I don’t think anybody will miss 2016! It’s been a year when we all seemed to realise how many horrible things can happen in this world. But on a personal level, I achieved one of my biggest goals of moving to New York, this year. Getting to that point wasn’t the easiest but I had no doubts I could do it. Saving for the visa throughout 2016 made for a quiet year but I still managed to have fun along the way, with a trip to Lisbon in April and my first trip to Electric Picnic in September. Throw in a Bruce Springsteen and Beyoncé concert (I am concert obsessed) and I think I did ok! Most of those fun times were spent with my boyfriend of two years so deciding to leave and embark on a long-distance relationship wasn’t easy. But I’m lucky to have his support and the support of my amazing family. So I am ready to make the most of 2017 in the city I’ve dreamed of living in all my life.
I took the plunge in 2016 to to set up Lazy Girl Wardrobe. In 2017 I hope to keep growing the blog and my social media channels. I want to aim to post once a week which may get difficult but I want to make sure I’m making the most of being in New York. There are no end of amazing shoot locations and amazing places to photograph. I want to create a diary of my time in New York for you to enjoy and for me to look back on in years to come. And for anyone who is planning on moving here soon, I want to give you as much information as possible about the process. I turned to other Irish bloggers in New York before I moved and I found they had some really useful and insightful tips on their sites. So I hope to be as helpful as I found them.
In 2016 I feel like I got to a really good place where health and fitness are concerned. And surprisingly this has nothing to do with what shape I was in. I feel like I finally reached a healthy place mentally, where I’m not looking for short term results but I’m happy to keep exercise and healthy eating in my routine long term. As long as I keep my grocery shopping healthy (which is essential in New York) and exercise at least once a week I’m happy. I find that once my aim isn’t to fit into a certain item of clothing by a certain time, I keep going. Which is, as I have realised, the most important thing for me. Now all I need is to join a gym!
The New York job hunt is really hard. Really hard. I had no expectation that it would be easy but experiencing it first hand is different. This has been the most stressful part of being in New York so far and I have had the odd meltdown or two! But what I think will really helping me through the whole process lately, is determination and patience! Especially the latter. And also babysitting on the side to keep some money coming my way. The process of getting a job can often be time consuming. You apply, wait and see if someone will get back to you, set up an interview, have the interview, then wait again for the response if you even get one. Then there may be a second round of interviews if you’re lucky. So yeah, patience is a must. Work hard enough and keep applying and it will happen. That’s what I’m telling myself in 2017 anyway!
Growing up I wasn’t much of a reader. Harry Potter was the only series I just about managed to finish. Not many other books held my attention. I have never really experienced the whole “not being able to put a book down” thing. No matter what I always seem to get distracted and bored. Although I loved English in school is certainly was not an after school hobby for me. Recently, I started getting into reading when I finally discovered the kind of stories that interested, entertained me and held my attention. Autobiographies by funny women. Mindy Kaling, Amy Poelher, Maeve Higgins and Shonda Rhimes have done all of the above and have gotten me back into the habit. So in 2017 I have a list of books I want to get through, including ones from Amy Schumer, Tina Fey and Caitlin Moran. Let me know if you have any suggestions, I love a good honest, inspiring read.
My boots are Penney’s from last year. Similar Here
Photos by Celine Slevin