My New York Life #1: 7 Things I Did/Learned During My First Week in New York

Times Square from 50th St

It’s been crazy that I officially live in NY now. I didn’t expect myself to acclimate as I have. I am really trying to get my life together. For those of you who don’t know…I am in New York working as an apprentice for the next 9 months. I am so happy to have this as a stepping stone in my career and life. I do miss my siblings dearly and I have called my mom more often than I ever did. Distance truly does make the heart grow fonder and give you perspective. So, here are a couple of things that I have learned this week that I want to share with you. I also have some advice. Let me know in the comments below or give this a like. I am thinking of doing this series once a week. New York is not without the most interesting things happening.

  1. Don’t let the comfort of your home stop you from going out. So, when I arrived at my apartment, all I wanted to do was unpack and stay in. However, I didn’t have groceries. So, I forced myself to head out to the grocery store instead of using modern conveniences like postmates or another grocery service or eating out. Not that those are bad, but I wanted to really push myself to become comfortable where I live and the surrounding area. I found an area that had more than just my local Aldi, it was fantastic and I have been back at least two times since
  2. Take the taxi. If you can afford it, take it when you first move to the city. It cost me about $60.00 but I know I wouldn’t have been able to lug three suitcases through the subway and then up the stairs. Most of the subway stops don’t have elevators. So, if you are moving with all that you have, just save the headache and get that taxi.
  3. Subways aren’t that bad once you get used to it. The three words “Uptown,” “Downtown,” and “Brooklyn” will help you gain a general direction as to where you are going in the city. Of course, some of them are not listed and you will definitely have to use Google Maps to help you out. Uptown= goes up towards the Bronx. Downtown= goes down towards Staten Island Ferry. Brooklyn= goes off the main island towards Brooklyn. I know that it may sound silly to say all of that but it has really helped me gain a sense of direction.
  4. If you get lost, explore. (within safety and reason) New York is only dangerous if you aren’t smart about it or at least cautious. I got on the subway and realized I was heading towards downtown. Sadly, you can’t just transfer over, you have to actually get above ground and go to the uptown side, meaning that you will have to swipe your metro card again. I got off after the second stop and ended up at 50th st. I took a moment to see the hustle and bustle of Times Square from afar.
  5. Tourist is not a bad thing. There is so much to see and do in New York that avoiding the touristy spots means that you can really be missing out on the amazing things in life. Like, me getting lost and ending up near Times Square was my first moment of realization that New York is my home for the next year. The museums may be considered tourism but the exhibits are amazing, for sure. I still need to go to the Heavenly Bodies exhibit at The Met! If you end up feeling jaded, go on off hours. Go to Times Square early in the morning when you are enjoying your coffee or experience it at night when the people are in awe of the bright future they see.
  6. Getting my stuff delivered has been a nightmare. I don’t say this to freak anyone out, I am just telling you my story. So, in order to get someone to sublease my room, I ordered a folding bed frame, bed, and mattress cover. My bed frame was said to have been delivered but my roommate did not see it. I called Amazon, who were really helpful and replaced it free of charge. When I ordered my items from UPS, they wouldn’t deliver for the longest time even though I gave them my door code. So, I signed up for a UPS My Choice account, which made things a little easier but not by much. I also have a UPS store close so I had my personal boxes that my sister sent for me sent there. Currently, I am dealing with a desk that I ordered off of Amazon that got shipped through FedEx and was said to have had three attempted deliveries. I was not home for the first time, the second time I was home, and the third time I left them the door code on my account. I called FedEx, she was helpful, and she called the local facility who were really rude. You will find that shipping companies around here are actually really rude. Granted, some of them are really nice. My local UPS, is pretty nice. FedEx, I feel, is the most unreliable where I am living in the city. UPS is hit or miss, USPS has been pretty consistent.
  7. I LOVE the quiet. With the craziness of the city, I am always surrounded by people or noises or my A/C unit. I do not really hear quiet unless my A/C shuts off or I am asleep. I hear so many things throughout the day that I just need that peace and quiet. I don’t want the honking, the screeching of the rails, or the people who will randomly talk to you in a way that is uncomfortable. This is not to say that I don’t appreciate the sounds of New York, I do, but I enjoy a quiet mind that comes with stepping away from teh world and into my room.

