Every experience has the potential to change us. I am open to letting the city life change some old stuffy ways of thinking, acting, dressing/shopping, and relating. Change is often necessary to get un-stuck and get back to the good stuff again.
Here is how I believe the city is working on me:
- Carpe diem, baby. Those two weeks flew by and I was strapped into a plane returning to Florida before I could breathe out. I have to savor my moments, stop obsessing about what's next. This cup of coffee, in this chair, right now, is mighty fine.
- Don't save your good stuff for some future occasion. People in New York look snappily dressed (many of them anyway) on a daily basis. I took some of my favorite clothes with me - why not make all my clothes my favorite clothes and dress like I'm in NYC? Life's too short for just-OK clothing.
|My husband, as The World's Most Interesting Man.|
Always wear your finest. And stay thirsty, my friends.
- Be a little good to yourself. I am a bit of a Scrooge when it comes to spending money on me. In NYC I got two wonderful manicures. I treated myself to a gorgeous (pre-owned) Louis Vuitton blouse, and it made me feel great. I got the good wine. I struggle with feeling selfish, but I am responsible with money and it really is OK to have some treats. Tomorrow = manicure!
- I like a simpler look with fewer, rather than more accessories. I only took a few bracelets, two necklaces, and three pairs of earrings. I didn't even wear them all. My fuzzy hair counts as one big accessory, and I'm very comfortable with just my wedding ring, watch, and one other piece. Which leaves a little more in the budget for:
- Good shoes and boots. I saw these all over the city and in re-sale shops. I fell in love again with fine, soft leather and now I am doing inventory on all my footwear. Only the best are staying. Comfortable and beautiful is my new shoe mantra.
- I am a political animal. I've worked on several Congressional campaigns, but had recently moved on from that chapter in my life. Being in the city re-energized me and I have some ideas about how I want to direct my political energy next. Not Dead Yet. : >
|She still inspires me.|
I would love to hear about how vacations, sabbaticals, work or school-related travels have changed your ways of thinking. Please share!
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