time and planning. I used be able to get in my car and go to multiple stores to run errands and buy groceries with ease. Now, I have to be more calculated in terms of what time I should go to the store to beat the lines and the crowds, what day I should go to the store (popular produce tends to be out-of -stock often), and take into consideration how many items I can transport from the store, on to the train, and to my home. Not to mention having to worry about the weather, I’ve had to carry full bags on hot days, and I’ve had brown paper bags break apart on rainy days. Simple everyday tasks were now daunting. I wasn’t seeing the good that was coming from the bad so far…
I remember I used to ask people if they would ever live in New York long before I moved here and they would always give me the same response. “It’s too crowded and too busy”, they would say. And they were right. I used to get overwhelmed and frustrated very easily with crowds until I started to realize that this was teaching me to be more patient. And you know what else crowds have taught me? Confidence. I’m more open to starting a conversation with a complete stranger. Living in my neighborhood, this has helped me practice speaking Spanish more (Spanish is my second language). I used to be afraid to speak Spanish out of fear that I would sound ignorant due to my choice of words or not knowing how to interpret particular things. This is helping me have better and more meaningful conversations and helping me interact with people I would have never attempted to interact with in the past. Being subjected to crowds majority of the time has also made me comfortable with taking selfies and shooting for this blog without worrying about who is looking or staring, this is something I could not get over where I used to live. There was some good coming from bad after all…
With all of the challenges I have encountered, it took me a while to realize that they were helping me. Helping me grow every single day. I was developing and strengthening characteristics I thought were weak and needed improvement. This was me understanding the art of balance. That with what I thought was overwhelming and frustrating, I was also gaining and learning.
I try my best to see things from both sides now. For every crowded train car, there’s a story within a passenger ready to be shared. For every late train, there’s a talented musician you get to enjoy for free because you are forced to wait. For every long line, that’s time you get to reflect on your thoughts. For every bad, there is good that comes with it. That’s balance. That is what my first year in New York has taught me.
I’ve been living in New York for a little over a month now. That’s right, I’ve moved to the Big Apple! I have dreamed of this for years and I’m finally here. I am very blessed to be living in the city of dreams, chasing mine, and not doing it alone. I’m excited for this new chapter in my life and look forward to all of the opportunities this city has to offer. I also look forward to sharing them with my readers.
Moving of course doesn’t come without it’s challenges. For a month I have been exhausted. I am still maintaining both of my employments, and although an extreme blessing, my schedule is hectic. I also have to walk everywhere and take the Subway instead of having the luxury of getting in my car, so that makes working two jobs even that much more exhausting. But you know what? I’m learning patience and my calf muscles are coming in beautifully.The weather here has also been an adjustment since I have to actually commute more by foot and be outdoors. Nothing some layers and a positive attitude can’t handle, right? Currently the weather is trying to shift into Spring! I’m so excited to spend my first Spring/Summer in New York.
In other news, this past Saturday I spent the day exploring the city with my loved one and enjoyed the decent weather. We had a wonderful brunch in Harlem and ventured out into the city and saw where the day lead us.
Talk to you all soon.
Parka: H &M | Shirt: H&M | Running Tights: Nike | Shoes: Converse | Purse: Rebecca Minkoff