No secret, I have loved the big city for decades. I worked in Boston and Washington D.C. for many years and was always energized by the concrete canyons, the stream of people, and the buzz of business. No place compares in my mind to New York City. I had the great privilege to spend two weeks there, borrowing a real-life city apartment and living as much as I could like a real New Yorker.
Every experience has the potential to change us. I am open to letting the city life change some old stuffy ways of thinking, acting, dressing/shopping, and relating. Change is often necessary to get un-stuck and get back to the good stuff again.
Here is how I believe the city is working on me:
- Carpe diem, baby. Those two weeks flew by and I was strapped into a plane returning to Florida before I could breathe out. I have to savor my moments, stop obsessing about what’s next. This cup of coffee, in this chair, right now, is mighty fine.
- Don’t save your good stuff for some future occasion. People in New York look snappily dressed (many of them anyway) on a daily basis. I took some of my favorite clothes with me – why not make all my clothes my favorite clothes and dress like I’m in NYC? Life’s too short for just-OK clothing.
|My husband, as The World’s Most Interesting Man.
Always wear your finest. And stay thirsty, my friends.
- Be a little good to yourself. I am a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to spending money on me. In NYC I got two wonderful manicures. I treated myself to a gorgeous (pre-owned) Louis Vuitton blouse, and it made me feel great. I got the good wine. I struggle with feeling selfish, but I am responsible with money and it really is OK to have some treats. Tomorrow = manicure!
- I like a simpler look with fewer, rather than more accessories. I only took a few bracelets, two necklaces, and three pairs of earrings. I didn’t even wear them all. My fuzzy hair counts as one big accessory, and I’m very comfortable with just my wedding ring, watch, and one other piece. Which leaves a little more in the budget for:
- Good shoes and boots. I saw these all over the city and in re-sale shops. I fell in love again with fine, soft leather and now I am doing inventory on all my footwear. Only the best are staying. Comfortable and beautiful is my new shoe mantra.
- I am a political animal. I’ve worked on several Congressional campaigns, but had recently moved on from that chapter in my life. Being in the city re-energized me and I have some ideas about how I want to direct my political energy next. Not Dead Yet. : >
|She still inspires me.|
I would love to hear about how vacations, sabbaticals, work or school-related travels have changed your ways of thinking. Please share!
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