Today has been one of those days. Those days that try you not only as a working individual, but as a busy individual, and as a New Yorker. I had left my apartment in a rush this morning and in doing so, had mistakenly left my keys and wallet on my bed in my non-laptop bag. A mistake I realized the second I shut the door to my apartment. A mistake that would land me in the upper east side, in 20-something degree weather, and in my suede booties for a majority of the afternoon.
In between all of the shivering and questioning why I moved to NYC, I realized that I should use this time to just relax if I wasn’t able to get some work done. It took me a while but I struggled at Starbucks to just sit there and not do anything. I have been on auto-pilot for quite some time. This past week has been my first week without school and somehow, between recovering from a race and being sick, I haven’t been able to truly enjoy my free evenings nor celebrate some of the successes from the past few months.
From my sister’s bachelorette and wedding to participating in Project Runway, I haven’t been able to slow down. This semester I participated in a project with the NY Jets and my team won our marketing pitch but I quickly overlooked that success by training to beat my half marathon pace which I was able to accomplish this past Sunday (1:57:02!!!). A promotion at work got quickly buried under the busyness of school and 2018 planning that even that was not given as much thought as it should. There just hasn’t been enough time.
I don’t know if I can attribute the pace of these past few months to “NY” life, or just MY life (I think I’ve been this way for a while). But if by locking myself out of my apartment for a few hours is the universe giving me time to reflect and relax then I’ll take it. Fast track to present day me, sitting and shivering in Starbucks, I did something I haven’t done in a while…opened my Kindle app and started reading a book for pleasure. It was a really exciting thing for me to do after having a tough day that resulted in my being stranded. Nothing like getting lost in a new fiction book that will take me decades and miles away. I’ve decided that this will definitely count as a PR if I get to finishing it!