Florida Part IV

 Our last day in Florida was honestly one of the most entertaining experiences I’ve ever had. All of us went on a 20 person charter to try our hand at deep sea fishing.  I was so hesitant at first because I was intimidated by going out onto the ocean.  I grew up on boats but only ever went to our local lakes.  Lately in my life, I’ve learned to embrace the thrill of doing things that frighten me a little.

We climbed onto the boat and cruised down the windy channels that brought us out to sea. The skies were heavy and grey, which is actually perfect for fishing. The crew gave us instructions whilst slicing up bait for the chum buckets.  It was shocking in the way that I really wasn’t prepared for what I saw. We each learned how to bait our hooks and drop our lines.  I jumped right in.

Boom. After minutes of having our lines dropped, swaying in the waves a few miles away from the shore we started catching fish! They were bright and colorful, not what I expected at all.  It was a whirlwind to see what we caught. The build up of feeling something grab at your line, then having to reel it in with all your might was exhilarating.

With plenty of help from each other and the crew, our group caught a total of 21 fish.  We released most of them back to the ocean due to size and species restrictions.  Megan caught a puffer fish, which is pretty rare to pull out of the water like that. The crew member sat down and let us take a closer look before releasing him back to the sea.

Tony was one of the crew members, he helped unhook our catch and measure to see if they met the specs.

We got to take home 5 of our fish after they prepped them for us.  We marinated and grilled them for dinner that night, and it was honestly so delicious and fresh. Even if we hadn’t caught anything, and our intention wasn’t to bring something home.  The experience of being out on the water, all of us laughing and squealing with excitement was worth it. I was sad our week was coming to a close, this time away from everything familiar to me helped me expand my mind and learn to love and accept the place i am in in my life.  I could have shared so much more, and I’m sure I will as time goes on, but I hold onto all of the new memories I created, whether or not a camera was present.

Stairway to Harlem

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I crave adventure. But not in the way that I want to seek thrills.  I’m constantly searching to stimulate my mind through new experiences and exploration which is a huge reason for my relocation to New York City. In my last post I talked about the journey to get to this point, and I am so happy to say I’ve settled in Harlem.  With my time crunch due to a demanding job, I am always squeezing in tiny adventures. Needless to say I hadn’t gone around my new neighborhood very much, only to grab groceries and walk to the subway. So I decided that I wanted to embrace my new home and really see what was in store for me.

The City College of New York is just down the block overlooking St Nicholas Park which has incredible views of Harlem. It has steep hills, winding pathways and grand stairways bordered with wrought iron fences. It felt like a fantasy land with the remnants of the last snow storm we had. The building towering over the hills is Shepard Hall a staple to the college’s image. I was in total awe of the whole atmosphere feeling both regal and surprisingly serene

On another note, I was gifted this dress from Zara for Christmas, it was something I had my eye on for a while. I love how it’s literally an over sized sweatshirt but paired with tights and heeled boots it has become sporty, comfy and sexy all at the same time.

Zara is currently having a huge post holiday sale, I’ve seen some really cool pieces and the deals are even better. This is an ideal time to freshen up your wardrobe.

Dress: Zara | Coat: Michael Kors | Boots: Guess

Welcome to New York

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When I said I wanted to move to New York, I said it with the hope of unveiling something incredible. It is my dream to be able to express myself, create, and motivate others to see the beauty in life. No matter where I am beauty is there. Perception is the key, and changing it is the secret.

So here I am, in the city I’ve dreamed of living in.  It’s been over a month since I’ve moved; two apartments, a few weeks sleeping on an air mattress, and a big adventure ahead of me.  Since I was consumed by uprooting the life I’ve always known, I didn’t have a lot of opportunity to post anything.

I can tell you the process to get to this point is not what you read in stories or watch on television.  The glamour is what you make of it.  I was lucky enough to be in a loving relationship with a person who helped achieve this wild dream.  Together we drove ourselves until no end, looking for apartments between all hours worked, and both coming down with pneumonia the first week in our new city, there was no rest, no down time.  Good news is it all paid off and I am pinching myself to see what I have accomplished. I’m hopeful and excited to see where this next chapter will bring me.  I miss my family and my beloved animals every day, but I must keep things moving in order to progress.

An interesting note: I bought this jacket after my birthday in July, the brand is Blank NYC. At that point in time I was wishing for a sign, something to help push me to make this move.  It was too hot for a leather jacket but I scooped it up anyway. I couldn’t wait to post it on here and find the right moment to wear it. How apropos, it was perfect for the mild weather we were having.

Shoes: Michael Kors | Jacket: BlankNYC | Jeans: Zara

 

 

Cattails and Hidden Trails

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One great thing about living in upstate New York is that there are many hidden trails and secret spots where you can melt into the world.  I drove by this nature trail countless times and truly had no idea what was beyond the gravel parking lot and the large sign hidden in the shadows.  Then came a day where I was spontaneously invited onto its path and was completely enamored.  I loved the small wooden boardwalk which seemed lonely, but also warm and curious.  The cattails teetering in the wind pulled me down the trail and every corner I turned was new, yet familiar.

Another great thing is this dress.  I was in such a rush to find something light and summery, but also slightly sophisticated.  The long sleeves and the dainty florals are what grabbed me initially, and then the open back and the criss-cross detail completely sold me.  I love a great find when I least expect it.

Dress: Forever21 | Shoes: Converse

 

 

A Quick Break

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I’ve been on a hiatus from blogging, but I wanted to share what I had been up to in the last month.  I was fortunate to be able to take some time off and explore. I had amazing company and experiences I will never forget.

 

Some places I was able to see and experience…

Lake Tahoe, NV

Berkeley Rose Garden, Berkeley, CA

Muir Woods National Monument, CA

Pacific Coast and Highway 1, CA

San Francisco, CA