Better

The last month had been really stressful for me, and that explains my last post a little bit. I was stressed about a friendship, some drama, work, and being homeless. I was actually breaking out (well, breaking out for me, anyway – my boss said there wasn’t anything wrong with my skin) from all the stress, but now the friendship is right back on track, I no longer have drama, I got over the obstacle at work, and I just signed a lease today! Problems solved! At least for the time being, anyway! (And Friday morning I instantly noticed that my skin was starting to clear up!)

Work was a major one – for some reason my confidence was slipping, and it was affecting my performance which was in turn affecting my paycheck. This week I finally got it back, remembered how to have fun at work, and immediately my results showed!  Last night I had a one-on-one meeting with my boss, and I’m excited to get back on track to my next promotion. I know what I have to work on now, and am no longer worried about the sales portion of my job. I’m back to being a rockstar, like I used to be! 😉 It was actually probably the toughest struggle I’ve had so far at work, and although I know that there will be many more struggles as I keep going through the program, I’m feeling quite triumphant at the moment and am just going to savor it. My boss also said that this is major milestone for me 🙂 I’m still determined to stick with it, I’m still determined to succeed, and I’m still very grateful for the opportunity. I love my boss, too, and it helps so much to have such a positive role model – especially one that’s your boss! So I’m also very grateful that he’s my boss. I just had to say that.

As far as being homeless, I am officially moving into my new place tomorrow! I love the apartment. It’s a great deal, and I’m excited to have my own bed and room again! And a closet! My clothes are so wrinkled from just being piled into a suitcase the whole time. haha I still need to get a desk & chair for my room, a dresser/drawers and possibly a nightstand, but I’ll do that after I’ve moved.

AND my sister is coming to visit next week! I am so excited. I still haven’t really figured out how I’m going to leave a key for her…but I’ll figure that out too. I can’t wait to see her, I’ve missed her!!! So much. Yay sister!

So, although it’s been a tough month, things are looking up again and I’m excited again, and everything seems to be turning around again and I am better. 🙂

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Oh, the joys of apartment hunting…

So I started looking at apartments Wednesday after work, and have had to leave work early every day since! (Well, just yesterday and today as well, I guess.) I was exhausted on Wednesday – booked 3 appointments all within 15 minutes of each other, so I was running around midtown for about 45 minutes, which was really fun. haha Yesterday I saw another apartment after work, and one more today. Today’s was a 6th floor walk up – cute apartment, but my thighs were definitely burning by the time I reached the top, and the frickin’ realtor didn’t even tell me how many flights we were going, even when I asked about halfway! haha

Tomorrow finally my future roommate and I will be able to look for places together. I set up 3 appointments around the city – Financial District, then Midtown East, then Midtown West. I don’t know if he’s set up anything yet but he was talking about setting up some other appointments.

I really hope we find something tomorrow, since I’m away on a business trip from Sunday to Friday and won’t be around to look!

Fingers crossed we find something tomorrow, so there’ll be one less stressful thing on my plate! 🙂

And the hunt is on!

…for an apartment. I’ve decided to go with the guy friend, after the Brooklyn option didn’t work out, I checked out a room available on Craigslist but my parents were skeptical, and another random, kinda weird situation was offered up to me. I just hope that we’ll be able to find a place together, because I know we’ll have a LOT of fun living together, or at least it’ll be drama-free, and I kinda like living with boys. haha

Any tips on apartment hunting here in the city? So far I’ve just emailed a bunch of listings on craigslist, since obviously I’d prefer the no-fee route…and this really is my first time apartment hunting here since last time my roommate did all the grunt work!

Can I just say…

…that I love my life?

Today I was on my way back to the office and I was just so HAPPY. I kept kinda smiling to myself on the train, and thinking about how I love my job, how I love New York, how I love the people I work with and my friends here, and how right now, everything is just so…awesome.

My work is challenging but very rewarding, I work with great people, I get paid to chat to people all day and meet people, and now I’m getting a chance to grow and take on new challenges. I am starting to interview and train people, and I am loving it as well as the fundamentals of my job. I love knowing that I won’t be someone’s assistant for an extraordinary amount of time (like 12 years, which I’ve heard that someone has been editorial assistant for 12 years), that I may even open my own office and run my own business in about a year’s time.

