I have been living in New York City for the past month and a half and plan to be here several more weeks. I have always wondered what it would be like to live in New York, I know that several months doesn’t count as living but it has given me a good taste of big city life. I have been splitting my time between my friend Amanda’s in the East Village and my friend Emily’s in Chelsea. I feel so fortunate to have such amazing friends who have opened their home to me making this stopover doable.
So far this journey has had me traveling from place to place spending no more than three nights in one location. My stint in New York threw me into a bit of a spiral. I had free time unlike anything I have ever experienced. I could take a three hour walk around town, duck into a coffee shop and meet friends for dinner. I could walk around Farmer’s Markets with my friend Josh who is a Chef watching him purchase food for the menu he was preparing that night. I should have been enjoying every moment of this but I found myself feeling guilty and even a little depressed.
I haven’t not worked since my early years as a college student and this free time had me feeling a bit out of sorts. I was surrounded by people rushing about their daily lives, and I had no reason to rush. I decided it would be beneficial to me to work some while I was in town and signed up with a temporary agency. The first morning I was on call I was riddled with anxiety about going to work in this crazy busy city. My phone never rang. The next morning was much the same and it has turned out that my phone has never rang, I decided instead of continuing on this path of anxiety to just relish in this time, enjoy the slow pace as it will be gone before I know it.
I have spent much of my time enjoying this city and my friends who live here. I was slow to connect with trainers and have had little luck connecting to nutritionists, healthy eating bloggers and healthy chefs. I have some guilt that I haven’t lost much weight while here (down an additional 3 pounds) but am proud to say I haven’t gained any. I have tried all sorts of food but am trying to eat in moderation and with all the walking I am doing here I feel stronger and leaner every day.
This week I have four workouts in a row ranging from high intensity interval training to yoga to aqua Zumba. I am still committed to my journey and warming up to the idea that I need to embrace each iteration that there is, each location holds its own challenges and joys.