New York, I Love You

New York, I Love You

My love letter to New York City

It was March 20, 2015, when I realized just how much I love you. I've lived in Austin, Texas almost my whole life, but I've always known there was something missing. An adventure that would equip me to make the tough choices, create my own story and follow my heart. It all started with a girl and a city. No, I'm not from New York, nor do I live there currently. This isn't about where I am, but rather where I want to be. I want to eat Chinese takeout from Great N.Y. Noodletown at 2 A.M, and experience the first snowfall of winter. I want to get drunk at Sunday brunch with friends and sit on the curb of Bleeker St. eating cupcakes. I want to walk by a hot dog stand after lunch and still buy one because I can and pick up a mixed bouquet of flowers from my favorite floral shop. I want an apartment in Chelsea, and a vinyl collection alphabetized by genre. I want to freeze in the winter and sweat buckets in the summer. I will always want this and I will always love New York City.

New York, this is why I love you...

1. The Romance

A power like no other, New York gave me confidence. I was bolder, quicker, and self-assured. New York is more than a successful job opportunity, it's more than money in the bank, and it's not an impulsive decision to escape my past. It is a chance to fall in love with myself and become the best version of me I can be. It didn't take long for me to completely fall in love with everything that this city had to offer. My visit in 2015 was short but in the time I spent there it had stolen my heart.

2. The Beauty

Yellow cabs rushing in the streets, quick feet racing to meet a deadline, underground tunnels with rats that scurry around your feet, and bright lights that illuminate Times Square--beauty in New York is truly everywhere. We've all seen photos of the skyline only dreaming of experiencing the magic first hand. Street artists painting to make ends meet and towers so tall you can't see the sky. It was just as beautiful as I had hoped it would be. I walked in Central Park in the snow thinking to myself, nothing in the world is more beautiful. The snow blanketed the grass and trees... I swore I was walking through Narnia. A moment so special and beautiful, it was then that I realized I would some day call New York City home.

3. The Entertainment

If holding the title for being the birthplace of musical theater isn't enough, New York is home to the best musicals around the globe. Whether you're a tourist or a local, you have probably found yourself flocking to the brightly lit marquee like a moth in the night. There is so much to do in NY I can't imagine finding the time to see it all. A walk in Central Park, tea at the Plaza Hotel, or a trip to your favorite museum. I love the authenticity of New York and the pure magic it has to offer.

4. The Opportunity

I could feel the freedom and possibility in the air. The hustle and bustle of important people, doing important things, at their important jobs. Clocking in and out of the day and heading back to their quaint, personalized apartments. Always reaching for more in a city that was always willing to give more. There is a vast array of knowledge that lives within the streets of New York City. I want to be challenged and tested. I want to be encouraged to do better, try harder, and accomplish more. My biggest fear is wasting untapped potential, which is why I need to live in a city like NY. I'm incredibly excited for the future because endless opportunity awaits me as I embark on the rest of my life.

With Love,


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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

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What The 2019 'Season Of The Crab' Means For Your Zodiac Sign

It could be a super emotional month for everyone.


It's officially summer, and that means it's time to dive into the watery depths of Cancer season on June 21. There is a different energy in the air; different from the vibe in Gemini season. Each sign can expect to notice its effects, whether they are obvious or more subtle.

Cancer season means you're probably going to feel more moody than usual. Maybe you're crying more often. Maybe you'll feel more dreamy and intuitive. Maybe you'll be more irritable. Whatever the case, it never hurts to know what you're about to get yourself into.

So what does Cancer season mean for you, based on your zodiac sign?

1. Cancer - 21 Jun to 22 Jul


Happy solar return, cutie crustacean!

This is one of the dreamiest times of the entire year for you, but lacking structure and planning could prove stressful. You're in an imaginative zone and you may not feel like settling down before chasing the stars, but you must think ahead so things will work out.

2. Leo - 23 Jul to 22 Aug


Cancer season will find you exploring who you want to become, and what you want to leave behind. With your season just around the corner, this is also a magical time for healing and exploring yourself. Journaling, creative pursuits, or talking things through are wonderful ways to nourish your soul.

3. Virgo - 23 Aug to 22 Sep


This Cancer season, you'll find that the stars and the moon are asking you to rest. You will be faced with many choices and decisions this month. Enjoy your time fostering whatever creativity comes to mind. Do not force yourself to go out if you're not feeling up to it. It's okay to be you and be alone sometimes.

4. Libra - 23 Sep to 22 Oct


Cancer season and Neptune retrograde begin on June 21, causing you to need to pause and reflect on your goals. Change can be uncomfortable, but every small shift brings us closer to our goals. Be willing to take a risk, and let the universe push you in the direction of happiness and adventure.

5. Scorpio - 23 Oct to 21 Nov


Cancer season finds you traveling and opening new doors of opportunity. Are you really gaining anything by holding onto the past so tightly, Scorpio? Set your sights on new dreams, and leave all those people and situations that are holding you back in your rearview mirror.

6. Sagittarius - 22 Nov to 21 Dec


The question Cancer season asks you now, Sag, is whether you'll run away from your past, cling on to it, or do the emotional work necessary to process it and let it go. Appreciate the memories you are making and try not to get too wrapped up in the little things that annoy you. This is a time for experimentation.

7. Capricorn - 22 Dec to 19 Jan


You love your deadlines and goals, but remember that taking care of your emotional health will ultimately help you be more efficient! Trust your intuition, take it slow, and use the energy for play and creativity rather than detailed planning.

8. Aquarius - 20 Jan to 19 Feb


Cancer season this year is all about being comfortable and doing what you know, so go ahead and stick to that. This is also a great time for you to check in with yourself when it comes to wellness and your habits.

9. Pisces - 20 Feb to 20 Mar


This Cancer season, the heightened emotion that is in the air will bring you natural happiness. Go out, have a wonderful night under the summer stars, and use your experiences for inspiration. It will reinvigorate your soul to be more creative and more adventurous.

10. Aries - 21 Mar to 19 Apr


Cancer season finds you focused squarely on your personal life. It's a wonderful time for an adventure. Go on that hike. Wake up early and drive to the beach. You'll feel an inclination to do it all-- and you can! Remind yourself that you are capable.

It will be hard to stay focused because the vibe just feels so good, but Neptune's retrograde brings intriguing messages to your dreams, so pay close attention to your inner voice at this time.

11. Taurus - 20 Apr to 20 May


Cancer season causes emotions to be even more extreme so you'll probably reach your breaking point this month, Taurus, but you are never alone in the problems that you face. Remember to control your temper long enough to cool off and take some relaxation for yourself.

Take a day off and drive around with the windows down. Take five days off and drive to the beach to hang out and reflect. Whatever it is that you need to feel better, it is time to do it this month.

12. Gemini - 21 May to 20 Jun


Cancer is a sign that's all about security and protection, and you're really feeling those vibes right now. Your confidence is running high, as you are feeling more in control of your life. Get rid of the elements in your life that won't propel you forward.

Just as the moon and ocean cycle, so do we. Cancer is that strong energy that gets you up in your feels; it's sure to be a ride.

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