And the people I work with – everyone is so great. I love the team environment, I love how supportive everyone is of each other, I love the (friendly) competition (although today I was called a rockstar by a couple people, and one person said, “I don’t know if you know it, but you’re kind of a big deal” 😀 (I really rocked today!)), and the fun we have hanging out in the office and out.

I love how busy my life is. I’ve realized that I’m the kind of person that likes to work hard and play hard. Obviously, the work hard part has to consist of working hard but at a rewarding job, since working hard at the department store and the bookstore at the same time was not NEARLY as fun and rewarding. And my weekends are filled with spending time with people in between napping/sleeping!

My life is now just feeling so full, and in a good way. I feel like everything’s falling into place. Oh and if you’re curious, I decided to go with the Brooklyn roommate, and am in the process of getting all my paperwork submitted for the application tomorrow!

I love my life, I love New York. 🙂

Room Rearranging

I love rearranging my room. It’s not very big, and for a while now I’d been thinking about how to solve my problems: namely, the fact that every time I want to open a drawer in my closet I’d need to kick some boots aside before both doors will open; my chair is always piled high with a bunch of clothes; my desk is always cluttered and has piles of receipts and mail and makeup all over it and I’d end up putting my laptop on the floor when I go to bed.

I thought about it for a week, and finally decided to take my closet doors off, fold my table back in half (it’s one of those expandable ones), move most of my makeup to my headboard (I have one of those tall storage headboards), and put the mirrors against two walls. I can finally tuck in my chair, and because I don’t have to be annoyed about opening my closet doors I actually willingly hang up them up every night (ok so I only took the doors down tonight, but I’m gonna try to keep it up!) and the mess on my desk is gone, and the boots have corners to sit in rather than just be all over my floor. It’s a beautiful thing. Although now all I want to do is rearrange the clothes in my closet because I don’t like how it looks. Next project! And the final touch will be personalizing my walls – still haven’t figured out what kind of art or photos or decorations I want to put up, although it’s always in the back of my mind!

I feel so much better – all this decluttering and making really good use of my space is good for the soul. (Or am I just a freak?)

Photos to come when I’m done!

PS. Who else constantly has Britney’s ‘Circus’ stuck in their heads? It’s like I’m addicted!

Gramercy House

I love this ‘new series’ from the NY Times. They say: This is the first in an occasional series of articles offering inside looks at homes that stand out in the landscape of New York and other cities. It’s every voyeur’s dream! Ok, so I’m not really a voyeur, but I always found it amusing to imagine what goes on in a house or apartment or building, or am just curious and would like to know what’s inside, or how it looks.

Anyway, this first one is a one-storey house near Gramercy Park on 19th Street between Irving Place and Third Avenue, and used to be a carriage house. According to wikipedia, a carriage house, “also called remise or coach house, is an outbuilding which was originally built to house horse-drawn carriages and the related tack”. In this case, “at one time the wealthy residents who lived in homes along the park lined the block with carriage houses, most with a second story where the chauffeurs stayed”. Kinda reminds me of Black Beauty a little, minus the fact that Black Beauty was England, not New York. 😉

Currently, two Argentinian men live there, and have dinner parties every week. Fun!

Isn’t that kitchen gorgeous? And I love the disco ball! haha 

Read the full article here.

Carrie’s Apartment, Part 2

As those of you who have watched the movie know, Carrie had her apartment completely redecorated and re-done, and it looks really fresh, gorgeous, comfy but modern, and definitely a LOT less cluttered than her previous apartment. Casa Sugar has two posts on the sets, here and here

Apparently, the new wall art (above) is called Love Too, by Paul Smith, a needlepoint wallhanging made of wool and silk, and is available from The Rug Company, as are most of the rugs that cover the wooden floors, such as the one in the picture below. 

That’s her new living room – weird, right? I mean, the whole apartment is gorgeous, and the blue walls definitely give it a very fresh look, but I’m still a fan of the old one too. Which one do you prefer?

(Pics from Casa Sugar, except the Love Too pic)