The decision to leave New York did not come easy. After missing Christmas 2016, there’s nothing I wanted more than to be with my family this time around. My graduate visa was up and I had applied for an extension which would have given me 6 months more in the US. However, if I were to leave the US, my visa would be void. I couldn’t imagine staying over the holidays, so for me it was worth it. Needless to say there were tears leaving the city. It was a beautiful day and the Freedom Tower and Empire State Building couldn’t have looked better, forcing the feels out of me. I’m not quite finished with NYC yet but for now, I’m so ready for what 2018 has in store for me in London.
Here we go- Ambitions to exercise and eat healthy
Can we all agree that the New Year starts on January 2nd? Let’s face it, we all wake up on New Years Day tired and hungover, laze about all day and crave pizza. After a full month of eating whatever you want, going out every second night and going through 12 boxes of chocolates, you simply can’t drag yourself out of bed to go for a run after your big New Year’s Eve celebration. I’m doing that thing where I go on a rant to make myself feel better about my lazy tendencies, but I know you all agree! I eased into it by putting together a new work out regime (took maybe an hour because the whole point of “researching” was to procrastinate).
It’s easy to eat well when your fridge is stocked up and you don’t have any physical temptations lying around the house. You start off with an egg white omelette (wow, been about 3 weeks since I’ve cooked anything) and snack on some fruit before your next meal. But your next meal is hours away and the box of Cadbury’s Roses is sitting right next to you on the couch. You’re so used to reaching for a sweet that you have to stop yourself by walking to the fridge for some more fruit. The fruit is at the back of the fridge and you have to move the Ferrero Rochers aside, dodge the leftover cheesecake and reach past the mini chocolate Santas to get to the blueberries. Then your roommate returns home and says “Fancy a takeaway tonight?” Oh no, I’ve already committed to cooking brown rice and seasoned vegetables.. but then again, going from one extreme to the next seems kind of crazy, right? Maybe one more take out would help to ease back into my new regime.
All joking aside, I do always snap out of it by the second week of January (I type as I shove three mini Mars bars down my throat).
Stop being on my phone
I do hope I manage this one!! I’m like a broken record but social media is an addiction among a wide range of demographics and trust me, I know because I am 100% addicted. I don’t want to know how much time I’ve wasted scrolling through my newsfeed. It’s so easy to wake up and spend 30 minutes on your phone and likewise, before you go to bed. It’s even worse midday when you’re trying to be productive but the minute your phone goes off, you have to look at it and BAM, 15 minutes later you’re in the depths of today’s best vines on Facebook. What did I do before smartphones? Just went straight to sleep like a normal human being I guess? As I’m writing this, my best friend Katie sends me a Snapchat saying she’s going hiatus for two months. If I really want to follow through with this New Years Resolution, I would do the same.
Ugh, I’m the worst! I tend to overthink every decision I have to make and every decision I’ve already made. I second guess because I want to make the best out of every situation and not look back but it definitely keeps me up at night. Likewise during the day when I’m trying to be productive and get some work done, stressing over everything distracts me and sends me into a lengthy day dream. There she goes, procrastinating again! When it comes to moving cities, changing jobs, relationships, you’re never going to know if they will work out so it’s best to stop constantly worrying about it and just play it by ear. Easier said than done, but #newyearnewme (ugh).
I’ve always been drawn to the idea of living in London, even though I’ve only visited once. It seems like the obvious choice for a young professional working in the media industry so I guess I’m following the herd. Being closer to family is important too and the flight home is as easy as pie. Funnily enough, the only thing that scares me is that it’s so close to home. I’m not entirely sure I’m finished working abroad (more.. abroad) but there’s plenty of time to figure that out and jet-set again later. As nerve-wrecking as it is, I think the unknown is somewhat exciting. I’m ready to explore London’s restaurants, cafes, architecture, the Westend! It’s like starting fresh again with a whole new perspective on moving to a new city. After living in New York, I’m more confident and open-minded allowing me to face my fears and reinvent myself as such. I’m not as scared as I was moving to New York, just eager to settle in, make new friends and find my way around.
TB to London 2014.. went swimmingly..
These resolutions are very doable and I’m feeling motivated *strong arm emoji*. Without a doubt, 2017 was my best year yet and I have every hope that 2018 will be even better.
Happy New Year!