Thursday, 11 January 2018

Best of 2017

I'm usually very cynical about new years and only see them as a number and not a supernatural occurrence that suddenly changes the course of my life. For the past couple of years, it seemed like I was stuck in a rut, and although I travelled quite a bit within India, I did see it taking over my life. I saw it as a vacation. It took 2017 to make me realise that my fate changes because of my decisions and in order to be happier, I need to constantly keep myself from getting into a rut.

So here it is. A post I never thought I'd do. Looking at the 10 best moments of 2017. Some I may have blogged about.

Monday, 25 December 2017

The New York City Outsider - The Real Truth About Living in New York

To the general public of the world, New York is made up to be a place where all dreams come true. What it hides, is a harsh reality of insecurity and loneliness. Behind every stone-faced man and sharp-tongued woman is a story of sorrow and longing for a fulfillment.

When I moved here 5 months ago, I too believed that happiness was geographical and not emotional. It was silly, but for the longest time, the idea of New York held my heart in a sharp grip and I ached to find myself in the city which I have now named the city of lost souls.

The harsh truth of it all is that New York is crazy expensive! I guess it isn't all that surprising and I guess a lot of people have talked about it before. But the posts that I've seen floating around always tend to glamourise the city and rightfully so as most people tend to visit as tourists and the glamour does tend to fade away after a week or two.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Recent Beauty Favourites [Oct 2017]

I did one of these posts back in May [read it here] and it's interesting to see the changes in my routine. I'm actually following a rigid skincare routine now, something I never did. I guess this is only one of the many ways New York has changed me.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I don't really swap out products from my routine. When I find something I like, I stick to it. Off late, I've acquired a lot of new products in my routine and I thought I'd document it on my blog for those who care and for future me who forgot what 25 was like!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Moving to New York - And the Anxiety that Ensued

True to my prediction in my last post (which was a rather embarrassing public breakdown, in my opinion) this post is coming to you from New York. I have moved, at last. The anxiety has passed, at last! And, to tell you the truth, the worst was in my head. Yes, it's only been 8 days since I got here. Yes, I'm broke and incapable of feeding myself. But, I am surviving despite my fears of living alone. To be honest, it is quite exhilarating.

Let's backtrack a little.

On the 22nd of August, as scheduled, I boarded a plane, travelled for a little over 23 hours, skipped more time-zones than I can keep track of, and landed in New York. This is my first time on my own, and it had to be miles and oceans away from my family and friends. But it had to be done.

While it may seem easy to some - you book your tickets, board a plane and voila! The crew gets you to NYC - it takes a lot to make that leap. If someone is looking to move to New York and is completely unprepared, I urge you, dear reader, have them read this post, for I shall I explain in great detail (as much as possible) all the things that kept me up at night and how they essentially resolved themselves.