I hope that this helps you! I know that it was a lot of information! I am hoping that I will get to document more of my time here and give you peaks into my life.

xx

Tiffany

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I’m Moving

A short life update: It has been a crazy time in my life but I am happy/nervous/stressed to say that I am flying out to NYC tomorrow and living there for a whole year. I have an apartment, I am paying rent, I have most of my stuff curated to be shipped out. I am living a fast paced life and I wouldn’t change that for the world. I want to see the world for what it is, live my life to the extent that I can go, and hope that there are great things waiting for me.

I hope that you will follow me on this journey. It may take a while for me to get into a groove but I am hoping that I will be able to post more and about my adventures because there will definitely be many.

 

xx

Tiffany

Essentials For Moving Out

With the recent experience of a moving out rush, I have accumulated a couple of things that have been extremely useful to make packing a little bit easier.

  1. Scrap Paper Labels | To save you nice computer paper, grab all your misprints or scrap paper and label all of your boxes. From names to locations it all needs to be written down because when you move, it will make telling movers or yourself where the box goes.
  2. Towels and Paper | Wrap all breakables in towels first. It is helpful and will save you money from having to pay for bubble wrap and other packing supplies.
  3. ABC Store + Sam’s Club + Aldi | Did I get your attention? Go to the any of those stores and grab all of their empty boxes, they don’t need it and they are free!
  4. Packing Tape | So, the one thing that spending money on that is worth the full price (or in bulk on Amazon) is packing tape. Seriously, you will be going through a good amount of it. Grab a tape gun if you can help it so that your hands have more mobility.
  5. Garbage Bag Clothing Covers | It is already a pain to have to move all your clothes on hangers so just put clean garbage bags on and overlap the loops around a bulk of hangers. You won’t have to cut any holes and it will save you from having to toss your clothes into a bag, disheveled.
  6. Scissors | The most important to keep in your car so that when you are finished moving, you can unbox them without having to wonder which box you put your scissors in.

Biggest tip: Breathe and take it one room at a time. I didn’t get to help much due to school and being on wardrobe for a production. However, my sister took it one day at a time and it was helpful not to get overwhelmed, especially since she only had one day to pack.

What has helped you during a move? Let me know below!

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I Finally Moved!! Let’s Catch Up.

I know that there has been a few absences of my presence, especially on Tuesdays but I am back with a vengeance. I have been organizing and cleaning my area in my sister’s garage up. I have unloaded everything and I just moved on Sunday. I will be showing you images but until then, you can head over to my Tumblr (HERE) to see exclusive content called “The Journey to The Mermaid Cove”. I would love for you to take a look. I have a couple of posts up but I will be posting more as I continue to organize and get things where I want them. The images on there aren’t as “professional” looking so don’t judge me too harshly, please!

I have been catching up on 500+ YouTube videos because I hadn’t lived with internet for a month and a half. I am still going through videos from May. I am also catching up on shows, and speaking of shows, ABC Family finally put their shows BACK on Hulu!! I am so ecstatic because I was so mad when they took their shows off.

So, the struggles I have since I have moved in is that I have a bit of stuff that I still need. I left some of my items because they wouldn’t fit in my sister’s car. I also have things to bring that I 100% forgot. By the way, cooking=happiness because I have been able to cook with a lot of space.

I have some posts that I have been documenting so I will be posting those super soon!

I hope that all of you are doing super well! Let me know what plans you have this weekend.

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#ThatGirl – Hibernation

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I am #ThatGirl who will hibernate after moving from dorm to home. I have no qualms about staying away from society for a little while and enjoying some time off.

-Fleeting Mermaid