Success isn’t achieved over night. You have to work for it! Adapt these five habits to take a step closer to success and help accomplish your goals.
Have you ever looked at someone who became successful “over night” and thought about how they got there? A lot of people account others’ success to luck or talent. That might be part of it, but no one sees the work that person puts in to get there. I believe that if you work hard (and I mean very hard for a long period of time), you’ll succeed.
I recently read the book Hillbilly Elegy, which is what got me thinking about this topic. The book is about the author who grew up with next to nothing in “hillbilly” Ohio. With the little he was given, he turned himself into a Yale Law graduate and successful lawyer. He would only sleep for 5 hours a night and would use the hours in his day to work three jobs to pay for his degree, and study in between those jobs. He wasn’t born a genius, though. When he was in high school, he almost failed out. He taught himself the keys to success and worked as hard as he could to get what he wanted.
What does it mean to be a hard worker, though? These are my top five suggestions to kick start into successful habits.
Be An Early Riser
Everyone has the same amount of hours in a day. What you do with every hour of that day is what sets you apart from others. If you wake up even an hour earlier every day, you’re giving yourself an extra 7 hours a week to get something done. That’s almost a full work day of time!
While sleep is important, it makes more sense to go to sleep earlier and wake up earlier because there are more productive things that you can get done in the morning while everyone else is asleep. You could go to the gym to start your day and give yourself more energy, create your schedule for the week, or cook yourself a healthy breakfast instead of rushing and grabbing a meal that is filled with fat and preservatives. Waking up early is one of the most important things you can change to take a step towards being more successful.
Put Yourself Out There, Even If It Makes You Uncomfortable
People have a lot of opinions about what others are doing. When I first started blogging, the thought of people making fun of my content scared me so much. I put myself out to the world in a pretty vulnerable way and created something from scratch that had to be formed in the public eye. Instead of stopping because of that fear, I used it as motivation to keep going and prove to myself and others that I can do what I’m setting my mind to. People may still make fun of me, but they’ve also gotten used to what I’m doing. When you start something, a lot of people might doubt what you, but if you truly believe in it, you have to learn to get comfortable with being uncomfortable and keep going.
Have a Regimented Schedule
Starting something new is overwhelming when you think of the big picture. You might wonder how you can fit everything into one day. The way that I handle this is by sticking to a schedule that I created for myself, rarely faltering from it. It’s easy to procrastinate or give in to hanging out with your friends instead of doing the work you need to do. However, the best part about a schedule is you can also block time out for the things you enjoy. This way, you’ll know you completed your work in the allotted time and you won’t have to feel guilty while relaxing.
That being said, you’ll have to learn to say no to invites when you’re scheduled to be working. The people in your life love you and want to spend time with you, of course. However, if you don’t learn to say no to your friends who want to hang out when you have your scheduled work time, you’ll never get anything done. It’s common to want to put off the work and tell yourself that you’ll get it done later. However, creating that habit will only put you further behind from where you want to be. Instead, tell your friends that you do want to see them and refer back to your schedule for your free time so you can still make future plans. Trust me, it sucks at first, but you’ll be thankful once you see how much you end up accomplishing.
Failure is a big part of life. When I first set out to do something, I always seem to think everything will work out as planned. I learned so much in less than a year of blogging by constant attempts and failures. When something didn’t work, the thought always crossed my mind to give up. I had to fight through that and learn that it’s okay if what I tried didn’t work. That just means I’m one step closer to what does work. If you fail, analyze why, accept it, and try again. Eventually, your attempt will work.
I hope these tips help you to start out or continue on with your goals/dreams! If you want to learn more about success and positive mindsets to get you there, check out some of my favorite books HERE that go over similar habits but in more detail. Now go conquer life!
Minimalism is something different to each person. To some, it’s owning so little that you can pack up all of your belongings in a medium sized bag. To others, it’s having only 7 outfits, one for each day of the week. I’ve even seen it portrayed as a style type, consisting of simple fabrics and solid colors.
To me, minimalism is only owning things that you use on a weekly basis.
I first learned about minimalism from the documentary on Netflix (called Minimalism). In the documentary, two men discuss their transition from living paycheck to paycheck, to getting rid of all their belongings that they can’t travel with. Since watching the documentary, it’s been hard for the me to kick the concept out of my mind.
