Had the opportunity to live in ny for the past couple of months. I have always loved ny and was grateful for the time I got to spend there overhearing the weirdest conversations working from a new coffee shop a day. A few things I learned...
1.Life is hard and we are all just doing the best we can. (Same for everyone everywhere, but we won’t tell the New Yorkers that :).)
2. Hardest things to accept that people can be both incredibly good and kind and the same person can do the most hurtful things. Learning to forgive the bad and not become bitter by the good is hard!
3. Even though at the time it was crushing - looking back - I am glad I never got a corporate job in NY right after college. Glad I turned down that internship to go to India. Sometimes it's hard to see past what our 'sister ship' life could have been. Sometimes I don't want to salute it from the shore, I want both, but looking at it now - I am pretty sure I would be a completely different person today. Maybe not bad or good, just different. Will probably be grateful that guy never asked me out or I had to move or I found myself in NY for only a few months.
4.New Yorkers put a whole new meaning to the word flaky! It also makes the rare kindness for no reason that much more genuine.
5.Hope might look a lot like waiting.
6.Sustainable fashion isn’t just better for the people sewing the clothes, it is hands down better too for the designers, art directors, and stylists. Conscious fashion tends to treat their people better!
7.Eco-fashion companies are smaller than you think they are—90% of them. Which is why it is even more important you support them! You are helping pay for that one person who gets a better job, both here in the States and the person who sewed that garment.
8.Being around cooperate fashion again made me remember how screwed up the fashion industry is in so many ways, and sadly how far we are from mainstream changes. But, words for you...repair, buy second hand, buy quality things that last forever.
9.Know one talks about NY desserts...they are incredible.
10. Everyone should visit Central Park.
11. Someone said this and it was put so beautifully why sometimes I am actually jealous of those who have grown up with nothing, "I was immature and didn't realize we both got different gifts they were just wrapped differently. Mine was wrapped in this beautiful thing called pain and his was wrapped in this difficult thing called affluence. We work so hard in the states to avoid pain, but we forget the blessing that it is. When you are in a place that you NEED God to come trough now things happen. We miss the blessing that pain and suffering brings us. When we allow ourselves to be in a place of pain of suffering of not having everything we need (and I'm not talking about just not getting into some private school) we leave room for God to work. Sometimes we have to trust God even with the hardest things like living in a place where we have to pray for our kids everyday to make it.
12.Still one of my favorite cities—love hearing 5 languages in the span of 5 minutes!
13.Fashion might be meaningless and wasteful sometimes, but is still an art form we put on our bodies everyday whether we realize it or not.
14. Whatever we think our mission in life is, it is actually just being in relationships with people and loving them.