Sometimes I Need To Remind Myself Why I Love Living In NYC, So I Pretend I'm A Tourist

Sometimes I Need To Remind Myself Why I Love Living In NYC, So I Pretend I'm A Tourist

What a great daily reminder to always try and see things through tourist's eyes once in a while to keep the spark burning.
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So far, I've found that whenever I’m down or even just 'eh' about New York City, acting like a tourist again always makes me excited to be here.

A friend of mine was in town recently, and constantly doing touristy or local things with her brought life and excitement to the little things that are exciting and different about NYC — the things I was once excited about when I moved here. Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught up in the negatives of city life - the fast pace, rude people, overcrowding, and how dirty it is that we forget to see all the beauty around us.

Being like a tourist, or showing a friend around the city, is perfect for this because it allows you to discard your old glasses and grab a new rose-colored pair that sees the beauty. A friend who is visiting sees all the excitement, and all the pros of the city- that’s the whole reason they visited.

Taking part in their excitement is contagious and always immediately makes me feel brand new. I forget about my reasons for being ‘eh’ about the city and immediately am high off the rush and whirl of the city seen through fresh eyes.




Everything is magical!

"Wow, that building is pretty, wow I love cabs and brownstones and the city lights, oh my!"

I just read an article about New York saying that ‘the city will reflect your mood’, and I can’t agree more. When you are down, you see the ugliness of the city, but when you are happy the possibilities feel endless, and mundane views appear beautiful. That’s why viewing the city through the eyes of a curious, excited tourist gets me revved up about the city.

Think of the grand and unique things of your town that people visit for, that people would kill to experience. My hometown, Grand Junction, CO was never anything too special to me - and yet when I tell people about it that live here in the city- they are floored. Oh my god you had horses??? Mountains?? Sign me up!!

What a great daily reminder to always try and see things through tourist's eyes once in a while to keep the spark burning.

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Now I have tried, or so I thought I had. I had tried giving up carbs for two weeks, doing workout videos, or eating healthy, occasionally running, or honestly, anything I thought might help a bit. But there I was after a full year of college, heavier than ever.

It was then that I found my secret ingredient, it was then that I found the ultimate weight-loss secret: Prayer.

I found myself amidst a challenge that I didn't know if I was mentally strong enough to handle, faced against temptations of my wildest food dreams. Canes, pizza, chocolate, ice cream, oh my!

I had never thought once about offering up my prayers to God when it came to my weight. I'm not sure why, honestly. It was something that I had struggled with for so long, that it almost felt normal.

Now, when I feel tempted I ask myself a lot if this is the "abundantly more" that God promises us. If it isn't, then I don't pick it. Strength is a process, just like endurance or habits.

I have learned that by offering up the comparisons I feel at the gym, listening to podcasts while running, or Jesus music while practically swimming in my sweat, I am motivated to keep going, not dragged down by the progress I haven't made. I have learned to thank God for the journey He has taken me on so far, and for giving me the capability to overcome these hurdles.

Jesus Didn't die on the cross and tell us to get our butts out there and make disciples of all the nations just for us to sit and be upset with ourselves and compare ourselves to those tiny pictures on our screens. Let's go, we don't have time for that. We have work to do.

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7 Rules To Going Out That Every Girl Should Follow

Because you do not want to be the girl puking at the pregame.

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In college, you go out with your friends A LOT – and chances are you will be drinking. College night outs are some of the best nights of your life and some may even be your worst. However the night may go, you want to be prepared for what is to come. Copy and paste these rules into your notes, tattoo them on your arm, do whatever you need to do to memorize these 7 rules inside and out. You will thank yourself later.

1. Always eat before drinking

Drinking on an empty stomach will not end well. You will get hangry (hungry and angry) when you are out with your friends -- being drunk and hangry is not a good combo. Forget fasting to look skinny in your outfit, I promise a bite to eat beforehand won't make you look bloated. Food absorbs the alcohol; therefore, you won't be the ultimate lightweight. You do not want to be the girl puking at the pregame. I am not telling you to eat 6-course meal, but a bite to eat with your squad before drinking will do the trick.

2. Dress to impress yourself

Wear an outfit that you feel your best in and promise me you'll look and feel amazing. Wearing heels you can hardly walk in and a dress way too tight, may work for some girls, but it may not for you. Remember, you are going to a bar or party, not a strip club that you are performing at. The night will go much smoother, if you feel comfortable in your outfit. And the truth is, no guy gives a damn about your outfit, so do not dress up for him.

3. Bring a cross-body purse

If you are like me – you've got your keys to your apartment, your phone, and your wallet at all times. Bringing just your wallet is fine – but then you are balancing holding your drink, your phone, your wallet, and your keys while dancing with your friends. These are three of the most valuable things that you are going out with, so put them in a cross-body and the anxiety of losing those precious items will be gone (unless you lose the cross-body, which would really suck). Side note: don't take the cross-body off.

4. Go out with people you trust

This is critical. Not only will you have way more fun with these people, but they will be the ones who won't leave you at the party or bar alone, will take care of you, and will always have your back with whatever craziness gets thrown your way during the course of the night. From walking with you home at 2 in the morning to holding your hair back, these are the people you want to surround yourself with. I honestly cannot count the times my friends have saved me while we were out – and vice versa. However, don't be that girl who always needs to be saved – your friends will hate going out with you.

5. Don’t text him

By him, I mean – your ex, your crush, or that guy who always hits you up when he knows your drunk. You will regret texting him. If he was really that into to you, he would be out with you. I know you want to talk to him, but the truth is: he either won't reply or you will say something you will regret, and you will feel dumb in the morning. Enjoy being out with your friends and forget about him, plus I am sure there are plenty of other guys at the bar or party to meet!

6. Trust your gut

If your gut tells you something isn't right, it probably isn't. Sometimes we have a little too much to drink and we tend to feel invincible. This is where we do something stupid and can get ourselves into a lot of trouble. With college, comes a pile of peer pressure. However, it is up to you to make the best decision for you – not anyone else. Whatever they are doing may look fun, but promise me the consequences are not.

7. Put your phone away

The truth is no one cares about what you are doing on a Saturday night. Nothing is wrong with taking a photo or two with your friends, but after that, put your phone away and enjoy being out. If you wanted to be on your phone, you should have just stayed home. College does not last forever, so enjoy the time you have being this young and carefree with all your friends.

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