Jacket from Forever 21
I’ve always been someone who shops as therapy. I love wearing new clothes to work or out with friends. I feel excited to keep up with the current trends. Some may say I’m addicted to shopping. I used to go to stores and purchase shirts that I would never wear or didn’t love. It would sit in my closet, and I’d tell myself that I’m going to wear it or need it one day. I never did, though.
As I’ve gotten older and learned more about finances and responsibility, I haven’t stopped shopping (obviously, given what I’m doing here), but I’ve gotten smarter about buying things that I will actually wear.
Now, when I’m debating purchasing a sweater, for example, I try it on, see how comfortable it is, think of what I own that I could pair it with, and how many times I would want to wear it. If the answers to these questions come to not comfortable, nothing to wear it with, or I would only wear it once or twice, I pass.
What are the benefits of minimalism?
The thought of getting rid of items that you have an attachment towards is tough. The first time I decided to sit down and go through all my belongings to see what I needed, I would stare at the item for a while and try to come up with reasons I would need it. If I couldn’t think of any, I found myself feeling bad due to where it came from or for wasting money.
Needless to say, it wasn’t very effective the first round.
My second attempt, though, felt liberating. I didn’t let myself think like I had before, and instead thought of how my donations of these items will help those in need, and how much room I will have afterwards. I was actually excited. By the end of it, I had so many clothes to donate to Good Will.
There are so many people out there who are in need and would love what I was getting rid of. Someone else could wear it every day or every other day, while I was most likely leaving that item in a bin, never to be touched.
Besides the positive of helping others, I felt so free afterwards. I was able to prioritize all of the clothes I do wear. I ironed them, hung them up front and center in my closet, and knew what to wear to work the next day. Not only that, there was more walking room and storage to display my cherished belongings. It was like clearing out my stuff cleared out my stress.
Does having stuff=stress? Something to think about.
Additionally, I started to see the money in my bank account stabilize. I had more to transfer to savings, more to invest, and more to put towards experiences instead of things.
How does a fashion blogger successfully minimize?
This is something that I had struggled with when I first became a fashion blogger. I wanted to stay relevant, but also didn’t want to go back to my old shopping habits, knowing the negative feelings that came with it. It took a lot of research of other fashion bloggers to figure out the right balance.
Here’s what I discovered: I don’t have to wear a new item of clothing in every single one of my posts. THAT’S RIGHT!
Do you remember in middle school math when your teacher had you come up with how many combinations you can come up with of three different numbers without repeating any? For example, the numbers 1 2 3 can be 3 2 1, 1 3 2, 2 3 1 , 1 3 2, etc. The same thing can be done with outfits! There are so many different ways to wear clothes and shoes, it doesn’t have to be repeated that often! Sometimes, I can even post an outfit that I’ve posted before because not all of my followers saw it the first time around. No one said you have to max out your credit cards to be a fashion blogger!
Now this isn’t to say that I never shop- I do. It’s something that I love to do because I truly love fashion. However, I will make sure to set a clear budget for myself, and to only do it once per season, OR if I need to replace an item (like if I got a hole in my black work pants for example). Otherwise, I stick with what I own and try to switch it up with different shoes, different accessories, and different color combinations.
Is minimalism for you?
Don’t take someone else’s word for it. Make sure to do your research, see where you are in life with your spending and how you keep your belongings, and then make the best decision that works for yourself. I highly recommend watching the documentary, Minimalism, to get more information. There are also Instagrams/Blogs solely dedicated to minimalists. My favorites are www.instagram.com/theminimalistwardrobe and www.instagram.com/thegoodwearblog .
Also, if you are a minimalist, make sure to comment on my post telling me what works for you! I’d love to hear about it.
Happy almost Halloween! In the process of deciding what I want to be for Halloween, I tried to recreate some Halloween make up looks that I found on YouTube and Pinterest that can be done quickly, easily, and last minute. I hate spending money on Halloween things because I usually feel like I can’t ever use them again. That’s why, when choosing make up looks to recreate, I decided to only do ones that I can mimic with things I would have already/in my make up bag. Check out the looks I recreated below, and what I needed to do it.
SIDE NOTE– I am not an artistic person at all, so these would probably look better if you recreate them than how it appeared for me. #CantColorInTheLines
Look #1- FEMALE CHUCKY
What’s Needed: Red Lipgloss (add water to it if its too sticky or try a lipstick), Eye Brow Brush, Red Eye Shadow.
This is the tutorial I followed from YouTube for this look. If I were to be Chucky for Halloween, I probably would buy a red wig from Party City or spray paint my hair red like she did. I started out by doing my regular make up first, and then followed the tutorial so the Halloween make up is on top. Its not my favorite look out of all of them, but it was quick and gets the point across (especially with the red/orange hair).
Female CHUCKY Halloween Makeup Tutorial + Ali Julia Hair - YouTube
Look #2- Simba(Or Nala)
What’s Needed: Liquid Liner, Pink Lipstick/Lip Gloss, Light and Dark Shade of Foundation, Bronzer, and White Eyeliner or Eye Shadow
For this look, there wasn’t a tutorial, so I tried to copy what I saw in the photo as best as I could with what I had. Luckily, I am always such a different shade in the winter and the summer, so I had a wide range of foundation shades. I used my darkest foundation color for the whole face, and then used a really light concealer, that I usually use for under my eyes, for the mouth. For the neck, I put on two layers of the dark foundation, and then topped it with my darkest bronzer.
I didn’t have a white eyeliner, so I used my white eye shadow for under the eyes. I lined my eyes, eye brows, nose, mouth and whiskers with my black liquid liner, and used a pink lipstick to color in my nose.
Again, its not perfect, but I can’t even draw a straight line…I have faith in you guys though!
Look #3- Creepy Doll
What’s Needed: Pencil or Liquid Eye Liner, Blush, Pink Lipstick, White Eye Shadow or Eye Liner
I feel like the pictures I took for this look don’t do justice for how it looked in person. This is another one where there wasn’t a specific tutorial that I followed, but instead mirrored the picture below. If you do better with a tutorial though, just YouTube “Creepy Doll Make Up”, and there are so many options. I think the key here is to used really pigmented eye liner or eye shadow to get that fake mouth look. Overall, it’s such an easy look to recreate, make up wise. I think if I were to be this for halloween, I would go all out and tease all of my hair so it looks like I’ve been electrocuted or something, and dress in a quintessential “doll dress”.
Look #4- GUTS/CUTS
What’s Needed: Glue (I used clear- doesn’t matter what color), Toilet Paper, Red Lipstick and/or Lip Gloss, Bronzer, Tweezers, and Black Eye Shadow
This one is my favorite! It looks like it would be so complicated to recreate, but I think I did it in 10 minutes? I started off with my regular make up routine again, and then followed the YouTube video below. There wasn’t any fake blood lying around…naturally…so I used a few different red lip glosses I have to create the red inside the cut and drippy blood look. Also, I used bronzer around my neck and forehead to create a “dirt” look, like I got into a scuffle.
If I were to go out in this look, I would probably wear all black or put a rip in a t-shirt to make it look like I just came from a fight with someone or from robbing a bank or something.
LAST MIN. HALLOWEEN MAKEUP - TOILET PAPER & GLUE - YouTube
Look #5- Lara Croft
What’s Needed: Very Light Foundation or Concealer, Liquid Eyeliner, Brown Eye Shadow, Pink Lip Stick or Liner, Brown Lipstick or Liner, White Liner or Highlighter, Dark Eye Brow Pencil, Contour Cream, Bronzer, and the Ability to French Braid or Braid.
I pretty much followed this tutorial to a T. The only things I did differently was use a highlighter instead of a white eyeliner, and used brown eye shade for my lip instead of a dark lipstick. I am actually going to be Lara Croft for Halloween, so in addition to the black shirt and shorts, I am going to try to find a fake gun and that belt that Angelina Jolie is wearing in the picture below. I’m excited about this one though and it didn’t take long at all!
Hangin with Angelina Jolie (Lara Croft Transformation) - YouTube
So those are the looks I was able to tackle last minute with what I had from home. I hope you guys are able to get some idea’s from these looks or use one of them if you have to do a last minute Halloween costume! Make sure to tag me @thatnadialook if you end up using one of these- I would totally want to see it!
Hey There! Im writing to you on what is now my Saturday night…
…where I had planned to go out to a Starbucks, or a library, or something that would entice my creative mind. Instead, I ate about 6 cookies from Reading Terminal Market, threw my hair up in a bun, and got under the covers. Living the wild life!
Speaking of my hair, if you follow me on Instagram, you’ll notice I recently got rid of all the blonde balayage and embraced my natural brown hair. My eyebrows finally match my head again.
I was talking to a colleague of mine the other day, who also tends to go back and forth between light and dark hair, and we both agreed that our hair always seems healthier when its brown. Do you get that feeling too? I’m trying to grow my hair out, so my hairs’ health will be important for me this winter until I dye it back in the summer time.
That brings me to my next topic of discussion relating to my hair care- shampoo and conditioner. I am always switching my hair products, hoping to find the perfect one for my hair type. I would go to Target or Ulta (when I wanted to be fancy) and stare at shelves upon shelves of products, not knowing which hair problem that the bottle promises to fix would be the right one for me. Did I want to grow my hair? Or, is it more important for me to fix my split ends? Did I need the brand made specifically for brunettes”, or for curly hair? No shampoo and conditioner were ever quite right.
Then one day, I was introduced to a brand called Formulate, and I now feel like my hair care problems have been solved! If you haven’t heard of Formulate, they are a company that manufactures shampoo and conditioner made specifically for you by learning your hair type based on questions asked about your hair. Then, their chemists create a shampoo and conditioner specific to your hair type and hair goals.
It was pretty fun answering the questions on their website, because who doesn’t like to talk about themselves?
I was asked if my hair is dyed, the length, the thickness of a strand, and the goals I had for my hair. I want to grow it, strengthen it, have more manageability, and thicken my hair. You can see more of what I chose on my profile by clicking HERE. They also asked me how potent I want the scents of my shampoo and conditioner, and the scent I would like. I chose very potent in a green tea scent (called Green With Envy).
My package arrived quickly in a cute little box with a card addressed to me, and I washed my hair that night using my new shampoo and conditioner. Now, I’ll be very honest with you- it wasn’t on point when I first used it. The formula they came up with for me made my hair too greasy. I contacted them and told them what was wrong, and they were so nice and responsive, and immediately sent me a brand new set with corrections. That set was perfect.
Now I am going to reveal something to you guys that I really only tell my close friends and my poor coworkers who sit next to me. I only wash my hair once a week. Some of you may think thats disgusting, but I have curly, dry hair, and the more often I wash it, the drier it becomes. The reason I’m telling you this is because I’ve only used my new shampoo and conditioner from Formulate a handful of times since I received it. However, the noticeable difference in my hair is amazing. I am telling you, I feel like my hair has gotten thicker. It hasn’t grown down to my butt or anything, but I am seeing the overall health of my hair improve. Now when I straighten it at 410 degrees (the max my chi will get to), I don’t feel like my hair is splitting apart as I go. I’ve also noticed that when I put it up in a bun, which I do so often, there seems to be more hair to keep the bun in place.
Now to the very fun part. I’ve been given the opportunity to do a giveaway to one lucky Instagrammer living in the US. You can have the chance to win your own set of Formulate shampoo and conditioner made specifically for you hair type and hair goals. All you have to do is make sure you are following myself and Formulate on Instagram, and then click HERE to enter your information for a chance to win. I will be picking a winner on November 1st, so make sure to enter ASAP!
Remember January 1st, 2018 – a snowy new beginning with a blank year ahead of you, ready to be filled in with your story.
It’s an awakening feeling to have a clean slate and see how much you can conquer in the new year. Did you set goals for yourself in January? Even if they weren’t specific goals that you wrote down and checked in on, did you tell yourself even one thing you were going to accomplish in 2018? What were they? Did you accomplish them yet? I bet everyone is asking themselves these questions around this time of year.
I’m a “goals” person, to say the least.
I like lists and seeing the things that I want to accomplish in numbers, bullet points, and dates. People actually make fun of me for the types of lists that I make like, “Things around the house to clean on what day of the week”, “Tasks to get done during lunch”, or “Three things that I have to do to succeed but find absolutely terrifying”.
Given that fact, I definitely wrote down a list that I wanted to accomplish in 2018. I knew it was going to be a big year for me. I had just started my blog, moved out of my last apartment, hit a huge goal at work… things were starting off completely different than the year before and I knew I could either waste it or slay it. Naturally, I created a list of new years goals for myself, determined to stick to them and be the best version of myself that I could be.
Here’s the list of goals that I set up for myself in January:
Read 50 books (audiobooks included in total)
Stay fit and be able to do 10 pull ups straight
Pay off all credit card debt
Go to bed at 10:30PM
Wake up every morning at 6:30AM
Make food at home more
Make All Stars (Work/recruiting total billing goal)
Work from home at least 15 minutes a day
Walk Plato once a day
Learn to say no
Looking back at these goals now in October makes me laugh a little. I sure as hell did not accomplish all of these! I’ve read/listened to 12 books. I’ve maintained a healthy weight, but I can only still do 1 pull up. I just about paid off my credit card debt (which is a huge thing for me!). I do go to sleep at 10:30PM almost every night, mainly because I’m exhausted from my day. I sure as hell don’t wake up at 6:30AM, I NEVER make food at home. I am no where near making All Stars at work. I don’t work even a second from home, let alone 15 extra minutes after work. I try to walk Plato, but he is so lazy (which is a him problem, not me right?). I’ve recently gotten better at saying no.
Overall, I didn’t accomplish the majority of my 2018 goals.
At this point, I have a couple of choices on how to react– I could be depressed about it and say “forget it, I suck”, I could rush to get them all done in three months and stress myself out about it, or I could look back at these amazing goals that I set up for myself and smile at how determined I was to grow.
This is how I see new year goals and goals in general: Think of when you play a video game with levels. Each level you have a task you’re supposed to accomplish and skills you gain until you get to the end of the level, and then you fight the boss. Without those skills you accomplished along the way though, you wouldn’t be strong enough to fight the boss and advance in the game. You’d be stuck in the same place you started.
Setting small goals to get yourself to that new level will allow you to “reach the boss” in a sense. Without them, you’ll just be in the same level of the game forever.
However, goals are also something that need to be reviewed and reevaluated.
I’m not in the same place I was when I started 2018. While trying to accomplish those goals that I had set for myself, I also learned new skills, positioned myself in a new direction and have new priorities. For example, staying fit is important to me still, but I don’t need to be able to do 10 pull ups in order to move on to where I’m trying to go in life now.
While it’s an excellent time to look back at where you were in January and what you wanted to accomplish, make sure you look back while reflecting where you are in your life now. Decide if the goals you made are still pertinent for you now, or if it’s something you can remove from your mind to make room for something else that will get you to where you want to go. If you don’t need it anymore, smile at it and let it go! If it’s something thats still important to you, but not yet accomplished, think of how you can take smaller steps to get closer to that goal.
All I’m saying is, don’t stress yourself out over “pull ups”…
…because no matter what, you’re growing as a person every day and learning what you need and what you don’t need to ready yourself for your future. Finish 2018 out strong and get ready to make a new set of goals that you can begin to tackle and will lead you to where you’re trying to go, or possibly somewhere you never thought about going.
I hope your 4th quarter is filled with pumpkins, cozy sweaters, and end of year bonuses!
Welcome to the first post as That [Nadia] Look! I’m excited to get back into the swing of things for Fall and share my outfits and fun things in my life with you.
You might be wondering why I decided to change from Nadia’s Career Closet to That Nadia Look. Well to answer that, I had so much fun styling and blogging corporate work outfits, which I’m still going to be incorporating every now and then. However, I decided its time for me to branch out to every day looks so that I can appeal to more people who don’t work, or work in a casual setting.
I also want to show you more of myself and what my life is like being a blogger in New Jersey. I’ve been trying to post more videos of myself talking on Instagram so that you can get a good understanding of who I am. It’s something that is so out of my comfort zone, which I’ve learned is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Obviously I’m comfortable taking pictures of myself and posting them out there (the public postings took me a while to get used to), but having my voice out there on a video is something that I get really nervous about! Amazing things come when you test yourself, though, and put yourself in situations that make you want to pee yourself.
The reason I chose That [Nadia] Look is because the brackets are interchangeable. I’ll be showing that Brooklyn look, that work out look, that night in look- you get the point. I’m excited about being able to categorize my outfits while sticking to my branding.
Hopefully after you see all the new content, you’ll be just as excited as I am! I’m excited to share my life with you!
I’m going to switch things up here and talk about my workout routine since I tend to get a lot of questions about that. I am not someone who LOVES working out, but I do it for my overall health- mentally and physically. Getting into that initial routine is probably the hardest part, and then once you build the habit, the addition to working out starts.
I like to switch up my work outs. Sometimes I do body weight work outs, sometimes I play sports, sometimes I do yoga, etc. I like to make it diverse so it isn’t the same thing over and over again. I need to keep things diverse so I don’t get bored and to keep my body from getting used that work out.
Right now, I am trying to get better with running. I signed up for a 5k Thanksgiving “Turkey Trot” and also am starting my next season of flag football on Monday, which I need to be a steady/fast runner for.
That brings me into my excitement of the new technology I’ve been using to get my running up to speed.
I’ve been using Vi Sense which is an app and headphones that function as a virtual running coach. The technology is like nothing I’ve used before in an app or with headphones I’ve purchased. I first downloaded the app, and “Vi” speaks to me to find out some information about me- my age, height, weight, running goals, etc. Then it gives me week runs based off of where I am with running. For example, my runs this week are two 2.5 miles within 30 minutes with 5 minute cool down. It tells me around how many calories I will burn- 225. I can also choose to do this run inside or outside, depending on the weather.
Since I am not a constant runner, it starts me at an easy level as seen below.
As time goes on and my body gets used to the current work outs, they’ll advance. Some additional features that are super helpful/cool is that I can speak to Vi. If I’m running and I want to see my progress, I can say, “Hey Vi, how am I doing?” and she’ll give me my progress. The headphones also keep track of my heart rate so I can make sure I am at a fat burning rate or just keeping it steady. Plus, she motivates me while I run! It’s seriously like hiring a personal trainer, minus the insane cost.
Hello from Philly! I got a little caught up on exploring. so I wasn’t able to update on my days 2 and 3.
I moved to a new Airbnb on the 1st which was in Rittenhouse Square. The area was absolutely gorgeous. It was so different in a ton of ways. For one, directly across the street from the building was Rittenhouse Square Park. It was perfect for Plato. There were so many other dogs and plush grass for him to run around on.
The building was also walking distance from tons of my favorite stores- Zara, H&M, Old Navy, Buffalo Exchange….Needless to say I went shopping.
There were so many cool places I checked out while there including The Dandelion Restaurant and Tattooed Mom. The Dandelion is this gorgeous pub/restaurant with amazing food. It has I believe 5 different rooms to dine in that all have different looks to them . I sat in the dog themed room, naturally. I highly recommend it. Tattooed Mom is a bar in South Street that is wild looking. It has bumper sticker type directions on every inch of the place, bumper cars as seats to hang out, and two floors with different scenery to check out. It was extremely interesting, but I don’t think I would go back for fun. It was a sight to see, but a bit too grungy for my liking.
The apartment itself was completely different from the previous one. It was a studio, lived in by the owner, and not as modern- more old fashioned. Luckily, it was a very dog friendly building and had a doorman which is a nice touch. I talked to the Airbnb host for a while when I arrived about how she quit her corporate job after 5 years and has just been doing odds and ends since then to make ends meet. It was really interesting to hear about her experience going from one extreme to another. Something to think about!
Overall, I would rate Airbnb apartment itself a 6 out of 10. Definitely cute, but not my style of apartment. The area itself, though, I am giving a 9.5 out of 10. This is exactly where I would want to live if I moved to Philly!
I’ll keep you posted on my experience at the next Airbnb in Northern Liberties.
As many people know who keep up with my blog or who know me well, this year has been a big one for me in my life!
I started blogging in January during a rough bump in my life and couldn’t have entered something that I feel completes me more than this. Like all jobs, tasks, or goals in life, it’s not easy. The difference is that I love every part of it, even the difficult mundane parts. I really care about the material I put out there and try to perfect every detail before it’s posted. I strive to improve every day by learning from others and figuring out what works and what doesn’t. Eight months down the road, though, I still have a ways to go and grow.
Around the time I started blogging, one of my beset friends moved to Philadelphia. It’s funny- I used to hate Philly. I went a few times when I was younger. One of the times, my car got towed, even though I swear I was in a legitimate parking spot. The other few times, I was in a dangerous area or went out to a crappy bar with a bunch of immature drunk college kids. Needless to say, it was never a good experience. However, the first few times I came to visit my friend in Philadelphia this year, I had amazing experiences. I don’t know if it’s me or Philly thats changed … probably both!
Something’s been calling me here, though. It’s all I’ve been able to think about lately- getting myself to this city. Besides the fact that it’s cheaper than New Jersey (yeah, can you believe that?), I feel inspired whenever I’m here. People think outside the box more, venture out of their comfort zone, appreciate the artistic view- even if it’s what some consider “weird”. There’s a not so hidden beauty in this city.
Lets not forget to mention also that I am obsessed with food and the amounts of places to eat here are endless. I can’t even imagine how long it would take me to eat at each and every spot there is to eat here. It’s wonderful.
I’ll be turning 29 next week and I am not someone who likes to just go out and drink my birthday away. I’ve been all about the experiences lately. That’s why this year I decided to take a week off from work and hole up in three different parts of Philly- Center City/Gayborhood, Rittenhouse Square, and Northern Liberties (see below).
I chose to be in three different locations so I can experience different parts of the city and see which part fits me best. Throughout this time, I don’t plan on planning. I’m just going to go with the flow, see what comes to me, see what I discover and hopefully by the end, formulate a plan to get myself here if thats what I still want.
Plato and I arrived at the first Airbnb last night. We were a scene to see actually when trying to get to this building. I couldn’t find a parking garage close enough and didn’t realize there was actually a side street for me to pull over to and drop off my stuff. Instead, I parked .5 miles away and lugged a suitcase, two duffle bags and a book bag down crowded streets with fancy people going out to bars (I refuse to ever make two trips…ever). I actually feel my traps hurting today from this struggle. #ExerciseInEveryForm
By the time we got to the lobby, I was dripping sweat and my curly frizzy hair was stuck to my face. Nevertheless, I had a big grin on my face because this place is amazing. You can tell just from the lobby alone. I feel like I am staying at the Ritz Carlton on steroids.
When I walked into the elevator and hit the button for my floor – which is at the way top of the building- the elevator told me we are “Going up” and shot upwards. As I stepped out when she told me she was “Going down”, I walked over to my door, entered the secret code I was given (the door speaks to me too, not even j0king), opened the door and jumped up and down with excitement. It was every thing I had hoped it was going to be. I literally threw my stuff down and started dancing. The view alone is breathtaking. Do people who live like this every day get used to it? I don’t think it would ever get old to me. To sum it up, I spent my whole night dancing and face timing my family ….pure bliss.
Today was my first full day adventure. After I failed to figure out the coffee grinder and dripper contraption left for me in the apartment, I found the nearest Starbucks to sustain myself. On my walk there with Plato, I ran into a man named with a dog named Max and we bonded over our dogs and our love for the peace and quiet in Northern Liberties.
The rest of my day consisted of getting to know the area. I walked over 10,000 steps and discovered that there is a large Target near by- which I don’t care if it’s a chain, it’s a necessity, a coffee shop called La Colombe that makes some beast coffee, a cute park near City Hall, and a LOT of bars.
It’s not a very dog friendly area. There are so many people and I always felt like someone was going to step on Plato while we walked. Also, I had to walk about 10 minutes to that park to finally find a patch of grass for him to pee. He’s way too bougie to go on the sidewalk like other city dogs. If I needed to go in to a shop, I would have to leave Plato tied up or with someone, which I don’t feel comfortable with.
All in all, I think I’ve seen what I need to here. I am going to rate my Airbnb a 10/10- it really is amazing. However, I’m giving Gayborhood/Center City a 6/10. It’s a cool place to visit, but I don’t know if what I’m looking for is here. If I could take this Airbnb and put it in another location, that would be great.
Tune in tomorrow to hear about my Rittenhouse Square experience!